Let’s talk about aromatherapy.
Organic essential oils specifically designed to help improve mood, health and well-being.
With so many oils to choose from, how do you know which are right for you?
Here’s just a brief list of some of my favourite essential oils I use again and again with my aromatherapy clients:
This oil is extracted from a plant of like name that can be found especially in the Mediterranean Basin.
- antibacterial properties
- functions as an antidepressant
- reduces stress and regulates blood pressure
- helps take care of the symptoms that come with menopause
- reduces pain of menstrual cramps
The OG oil for rest and relaxation. This herb which is native to the northern parts of Africa, as well as some areas in the Mediterranean, has some properties that make it a gold-mine of an essential oil:
- reduce anxiety
- regulate heart rates, blood pressure, and temperature.
- calms headaches
- reduces itching
- better sleep
Another popular essential oil from a plant that belongs to the class of mint plants (Lamiaceae), and it has some essential qualities:
- Refreshes the body
- Boosts brainpower and energy levels
- Reduces fatigue
Who doesn’t love peppermint? Inhaling peppermint has all sorts of positive impacts, including:
- rejuvenates and refreshes the mind
- alleviate muscle pain
- soothing effect from skin itches.
- reduces the fatigue and the craving for chocolate
This aromatic gum is gotten from the trees and plants of the genus Boswella. Interestingly, apart from the sweet scent, it also has strong properties for aromatherapy, such as:
- enhance skin health
- fights oral problems such as cavities, toothaches, bad breath, etc.
- has disinfectant and antiseptic properties.
This oil is from a range of species of plants and trees belonging to the myrtle plant species.
- enhances mental clarity
- eases headaches
- clears sinus problems
Cedarwood oil is derived from the North American cedar tree which can live up to 1000 years old, which means this oil has years of maturing behind it. The oil is from different parts of the cedar tree, which gives it woody and earthy aromas. Interestingly the essential oil has a range of soothing properties:
- improves focus
- fights acne
- good for the treatment of eczema
- relieves coughing
- reduces arthritis
From the Cymbopogon citratus, and it has the characteristic aroma and taste of lemon. Here are some of its properties:
- reduces tension levels and anxiety
- helps to prevent insects from getting close
Basil oil is from the basil plant has been found to be anti-inflammatory and anti-viral, so it’s perfect for flus and as a muscle relaxant.
- treats acne
- reduce stress
- relaxes the muscles
Chamomile has been known to be applied to different health issues, and there are two major types of the plant. Some of the benefits include:
- fghts inflammation
- helps treat insomnia
- reduces stress and anxiety
- soothes and relaxes
A Spicy yet sweet aroma. The Ylang Ylang tree can be found in different parts of Madagascar and Asia, and this oil is essential for aromatherapy:
- helps deal with anxiety
- reduces high blood pressure
- build self-esteem
- calming and soothing
This is just a small taste of some of my favourites. There are so many more delightful smells to explore!
Hey Plant Healers, Jen here
You might be interested to know I have had a healing practice since 2008 and have been teaching about the medicinal uses of essential oils and plants for years now.
I’ve learned to appreciate all aspects of plants and their amazing healing powers.
What you may not know is that I also have a strong business background, having spent 29 years in financial services in various leadership roles.
I’m an entrepreneur at heart, launching two holistic healing businesses in the past 11 years.
I consider myself a bridge between the traditional and non-traditional worlds and I am grateful to have the opportunity to bring my passion for plants, healing and business all together in my current endeavors.
Maybe I’ve inspired you to cultivate new relationships with the natural world. Plants contain some ancient medicines, and we owe it to ourselves to feel worthy the best we can.
Holistic Healer and Medicinal Aromatherapist
Ancient Plant Wisdom