Aromatherapy is very beneficial and has no side effects. The oils can be applied through
massages, aromatic baths or as a poultice. For internal use, we must consult with a specialist.
It is a therapeutic treatment focused on the use of natural or essential oils that are extracted from
plants, flowers, herbs or trees. It aims to improve health and well-being in general. It is very
effective in relieving some physical ailments or diseases and also lift the mood and balance our
emotions. Learn about the main benefits of aromatherapy.
Characteristics of Aromatherapy
This alternative therapy uses different aromas and oils that when inhaled, ingested or added to
the bathwater promotes physical and psychological well-being. Aromatherapy can be used
along with other techniques for a more holistic approach to any treatment and to help modern
While aromatherapy has “become fashionable” in the West for some time, it is not a new practice
at all in the Eastern part. In fact, aromatherapy was already used in the year 4500 BC in China. It
is also said that the ancient Egyptians used essential oils for embalming and for therapeutic
purposes. Likewise, in Greece, doctors like Galen or Hippocrates took advantage of aromatic
herbs to treat their patients. In the Middle Ages in Europe, this alternative treatment was used to
fight diseases and during the Renaissance period, it has been known that Queen Elizabeth I of
England supported their use. The treatment history always have been interesting.
The “medical” aromatherapy that was studied and based on the point of view of chemistry or
pharmacology of essential oils is quite recent, but with many followers around the world. And
even in the United Kingdom or France, it has been incorporated into the “official” medicine
The Oils Can Be Applied in Different Ways
By Inhalation: It is the basic method of aromatherapy that can be direct or not (mixing with
water for example). Diffusers or steam can also be used. This alternative can aid in problems
concerning the respiratory system or some conditions on the skin.
Through Massage: They are diluted in some lotion or water and massaging is performed
energetically or softly, depending on the ailment. Also ideal for contractures.
As Aromatic Baths: The tub is filled with hot water and some drops of oils are added. Then it is
alternated with warm water, which is good for circulation and relaxation.
As Poultices (hot or cold): It is used as an aid to skin conditions or relieves muscle problems.
Internal Use: It is only indicated in some cases and with certain oils. It should not be consumed
without a professional’s endorsement.
Essential Oils and Aromatherapy: What is it for?
The following list offers you the main oils that are used in aromatherapy techniques with their
Bergamot: It has a stimulating, revitalizing, energetic and refreshing effects. It is used to relieve stress, depression, anxiety and restore appetite.
Cypress: It has a sedating, invigorating and purifying properties. It calms the nervous system,
reduces the symptoms of menopause, stress, and allergies.
Geranium: It has balancing and stimulating effects. It relieves symptoms of menstruation,
depression, and anguish. Also, it raises the spirit and calms the nervous system.
Ginger: It promotes circulation and relaxation. It also helps prevent dizziness and nausea on a
trip, relieves digestive problems, improves blood circulation and stimulates the immune system,
in addition to treating flu and colds.
Grapefruit: It aids emotional balancing and has stimulating and purifying effects. It allows to
regulate emotions such as anger, relieves stress and combat respiratory problems such as
Lavender: It has harmonizing, purifying, balancing, sedative and relaxing properties. It helps
relieve headaches from stress or tension, regulates high blood pressure, sedate women in labor
and relieves burns and insect bites.
Lemon: It promotes stimulating, refreshing and purifying effects. It relieves stress, reduces
mental fatigue and improves blood circulation.
Mint: This has antiseptic, decongestant and digestive properties. It is effective in treating flu,
relaxes and calms the muscles of the stomach and gastrointestinal tract, as well as nervous
Sandalwood: It is used as a decongestant, aphrodisiac and has balancing, relaxing and purifying
effects. Relieves emotional problems, calms the nervous system and balances the mind, the spirit
and the body in preparation for meditation.
Romero: It is stimulating, relieves rheumatic and muscular pain and helps those suffering from
low blood pressure. It also increases the circulation of blood to the brain.
Ylang Ylang: It is used as an aphrodisiac. It has invigorating, purifying, balancing, euphoric and
soothing properties. It is effective for problems of the reproductive system (especially male),
calms anxiety, regulates the pulse, relieves depression and prevents panic attacks.
How is an Aromatherapy Session Done?
Before attending an aromatherapy session, you should know that it is not just a “simple
massage.” During the whole process, you only have to concentrate on your feelings at that
moment, on the sensations the oils and aromas produce, the massages, the heat of the room, the soft music, etc. Reserve a time for yourself once it’s over and does not run out to the office because
it will not have good results.
First, a specialist is responsible for making an analysis of the health status of each patient. Ask
about physical problems, diseases or illnesses and based on that, direct the session using the
specific oils. It is likely that five different ones will be placed during the session, which can last
approximately one hour (some take 30 minutes to an hour and a half, depending on the parts of
the body being treated). Surely, you should schedule a new appointment for better results.