Many of us don’t know very much about the science behind aromatherapy and essential oils, except for the fact they smell pretty great. The truth is these products have been found to aid a variety of common health problems we face, such as anxiety and stress. These natural products are also far more beneficial for us than many synthetic fragrances found in lots of beauty products, which can actually be quite harmful. Here is a list of some of the most common health complaints and which oils are best to use to help you feel better as well as the best ways to use them:
Eucalyptus oil is especially good for sinus headaches. For migraines peppermint or spearmint oils are the most effective. For best results apply a few drops to your forehead, temples and neck and massage it into your skin. For a more intense use of the oils you could use a room diffuser. Avoid ylang ylang oil when suffering from a headache, as it has been known to make the complaint worse in some instances.
Rose and Frankincense are both known for their relaxing properties. Lavender, Bergamot and Chamomile are good for encouraging a deeper sleep and have calming effects. Vanilla is another oil which helps to calm you, and is thought to be due the fact it reminds us of our mother’s milk! For best results add a few drops into a night time bath or place on a cotton ball beside your pillow.
The best oils to help ease those feelings of anxiety are Bergamot, Frankincense, Sandalwood, Lavender and Rose. Use in any of the ways mentioned above for a reduction in your levels of anxiety.
Citrus oils such as Lemon and Grapefruit are both known for their invigorating properties, while Basil, Ginger, Rosemary and Peppermint are also good alternatives. To get the best results from these oils it’s best to inhale them directly.
For a good night’s sleep try using Chamomile and Lavender aromatherapy oils. Use these like the oils for stress reduction, in a soothing bath or on some cotton balls by your pillow. And make sure to avoid the oils which help increase your energy levels.
Eucalyptus, Rose, Lavender, Clary Sage and Ylang Ylang are all known to help to ease the symptoms of PMS. A good way to use them is to mix a few drops into a moisturiser or oil and massage into your stomach or back.
Seasonal Affective Disorder
To help with those negative effects brought on by the darker winter months we endure here in the UK use oils such as Orange, Grapefruit, Ylang Ylang, Ginger and Jasmine. Use in any of your preferred methods stated above.
For help with an itchy and uncomfortable scalp the best oils to use are Tea Tree, Patchouli, Lavender, Rosemary and Peppermint. Mix a few drops into your regular shampoo or massage some diluted drops into your scalp after washing, and you will soon see those symptoms clear up.
Even if you’re feeling sceptical about the reported health benefits of these aromatherapy oils these natural remedies are certainly worth trying these before turning to synthetic products or medication. The worst that can happen is your house will start to smell incredible, and you may be surprised by the results!
There are quite a few oils mentioned above, so if you’re just starting out you can purchase the Nuyuu Oil Essentials Pack which contains: tea tree, orange, peppermint, lemongrass, lavender and eucalyptus, with these few oils you can start to experiment and use them in a variety of different ways.