Aromatherapy 101: Essential Oils for What Ails You

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best herbs for aromatherapyDistracted? Take in the refreshing scent of eucalyptus. Anxious? Try lavender. PMS’ing? Ylang-ylang. This list of essential oils and their healing properties will help you fight whatever’s ailing you. From 1 Pound a Day: The Martha’s Vineyard Diet Detox and Plan for a Lifetime of Healthy Eating.

Aromatherapy: can help lift your spirits, soothe you, give you energy and focus, and relieve stress. Here are a few essences with their therapeutic properties.

Bergamot: Anger, anxiety, confidence, depression, stress, fatigue, fear, peace, happiness, insecurity, and loneliness

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Chamomile: Anger, anxiety, depression, fear, irritability, loneliness, insomnia, stress

Eucalyptus: Concentration and memory

Grapefruit: Confidence, fear, depression, stress, happiness, and peace

Jasmine: Fatigue, exhaustion, burnout, stress, confidence, anger

Lavender: Anxiety, depression, irritability, panic attacks, stress

Lemon: Memory and concentration, fear, happiness, and peace

Patchouli: Fatigue and exhaustion, stress, frigidity

Peppermint: Concentration and memory, fatigue, exhaustion, burnout

Rose: Anger, anxiety, depression, grief, menopause, happiness and peace, loneliness, panic attacks, stress

Rosemary: Fatigue, exhaustion, burnout, confidence, concentration and memory

Sandalwood: Fear, grief, irritability, stress, depression, mental fatigue

Spearmint: Depression, mental fatigue

Vetiver: Anger, anxiety, exhaustion, insomnia, fear, grief, insecurity, stress

Ylang-ylang: Anger, depression, mood swings, PMS, stress

Most health food stores have a selection of essential oils. Whole Foods Market carries them in its beauty and bath departments. The Body Shop and Bath & Body Works make their own blends with different properties.

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