Aromatherapy Awareness

Aromatherapy is the practice of using natural plant extracts, particularly essential oils, to promote health and well-being. It has been used for thousands of years, with origins in ancient Egypt, China, and India. The core idea is to use the aromatic properties of these oils to enhance physical and emotional health.

How Aromatherapy Works

Aromatherapy works through the sense of smell and absorbing through the skin. When essential oils are inhaled, they interact with the brain’s limbic system, which controls our memories and emotions. This is why certain scents can help us with relaxation, whilst others may promote other emotional responses. Essential oils can also be applied to the skin, where they are absorbed and provide various other benefits.

Common Essential Oils and Their Benefits

  • Lavender: Known for its calming properties, it is often used to promote relaxation and improve sleep.
  • Peppermint: Often used to help alleviate headaches and nausea.
  • Eucalyptus: Popular for its ability to clear sinuses and provide a refreshing sensation. Great for when you are tackling cold/flu.
  • Lemon: Known for its uplifting and fresh scent, it can help enhance concentration.
  • Tea Tree: Valued for its antibacterial properties, it is commonly used in skincare to treat acne and small cuts.

Methods of Using Aromatherapy

There are several ways to add aromatherapy into your daily or weekly routine:

  • Diffusers: These devices release essential oils into the air, filling the room with pleasant and beneficial scents.
  • Physical Application: Essential oils can be mixed with carrier oils (such as coconut or jojoba oil) and can then be applied to the skin. The oils will then be absorbed releasing their benefits from within the body.
  • Inhalation: A few drops of essential oil can be placed on a tissue or cotton ball and inhaled.
  • Baths: Adding a few drops of essential oil to bathwater can create a relaxing, spa-like experience.


Aromatherapy offers a simple and effective way to enhance well-being through the use of natural scents. Whether for relaxation or other health benefits, essential oils provide various ways to support our physical and emotional health. If you are new to aromatherapy, it is worth exploring how these natural extracts can fit into your regular routines.


NAHA – National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy

John Hopkins Medicine – Do Essential Oils Really Work?

Leave a Reply