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Aromatherapy is a form of alternative medicine with healing properties close to homeopathic remedies. The therapeutic benefits of aromatherapy vary from a little mental boost; to soothing sunburns, achy muscles; relieving some anxiety; as an antiseptic, and plethora of other applications.
Aromatherapy oils are made by extracting the natural oils from various parts of plants. Typically, steam distillation is used to produce the oils. Steam will run through the plant breaking down the cells that carry the oil. The oil and steam are then carried to a cooling chamber where they are separated resulting in the capture of the essential oil.

Here is a list of a few choice oils to have handy at home:

Lavender: Lavender oil has this yummy, fresh floral scent with a dash of sweetness and herby aroma. It smells amazing, as it is also the most versatile of all essential oils. Therapeutically, lavender oil has a calming effect for those suffering from anxiety. Medicinally, it can be used as an antiseptic and pain reliever to soothe minor burns, insect bites and stings, and muscle or joint pain. For a little pick-me-up, even one breath will make you feel blissful.


Peppermint: 
Peppermint oil has a very stimulating yet soothing aroma and is easily “Mother Nature’s Icy Hot” due to its main constituent, menthol. It is effective in arousing your mental sharpness, and it can be used to relieve congestion, headaches, migraines, digestive problems, and soothe achy muscles. To help with headaches, rub a tiny bit on the temples. To relieve muscle soreness, dilute it with a carrier oil, like grape seed oil, and rub it into whatever is sore.


Eucalyptus:
 This oil has a very fresh and clean aroma that is sure to open up the airways.  Eucalyptus oil is a natural antibacterial, antifungal, antimicrobial, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory. It is best used for respiratory problems like colds, coughs, asthma, and congestion, in addition to wounds, muscle pain, mental exhaustion, dental care, and skin care. Dropping a little of this in a hot bath when congested, it is a great natural way to clear the nasal passages.

Lemon: With its uplifting and fresh scent, lemon oil can help get rid of bad vibes and increase concentration and mental awareness by rubbing a few drops on the chest and throat. It is also an antiseptic and antifungal making it a wonderful fix for scrapes, cuts, and other open wounds.


Tea Tree.
 A widely popular form of alternative medicine, tea tree oil has astringent properties great for alleviating oily secretions of the skin (face and scapl), but it’s terpinen content soothes minor wounds without irritation.

When purchasing or using essential oils, it is important to ensure that they are 100% pure, therapeutic grade.  They can be diluted with carrier oils (grapeseed, jojoba, or sweet almond oil) or water depending on what you are going to use the essential oil for. Before use, especially if you have any health concerns, consult with your health care practitioner.

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Be healthy & happy, Dr. Tijana

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