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Have You Ever Considered Aromatherapy?

Jul 5, 2008
Aromatherapy is still not clearly understood, in terms of what it is and how it helps promote health and well-being. Aromatherapy means using essential oils extracted from plants and herbs to harmonize and give balance to your body, mind and spirit.

Not everyone who uses aromatherapy is ill. Some enjoy it simply for the soothing and relaxing properties it holds. When your mind is well and at peace, it often creates a healthier body.

How is aromatherapy being used?

Aromatherapy is being used successfully in a number of areas. The central nervous system can be affected by certain types of oil, can reduce anxiety and depression, calm and relax you, even help you fall asleep. Other types of oils can energize and stimulate you. Aromatherapy has no side effects, it's cheap, and you can use it anytime, night or day.

It can also be used as a pain reliever during childbirth. Many women nowadays forego the traditional methods used in most hospitals today. They would rather experience the entry of their child into the world. Similarly, aromatherapy is used by women suffering from menstrual cramps and those going through menopause.

Combining aromatherapy with massage can make the results of both therapies even greater, with huge improvements in well being and increased levels of relaxation. In those cases, the oils used aromatherapy are absorbed through the skin as well as through the nose.

Some Common Oils and Their Uses

You can do your own aromatherapy with the purchase of the oils and a burner, or you can add oils to your bath for a truly uplifting or calming experience, depending on the oils you choose. If you use a burner, you should know that the oil must be diluted in water before adding to the burner. Generally only about three or four drops of oil needs to added to about 10 drops of water.

Lavender is a popular oil which is used in a variety of ways. It can calm you and also has antibacterial properties which help heal skin after being burned. Its relaxing ability helps you to fall asleep. It can also eliminate headaches.

When mixed with peppermint, another widely used essential oil, you can overcome lethargic moods or fatigue. Peppermint will stimulate you, and improve your mental clarity, your mood, and your memory.

Aside from peppermint, ginger, juniper, rosemary, clove, and eucalyptus decrease congestion. If you are overly stressed, use jasmine or rose. When you are feeling blue, citrus oils will help uplift your spirit.

For women, clary sage and geranium are very successful in hormonal imbalance. And for balancing your entire body as you go through menopause, use both of them, along with lavender, chamomile, melissa, bergamot, or ylang ylang.
About the Author
Christian Goodman is a well known natural health researcher and the writer of the natural health alternatives blog. His latest work is the Weight Loss Program , which has now helped thousands of people lose weight naturally.
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