The Top Ten Most Popular Aromatherapy Oils
by Sarah Rudston, clinic assistant
Anyone who has ever used an oil burner or burnt incense in their home will know what a powerful effect our sense of smell can have. Scents can evoke memories and feelings which may have been long forgotten, instilling senses of calm or happiness in the way that visual stimuli may not be able to. Aromatherapy involves the application of aromatic oils, distilled from plant sources, to improve physical and psychological wellbeing. There are lots of different oils that aromatherapists use during therapy treatments. Here’s a list of the top ten most popular oils and what they do.
- Chamomile – Known for the popular herbal drink, chamomile is said to be useful for tension and anxiety, as well as improving sleep problems. It can also be used to soothe stress-related skin conditions.
- Eucalyptus – Eucalyptus is sometimes known as the natural antiseptic – useful for coughs, colds, aches and pains. It has a woody, camphorous scent.
- Geranium – The floral, earthy scent of geranium is said to be helpful for stimulating the nervous system as well as various skin conditions.
- Lavender – A well-known scent, the soothing qualities of Lavender can be used to combat anxiety and stress. It’s also said to be useful for burns or skin conditions.
- Peppermint – Peppermint tea has been oft recommended for digestive problems, and the refreshing scent can also be used to combat nasal congestion which arises from colds.
- Lemon – The sharp, tangy scent of lemon can help stimulate the nervous system and it is also said to be useful for the circulatory system.
- Tea tree – Another natural antiseptic, the fresh scent of tea tree oil can help with lung congestion (as well as warding off bugs and insects!)
- Rosemary – The well-known herb can produce an essential oil which can help with muscle aches and fatigue.
- Ylang Ylang – This oil has been known as a natural antidepressant, soothing anxieties and reducing muscle tension.
- Sandalwood – The rich, sweet fragrance of Sandalwood is used mainly for skin complaints (however it’s a wonderful scent just to enjoy for the sake of it!)
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