Aromatherapy: What are Essential Oils, What do They Do and Their Benefits

Aromatherapy: What are Essential Oils, What do They Do and Their Benefits

Essential oils are used in aromatherapy, which is a form of alternative medicine. Essential oils are compounds extracted from plants, they capture the plant’s scent and flavor.

Essential oils are usually inhaled or diluted then rubbed on skin. You shouldn’t swallow them. The chemicals in them can interact with your body in several ways.

Inhaling the aroma of essential oils can stimulate your limbic systems, which plays a role in emotions, behaviors, and sense of smell and long-term memory.

Here are three essential oils you might want to try.



Bergamot oil (citrus bergamia) is extracted from the rind or peel of the fruit that leaves a citrusy but sweet aroma. This oil often is used to support the digestive system and rejuvenate the skin, however it’s the emotional wellness that bergamot offers that may be its greatest gift.

Primary Benefits

Calming and soothing aroma.

Promotes clear, healthy skin.

Frequently used in massage therapy.

Emotional Benefits

Bergamot oil is all about one’s sense of self: self-love, self-worth, self-acceptance, self-judgment, self-hated. This oil helps you to do the work necessary to step up to your fears of not being good enough or our habits of holding back for fear of rejection. It helps you learn how to love yourself.


Lavender can eliminate nervous tension, relieve pain, disinfect the scalp and skin, enhance blood circulation and treat respiratory problems.

Primary Benefits

Clears and cleans skin.

Enhances blood circulation and respiratory problems.

Relieves pain.

Emotional Benefits

Lavender essential oil has a calming scent which makes it an excellent tonic for the nerves and anxiety. It’s also helps in treating migraines, headaches, depression, nervous tension and emotional stress. It also increases cognitive function.


Cedarwood essential oil benefits our nonphysical as well as physical bodies. Emotionally, it grounds, calms the nervous system, and is thought to have the spiritual effect of bringing people together. It helps people feel strong and confident.

Primary Benefits

Helps skin recover quickly.

Promotes clear, healthy skin.

Builds confidence,

Emotional Benefits

The root is suspected to help create a sense of community and healthy relationship boundaries or give someone the strength to examine their struggles with others, either personally or on a whole.

If you want to try an essential oil for any of the reasons listed above keep in mind of its purity, quality, and reputation of the brand.

Pure oils usually list the plants botanical name and high-quality ones often don’t have any extra chemicals added to them.

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