Aromatherapy

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.

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Cloves have many stimulating properties in aromatherapy. This essential oil has antifungal and antibiotic properties, and can soothe a teething baby's gums. Learn how clove is used in aromatherapy.

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Cypress essential oil is great for relaxing muscles, and promoting clarity of thought. This essential oil has antiseptic and blood-stanching properties. Learn how cypress is used in aromatherapy.

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Highly antiseptic eucalyptus oil has long been used to treat all manner of infections. This essential oil has antiviral and antibiotic properties, and can relieve joint pain. Learn how eucalyptus is used in aromatherapy.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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What makes Earl Grey tea unique is the addition of the bergamot essential oil, which also flavors many beverages and candies. This essential oil has antiviral and antibiotic properties. Learn how bergamot is used in aromatherapy.

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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.

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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.

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The essential oil of marjoram is distilled from the perennial herb's flowering tops. Through the ages, people have used marjoram for its calming and sedative effects. Learn how marjoram is used in aromatherapy.

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Myrrh is a spiny tree whose essential oil is distilled from its sap. Myrrh has been used since antiquity to treat a variety of skin and mouth conditions. Learn how myrrh is used in aromatherapy.

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Neroli is an essential oil distilled from bitter orange blossoms. Its distinctive floral scent has made neroli popular with women throughout history. Learn how neroli is used in aromatherapy to aid circulation and ease tension.

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Breaking the peel of an orange releases its essential oil, which has a distinctive, lively scent. Learn how orange has been used in aromatherapy throughout history to enhance moods and lower blood pressure.

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The heavy scent of patchouli is sensual and exotic to some, yet repellent to others. Patchouli essential oil has antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and other qualities. Learn how patchouli is used in aromatherapy.

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Peppermint is the most widely used essential oil. Its powerful, energizing scent is obvious in many edible and nonedible products. Learn how peppermint is used in aromatherapy as a stimulant and digestion aid.

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The intense floral scent of rose has inspired poets and lovers. But rose essential oil, distilled from its blossoms, also has powerful antiseptic and other medicinal qualities. Learn how rose is used in aromatherapy.

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The ancients burned fragrant rosemary branches to improve memory and purify the air. Discover the many ways in which rosemary essential oil is used in aromatherapy today -- from relieving pain to boosting energy.

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