Aromatherapy is the therapeutic use of essential oils to promote physical and psychological well-being. It is derived from all parts of aromatic plants through distillation and expression. It is one of the oldest healing therapies that was used throughout the world dating back thousands of years.
Today essential oils are still being used for a wide variety of stress related symptoms and conditions, including, but not limited to, gastrointestinal discomfort, skin conditions, menstrual discomfort, respiratory infections, inflammations, insomnia, anxiety, and depression. Some common chemical properties of essential oils used for these conditions include: analgesic, antimicrobial, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, astringent, sedative, antispasmodic, expectorant, diuretic, and sedative.
The essential oil can be applied via skin (topical application) or inhalation. The essential oils should always be diluted and should not be applied pure directly on the skin.
The essential oils used in aromatherapy are very potent and should be used cautiously with the very young and the elderly, and for those who have known sensitiviy or allergy to the oil.
Consult a health care provider who is knowledgeable, trained and experienced in the use of these essential oils first before using it.