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A is for Aromatherapy

on January 13, 2012

A is for Aromatherapy

I have chosen to write about aromatherapy because I believe that it can be useful to all people even if they are not pagans. As a refresher for everyone a little vocabulary lesson first.

AROMATHERAPY is the use of essential oils from plants for healing and well-being.

ESSENTIAL OILS are concentrated extracts taken from roots, leaves, seeds , or blossoms of plants.

Aromatherapy can be inhaled, massaged into the skin, and can but rarely taken orally. Some of the many benefits of aromatherapy include stress relief, sleep improvement, mood enhancers, headache relief, muscle relaxation, boost immune systems, blood circulation, mental clarity, and many many more benefits to be named here.

Here’s a brief guide to essential oils (EO’s) and their aromatherapy uses.

EOs reputed to aid memory and recall: Cedarwood, Marjoram, Peppermint, Rosemary

EOs reputed to aid relaxation: Chamomile, Clary Sage, Juniper Berry, Lavander, Lemon, Mandarin, Marjoram, Neroli, Rose, Rose Geranium, Sandalwood, Ylang Ylang.

EOs reputed to aid alertness: Black Pepper, Juniper Berry, Lemon, Peppermint, Pine, Rosemary, Rose Geranium, Ylang Ylang.

…OK, you may be wondering, how can an essential oil (such as ylang ylang) help relax you AND keep you alert? Ylang Ylang and Juniper Berry are among the EOs that have a general balancing effect on the body and mind…

EOs reputed to aid depression: Chamomile, Clary Sage, Eucalyptus, Juniper Berry, Lavender, Petitgrain, Rosemary, Sandalwood.

EOs reputed to aid congestion: Eucalyptus, Lavender, Lemon, Patchouli, Peppermint, Pine, Rosemary.

EOs reputed to have pain-relieving properties: Cajeput, Chamomile, Ginger, Helichrysum, Lavender, Marjoram, Rosemary, Rose.

EOs reputed to have skin-rejuvenation effects on mature skin: Carrot Seed, Frankincense, Lavender, Jasmine, Myrrh, Neroli, Palmarosa, Patchouli, Rose.

Sometimes these plants are put in shampoos, lotions, astringents, candles, and air fresheners . These are just a few of the many interesting ways plants can be used to help create a mood. Some plants not only work towards altering an illness the body has but they can also put a person in a particular mood such as relaxed, invigorated, calm, etc. For centuries essential oils have been considered the most theraputic and rejuvenating of all botanical extracts.


One response to “A is for Aromatherapy

  1. Velody says:

    There was an article floating around last week about a medical study that looked into the health benefits of incense. I know they are not one in the same but I’m sure they work on the same principles. Unfortunately I can’t find the article now.

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