Aromatherapy was first used as medicine for physical ailments in ancient Egypt, and its roots as a mood enhancer began in ancient China. Today millions of people around the world use aromatherapy and there are several types of certifications for people who wish to teach aromatherapy techniques or provide treatments.
But you don’t actually need training to perform aromatherapy. All you need is some knowledge of essential oils and a home to use them in.
Here are five easy ways to use essential oils for aromatherapy:
A good bath is already one of the best ways to relax and sooth your muscles, and a dose of essential oils can profoundly increase these effects. Add 2-12 drops to a tablespoon of a dispersing agent like coconut emulsifier or natural bath gel. Dump this solution into the bath 2-3 minutes before you enter the water. This gives it time to spread evenly throughout the bath.
Some of the best essential oils for bathing are lavender, Roman chamomile, and myrrh.
2. Steam inhalation
Steam inhalation is typically used to relieve congestion and enhance respiratory systems. For optimal effects, add 3-7 drops of essential oil to a large bowl of boiling water, then stand above it and slowly breathe in the steam. Make sure to breathe through your nose and keep your eyes closed as you breathe in.
The best essential oils for this are lemon, eucalyptus, and tea tree oil.
Diffusion is used to improve the smell and atmosphere of a given room. There four main types of diffusers: evaporative, ultrasonic, nebulizing, and heat diffusers. Each type works in a different way and every brand has their own unique style, so be sure to thoroughly read the manual of any diffuser you purchase.
Any essential oil can be used for diffusion, but some of the most popular are lavender, peppermint, Frankincense, and lemon. Various types of essential oils can also be used to repel different types of bugs. Lavender is particularly effective for keeping most insects away.
4. Aromatic spritzer
An aromatic spritzer is essentially a homemade air freshener that doubles as a mood enhancer for your home. You’ll want to add 10-15 drops of essential oil per ounce of water, then shake the bottle vigorously to distribute the oil evenly. Then all you have to do is spray it around the house, and the place will smell great in no time!
You can use any essential oil for this, but some of the best are rosemary and ginger, as these scents can help calm a room. Ginger can also help you stay alert, making it an excellent choice for a home office.
5. Skin cream/lotions
Several essential oils can help nourish and protect your skin, keeping it healthy and beautiful. You can buy simple face creams and lotions that can be altered with essential oils or learn how to make your own from scratch. There are thousands of great homemade skin lotion recipes available online. Feel free to customize these with your own preferred oils once you’ve gotten the hang of things.
The best essential oils for your skin include tea tree oil, jojoba oil, bergamot oil, and Ylang-ylang oil. There are also guides that will help you find the best essential oils for your skin type.
No matter what type of aromatherapy you want to try, always be sure to buy only the highest quality essential oils. Many cheap essential oils are severely diluted or use the lowest quality oil, dramatically reducing their beneficial effects. The purest oils will cost significantly more, but their rewards will more than make up for the extra expense.