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Disclaimer: I am not a doctor, the information on these pages is gathered from my own experience, books, websites, and other people's experience. I will not be held responsible for any injury resulting from this information. If you have a medical condition, you should seek qualified medical advice and supervision at all times.
Aromatherapy uses essential oils to treat all sorts of diseases, disorders and everyday illnesses. The effectiveness varies for each person, and some oils may work better for some than others. As with any alternative form of medicine, it's best that you get a good reference book, or do a course to familiarise yourself with the dangers of using the oils and methods of use.
Personally, I find aromatherapy can stabilise my moods, help me relax, help me concentrate, help with pain management, sometimes help with relaxation of specific muscles, aid the healing of cuts and bruises, clear sinuses and lessen the pain of headaches and migraines.
It is advisable to use reputable brands of essential oils that give the botanical name of each oil and are 100% pure. Essential oils blended in a carrier oil should not be put in an oil burner.
- Rosemary, Basil - for moodiness and concentration
- Rosemary, Lavender - for stress and concentration
- Peppermint - good for stomach upsets, and foot baths with epsom salts and a little glycerine
- Lavender - relaxation and headaches
- Lavender, Rosewood, Ylang Ylang - headaches, relaxation
- Lemon, Orange, Bergamot - fresh, wakeup fragrance also good for moodiness.
Typically I use these in an oil burner, or a couple of drops dispersed in a bath. A good footbath is a couple of drops of peppermint oil, a handful of epsom salts and a quarter-teaspoon of glycerine, though the pepperming oil drops will do the trick by themselves.
For insomnia, a couple of drops of lavender or chammomile oil on a tissue in the pillowcase may help.