Little-Known Benefits of Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy is a traditional medicinal treatment that has been around since human beings first started writing things down but which, for one reason or another, has a debatable overall and online reputation, as many individuals think it's a hoax.

But anyone who has experienced the benefits of aromatherapy know that it's the real deal.
Using essential, natural oils derived from plants, fruits, barks, roots, flowers, and other plant matter, different oils have been linked to the easing or erasing of certain ailments and the benefit of overall well being. Here are some benefits you may not have known about.
Aromatherapy can deal with ailments from skin irritations to headaches.

If aromatherapy were music, lavender would be Top 40 pop. It is the aromatherapy sensation. Even aromatherapy novices know that lavender oil is linked to reducing stress, tension, nervousness, and anxiety.

But did you know the oil from the lavender flower can treat acne and other skin disorders such as psoriasis, act as a bug repellent, aid digestion, and improve your hair and scalp?

Coconut Oil
Known to Islanders for generations, coconuts are truly one of nature's miracles. Its milk (or if too young for "milk," coconut "water") is hydrating and packed with vitamins and minerals, its flesh is nutritious, and its oil is nothing short of miraculous.

Also called coconut butter, the oil was the original sunscreen, blocking out harmful rays while allowing you to tan. It is wonderful for your skin and hair. Filled with good cholesterol and all but void of bad, it's excellent to ingest and cook with. It can soothe burns, cuts, and bug bites, and is widely used as a base oil in aromatherapy.

Patchouli Oil
Long associated with the hippies who wore it as perfume, patchouli oil does much more than cover up the smell of pot at Phish concerts. This essential oil is used to calm anxiety, reduce cellulite, soothe chapped or cracked skin, and relieve eczema. It is also used to increase libido, mute PMS symptoms, and reduce scar tissue.

Eucalyptus is a stimulant used for air disinfectant, asthma treatment, bronchitis suppressant, and as burn and cut first aid. It also aids nasal congestion, flu symptoms, headaches, and muscle aches. It can help sinusitis, skin ulcers, and soothes the symptoms of rheumatism.

Not recommended for use at the zoo anywhere near the koala bear display.

Lemon Oil
Like orange oil, which is also derived from citrus fruit, lemon oil can act as a cleaning agent, disinfectant, and sterile antiseptic.
Aromatherapy unlocks the miracle of natural oils.

Modern, Western medicine has produced miraculous cures that have saved millions of lives across the world. But traditional remedies such as aromatherapy can work wonders and alleviate the need for trips to the doctor and prescription pills. Oh, and they smell great, too.

Sometimes, the cure is in the natural world around you. You just have to know where to look.

Andrew Lisa is a freelance writer living in Los Angeles. He writes about alternative medicine and profiles online safety firms.

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