Advantages of aromatherapy

Ximena Bejarano, Features co-Editor

As improving our health becomes more of a trend in today’s culture, so do individuals’ desires to investigate therapies that offer worthwhile advantages. While many are familiar with aromatherapy, or the usage of essential oils for personal wellness, few know about its purpose beyond providing pleasant smells. 

It regulates sleep

Not getting enough sleep can lead to the development of undesirable symptoms, such as irritability and fatigue. In the long run, sleep deprivation can also result in the progression of serious medical complications, including heart failure.

Fortunately, essential oils are excellent for regulating one’s sleep schedule. Essential oils are especially beneficial those who have difficulty falling asleep at night, since they make us relax and fall asleep quicker. On top of making us doze off, the aroma released by these oils also help us get a good night’s rest and wake up feeling refreshed.

The best oils for this purpose include lavender, chamomile, sandalwood, and ylang ylang.

For those who are seeking to enhance the quality of their life, aromatherapy is a practice worth exploring.  

— Features co-Editor Ximena Bejarano

It relieves stress

Aromatherapy also works well for stress relief. Because the aromatic compounds that are found in essential oils are relaxants, they allow individuals to reduce their tension and alleviate their symptoms of stress and anxiety.

As a result, essential oils can also play a role in temporarily elevating one’s mood. For someone who is looking for immediate relaxation, aromatherapy is the way to go.  

The most effective oils for reducing stress include lemon, peppermint, vetiver, and bergamot.

It boosts energy levels

While many people rely on drinking substances — coffee and energy drinks — to get through the day, there are healthier alternatives to increasing one’s vitality. Consuming heavy amounts of caffeine can contribute to restlessness, and in the long term, an unhealthy dependence on it.

Instead of pouring another cup of coffee, look into aromatherapy as a source for energy. Certain essential oils are known for stimulating our minds and keeping us alert without any damaging side effects.

Some of the most beneficial essential oils for boosting energy include eucalyptus, tea tree, rosemary, and grapefruit.

While aromatherapy is not meant to serve as an alternative to medical treatments, it has proven itself to be advantageous for various reasons. For those who are seeking to enhance the quality of their life, aromatherapy is a practice worth exploring.