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.


Green Glossary: Aromatherapy

Close your eyes and imagine catching a whiff of something agreeable?coffee brewing, a fragrant flower or perhaps a delectable spice. Learn more about aromatherapy.

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  • Aromatherapy: Fir
    Aromatherapy: Fir

    Fir is well known as a popular Christmas tree. The tree and its scent were associated with rebirth. Fir essential oil has antiseptic properties and can soothe muscle pain such as rheumatism. Learn how fir is used in aromatherapy. See more »

  • Aromatherapy: Frankincense
    Aromatherapy: Frankincense

    Frankincense essential oil is widely associated with religious ceremonies and events, and it is a valuable substance for its spiritually uplifting qualities. Learn how frankincense is used in aromatherapy. See more »

  • Aromatherapy: Geranium
    Aromatherapy: Geranium

    Geranium can be used to treat a host of skin conditions, and it is widely known to ease symptoms of PMS. This essential oil has antibiotic and antidepressant properties. Learn how geranium is used in aromatherapy. See more »

  • Aromatherapy: Ginger
    Aromatherapy: Ginger

    Ginger is a popular sushi sidekick for a reason; it has many digestive benefits. Ginger also flavors many beverages and candies. This essential oil has anti-inflammatory properties. Learn how ginger is used in aromatherapy. See more »

  • Aromatherapy: Herbs, Oils and More
    Aromatherapy: Herbs, Oils and More

    Can aromatherapy really be beneficial to my health and overall well being? Find out in this in depth article that covers everything from the origins of aromatherapy to the benefits of using it. See more »

  • Aromatherapy: Jasmine
    Aromatherapy: Jasmine

    Jasmine's reputation as an aphrodisiac may overshadow its other medicinal applications. This essential oil flavors many teas and can be used as a soothing balm that promotes mental acuity. Learn how jasmine is used in aromatherapy. See more »

  • Aromatherapy: Juniper Berry
    Aromatherapy: Juniper Berry

    Juniper berry essential oil has antiseptic properties, and can also relieve sore muscles. This essential oil has antiviral and antibiotic properties. Juniper can also combat urinary tract infections. Learn how juniper berry is used in aromatherapy. See more »

  • Aromatherapy: Lavender
    Aromatherapy: Lavender

    Lavender is an ancient and popular essential oil with antiseptic properties. Lavender is also shown to improve mental acuity. This essential oil can relieve cramps and soothe muscles. Learn how lavender is used in aromatherapy. See more »

  • Aromatherapy: Lemon
    Aromatherapy: Lemon

    Best known for its clean, sharp fragrance, lemon is a major ingredient in many cleaning products, beverages, cologne, medicines, and more. Learn how lemon essential oil and lemon flowers are used in aromatherapy. See more »

  • Aromatherapy: Lemongrass
    Aromatherapy: Lemongrass

    Lemongrass is an important medicinal and culinary herb. Its essential oil, known for its lemon/herbal fragrance, is one of the most popular in the world. Learn how lemongrass is used in aromatherapy. See more »

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