Best Aromatherapy Oils
Updated: Jan 11
What is aromatherapy?
Aromatherapy is the practice of using oils extracted from different parts of a plant to improve psychological and physical well-being. Also known as Essential oil therapy, this healing technique has been used for thousands of years by ancient cultures such as Chinese, Indian, and Egyptian. The term has been first mentioned by a French perfumer and chemist René-Maurice Gattefossé in 1937. He is the one responsible for the discovery of lavender power for treating burns. Gattefossé then published a book discussing the use of essential oils in treating medical conditions. Stick with us as we review the best aromatherapy oils.
First of all, let’s see how it works
The two methods of aromatherapy that can be used are inhalation and topical application.
Inhalation is simply the process of breathing the essential oils, either from a steam bath, a spray, or a diffuser container. Inhaling such oils can provide great benefits such as respiratory disinfection and decongestant. The particles travel from the mouth and nose to the lungs, and from there, other parts of the body. As they reach the brain, they immediately act on the limbic system, which is connected to breathing, memory, emotions, heart rate, stress, and blood pressure balance. This is how inhaling essential oils can have effects on your body.
On the other hand, topical applications such as oil massage, bath, and skincare products are absorbed through the skin. Massaging the specific areas with essential oils can increase absorption and boost circulation. Keep in mind though that essential oils can’t be applied directly to the skin. They must be diluted with an oil carrier such as olive or almond oil.
Most Popular And Best Aromatherapy Oils
Clary Sage is extracted using steam distillation from the leaves and flowering tops of the Clary Sage plant to create an essential oil that is 100% pure with absolutely no additives or fillers. This favorite amongst oil users is a go-to when it comes to women’s issues. To help relieve the issues brought on by a normal woman’s menstrual cycle, Clary Sage can be used topically with a carrier oil at a 2-4% ratio, or diffused to create a balancing atmosphere.
Lavender essential oil is world-renowned as one of the world’s most popular and versatile oils, and for good reason! Lavender has an incredibly sweet, floral, herbal scent and is also highly prized for its many therapeutic properties.
The smell of Lavender alone can help produce a calm, peaceful tranquil environment. Diffuse Lavender essential oil into the air before bedtime to promote peaceful sleep.
Eucalyptus Dives has a strong herbaceous, woody, minty scent that is stimulating and uplifting. The refreshing properties of Eucalyptus Dives can help treat tired feet in a relaxing foot bath after a long day on your feet.
The stimulating aroma can help give you a mental boost when you are lacking the pep you need. The uplifting scent can help revitalize the senses and freshen the space you are in. It is also another favorite essential oil to use in household cleaners.
This oil is one of the most easily recognized oils and for good reason. Lemon has a fresh, zesty citrus scent that is refreshing, energizing, and uplifting; this scent is invigorating to the senses and wonderful to smell.
Lemon Essential Oil is extracted through the fruit peel using a cold-pressed extraction method and is 100% pure with no fillers or additives. This strong, but the refreshing scented aroma is known to support a healthy immune system.
Rosemary 1,8-Cineole is stimulating, warming, and refreshing and can be used to help boost memory retention and staying alert. It has many skincare applications, including adding to a shampoo to aid in maintaining a healthy scalp and lustrous hair.
When diffused, Rosemary can also be helpful as a respiratory support oil. Rosemary 1,8-Cineole is also beneficial in massage blends, increasing circulation and warmth to the skin.
Chamomile German CO2 Extract has a less powerful aroma than steam distilled Chamomile German. It is softer, more herbaceous, and “truer” to the scent of the flower. The CO2 Extract version also does not have the expected deep blue color of the steam distilled oil.
Chamazulene, the component that gives Chamomile German its blue color, develops during the steam distillation process.
Orange Blood, while in the same family as Orange Sweet, has a more intense citrus scent and the properties are similar.
Uplifting, stimulating and able to help with sadness and moodiness, simply diffuse to ease nervous tension and promote a happy mood. It is said to help enhance the romantic experience as part of a sensual blend.
Originating in India, Peppermint has been used for centuries for its revitalizing properties. Steam distilled from the leaves of the mint plant, Peppermint Essential Oil creates a strongly aromatic scent that has a fresh, cool, grassy-minty smell. This scent is invigorating to the senses that promote energy and alertness. Peppermint is a refreshing and stimulating oil that is both soothing and enlightening.
Tea Tree essential oil is one of the most popular essential oils, and for good reason. Native to Australia, it’s commonly applied around the world for a multitude of uses. It has a green, medicinal, woody aroma and is a wonderful addition to natural home-cleaning sprays, and can clear and refresh musty areas.
This oil is also fabulous for helping to clear teenage blemishes and other problem skin areas.
Like many of the herb and spice oils, Marjoram is calming and warming and can help encourage relaxation before sleep. When suffering from the symptoms of common seasonal illnesses, Marjoram can provide comfort. Using Marjoram in Evening Primrose oil can be smoothed over the abdomen to provide relief from discomfort due to menstrual pain. We also recommend sweet marjoram in a blend massaged onto the legs to help soothe muscle tissues before sleep.
I hope this post about the best aromatherapy oils helped you have a better understanding of how essential oil therapy works and how beneficial it can be on your mental, physical and spiritual health. For great aromatherapy-related products check our partner’s website Planttherapy.com
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