What Are The Benefits Of Aromatherapy?

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I first got into aromatherapy in December 2019 after my mother bought me a diffuser, along with a starter set of essential oils. Aromatherapy wasn’t entirely new to me, but as a candle addict, I was excited about the new possibilities.

I’ve been curious about holistic treatments and want to learn more. It’s taken me six months but I’m finally getting time to research some of the more alternative treatments for mental, physical and emotional health.


What is Aromatherapy?

Some people better understand aromatherapy as being all about different smells which, in turn, can relieve stress and anxiety. You wouldn’t be wrong, but there is so much more to it than just that.

Aromatherapy embodies a holistic approach to wellbeing. It uses essential oils and ‘smells‘ in a variety of different ways in order to benefit the person as a whole rather than targeting specific symptoms. Commonly, essential oils are used to soothe mental, physical or emotional distress. Unlike conventual medicine, aromatherapy doesn’t work to mask the pain. Instead, it treats the overall wellbeing of a person so that they are better equipped to deal with issues such as stress, anxiety, and depression.


Methods of diffusing?

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I’m a candle addict, so when Ge asked for testers of her products I jumped at the opportunity! Nothing is better than getting up in the morning, throwing on a pot of coffee and lighting up a candle, or switching on the diffuser. I just love to fill my home with pleasant smells!

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The candle I received was poured into a small mason jar, giving a beautifully rustic effect which happens to fit my living room to a T. Within the package from Ge I also received a selection of scented wax melts of various scents.

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Diffusers;

As mentioned my mother got me a diffuser for Christmas ’18. Since then I’ve used it at least 3 times a week while working in my office. The great thing about this diffuser is that it not only emits the scent very well, but it’s also a clock, a blue tooth speaker and it lights up! Everything you could want in one, neat little package.

It’s from Art Naturals which also happens to be where I get the bulk of my scents from. They not only sell the scented oils and diffusers, but also oil-infused skincare, bath and body wash, and hair care.

Check out the diffuser here for under £30!
Art Naturals Diffuser

Essential oils can used a variety of other ways;

  • Bathing, during massages
  • In spray bottles
  • Skin and hair products.

Essential Oils For…

Want to get started with aromatherapy? Don’t know where to begin? This list outlines only a few of many essential oils out there and their uses.

Oils for Focus;

Lemon is ideal for mental fatigue due to it’s sharp, citrus aroma, and when used this scent often leaves you feeling refreshed.

Peppermint has a strong menthol aroma. It’s refreshing and often helps clear the mind and chest.

Rosemary has a rich, herbal aroma. It’s been widely reported to have a positive impact on our cognitive function. Not to mention it’s perfect for warding off evil spirits.

Oils for Relaxation & stress relief;

Lavender is one of the most frequently used scents. It’s known for its stress-relieving properties and is often associated with sleep. Lavender has the ability to connect with many emotions and is excellent at helping to restore our minds and bodies.

Oils for Mood;

Orange is extracted from orange peels and has a very refreshing scent. It’s excellent for energising you and uplifting your spirits should you feel ‘under the weather.

Ylang ylang is a scent I’ve only tried once and is known for its floral aroma. It helps in making you feel uplifted and promotes total body wellness.

Please note: Aromatherapy isn’t a cure and should not be used in lieu of therapy or medication. It should always be used in conjunction with other treatment plans.

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69 thoughts on “What Are The Benefits Of Aromatherapy?

  1. My mum was really in to aromatherapy but whenever I think of it I’m reminded of lavender which I hate.

    This is really interesting because I now know it goes beyond lavender (YAY!) I’ve always loved the idea behind it.

    That diffuser might have to go on my Christmas list x

    1. The diffuser is excellent (But remember to empty it frequently and clean it, I learned this the hard way!). Thank you so much for reading.

  2. I love aromatherapy
    I always applied in my life and it’s really really helpful for when we are stressed and needing to relax

    1. I love it too which I why I thought it only appropriate to incorporate it into the mental health side of things on this blog! Thank you so much for reading.

  3. Aromatherapy in my opinion is fundamental in the home to maintain serenity and to the extent possible to manage stress … I love it!

  4. Funnily enough I have just lit a scented candle for the first time in ages, and then came across your post (although mine is strawberry scented, so not really aromatherapy!)

    I have been meaning to get into using scents around the house in order to promote relaxation and boost my mood throughout the day. I am definitely going to have to invest in one of those diffusers though, it looks amazing!

    1. Strawberry scent I’m sure can be used in aromatherapy. It’s a soothing scent 🙂 I highly suggest adding more smells into your life! I couldn’t live with out them.

  5. Great suggestions!
    I love lavender and will quite often have in in my diffuser at home.
    My boys also love peppermint. They have it in a roller ball and roll some on behind their neck before the play hockey. They swear it helps them move faster and I like the way it masks the hockey smell!

  6. Loved this post. Am going to try picking up some candles from the scents you have listed for focus and relaxation and see how I get on. Thank you for this post ☺️

    1. I think in a way I’ve always loved it. I’ve collected and burned candles etc since I was a teenager, it’s only recently that I started picking ones to suit healing properties.

  7. I love aromatherapy therapy oils and candles. I like to diffuse them at the office, and I let my diffuser run while I’m at work so my place smells good when I get home. Thank you for spreading awareness on wellness and the benefits of this natural approach!

    1. I was never allowed to diffuse them in the office due to health and safety, plus we worked in a meat factory so it wasn’t the best place. But I now burn oils all the time in my home office, or where ever I choose to set up shop (within reason).

  8. Interesting read! I’m a candle addict as well. Diffusers and wax warmers are also great alternative for aromatherapy. Nothing like taking a bath with candles and a glass of wine. Thanks for sharing this info!

  9. Great post, I love that you are highlighting the ways that essential oils can help us connect with healing plants on another level.

    Besides lavender, petitgrain essential oil has been traditionally used to ease anxiety and to uplift the mood. Petitgrain essential oil is distilled from the leaves and twigs (just before the blossom) of the orange tree, so it has a green, woody, floral scent.

    An aromatherapy bath is a great way to unwind and de-stress.

    For an aromatherapy bath, blend 6-8 drops of pure petitgrain or lavender essential oil with a tablespoon of sweet almond oil (or other vegetable oil – so the essential oils are diluted in vegetable oil when added to the bath, to protect delicate areas of the body).

    Oh, and petitgrain essential oil is very inexpensive, which is nice!

    1. Thank you so much for sharing this information. I’m only aware of the very basic oils, or the most commonly discussed. I’ve never heard of petitgrain oil but I’ll certainly have to pick some up! Thanks again for stopping in, reading and sharing your knowledge with us 😀

  10. I think I need my oil diffuser and star doing aromatherapy following your excelent advise. Thanks for sharing!

  11. I have to say, I’m a big fan of wellness and massage, but never knew any of the actual benefits! This is a really interesting post, and has made me love aromatherapy even more!

    1. I love the orange ones! There was an orange diffuser going today at clinic and it was a little piece of heaven (in an otherwise hellish environment)!

  12. Interesting, I was quite uninformed about aromatherapy. I have been apprehensive about it because strong aromas, like those from diffusers and scented candles often disturb me (headaches mainly, sometimes a choking sensation or nausea). Any suggestions?

    1. I used to find that with strong smells, especially incense sticks. I love them but can’t have them. It may be you’re sensitive to strong scents. I’d try a mild scent to start with. In regards to oil you can find many mild scents, and often if you go into the chemist (or a holistic store) and ask them for guidance they have someone on hand to help. However, be careful. My partner has asthma, and he can’t have essential oils at all. Strong candles also give him a light head. So it’s a matter of trying a few out and seeing which suits best. Sorry I couldn’t be of more help, it can be different for everyone so coming up with a solution proved more difficult than I had anticipated.

  13. I used to always burn candles but I recently got a diffuser and have been diffusing oils more lately. I love that something as simple as scent can relax me or make me feel more alert!

  14. It’s incredibly important to remember that if you are blending essential oils with a carrier oil and applying to your skin that many can increase your photosensitivity and you should be careful with going out in the sun to cover up and not burn.

    I love ylang ylang – the aromatherapist I used to see told us it’s nickname was “poor mans jasmine”
    Bergamot is a fascinating oil to me because it can be either stimulating or soothing depending on the properties of the oils that it is blended with.

      1. My oils all expired a while back, and I’ve not gone and bought more because the Apothecary where I bought them from in town is where I got the sports massage that screwed my shoulder/chest so I’ve never wanted to step foot back in there in case they ask me if I enjoyed it :-O

    1. Peppermint can be a God-send when a headache sets in. Definitely recommended the other scents, especially using lavender for sleep and lemongrass for giving you an energy boost.

  15. I love aromatherapy! I stopped doing it a couple of months ago and miss it. I need to get my stuff together and start again. Sometimes it just takes a bit of work to get it all going smoothly again. Thanks for the inspiration!

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