A Guide to Herbal Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy is a practice of medicine that goes back thousands of years, all the way back to biblical times. It is a gently healing art that bases around the use of essential oils for the treatment or prevention of disease. This is a complementary therapy which is designed to treat the actual problem the person is dealing with rather than just covering it up as the more conventional methods of treatment tend to do.

Not only that, but as well aromatherapy does not come with the annoying and often unavoidable symptoms that are often associated with conventional treatments.

Aromatherapy is the systematic use of volatile plant oils known as essential oils which are oils that consist of tiny aromatic molecules that are readily absorbed into the skin.

Herbal Aromatherapy

There is the more basic aromatherapy practice and then there is herbal aromatherapy. The major difference of herbal aromatherapy is that it is more based on herbs than on essential oils which are typically used. These herbs are used to activate the limbic system and emotional centers of the brain and kill microbes and fungi.

There are literally hundreds of herbs that are used in herbal aromatherapy, and this includes birch, citronella, cajeput, clove, fir, gardenia, ginger, basil, lemon grass, lime, mandarin, jojoba, lavender, jasmine, grapefruit, nutmeg, pine, rose, marjoram, sage, sassafras, spearmint, thyme, ylang ylang, rosemary, sandalwood, and patchouli.

Chamomile is one of the most commonly used herbs in herbal aromatherapy, and with its distinctive apple aroma this herb aids in sleep and helps to soothe tired muscles. As well it helps by encouraging emotional peace and calm within the body. Geranium works by refreshing and relaxing the body and helping them to release fears and ease mood swings.

Also frequently used in herbal aromatherapy is lavender, an herb which helps accent sensitivity and self expression, especially for the embarrassed or shy. It helps in the treatment of a variety of ailments and illnesses, everything from arthritis, joint aches, chest aches, to the common flu and cold.

This form of aromatherapy is extremely popular around the world and one of the major benefits to aromatherapy in general is that it helps to treat the actual problem rather than just cover up the symptoms associated with it. This means that patients will experience more long term effects rather than short term satisfaction.

Aromatherapy in general is usually incredibly if not completely effective and without the usual symptoms and side effects of conventional measures.