Aromatherapy is also known as essential oil therapy. It’s a way to use the scent of the oils for holistic healing. Aromatherapy can be used in massage, topically, or by inhalation.
Aromatherapy is known to have benefits on nausea, body aches, anxiety, stress, depression, fatigue, headaches, circulation issues, menstrual issues, menopause symptoms, or hair loss. Most of the claims that aromatherapy makes are supported by claims from the community of essential oil users and practitioners of holistic medicine. There are also some scientific experiments that support the benefits of certain essential oils such as lavender, tea tree, and eucalyptus.
To properly inhale the oils for aromatherapy, you can use an essential oil diffuser. We suggest using an ultrasonic diffuser that uses sound waves to break up the essential oils into water vapor that can be evenly distributed into the air. The water dilutes the essential oils to be safe. You can also use a nebulizing diffuser that uses air to disperse the essential oils directly without water. It’s dispersed into fine droplets that are small enough to be safe. You can also use inhalation in other ways. For example, you can make an essential oil steamer for the shower or put a few drops in a hot bath.
You can also use topical inhalation for aromatherapy. One popular way to use aromatherapy topically is to use a massage oil. There are multiple carrier oils that you can use for massage and aromatherapy including fractionated coconut oil, sweet almond oil, jojoba oil or argan oil.
DIY bath and skin care products can also benefit from the healing powers of aromatherapy. For example, adding tea tree oil to your shampoo can give you a revitalizing boost. You can also put a drop or two of lavender oil in your hand lotion for a relaxing spa experience. Add a drop of pink grapefruit to your body wash for extra nourishment and refreshment.
Essential oils that are used for aromatherapy should always be diluted with a carrier oil before topical application, usually in a 2% ratio. Topical application should be preceded by a patch test. Apply a small amount of diluted essential oil to the inner arm. Check the area for irritation or redness for the next 48 hours.
Since aromatherapy is made from plants including flowers and nuts, it’s a highly sustainable form of therapy. Still, there are organizations like the Center for Plant Conservation and the United Plant Savers that make sure that the plants are being cared for and harvested properly without overwhelming the population of healing plants, trees, and herbs.