Essential oils for aromatherapy

Aromas and smells are amazing triggers that can help to stimulate emotions, feelings, and memories. I am sure you have experienced that nostalgic feeling where you remembered a past moment from your life through recognising a specific smell. Smell can not only trigger a memory but also unlock emotions and feelings inside of us that can be a very useful and important tool for managing our daily lives.

Aromatherapy can help you find the proper mindset that is necessary for achieving many things. You would be surprised at just how much your mood can be affected by a certain smell. You can take up an aromatherapy course or other holistic therapies from the School of Natural Health Sciences.

How aromatherapy can be incorporated into your daily life

In order to help you maintain a healthy physical and mental balance, a large part can be played by aromatherapy. Let’s take a look at the essential oils below and their abilities for affecting your wellbeing and mood.

For sleep

Numerous scientific studies have shown how much sleep benefits your overall wellness. There are numerous experts who state that having eight hours of uninterrupted sleep every night is essential for your health. If that is not an easy task for you to pull off, essential oils are available that can help to induce as well as maintain a peaceful sleep. One way that these oils can be used is in a room diffuser – you can keep one inside of your bedroom to get all of the benefits of the essential oils all night long. Or you can place a couple of drops of the oil on a piece of cotton, muslin or a handkerchief and keep it close to you in bed while you are sleeping.

Essential oils which help to induce sleep: rose, frankincense, clary sage, cedar, marjoram, chamomile, ylang-ylang, sandalwood, patchouli, vetiver, and lavender.

For anxiety and stress relief

One of the absolute worst byproducts of the modern world is stress. If all of us could avoid it we would be a lot healthier. There are numerous aromatic remedies that are available that can help to alleviate anxiety and stress, you just need to find an oil or a combination of different essential oils that work the best for you. Then keep the oil or blend close at hand for those times when you need to find clarity and calm. Apply the oil to pressure points on your wrists and temples and feel your tension start to fade away.

Essential oils to de-stress: vetiver, chamomile, sandalwood, orange, geranium, lemon, ylang-ylang, marjoram, bergamot, lavender, frankincense, clary sage, and rose.

For focus

If you are sleeping well and can calm down whenever you need to but still need to find clarity or help with getting out of a midday mental fog, then there are essential oils that can help. Taking a sniff of one of these oils will help to get rid of your mental fatigue and allow you to sustain focus and recall information. One study showed that sniffing rosemary may increase your memory by up to 75%! An excellent delivery system for providing instant invigoration are face mists. Or you can simply inhale your own personal blend of essential oils.

Essential oils to improve your concentration: juniper, pine, grapefruit, vetiver, cedar, helichrysum, peppermint, basil, rosemary.

For energy

“If you are struggling in the morning to get motivated, or are experiencing an energy slump during the day, some amazing essential oils are available to help ease your fatigue and provide a boost to your energy levels and mood.” says Nick Critchley from The Good Physio. Some like peppermint oil also can provide exercise performance with a boost.

Essential oils for increasing your energy: jasmine, black pepper, spearmint, rosemary, ginger, peppermint, cinnamon, eucalyptus, grapefruit, orange, and lemon.

There is a broad selection of products that are available on the market that can provide you with all of the essential oils you need. The roller-ball is one of the most convenient and effective. They are so compact that you can keep them handy all the time, and frequently are blended already for many of the effects discussed above. A room diffuser works the room constantly and looks great. A mister directly delivers the oils to you and spritzes them at the same time. Figure out which oils work the best for you and then keep a supply of each of them. Find out which blends provide you with the effect you are looking for and try making personalised aromatherapy potions of your own.