Aromatherapy harnesses the power of essential oils to help improve mental and physical well-being. If you are new to the practice or simply want to know which oils to try first, take a look at the following guide:
Soothing: Roman chamomile
This sweet, floral oil comes from steam distilled from the flowers of the plant. Helping to soothe feelings of agitation, this is a wonderful oil for calming busy minds. Physically it can be used to help relieve inflamed skin and pain from aching joints.
Use it: Vapourise in your room or add a few drops to your bath to induce calm and relaxation.
A firm favourite of many, lavender also comes from distilled steam of the flowers. Balancing emotion, lavender is known for its relaxation qualities. Try it when you have a tension headache or are struggling to sleep.
Use it: Use small amounts of the oil on a cloth within your pillowcase for a restful night’s sleep or rub a diluted solution onto your temples for headache relief.
This fresh and revitalising oil can stimulate the mind while refreshing the senses. Great for when you’re feeling congested and fuzzy-headed, try it when you need a little clarity.
Use it: Place two drops in a bowl of warm water and inhale the steam to clear airwaves or add a couple of drops to tissues/handkerchiefs.
Invigorating body and soul, lemon oil makes for a great pick-me-up when energy levels are low. Physically it is also a great antibiotic and helps to deter bugs. Try it when you’re feeling tired and need a boost of energy.
Use it: Vapourise to deter airborne bugs or add some drops to a handkerchief and inhale when needed.
This warm, soothing oil is ideal for calming the emotions and supporting you during times of stress. Traditionally used in meditation, this oil is great for focusing the mind.
Use it: Inhale from a tissue/handkerchief during stressful moments.
Want to learn more about aromatherapy? Take a look at our aromatherapy page to find an aromatherapist near you.
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