Aromatherapy is a complementary therapy that uses essential oils to improve both physical and emotional wellbeing (bupa.co.uk). Oils can be made from flowers, leaves, fruit, seeds or bark from certain plants. It is believed that these oils have beneficial properties and can be used in the treatment of some diseases such as Cancer. Cancer Research UK notes on their website that aromatherapy can: boost wellbeing; relieve stress and help to refresh your body.
Examples of popular oils include:
There are two ways in which essential oils work:
- Absorbing oils through your skin
- Through your sense of smell
You can easily use essential oils in your home, but it is advised that you speak with a qualified aromatherapist first. At home, you can use the oils in a warm bath, an oil burner or by putting a few drops onto a tissue or into a cup of hot water.
If you are looking to try out aromatherapy, please make sure you have done your research and you use the oils in the correct way. There may be some health-related conditions where aromatherapy will not be advised.
Please note, most of this information has come from cancerresearchuk.org however, there is plenty of information available online and in literature.