Aromatherapy refers to the use of plant-derived essential oils as a form of therapy. The practice dates back thousands of years, with the belief that the antimicrobial activity of the oils can be used to soothe ailments and improve a person’s health or mood.
Aromatherapy can be done in two ways – topical application or inhalation. The former uses essential oils that have to be diluted with carrier oils while the latter scents the air through various methods.
To calm nerves and anxiety and aid restful sleep, try lavender, chamomile, rose, sandalwood and clary sage. For a pick-me-up, try peppermint, sweet orange, eucalyptus, spearmint, rosemary and lemon essential oils. There are of course many other blends to consider.
For pet owners, make sure you check that the essential oils are not toxic to them before use.
Here are 10 ways to incorporate aromatherapy into your life.