When it comes to natural remedies, the first things we think of are usually oral solutions or topical treatments, but we rarely consider the role our noses can play in healing. However, various studies on the topic of aromatherapy confirm that your sense of smell could benefit your mind and body in a number of ways, and essential oils – the natural fragrant compounds of plants – are a key ingredient in the process.

 

Aromatherapy can be tricky business, and there are a few things to take into consideration in order to successfully use essential oil aromas for healing purposes. First off, it’s important to make sure that the oils you are using are completely pure in order to avoid unhealthy chemicals and other dangerous ingredients that can be present in inorganic products. Another important factor is practicing moderation when it comes to aromatherapy. You should be careful, for example, not to exceed an hour of inhaling essential oils at a time. Finally, be sure to follow any instructions on usage that are provided when you purchase a product like an essential oil to be sure that you are using it safely and properly.

 

There are several methods which you can use to release the healing scents of essential oils properly, including the use of a diffuser or the combination of a few drops of oil with hot water, both of which produce a therapeutic vapor that you can breathe in.  Whatever method you use, the effects are more or less the same, and the question that remains is determining which essential oil is best for your needs. Keep reading to see seven examples of great essential oils and the healing effects of their scents.

 

Lemon

Effect: Gives you a happiness boost

Lemon essential oil has a strong but refreshing citrus scent, and just a whiff of the aroma can be extremely revitalizing. By energizing you, it also has the ability to give your mood an uplifting boost, making you feel happier overall.

 

Cinnamon

Effect: Makes you more focused

Cinnamon has proven effective in improving cognitive function, and a study which looked at the link between the scent of cinnamon and subjects’ alertness while driving found that the two did in fact seem to be connected. The study suggests that just smelling a bit of cinnamon essential oil can stimulate your system and help you feel less fatigued and more focused.

 

Lavender

Effect: Makes you sleep better

The sweet floral scent of lavender is extremely soothing, and as such, it can be the perfect scent to help you wind down right before bedtime for a better night’s sleep. As a useful sleep aid, lavender is also helpful in alleviating the symptoms of insomnia.

 

Grapefruit

Effect: Reduces your appetite

Grapefruit has an extremely strong and tangy flavor, as well as aroma, and the crisp fragrance of grapefruit essential oil can have a serious effect on curbing cravings for sweets and reducing appetite overall. This makes grapefruit essential oil a valuable tool in aiding weight loss efforts.

 

Black Pepper

Effect: Helps you quit smoking

A study aimed to assess the effect of sensory cues on reducing nicotine cravings found that inhalation of black pepper essential oil vapor played a role in reducing these cravings. As a scent which can increase activity and sensations in the respiratory tract, black pepper oil can be extremely useful in reducing withdrawal symptoms associated with quitting smoking.

 

Chamomile

Effect: Makes you less stressed

Just like a hot cup of chamomile tea can help soothe your body and mind, chamomile essential oil can provide the same relaxing effects without the brew. The smell of chamomile essential oil has a strong calming effect and can be particularly helpful in reducing stress and anxiety.

 

Ginger

Effect: Helps make you less nauseous

Smelling ginger oil can be great for reducing nausea associated with any number of things, from motion sickness to morning sickness.

 

What are some other essential oil scents that you know of which can be used in aromatherapy? Share with us in the comments below or tweet me @tamarahoumi