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Aromatherapy is an alternative medicine that uses the smell from essential oils to treat conditions. Learn more about aromatherapy, including what it exactly is, how to practice it and what role essential oils play.

History of Aromatherapy

The history of aromatherapy is believed to have begun with the burning of fragrant woods, leaves, needles, and tree gums in ancient times. Learn about the history of aromatherapy and incense.

You may be able to get rid of warts using two essential oils, though they can't remove the virus that causes warts from your system. You can also learn to identify genital warts. See more »

Treat cuts with aromatherapy when you select and apply essential oils with antiseptic properties. Learn how to treat cuts by fighting germs and promoting natural healing with these simple instructions. See more »

Fragrances can lift one's mood, so aromatherapy for depression uses the scents of essential oils to ease anxiety, paranoia, and mental fatigue. Learn how to use neroli or petitgrain and other essential oils as antidepressants. See more »

Aromatherapy treatment for dermatitis includes naturally soothing salves and baby powder made with essential oils. Find out how healing and drying essential oils can help improve skin conditions from dermatitis to diaper rash. See more »

An earache, usually due to infection, can make you miserable, but aromatherapy can help get rid of an earache. Follow these instructions to use essential oils to reduce pain and swelling around the ears. See more »

Working at a desk or computer screen can leave your eyes over-tired. But there are simple ways to treat eye strain with aromatherapy. Learn how to make warm or cool compresses with essential oils. See more »

Finding it hard to focus? Need a burst of energy? Help is just a few stimulating essential oils away. Find out which scents will get you going and learn how to treat fatigue with aromatherapy. See more »

The scent and flavor known as wintergreen owes its origin to birch, which also flavors many beverages and candies. This essential oil has astringent properties and can prevent dandruff. Learn how birch is used in aromatherapy. See more »

Wardrobes and chests made from cedarwood will repel insects. Cedarwood essential oil is known to fight acne, promote circulation, and clear mucus. Use cedarwood oil to treat insect bites. Learn how cedarwood is used in aromatherapy. See more »

Chamomile is most familiar as a tea known to relax nerves, settle the stomach, and enhance appetite. This essential oil has is gentle enough to use on infants and is good for many skin ailments. Learn how chamomile is used in aromatherapy. See more »