Aromatherapy is the use of plant oils for physical and psychological health and wellness. Aromatherapy has been around for centuries and has recently come out of alternative medicine to the mainstream. Most commonly they are now purchased from a specialty store or online. Basically a substance is extracted from a plant to give us an extremely potent essential oil. The oils can be used in massage, burned, inhaled, bathed in, or used in a compress. The oils are not to be eaten because of the potency. For massage or another skin application the oil must be diluted. Some common substances used to dilute the oils are apricot, cocoa butter, primrose, jojoba, olive, avocado, sunflower, and pecan. Each essential oil is said to be used for a certain ailment or disease.

Here is a list of some of the most common essential oils and what they can be used for.

Almond - base oil
Basilbronchitis, colds, cough, flu, insect repellant, aches
Cedar wood – acne, arthritis, cough, dandruff, stress
Chamomile – allergies, cuts, earache, PMS, stress, insomnia, headache
clary sage - relaxation, narcotic like effects
Dill – pains, headache
Eucalyptusarthritis, cold sores, colds, fever, flu
Fir Needle – muscle aches
Frankincense – stretch marks, anxiety, scars, stress
Grapefruit - stress, PMS, headache
Ginger – nausea, poor circulation
Jasminedepression, dry skin, exhaustion
Lavender – depression, aches, anxiety, bruises, migraines, stress, wounds
Lemon – warts, flu, colds, corns
Lime – acne, flu, colds
Nutmeg – slow digestion, fatigue, nausea
Oregano – cough, digestion
Patchouli – chapped skin, hair care, stress, athlete’s foot, fatigue
Peppermintasthma, fever, headache
Pine oil -- Aches and pains
Rose - stress, depression
Rosewood – skin, headache, stretch marks, stress
Sage - headaches, infection, stimulate mind
Sandalwood – laryngitis, chapped skin, bronchitis
Tea Tree – chicken pox, insect bites, migraine, sores, colds, cuts
Violet Leaf – insomnia, sore throats
Yarrow – hair care, wounds, scars, insomnia
Ylang-Ylang – anxiety, stress

Stay away from aromatherapy that the essential oil is 100%:

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