Aromatherapy refers to the practice of using essential oils or other aromatic compounds to enhance physical and emotional health and wellbeing. These essential oils are extracted from flowers, bark, stems, leaves, roots or other parts of a plant. Many practitioners believe that inhaling the aroma of essential oils can stimulate brain function. Furthermore, some essential oils can be absorbed through the skin, where they reach the bloodstream and promote healing.

Our sense of smell has a powerful influence on our emotions and mood. Aromas are powerful memory triggers and mood enhancers—so much so that they can be used to relieve stress, uplift our mood, and provide an energy boost.

Aromatherapy is used to address many issues, including pain, fatigue, stress, nausea, cognitive function, and more. If your life is overrun by stress, consider incorporating aromatherapy into your daily routine to boost your mood and ease your tension. A certified aromatherapist can help concoct the right aroma for you, but you can also experiment on your own. It’s important to note that essential oils are highly concentrated and need to be diluted with another oil or lotion before applying directly to the skin.

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