While many may not consider aromatherapy a legitimate treatment, it has been shown to treat a variety of aiments ranging from allergies to colds and flu. According to Livestrong.com, essential oils have been used for health conditions for more than 6,000 years, and the actual idea of aromatherapy emerged in the early 1900’s. It’s worth trying, but a few precautions are in order. Many products sold in stores for aromatherapy use synthetic fragrances without true herbal properties. Furthermore, while oils are most commonly used for aromatherapy, some may be sensitive to them, so dry herbs may be preferred. It’s a good idea to know the ingredients of the products you’re using.
As explained at Livestrong.com, there are many ways to use aromatherapy. Vaporization (further description at the linked site) of dry herbs is becoming more popular, where hot air passes through the herb, releasing the active ingredients without burning. Harmful byproducts are avoided since there’s no smoke while therapeutic scents are released. The herbs are often ground, and each has different benefits.
One dry herb is lavender, one of the most popular for aromatherapy. It is often used for relaxation and can have a calming effect. It also has antiseptic properties that can help reduce inflammation and improve healing. Rosemary can be useful in treating muscle pain and poor circulation along with breathing problems, and sage is also often used for muscle pain. Thyme is another that can ease muscle pain and breathing issues and boost the immune system. Eucalyptus has antiseptic and antiviral properties and can improve circulation. Peppermint is another with healing properties and can aid digestion. Some can also be combined for greater benefit, although this should be researched further before doing so.
If you decide to try aromatherapy in any form, it’s a good idea to make sure the ingredients are pure and carefully test different herbs or blends to find out how you tolerate them. I know many have benefited so you might too.