Aromatherapy is the process of treating various ailments with the scents of natural plants. Taking a whiff of chamomile, for instance, is reputed to help you fight depression, and inhaling the bottled fragrance of a cypress tree can help lower your blood pressure. Aromatherapy has been around for thousands of years, and there are countless fragrant concoctions that you can breathe in for a multitude of purposes.
For some ailments, such as xerosis, it's better to actually rub the fragrant oils into your skin. Anti-aging essences, such as rose, rosemary and geranium, work wonders when massaged into dry skin. Peppermint can help increase the output of sebum and carrot seed and helichrysum both ease the irritation and inflammation that comes with xerosis. Applying chamomile and lavender to your epidermis will not only help ease your symptoms, they will help prevent your skin from shedding off in embarrassing flakes [source: Keville and Green].
If you want to enhance the topical effects of aromatherapeutic oils even further, try mixing them into a pure cream or lotion. It's like making your own ointment that combines the benefits of occlusive and humectant moisturizers. The water contained in the cream or lotion helps moisturize and soothe your epidermis, and the scented oils act as a waterproof barrier that ensures all of the moisture and healing ingredients contained in your homemade remedy are absorbed into your skin.