Stressed out? There’s an oil for that! Need an energy boost? Essential oils have you covered. Aromatherapy is a fascinating alternative medicine that involves the use of volatile plant materials (aka essential oils) that can be aromatically inhaled to improve mood, change cognitive states, and can also be utilized as a supplemental medicine.
Aromatherapy has been around in some form for thousands of years, but it wasn’t until the 11th century when steam distillation first made it possible to properly remove the essential oils from plant materials. Now mainstream, aromatherapy offers diverse physical and psychological benefits, depending on the essential oil or oil combination and method of application used. Some common medicinal properties of essential oils used in aromatherapy include: analgesic, antimicrobial, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, astringent, sedative, antispasmodic, expectorant, diuretic, and sedative. Essential oils are used to treat a wide range of symptoms and conditions, including, but not limited to, gastrointestinal discomfort, skin conditions, menstrual pain and irregularities, stress-related conditions, mood disorders, circulatory problems, respiratory infections and wounds .
|Bay laurel||Antiseptic, diuretic, sedative, etc.||Digestive problems, bronchitis, common cold, influenza, and scabies and lice. CAUTION: Don’t use if pregnant.|
|Clary sage||Relaxant, anticonvulsive, antiinflammatory, and antiseptic||Menstrual and menopausal symptoms, burns, eczema, and anxiety. CAUTION: Don’t use if pregnant.|
|Eucalyptus||Antiseptic, antibacterial, astringent, expectorant, and analgesic||Boils, breakouts, cough, common cold, influenza, and sinusitis. CAUTION: Not to be taken orally.|
|Chamomile||Sedative, antiinflammatory, antiseptic, and pain reliever||Hay fever, burns, acne, arthritis, digestive problems, and menstrual an menopausal symptoms.|
|Lavender||Analgesic, antiseptic, calming/soothing||Headache, depression, insomnia, stress, sprains, and nausea.|
|Peppermint||Pain reliever||Indigestion, nausea, headache, motion sickness, and muscle pain.|
|Rosemary||Antiseptic, stimulant, and diuretic||Indigestion, gas, bronchitis, fluid retention, and influenza. CAUTION: Don’t use if pregnant or have epilepsy or hypertension.|
|Tarragon||Diuretic, laxative, antispasmodic, and stimulant||Menstrual and menopausal symptoms, gas, and indigestion. CAUTION: Don’t use if pregnant.|
|Tea tree||Antiseptic and soothing||Common cold, bronchitis, abscesses, acne, vaginitis, and burns.|
|Thyme||Stimulant, antiseptic, antibacterial, and antispasmodic||Cough, laryngitis, diarrhea, gas, and intestinal worms. CAUTION: Don’t use if pregnant or have hypertension.|