The Benefits of Aromatherapy & How to Use Essential Oils

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Aromatherapy can be used in a variety of ways to help focus, relax as well as relieving symptoms causing discomfort. More and more people are looking for more natural alternatives these days. Essential oils are made from plant extracts that are highly concentrated, they should not be consumed.

They can be used in oil burners by sprinkling a few drops into a oil burner filled with water. They can also be diluted into Base Oils other known as carrier oils, then applied directly onto the skin or hair. With each oil having its own benefits and aroma they can be combined in a wide variety of ways for a desired outcome and scent. Another common way you can use essential oils is that you can sprinkle a few drops into the bath. 

Check out our guide on essential oils here

What is Aromatherapy?

Aromatherapy is a type of alternative medicine that can help with a variety of ailments. It can be used to help those who suffer from a number of different ailments such as: chronic pain, depression, stress, angina (heart conditions), stroke infections, allergies, anxiety, sleep issues, and depression.

Sophia Klishko of Gentle Art Apothecary, a spa and essential oil store in Gaithersburg, has many clients who suffer from depression. “It’s a tricky thing when you’re dealing with depression,” she said. “If you do an oil massage, you can help with depression almost immediately. You can apply it when you wake up and before bed, and when you do those treatments, it just happens on its own. 

How Essential Oils Can Improve Your Mood

The main purpose of aromatherapy is to help relax, focus, or get relief from symptoms causing discomfort or pain. Using essential oils can have many benefits on the mind and body.

Essential oils are safe for most people and can be used daily in small amounts.  For some people, aromatherapy can help improve sleep patterns, while others prefer to use it to unwind after a long day.

You can use essential oils can help improve your mood, if you’re tired, stressed or anxious and so much more.

10 Essential Oils to Improve Your Health

Benefits of the plants that essential oils haver been extracted from have been used for thousands of years by people across the world. Their benefits are well known and there are so many ways to use them. These days we extract the properties that have been used by so many plants into oils for a more purer and convenient form. There are classes of aromatherapy and how to use oils to assist you in life.

There are a variety of ways we can apply essential oils. They can be applied directly to the body with Base Oils, used in oil burners, and diluted in the bath. Whether you want to heal your body naturally or would like to cleanse yourself, some essential oils are not only powerful, but also easily affordable.

If you’re interested in learning more about using essential oils and using them in various ways, check out these essential oils.

Tea Tree
Tea Tree essential oil is known for it's anti-bacterial, anti-septic and anti-fungal properties. This oil can be added to the bath or diluted in a Base Oil to be applied to the skin to help with aching muscles. The aroma of Tea Tree is very unique and powerful, when added to an oil burner it can help relive cold and flu symptoms.

Lemon essential oil has a sharp citrusy aroma, it is known to help focus the mind, lower anxiety and depression. This essential oil can also be used to help with relieving cold and flu symptoms, it is often added to Massage Oils

Eucalyptus essential oil is known for its anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. It has been used for many years as a natural insect repellent and helping to prevent getting bitten. Some people use its anti-inflammatory qualities to help with reducing cold sores.

Lavender essential oil is one of the most purchased oils in the world, it is famous for its ability to help you relax and sleep better. Many people however, are unaware that it can also help with anxiety, depression, menstrual cramps and skin conditions such as eczema.

Jasmine essential oil is best known for its floral scent and its aphrodisiac aroma, due to this its commonly used in perfumes. Another essential oil that has anti-septic qualities and improve your mood. It is also used for helping with depression, relaxation and assisting with decreasing symptoms of menopause.

Chamomile essential oil has been used for many years to help with nausea, healing wounds, anxiety, depression and it also has anti-inflammatory qualities. It also shares the same ability to help you relax and to get a better night’s sleep. Women often use a few drops of chamomile in the bath to help during PMS to help with their symptoms.

Peppermint essential oil is known for its sharp menthol aroma and is often used to help clear your airways. It can also be blended with Base Oils and applied to your hair for hair growth but also to be applied to your skin to help to relax the muscles. Peppermint has a strong aroma and as such a lot of insects and spiders cannot stand the smell, this combined with its ability to help with skin irritation make it a perfect choice for them summer months.

Tangerine essential oil is often an underrated compared to many on this list, but like its citrus counterpart Lemon, it certainly packs a punch. It has anti-septic and anti-inflammatory qualities and can be mixed with a Base Oil to help stimulate the generation of skin cells. Tangerine can be used to help uplift your mood and help with anxiety.

Ylang Ylang
Ylang Ylang is a mental stimulant and is used for lowering blood pressure and acts as a aphrodisiac. It can also be used to help with headaches, insomnia, muscle tension, reducing inflammation and according to some athletes foot. As it is a mental stimulant it should only be used in small doses.

Cinnamon essential oil has anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-oxidant properties. It has also been claimed that when mixed with a Base Oil such as Castor Oil it can help promote hair growth. Similar to most on this list it also has been known to enhance your mood.

Creating Your Own Aromatherapy Recipe

If you're new to essential oils, they are usually in liquid form. You can put them into a diffuser, or simply scatter them around the room where you want the aromatherapy to take place.

If you want to create your own essential oil blends that are high in therapeutic benefits, start by identifying your needs, then finding the best essential oils that fit those needs. For instance, if you have a dry, winter cold and you're looking to relax, a blend of pure Peppermint essential oil infused with Lemon essential oil would be ideal.

While you can easily purchase a variety of essential oils, not all essential oils are created equal.


Essential oils can be used in a variety of different ways. The uses of essential oils can be vast and are definitely worth looking into. With so many ways to apply them, it means whether your a beginner our a seasoned expert there is something for you.

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