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Aromatherapy provides health benefits

As a Health and Wellness coach, I look for alternative, natural cures for pain and sickness and have found the benefits of aromatherapy to be effective. Aromatherapy is the use of fragrant essential oils and herbs to promote natural healing and health. Essential oils used in aromatherapy are typically extracted from various parts of plants and then distilled. Here are some of the most popular scents that I have found:

• Eucalyptus:
Aids respiratory system ailments by enhancing deep breathing. It is also recommended for muscle aches and pains.

• Frankincense:
Treats lung and genito-urinary complaints, ulcers, chronic diarrhea, breast cysts, and excessive menstruation. It is used on mature skin, acne, fungal functions, boils, hard-to heal wounds and scars.

• Geranium:
Relieves PMS symptoms, nervous tension, and stress related conditions. Helps repair broken capillaries, fights burns, cuts and eczema. Used in many skin care products as the oil provides balancing properties to both oily and dry skin.

• Jasmine:
Relaxing, intoxicating, warming. Great aphrodisiac. Jasmine has a long tradition of being used in childbirth as a relaxing and supportive remedy. Jasmine is valued in skincare in aiding dry, sensitive and irritated skin.

• Lavender:
Is used to treat rheumatism, sprains, respiratory problems, abdominal cramps, depression, insomnia, tension-related problems, burns, sun-damaged skin, and various types of skin infections.

• Peppermint:
Used in treating asthma, nausea, colic, cramps, colds, fevers, fainting, headaches, mental fatigue and flatulence. Peppermint oil may also help to lesson or eliminate apathy, shock, migraines, nervous stress, vertigo and faintness.

• Rose:
Good for headaches, nervous tension, stress related conditions, insomnia, and nausea. Use against broken capillaries, dry skin, and poor circulation.

• Rosemary:
Can be effective for mental fatigue, for circulation problems, as a pain reliever for the muscular system and can help the respiratory tract and congested skin.

• Sandalwood:
Relaxing, warming. Great aphrodisiac. Sandalwood is valued in skincare for its moisturizing and skin healing properties.

• Sweet Orange:
Treats muscular tension, poor circulation, obesity, water retention, bronchitis and colds.

It is important to realize that aromatherapy is not meant to replace care prescribed by your physician. Communicate with your physician to create a plan of care that works.

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