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The Types and Benefits of Aromatherapy Oils

Updated on March 2, 2010

The Aromatherapy is so special that even little kid and elder may enjoy it. Aromatherapy is the practice of using volatile plant oils including essential oils for health purpose, physical wellness, and psychological therapy.

Aromatherapy not only helps a person to relax from stress but also help deal with mental health. This therapy that uses extracts of flowers, herbs, and trees can alleviate sleep disturbance and anxiety.

But Aromatherapy is not the one time medicine for some disease, you have to use it regularly and in a serial time so you may experience all the benefits. And not all fragrance has the ability to heal, only oils as the results from the distillation of essential oil and aromatic section herbs are healing.

Aromatherapy Types

There are 3 types of Aromatherapy using that can be experienced in a variety of ways.

1. Cosmetic Aromatherapy
Aromatherapy that uses the essential oils in facial, skin, body and hair care products. The oils can be for cleansing, toning, drying, or moisturizing.
Essentials oils are good in promoting healty skin. Just a few drops of essential oils in your warm bath will create a rejuvenating, and revitalizing experience. So, the aromatherapy oils are really appropriate for various skin and hair types, and the using of these oils in cosmetic are getting wider and wider.

2. Aromatherapy for massage using
Essential oils supplement the healing touch of massage therapy with wonderful aromas. Add a few drops of oil to one ounce of pure vegetable carrier oil, such as almond, grapeseed or jojoba, and apply liberally during mass age.

3. Olfactory Aromatherapy
Means Aromatherapy oils for healing through odor. This is a direct or indirect inhalation of essential oils. Olfactory aromatherapy unlocks odor memories and encourages realignment of natural forces within the body.

How it works

Each type of essential oil contains about 100 chemical components, which work together to produce a strong effect on the body. Each type of oil works differently, depending on the dominant component. For example, some types of oils are soothing, others make you relax, relieve some pain, and so on.

Essential oils stimulate the olfactory power. You smell that smell has revealed a significant effect on your feelings. And the doctors have found, patients who lost most of olfactory experience more psychological disorders such as anxiety and depression. Perfumery believed to enter through cilia (fine hair on the nose lining) to the limbic system (part of the brain that controls mood, emotions, and our learning abilities).

This oil does not leave the remaining hazardous materials. Oil enters the body through absorption or through breathing

Ear candle aromatherapy
Ear candle aromatherapy

Benefits of Aromatherapy

These are some of Essential oils and their benefits :

1. Lavender (Lavandula Angustifolia)
Lavender stimulates cell growth function, especially the skin cells. Improve endurance, reduce pain, reduce depression, lower blood pressure, relax tense muscles. Lavender can relieve stress, excessive emotions, and dependence. If you have difficulty in sleeping, take a few drops of Lavender oil in your pillow or a few drops in your warm bath before sleeping, you may reduce the insomnia.

2. Kanuka (Kunzea Ericoides)
Kanuka functioning relieve skin allergies, increase endurance, strengthen concentration, increase feelings of confidence.

3. Tea Tree (Maleleuca Alternifolia)
Tea Tree as immune stimultant, anti-virus, anti-septic and anti-fungal. Useful to treat dandruff and acne. Used to reduce cough, asthma and sinus. Able to improve blood circulation and lymph glands. Good for people with stress, mental weakness and depression.

4. Roman Chamomile (Anthemis Nobilis)
Very good for babies and children. Serves to stimulate the formation of white blood cells, relaxing, stretching the nerves, reduce emotional feelings such as anger, fear, sadness, tension, so they can become more calm and patient.

5. Sandalwood (Santalum Album)
Function: soften the skin and balance the water content, kill bacteria, remove phlegm, sore throat, cure cough, bronchitis, and increase sexual desire.

6. Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens)
Benefits: balancing the hormones in any situation (menstruations, menopouse, pre natal, post natal). Accelerate wound healing. Recommended for PMS, menopausal and pre menopausal period.

7. Lemon (Citrus Limonum)
Benefits: stomach acid balance, reduce cellulite, helps healing sore throats and either used as a cold.

8. Pappermint (Mentha Piperita)
Serves to relieve headaches, enlighten the mind matted. For digestion: reduce nausea and bloating. Pappermint prohibited for pregnant women because it can stop the milk production.

9. Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus Bluegum)
Benefits: reduce the itch from mosquito bites, to help deal with problems such as respiratory and diuretic. The smell of eucalyptus and Cajeput are similar. Practice distinguish scent, because it really looked like.

10. Ginger (Zingiber officinalis)
Ginger is a natural aspirin, which can help the patient's blood viscosity, all types of muscle pain, reduce nausea, bloating, and increase appetite.

Some aromatherapy tips

If you do not want to buy essential oils, one by one, you can buy products that have been mixed, or using a product that has contained the body of essential oil.

Several types of oil believed to be risky during pregnancy. Therefore, if you are pregnant, be sure to consult a doctor or therapist before using.

Do not try to cure disease with aromatherapy oils, always consult a doctor.

Do not apply oil that has not been diluted to the skin. Oil is not diluted too strong and can trigger inflammation. Lavender is the only exception, which can be applied directly to the skin area to cope with insect bites and stings. Other types of essential oils should be mixed with carrier oil.

Avoid rubbing the oil into the cracked areas of skin, inflamed skin or just scratched.

When using aromatherapy, close the door of the room to prevent the flight of smell.

To obtain a direct result of aromatherapy, try inhaling steam. Add 4 drops of essential oil of your choice into a bowl of hot water, you lean toward the bowl and cover the head with a towel. Pull a deep breath for 5 minutes.

Do not forget to bring tissues that have been dropped by some of your favorite oil. That way, you can breathe each time you want. In addition, you can also shed a chamomile or lavender oil on the pillow to help you sleep more soundly.


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      Vanessa 3 years ago

      Since my ideas have already been cvroeed by others (vanilla and flowers), I started thinking outside the box (as they say).The least silly is putting a container of something nice smelling on a heat source like an old style TV or on top of the fridge. If it was warm enough it would activate the smells.Something a little sillier is to start baking ! There is nothing so yummy as the smell of freshly baked cinnamon rolls or an apple pie.What if you could invent something that would smell pretty when wet, but in a natural, healthy way. Like if you take a shower, when the humidity hit the paint on the walls they gave off a nice gentle smell.Or when the furnace (or air conditioner) kicks in the filter is embedded with a light lemony smell.For really silliness, if they could create a breed of dog or cat that would give off a nice smell when petted But on a more serious note, some people are highly allergic (myself included) to potpourri so I would be careful not to overdo it as it could trigger problems over time, or for visitors.

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      Caggeniappich 5 years ago

      My partner and i utilized to find high on living yet lately I've truly built up any amount of resistance.

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      prasetio30 8 years ago from malang-indonesia

      My favorite is lavender and it show me the best result. Thank you very much.

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      febriedethan 8 years ago from Indonesia

      Hi Pras, good to see you, so what is your favorite? I love lavender and chamomile :) thank's for visiting and rate this up!

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      prasetio30 8 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I liked using aromatherapy oils, it help me to reduce stress after teaching. It help me to relax. I enjoy reading the benefit of essential oil. I rate this up!

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      febriedethan 8 years ago from Indonesia

      Dame Scribe, yes. there are many shampoos and even floor cleaners that smell like flower and have some aromatherapy's smell, thank you for visiting :)

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      Dame Scribe 8 years ago from Canada

      I use shampoos that smell like flowers and certain ones my sons absolutely love since the scent wafts throughout our little house, lol. Great information. :)

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      febriedethan 8 years ago from Indonesia

      Putz Ballard, yes, I enjoy some refreshing good smell of essential oils too, it really great for your day :)

      Hello, hello thank you and I really love the aromatherapy things and the equipments, they are just cute i think, hope someday will have my own daily spa haha..

      Anginwu, kanuka is a kind of wild plants or bush that found many in New Zealand. Maori people in New Zealand used to apply the kanuka oil for pain and inflammation relief. Also for skin disease. Kanuka oil has a pleasant perfume. I'm not sure if the plant grows in Indonesia, thank you for visiting :)

      heart4theword, yes eucalyptus is great for a cold weather and there are many eucalyptus oil productions in my country, the most famous is the eucalyptus oil from Ambon, Maluku island. Thank you for nice comment :)

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      heart4theword 8 years ago from hub

      I have heard of people using Eucalyptus in the winter time to help prevent colds. Great Hub, very informative about this subject:)

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      anglnwu 8 years ago

      Never heard of kanuka. Is it an Indonesian herb? Thanks for the information--very well-researched.

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      Hello, hello, 8 years ago from London, UK

      You have done a great research and a great hub. Thank you very much.

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      Putz Ballard 8 years ago

      Great hub, I have a good sense of smell and the perfumes, oils, and lotions my sweetie pie uses are so wonderful.