Interest in Aromatherapy is growing year by year. As more and more brands of essential oils and aromatherapy products are being found in stores there is an increase in the home use of aromatic essential oils.

Aromatherapy means therapy through aroma or scent. The practice of aromatherapy makes use of pure essential oils which are derived from plants. Essential oils are used in many beauty and health treatments. These oils should not be digested but should be mixed with carrier oils such as coconut oil, almond oil or borage oil and used topically. They can also be used with a diffuser.

Essential oils can be used simply for their fragrance and its effects on mood and emotion. They can also be used in massage or for skincare or house cleaning products.

Making use of these essential oils daily can benefit your mental and physical health. The most popular essential oils are:

Lavender. Lavender is extremely versatile and can be used for stress – related disorders as well as skin issues

Tea Tree is widely known for its antiviral, antiseptic and immune boosting properties

Peppermint is good for digestive complaints such as nausea and indigestion. It can also be used for respiratory problems as well as treating a fever.

Frankincense can be used to treat skin blemishes, scars, wounds as well as colds and respiratory issues. It is also great for anxiety and other stress-related conditions.

Ylang Ylang is wonderful for acne, irritated skin as well as depression, insomnia and nervous tension

Cedarwood. The oil is extracted from the wood and stumps and can be used as an insect repellent  as well as for arthritis, hair loss, dandruff and eczema

Neroli is wonderful for PMS, diarrhoea as well as flatulence and poor circulation.

Aromatherapy offers us just one way to improve your health but your health will quickly improve when other factors such as nutrition, exercise, relaxation as well as mental and emotional well-being are also considered.