According to Ayurveda, our body has the ability to heal itself. Further, the substances derived from nature have in them a life force, which also plays an integral part in the process of healing. Together, these two forces help stimulate healing, while also maintaining balance of bodily systems.
Natural remedies often have a beneficial effect on more than one system of the body. Each plant, from which essential oils are distilled, has different medicinal properties, unique to itself. Therefore, plant-based remedies have been more useful in treatment common ailments and Ayurveda and Aromatherapy heavily relies on such remedies.
Aromatherapy is one of the most powerful forms of medicines as it incorporates use of highly concentrated substances for which large quantities of plant material is used. Aromatherapy helps in treating almost every aspect of health.
Here is a list of some aromatherapy blends which you could use to meet your individual needs:
For better digestion
Aromatherapy improves functioning of digestive system by acting on the mucosa and lining of the intestine. The taste and smell of essential oils affect digestion by stimulating saliva and gastric secretions. The odour of digestive-support essential oils has a stimulating effect on the appetite and increases hunger. Some aromatic herbs and spices when used in meal preparation are beneficial in maintaining health and efficient digestion and in elimination of waste and toxins. The spasmolytic properties of essential oils are inevitable in treating digestive system disorders, while the carminative volatile oils help in expelling gas and relieves pain that accompanies flatulence.
For a soothing abdominal massage, blend together 8 drops of chamomile, 4 drops of angelica, 3 drops of cardamom in 1 ounce of carrier oil, and massage onto abdomen as needed.
Blend together 3 to 5 drops of chamomile and 1 to 2 drops of citrus aurantium (peel) in 1 ounce of carrier oil, and use as a tummy ache blend for kids. The number of drops of essential oil per ounce of carrier oil can be reduced depending on the age of the child. Pour a small amount of blend into your palm after warming the oil, and apply by gentle massage in clockwise direction.
Due to the analgesic and anti-inflammative power of essential oils, Aromatherapy has a therapeutic effect on headaches. Local application of peppermint is quite beneficial for most headaches including migraine. Massage a few drops of peppermint and lavender oil into temples and forehead as required (only in small quantities). Aromatherapy can stop a full blown migraine attack if used at the first sign of migraine.
For sinus headaches, do steam inhalation with 4 drops of eucalyptus oil and 4 drops of peppermint oil. Add these oils to steaming water, and inhale the vapours.
Take 4 drops of Rosemary, 2 drops of Lavender and 1 drop of Juniper, and mix in half-ounce of carrier oil. Apply this to the back of the neck and shoulders, and use as tension headache massage.
Add 4 drops of Rosemary and 2 drops of pine, with 2 drops of eucalyptus oil and soak in your bath water for 20 minutes.
For Muscle Cramps
Muscle cramps are often due to poor circulation in the muscle tissue, which leads to cramp. The warming effect and increased local blood circulation brings rapid relief. Black pepper, rosemary and ginger are good circulatory stimulants, and using these oils in a blend or as therapeutic baths may be of help.
7 drops of black pepper, 6 drops of Rosemary, 5 drops of Juniper, can be mixed in 1 ounce of Arnica oil. Massage them into muscles before exercise to stimulate circulation.
Blend together 2 drops of eucalyptus, 10 drops of lavender, and 6 drops of wintergreen in an ounce of carrier oil and massage into affected area to relieve pain. This blend is good for arthritis, back pain and general pain.
For stiff and sore muscles, make a tea with one-and-half cups of grated ginger. Pour the strained liquid into bath, and add 6 drops of rosemary essential oil. Soak for 20 minutes.
For Respiratory issues
Essential oils are ideal for treating respiratory system conditions. The volatility of aromatics allow their easy inhalation into nasal passages and lungs as molecules get airborne. This brings the essential oils into direct contact with infected area for localized treatment. Various methods can be used to inhale the essences like electric diffuser, steam inhalation, or even through topical application. In fact, even a drop of essence on a pillowcase is helpful to relieve minor congestion.
6 drops of eucalyptus and 2 drops of tea tree oil blend can be added to simmering water, and used as steam inhalation for 15 to 20 minutes. More essential oils can be added to this as needed. This helps to loosen mucus congestion.
For sore throat, mix together 3 drops of tea tree oil in a cup of warm water, adding 1/8th teaspoon of sea salt to it, and gargle as needed.