Uses of aromatherapy and essential oils

Aromatherapy has become one of the most popular ways to relieve stress in recent years. While before, nobody has heard of this before, now aromatherapy candles and essential oils are all over the place. Aromatherapy is now even used in office buildings to relax employees, coffee shops and restaurants for the ambiance and even inside the home.

Essential oils are perhaps the backbone of aromatherapy. These are things that provide the fragrance and the essence of the process. What is great about these essential oils, you don't have to buy much. Just a drop of these oils and you are ready to go. Here are some of the uses of essential oils that you may not know about yet.

1. Besides relieving stress, aromatherapy and its essential oils are very effective for calming the nerves and stopping anxiety. It is also known to help relieve muscular and rheumatic pains although not much medical research has been done on this.

2. To ward away ants from getting into your food, use lemon or peppermint essential oils on the door frames of your cupboard or around your table.

3. You can make an air freshener out of an essential oil by dropping a few drops into a spray bottle with water. Shake the bottle and then spray on polished surfaces. This will give scent to its surface and fill up the room.

4. Make your own cabinet fragrance with an essential oil in cotton balls. Place it in a corner and then close the cupboards. You will find that the scent will emanate from the interior.

5. Essential oils particularly lavender can help ease headaches and muscle pains. Just rub a drop of the oil onto your temples and then massage.

6. Give lasting scent to your clothes. While they are in the dryer, put a drop of essential oil into it. The dryer will help set the scent into the clothes.

7. Ordinary candles can turn into aromatherapy candles when dropped with some essential oils. Do this before you light it though.

8. Use a drop of your essential oil to revive old potpourri that has lost its fragrance. You can even choose the fragrance that you want and perhaps even mix and match the scent.

9 Got really bad smelling shoes? You can freshen them up with the use of lemon or geranium oils. You can leave it overnight to make the effect more lasting. After all aromatherapy is not just for the body, it can also be for your shoes.