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Aromatherapy oils are essential oils that are typically derived from plants that are believed to have healing properties. The oils are used in a variety of ways, including aerosol diffusion for general fragrance; direct application, such as for use in a bath; and inhaling the scents directly in a more concentrated form. Some commonly used relaxing aromatherapy oils include Roman Chamomile, Lavender, Rosemary, Ylang Ylang and Peppermint.
Roman Chamomile essential oil can be useful for many kinds of tension, including sleeplessness, anxiety, muscle aches, and headaches. Some holistic healers believe if it's used in a bath it also may help with inflammatory skin problems such as eczema and insect bites. It has a bright, sweet and fruity scent.
Lavender oil is generally used to relax and uplift and can also work as an antidepressant. Considered one of the safest oils, it is often used to help reduce irritability, migraines and exhaustion. Having a long history of being used in perfume, lavender oil has a fresh, slightly fruity and sweet scent.
Some herbalists believe that rosemary not only may ease lung congestion and sore throats, it also can stimulate the nervous system and increases energy. It is said to relax the muscles and increase concentration. It has a fresh, herbaceous and slightly medicinal scent. Caution should be taken however, as the oil may have epileptogenic properties, and its use by pregnant or breastfeeding women is discouraged. Therapeutic amounts are generally considered safe.
Anxiety and depression are sometimes treated with Ylang Ylang oil, which also may be helpful in relieving hypertension and stress. It can be strongly sedating, and at the same time can stimulate the mind — some also believe it to have aphrodisiac properties. It has a sweet, floral, slightly spicy scent.
Peppermint is another reliable and relaxing aromatherapy oil that has been used for centuries to relieve headaches, nerve pain and to relax the muscles. It can be energizing, but it is also used to relieve tension. Unlike most other essential oils, peppermint has been heavily studied by the traditional medical community and studies have shown it to have many medicinal properties that can be used to calm nausea, boost the immune system and improve circulation, among many other uses. It has a minty scent that blends well with other essential oils.
Relaxing aromatherapy oils can be combined in various mixtures to form scents personalized for the individual. When mixed together they can often relieve anger, anxiety, depression, insomnia and many sorts of stress-related health problems. It takes just a small amount of essential oil to create a powerful mixture that can affect the state of mind or feeling of well being. Only a couple of drops of lavender and a drop of rosemary or ylang ylang is typically enough to feel a difference. These relaxing aromatherapy oils can be added to a warm bath, mixed with almond oil to be used as a massage oil, or added to a couple of cups of boiling water to diffuse as steam into the air.