Fighting Common Ailments with Aromatherapy

aromatherapyAs we live our daily lives, common ailments that seem to be on a mission to get us to either slow down or that put us in a position of discomfort often affect us. As we try to complete our tasks, these feelings of discomfort make it harder for us to focus and concentrate.

Aromatherapy has always lent a helping hand to help offer relief. Since ancient times the power of nature has been used by many to help relax, energize and balance our mind, body and soul.

How to fight a common cold with Aromatherapy

A blocked and runny nose, watery eyes and headaches seem to be the most common symptoms of a cold. The common cold virus is one of the most tedious viruses to fight. Genetic health tests and studies have shown its ability to mutate quickly and develop resistance to drugs-the common cold costs billions to the economy in lost days of work.

When you catch a cold the first thing you want to do is to decongest your blocked nose and to boost your immune system to help fight the virus that is causing it. Some Eucalyptus or Peppermint oil can be very helpful. They can be used either by diluting them in a carrier oil such as grape seed and massaging the mix into your temples, forehead and chest area or by inhaling the oils by putting a few drops in a burner or on a tissue. Always be careful to avoid contact with the eyes. Tea Tree and Lemon essential oils are excellent to help boost the immune system. These can be used in a warm bath together with some eucalyptus oil or you can even put them oil burner.

How to fight a headache with Aromatherapy

There are many factors that can cause a headache. The most common today is stress. High levels of stress, long hours at work in front of a computer sitting down in the same position not enough drinking water are all contributing factors to a headache. There are also different types of headaches. There is a headache that is accompanied by tension in the neck and back and there is a headache that is accompanied with a heavy sluggish feeling. Depending on what your situation is either Lavender or Peppermint oils are both excellent in these cases. Peppermint oil works wonderfully to help give your system a kick-start and helps when feeling sluggish and heavy. Inhaling the aroma of peppermint will help clear the clouds from your head and sooth the pain caused by this type of headache. Lavender has a soothing and relaxing effect making it especially effective against headaches that are stress related and that are accompanied with nervous tension.

How to fight stress, Anxiety and Muscle Tension with Aromatherapy

Many of us work every day and we push ourselves to our extremes to reach our deadlines, meet our goals and earn ourselves a living. Many times we work long days, get little sleep and don't dedicate enough time to some conscious relaxation. Sometimes it takes a lot of self-convincing as the feeling of letting go can be quite fearful to some or could even inspire feelings of guilt for being too lazy. It is essential to spend some time a couple of days week just relaxing and letting go. There are many essential oils that help achieve that. Essential oils such as Lavender, Clary Sage, Frankincense and Marjoram are very calming on the central nervous system. When used in the evening in a warm bath or in a burner, they will induce a sense of relaxed well-being and help you clear your mind from circling thoughts. Some warming essential oils such as Rosemary, Ginger, Marjoram and Black Pepper are ideal to use on areas of tension and ache from long hours of stress. The best way of application is through the practice of massage therapy. Once in while go get yourself a nice Aromatherapy Massage. You will be thanking yourself and your therapist after.

Karl McDonalds is an online freelance writer who writes articles about genetic analysis and DNA tests in his spare time, a field of particular interest to the author. Those wishing to read more articles by the Author can find a broad list by visiting

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