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What is Aromatherapy?

Posted on September 15, 2015 at 9:30 AM

The National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy defines aromatherapy as “the art and science of utilizing naturally extracted aromatic essences from plants to balance, harmonize and promote the health of body, mind and spirit.”


Aromatherapy uses essential oils which can be extracted from flowers, seeds, barks, herbs, and roots. While there is not much evidence to support its effectiveness in treating or preventing any illness, there are several clinical studies that have found it to be an effective complimentary therapy method.


Pain Fighting Powers of Essential Oils


It has become a commonality in the United States for individuals suffering from sickness and pain to turn to over the counter and prescription medicines for treat various ailments. Next time you feel the need to open a bottle of ibuprofen, try a more invigorating method of managing pain provided by nature, without added chemical content. Essential oils can provide relief for many serious chronic pain sufferers through their ability to penetrate cells quickly, providing oxygen and improving circulation to inflamed joints.


Chronic Pain:

There are a number of essential oils that provide relief not only from the discomfort of chronic pain, but also the anxiety and stress that come along with it.


Basil: Energizing and uplifting, with anti-inflammatory, muscle relaxant and decongestant benefits.

Peppermint: Cools and calms the mind with additional anti-inflammatory, gallbladder and pain relieving benefits.

Wintergreen: Increases attentiveness with additional neck, nerve, herniated disk and carpal tunnel pain relieving benefits.

Clove: Improves memory and assists healing with anti-aging, arthritis and rheumatism benefits.

Lavender: Relaxes and balances the body, with anti-inflammatory benefits.

Sandalwood: Encourages relaxation with additional antidepressant benefits.


Joint & Bone Pain:

There are many causes for joint or bone pain including natural aging, injury or trauma. This type of pain is most common in middle aged or older individuals because as you age, your body goes through changes including a decrease in bone density. While joint and bone pain typically require medical attention, there are essential oils that will assist with managing this type of pain.


Helichrysum: Offers anti-inflammatory and nerve regenerating benefits.

Idaho Balsam Fir: Eases sore muscles, joints, tendons and back pain.

Spruce: Soothes arthritis, rheumatism, back pain, sciatica and bone pain.

Palo Santo: Helps with inflammation.


Muscle Pain:

It is not uncommon to experience muscle aches and pain that often go away within a few days. Muscle pain becomes a larger concern when it lingers for a longer time period and particularly when it occurs in the neck and back. In fact, 80% of Americans will experience back pain at some point in their lives making it one of the most common reasons people visit their doctor or miss work. Muscle pain includes aching, stabbing or shooting pain, and stiff or limited flexibility. If you are experiencing muscle pain, it is recommended that you be evaluated by a physician in addition to trying essential oils that may alleviate some of the discomfort.


Roman Chamomile: Relieves stress and anxiety and offers anti-inflammatory, relaxant and detoxifying benefits.

Majoram: Helps with aches, pains and muscular cramps.

Rosemary: Keeps the mind alert and can help with muscle soreness.

Thyme: Fights fatigue and can help with rheumatism.

Vetiver: Helps with joint stiffness and muscle fatigue.


Essential oils are so effective because they by-pass the digestive system and become absorbed directly into the blood stream. With millenniums of successful use, they not only provide enticing, awakening and pleasant aromas, they help fight pain by reducing inflammation, anxiety and stress. Whether you are using essential oils for your health or your home, relieving pain is just one of the amazing powers packed into the little bottle.

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