Aromatherapy for Stress Reduction

Aromatherapy, which has been used since ancient times, involves the use of aromatic oils from plant materials to affect a person’s mood or health. Most health professionals consider aromatherapy a form of alternative therapy or complementary medicine instead of a usual form of medical treatment because few scientific studies have been carried out about its effectiveness. It is sometimes used along with other alternative medicine practices, and is most popular in Western societies. Aromatherapy for stress relief generally produces a calming effect. Aromatic oils considered best for stress relief include:

  • Lavender
  • Jasmine
  • Ylang-ylang

Each of these is also said to often be an aphrodisiac (or sex stimulant)

Main Methods of Aromatherapy

  • Aerial Sprays – for environmental fragrancing
  • Inhalation – such as from scented candles
  • Topical Use – for general massages, baths, and compresses

Popular Aromatic Fragrances

More than 100 fragrances are used for aromatic purposes, and some of them are also used in cooking.  PopuIar fragrances in addition to lavender, jasmine, and ylang-ylang  are:

– Basil – used in perfume, and has a sweet and mildly spicy aroma

– Bergamot – one of the most popular oils used in perfumes

– Black pepper- has a sharp and spicy aroma


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