Today I’m excited to introduce a guest post from Sarah of RelaxEveryday about the positive effects of aromatherapy on your health!
Aromatherapy is an alternative health option for simple ailments. More and more people are catching on that natural is better. Due to the rising trend of looking to nature to solve health issues, aromatherapy is becoming popular at lightning speed and it’s easy to see why.
What is Aromatherapy?
Aromatherapy involves the use of essential oils to assist, heal, and even prevent common ailments. Not only do essential oils smell great, they can provide a wealth of positive effects on the mind and/or body. If you are considering aromatherapy at home, according to the Mayo Clinic, you can experience an improvement in mood and even lowered levels of stress and anxiety.
Aromatherapy involves the use of essential oils and can be inhaled directly. You can also applying them to the skin when diluted with a carrier oil (good quality vegetable oil). Take a few drops and apply to your temples, wrists, or even behind your ears. You could also indulge in aromatherapy with the help of massage, lotions, or using essential oils in bath salts for a relaxing soak in the bath.
How Does it Work?
The way aromatherapy works is by the stimulation that occurs in the smell receptors in our noses. The smell receptors will send our brain messages through the nervous system straight to our limbic system – the part of our brains that controls our emotions. If you are new to using aromatherapy, you may want to experiment with different essential oils to find which scents you like best.
What are the Benefits of Aromatherapy?
Aromatherapy can provide several physical and mental health benefits. According to Organic Facts, you can eliminate a headache and even a migraine with the help of a variety of essential oils. Young Living Essential Oils classified as Natural Health Products to help with headaches include Peppermint, Bergamot, Lavender, Neroli, Spearmint, and/or Eucalyptus Globulus. Besides getting rid of your headaches, aromatherapy can also give you several other positive benefits.
Aids in Sleep
Aromatherapy can help you manage healthy sleeping habits and allow your body to experience a relaxing effect. The best essential oils to use for sleep include: jasmine, chamomile, rose, lavender, ylang ylang, and neroli oils.
Improves Your Immune System
Aromatherapy can give your immune system a much needed boost when they are used properly. The antibacterial, antimicrobial, and antifungal effects of essential oils can protect your body from a number of illnesses. Some essential oils are also known to help with symptoms of colds and cough. Young Living Essential Oils such as Clary Sage, Clove, Cypress, Cedarwood, Lemon, Lavender, Lime, Peppermint, Tea Tree, and Thyme are all classified as Natural Health Products by Health Canada for reducing symptoms of a cold and cough.
Aids in Digestion
Digestion issues can be aided greatly with the help of aromatherapy. They can ease indigestion, constipation, bloating, and even speed up your metabolism. Young Living Essential Oils such as Citronella, DiGize, Lavender, Lemongrass, Orange, Ginger, Marjoram, and Peppermint are all classified as Natural Health Products by Health Canada known to help with digestive discomfort.
Helps Your Mental State
As mentioned above, aromatherapy can give your mood a boost, help with depression, lower your stress and your anxiety levels, and allow you to feel calm and relaxed. Young Living Essential Oils such as Lavender, German Chamomile, Jasmine, Rose, Neroli, Clary Sage, and Ylang Ylang are classified as Natural Health Products by Health Canada to help you relax and calm your nerves.
Incorporating aromatherapy in your day to day life can be an easy step to lowering your stress levels or helping you prevent common ailments such as headaches or indigestion. Natural remedies such as aromatherapy are rising in popularity and widespread use due to the safe, organic sources as well as the ease of use, not to mention all the positive benefits one can get from using them.
What are your favorite essential oils to use?
Sarah is the editor of relaxeveryday. Finding aromatherapy in a stressful point in her life made all the difference to her health. She promotes a healthy and relaxed life, and want to help others in their strive for a calmer life.
Statements made regarding Young Living Essential Oils used as Natural Health Products are regulated by Health Canada. In the USA, please refer to FDA Guidelines.