I could spend all day listing all the amazing benefits of aromatherapy. To keep it simple I’ve listed seven of the best reasons why you should be using aromatherapy in your life.
1. It Reduces Stress
I’ve not met many people who haven’t dealt with a certain degree of stress in their lives. We all have our own ways of dealing with it, but one you should definitely consider is aromatherapy.
Lavender essential oil is the ideal stress reliever. If you have an adverse dislike to the scent of lavender, try a blend of eucalyptus, tea tree and peppermint essential oil which are equally effective in reducing stress levels.
2. Improves Concentration
It seems an unlikely one but there can be periods in a person’s life when full concentration is required. Remember that last time you got distracted and drifted off at work or school? It’s pretty easily done.
Lavender essential oil has a beneficial effect on both concentration and memory retention. As lavender helps reduce stress it can increase alertness at the same time by relaxing the mind.
3. Relieves Pain
Aromatherapy has been found to dull pain, even in the most extreme cases. Lavender essential oil is perfect for inflammation. While eucalyptus to yarrow can be used to quickly ease muscle pain, tension, and swelling.
4. Induces Sleep
We all need sleep and living hectic lives usually comes the lack of it. The majority of us toss and turn for most of the night, finding it almost impossible to relax. However, the power of ylang-ylang could help us capture those 40 winks we all dream of. Ylang ylang can calm the nervous system, lowering the heart rate and blood pressure. This should put you in a far more relaxed mood when your head hits the pillow.
5. Relieves Symptoms Of Depression
If you’re suffering from depression, finding something that helps center your soul or relieve some of the symptoms can come as a great relief. Aromatherapy can be highly useful in the battle against anxiety and stress, both common side-effects of depression.
Scents such as wild ginger, lavender, and bergamot have calming effects.
6. Fights Cravings
Perhaps one of the lesser known benefits of aromatherapy is its power to fight cravings.
To fight the urge of reaching for a cigarette, try smelling a blend of two essential oils, black pepper and angelica. Black pepper reduces cravings while angelica led to a longer delay between nicotine consumption.
Aromatherapy has also been used by dieters looking to avoid unhealthy snacks with grapefruit, dill, and peppermint among the most effective essential oils.
7. Boosts Energy
As we’ve already discussed, essential oils can be an effective relaxant, but it’s also possible to go the other way and get a boost of energy. Try diffusing wild orange before and during a workout for an energy hit that will help push you further in your workout goals.
Also, scents such as peppermint can also be used to open up your airways and bring more oxygen into the blood. Making it perfect for when you are working out or playing sports.