Anyone who has been stressed and exhausted would have heard of aromatherapy. When you visit foot reflexology or a massage center, chances are you will be asked if you would like to use ‘essential oils’ for your session? So what are these essential oils that they promote so much and are they really that ‘essential’?
What are essential oils used for?
One thing for certain, there is still not enough research that can prove that essential oils can cure (or used to treat) certain diseases. A lot has been claimed that essential oils are actually natural remedies that can be used to replace modern medicine but to date, they are all still in the infancy stages.
However, it must be noted that essential oils do have relaxation properties. While they might not be clinically proven to cure certain diseases, they surely can help to relax the individual and have been used for people with:
- Depression and stress
- Lack of sleep or insomnia
Which ones are the good ones?
There is no single and best essential oil out there. Depending on what you are looking for, the more popular ones include:
- Tea tree – Used traditionally for wound healing (by the aboriginal people of Australia), it is now used to cure insect bites and acne problems.
- Lavender – One of the most popular names known for relaxation. Lavender is commonly used to ease anxiety and to help to get better rest
- Lemon oil – Commonly used in detergents, it helps to create a better mood.
- Peppermint – Another very common scent that helps to reduce stress and tension.