In just a short time, aromatherapy has gone from being a fringe belief to being covered by the by the Mayo Clinic and offered ay mainline hospitals and medical groups such as the University of Maryland Medical Center. These oils are from plant seeds, roots, bark, and flowers and extracted via distillation, maceration and extraction, and by pressing. There are a few things you need to know to get the best essential oils for aromatherapy.

How Aromatherapy Works

Certain scents stimulate parts of your brain and cause reactions linked to emotions and memories. Because essential oils contain volatile organic compounds, the brain receives more information than might be contained in synthetic fragrance oils. Unfortunately, since the popularity of aromatherapy is booming, there are a lot of people out there trying to profit with oils that can be called a variety of names such as “essential aromatherapy oil” or “aromatic perfume oil.” Don’t be fooled, stick with pure essential oils!

Some of the most popular are not very expensive, and here’s a quick list to get you started.

  • Lavender: Used to calm skin irritations, easing headaches, promote better sleep, calm anxiety.
  • Rosemary: Boosts brain activity, calms and uplifts. Uses to stimulate hair growth. Used to prevent gum diseases and treat dermatological conditions like acne, eczema, and cermatitis.
  • Peppermint: Soothes indigestion and acid reflux. Good for respiratory issues. Cooling to irritations like rashes.
  • Lemon: Uplifting for moods, a potent antimicrobial, and treats dandruff.
  • Chamomile: Not for people with ragweed allergies, but calming and soothing. Helps to ease fevers, too
  • Clove: Warming and stimulating, antimicrobial, and beneficial to acne.
  • Bergamot: Stimulating. Helps digestion, depression, anxiety, stress, fades sunspots.
  • Eucalyptus: Used to treat sinus and respiratory issues, sore muscles.
  • Geranium: Ease inflammation, reduce fatigue, and even balance out hormonal mood swings.

Whether you use your oils in bath products, massage oils, or in a diffuser, using the best oils will give superior results and the best scents, too. Please, remember to consult with a doctor if you are pregnant, nursing, or taking medication before using essential oils. Some oils can cause contractions, or may enter a nursing child, and some oils should not be used with certain medicines such as anticoagulants, antidepressants, calcium channel blockers, and even chemotherapy. These plants have been used as medicines for thousands of years, and learning to use them mean using them safely.