Aromatherapy is one of my favorite ways to relax after a long, stressful day.
It is one of the least invasive of the classic medicinal practices and have been used to help a variety of ails including body pains, inflamed sinuses, runny noses, and coughs.
Aromatherapy is also used to sooth sore throats after extended singing or speaking, and indeed, many singers still swear by the healing powers of a good aromatherapy session.
Aromatherapy has been around for several thousand years and have been featured prominently in Asian religions and philosophies, including Buddhism and Taoism.
The most common form of aromatherapy in these settings are incense sticks, which are burned for their fragrant smoke that is believed to banish negative energy.
I also believe that aromatherapy can banish negative energy. I keep several types of different oils and perfumes ready when I need a good aromatherapy session.
My favorite type of scent diffuser is an oil burner. I have one made of natural clay with a beeswax candle underneath.
I fill the diffuser with one parts oil and two parts water, and light the candle. Of course, you can try other methods as well. Scented candles, incense sticks, and modern vapor diffusers all work well.
I even had a particularly crafty friend before who would use cheap lanyards on a budget.
She hung them up in her room and attached dry herbs to them to create beautiful, fragrant bouquets of dried flowers. They would fill her room with a heavenly scent.
Here are some of my top aromatherapy oils for your health and relaxation.
You can use them on an oil burner, on pot-pourri, or on a diffuser. It is your choice.
Peppermint is perhaps my favourite of all of my aromatherapy oils. Peppermint is quite common and has a soothing, icy feeling due to the menthol compounds in the plant.
It has a sweet, cool scent, and I use it to invigorate myself after a long day of work.
Peppermint is also great for soothing sore throats and clearing out your sinus when you are sick.
Eucalyptus is another fragrant oil that has a fresh, clean aroma.
It is also great for soothing coughs and congested nasal airways and has great antibacterial properties.
Eucalyptus is a great anti-inflammatory, and it is natural and safe.
You can use it as often as needed when you are sick, and it can be combined with complementary scents such as peppermint.
Lavender is a fresh, floral scent and is one of the most popular of the flower based oils.
Lavender has a very distinct smell and reminds you of lush open fields and the promise of spring.
I like burning lavender in the winter when I need something to cheer me up from the gloom. Lavender also battles depression and improves memory.
Jasmine is another popular scent and it has a strong, heady perfume.
Jasmine oils have an alluring scent and are great for cooling you down and battling feelings of anger and other negative feelings.
Jasmine is also believed to be an aphrodisiac, so it is a wonderful scent for times when you need a little help for romantic escapades.