The Main Benefits of Aromatherapy

Essential oil bottles with plants on a white background. "Therapeutic Essential Oils" in writing

Have you ever wondered what aromatherapy was all about and if it could benefit you? What, though, are the main benefits of aromatherapy?

As a whole, the main benefits of aromatherapy include, but are not limited to, easing muscular aches, supporting the immune system, easing anxiety and depression, and inducing restful sleep. Aromatic molecules enter the bloodstream, where they can act in a therapeutic capacity.

You need to know how aromatherapy can bring many benefits to your self-care regime and how you feel overall. Let’s get into the main benefits of aromatherapy that you should know…

Plant Oils Relieve Aching Muscles and Joints

Certain essential oils can powerfully affect sore, stiff, and achy muscles and joints. This is due to the compounds found within these oils that have therapeutic actions such as:

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Anagelsic
  • Muscle Relaxant
  • Antioxidant

For achy muscles and joints, it’s best to use a blend of essential oils that are diluted in a carrier oil, lotion, or cream and applied directly to the affected area.

Look for blends that contain-

  • Cypress
  • Majoram
  • Helichrysum
  • Peppermint
  • White Camphor
  • Wintergreen

Check out this quality essential oil blend from Plant Therapy-

Plant therapy muscle aid essential oil blend 1/3 oz. 10mL.

Aromatherapy Supports the Immune System

Many essential oils boast impressive abilities that benefit the immune system. Ongoing research continues to find that essential oils have constituents in them that are:

  • Antimicrobial
  • Antibacterial
  • Antiviral
  • Antioxidant
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antiparasitic

Essential oils can be used in cleaning solutions to kill germs on surfaces, as air freshening sprays to kill airborne pathogens, as well as in laundry to sanitize clothing.

You can use essential oils in diffusers with water for inhalation, diluted with a carrier oil and put in an essential oil roll-on bottle to be applied on the skin, diluted in a lotion or cream base for skin application, or inhaled in a “neat” method straight from the bottle or applied to a cotton ball or tissue.

It’s possible to use essential oils as a single note or in a blend for a more complex “synergistic” effect. It has been found that essential oils tend to work better in blended formulas rather than single-note formulas.

Look for blends that contain-

  • Oregano
  • Thyme
  • Lavender
  • Tea tree
  • Eucyluptus
  • Clove

This is a great preblended set from Plant Therapy-

Plant therapy wellness sampler 3 piece essential oils blend set, Germ Fighter, Immune Aid, Respir Aid

Aromas Help Ease Anxiety and Depression

Probably for this reason alone, it’s worth trying aromatherapy essential oils. Who of us is not battling with some form of anxiety and/or depression?

The therapeutic effects of essential oils are:

  • Anxiolytic (anti-anxiety)
  • Anti-Depressant
  • Mood Elevating
  • Improves focus and concentration

You can use a blend of essential oils in a diffuser with water for inhalation, diluted with a carrier oil and put in an essential oil roll-on bottle to be applied on the skin, diluted in a lotion or cream base for skin application, or inhaled in a “neat” method straight from the bottle or applied to a cotton ball or tissue.

Look for blends that contain-

  • Citrus oils-Sweet orange, lemon, neroli, grapefruit, bergamot…
  • Peppermint
  • Rosemary
  • Spearmint
  • Eucyluptus
  • Frankincense
  • Rose
  • Chamomile
  • Ylang Ylang
  • Lavender

This Blues Buster blend from Plant Therapy is worth checking out-

Plant therapy blues buster essential oil bend 1/3 oz. 10mL

Essential Oils to Soothe You to Sleep

According to the WHO (World Health Organization), about 40% of adults suffer from sleep problems worldwide. That’s about 2.8 billion adults who struggle to get restful sleep!

The therapeutic actions in essential oils that improve sleep quality are:

  • Calming
  • Sedating
  • Relaxing
  • Anti-inflammatory

Use your essential oils for sleep either a single note or in a blend using diffusion with water, diluted with a carrier oil, lotion, or cream, and massaged into the wrists, temples, chest, and behind the ears within 30 minutes of bedtime.

You can also use the oils “neat” by direct inhalation before sleep.

Look for blends that contain-

  • Lavender
  • Chamomile
  • Sandalwood
  • Frankincense
  • Jasmine
  • Bergamot
  • Ylang Ylang
  • Valerian
  • Cedarwood
  • Clary Sage

Sleep Easy is a nice set from Plant Therapy that gives you options-

Plant therapy sleep easy essential oil 3 piece blend roll-on set, Relax, Sleep Tight, Unwind, 3 x 1/3 oz. 10 mL

Using Essential Oils Safely

If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have any underlying health conditions, be sure to talk to your doctor before using essential oils

It’s also good to do a patch test on the skin on the inside of your arm with the pre-diluted oil preparation that you plan to use on the body.

DO NOT use essential oils made from plants that you have an allergy to.

Aromatherapy is generally safe for most people. However, it is important to use essential oils with caution. Essential oils are highly concentrated and can be irritating to the skin and eyes. It is important to dilute essential oils with a carrier oil before applying them to the skin.

Tips for using aromatherapy safely:

  • Always dilute essential oils with a carrier oil before applying them to the skin
  • Do a patch test on a small area of skin before using an essential oil for the first time
  • Avoid using essential oils near the eyes or mucous membranes
  • Do not ingest essential oils internally without the guidance of a Certified Aromatherapist
  • Discontinue use immediately if any irritation or discomfort arise

Be sure to check with your Doctor or Pharmacist that essential oils will not interfere with any prescribed medications you are taking. Certain botanicals may be contraindicated if you are consuming specific medications.

Many More Benefits to Aromatherapy

There’s much more to learn about the benefits of aromatherapy but these were just the main reasons why people got into aromatherapy and chose to stick with it.

I love to use aromatherapy essential oils for anxiety, and muscle pain, always to help me sleep, and to wake up my brain if I’m feeling really groggy. I cannot be without my diffuser and I travel with pre-made essential oil roll-on formulas for on-the-go.

This is the diffuser I bought from Amazon and personally use in my home:

Katusie 500ml Essential Oil Diffuser with Remote

You can consult a Certified Aromatherapist if you want in-depth counseling on which essential oils are best for you.

Find an Aromatherapist-NAHA.ORG

Aromatherapy is great on its own but also as a complementary therapy to other healthcare regimes.

I’m sure that if you start experimenting with Aromatherapy essential oils, you too will soon see the myriad of benefits, that go beyond just the main points mentioned here.


MEDICAL DISCLAIMER

The content in this article is for informational and educational purposes only. It is not intended to provide medical advice or to take the place of medical advice or treatment from a trained qualified physician. All readers/viewers of this content are advised to consult their doctors or qualified health professionals regarding specific health questions. Neither Galeano Massage nor the publisher of this content takes responsibility for possible health consequences of any person or persons reading or following the information in this educational content. All viewers of this content, especially those taking prescription or over-the-counter medications, or supplements or those diagnosed with a medical illness should consult their physicians before implementing any of the self-care advice in this article.


Sarah

I've been practicing Massage Therapy since 2014. I'm a health and wellness enthusiast. I'm always learning and experimenting with different techniques, recipes, and healing modalities. I believe that we need to approach health and wellness from a WHOLE-listic point of view and understand that it will constantly be changing and is never stagnant. We are all unique and what works for one person will not necessarily work for another person. As I grow, change, and experiment I will share what I have learned as it may help someone else in need.

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