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Aromatherapy has established therapeutic benefits for a range of conditions.

Emotion Based Benefits

  • Depression
  • Frustration
  • Grief
  • Hysteria
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Lack of Concentration
  • Irritability
  • Fear
  • Poor Memory
  • Hopelessness
  • Moodiness
  • Panic Attacks
  • Nervous Tension
  • Sadness
  • Worry

Medicinal Benefits

  • Bruises / Sprains / Strains
  • Burns (including sunburn)
  • Wounds and Scars
  • Nervousness / Tension / Stress
  • Motion Sickness
  • Fatigue
  • Respiratory Conditions including colds, flu, sore throat, asthma and bronchitis
  • Purifying the Air
  • Muscular aches and pains
  • Fungal infections such as athletes foot and nail fungus
  • Reduce skin inflammation
  • Enhance wound healing
  • Digestive disorders such as Constipation

Skincare Benefits

  • Dermatitis
  • Stretch Marks
  • Eczema
  • Acne
  • Psoriasis
  • Mature Skin
  • Varicose Veins
  • Dry Skin
  • Cellulite
  • Wrinkles
  • Enhanced wound healing
  • Antifungal activity
  • Antibacterial activity

Bath Preparations

Warm to hot bath water should be used for relaxation purposes, and a tepid bath is recommended for reducing fevers. Herbs can greatly enhance the therapeutic value of the bath for a variety of illnesses and minor discomforts.

Herbs for the bath can be added to the bath in two ways-as essential oils or whole herbs and flowers. Whole herbs and flowers can be placed in a muslin or cheesecloth bag that is tied at the top to make an herbal bath bag. The herbal bath bag is then soaked in the warm tub, and can remain there throughout the bath. When using essential oils, add five to 10 drops of oil to a full tub. Oils can be combined to enhance their therapeutic value. Marjoram (Origanum marjorana) is good for relieving sore muscles; juniper (Juniperus communis) is recommended as a detoxifying agent for the treatment of arthritis; lavender, ylang ylang (Conanga odorata), and chamomile (Chamaemelum nobilis) are recommended for stress relief; cypress (Cupressus sempervirens), yarrow (Achillea millefolium), geranium (Pelargonium graveolens), clary sage (Savlia sclaria), and myrtle (Myrtus communis) can promote healing of hemorrhoids; and spike lavender and juniper (Juniperus communis) are recommended for rheumatism.

To prepare salts for the bath, add one or two handfuls of epsom salts to boiling water until they are dissolved, and then add them to the tub.