Smell to Feel Well

Revitalize your year with aromatherapy for a reenergized you.

Aromatherapy uses essential oils extracted from plants to stimulate scent receptors in the nose, which in turn taps into the part of the brain that controls emotions. Because of this, aromatherapy could help to provide relief from anxiety and depression, affect and improve quality of life for those who endure chronic health conditions, and improve sleep. It could also help reduce nausea, muscle aches, fatigue, insomnia, menstrual problems, headaches, and more.

How to use essential oils for aromatherapy:

  • Massage the oils directly onto the skin
  • Use lotion infused with the oils
  • Use bath salts infused with the oils
  • Inhale the oils

Different types of oils have been shown to have different affects. For example, lavender essential oil can often be used for relaxation and sleep, but it can also be used as an antiseptic for small cuts and burns. Chamomile can help treat eczema. Eucalyptus can help soothe the airways from flu or cold symptoms. Lemon can improve the mood and helps lessen symptoms of stress and depression.

Before using essential oils or aromatherapy, it’s important to consider the possible side effects, especially for those who have allergies. Since the oils are extracted from plants, allergic reactions, skin sensitivity, and sunlight sensitivity may occur. Some oils may require dilution before use — a concentration of 5% is recommended. Before trying a new oil, check the instructions for safe use. Research is still being conducted on how oils affects children, pregnant women, and how they interreact with medications.

Content created by Lockton Dunning Benefits with info from https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/consumer-health/expert-answers/aromatherapy/faq-20058566 and https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/10884#essential_oils