What are the Different Types of Aromatherapy Oil?

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  • Written By: Lauren Romano
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  • Last Modified Date: 22 January 2020
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Aromatherapy oil is derived from natural plant essences and may improve a person's spiritual, mental or physical well being. Some believe that aromatherapy oils can help with everything from easing stress to dealing with physical injuries. There are many oils to choose from that are made from a variety of different plants, including eucalyptus and lavender. Some of the oils work well by themselves, but they can also work well when combined with other specific oils.

Eucalyptus oil is thought to have anti-inflammatory and antiviral properties and is good for dealing with illnesses and conditions such as rheumatism, headaches and asthma. It can also be used as an insect repellent.

Chamomile isn't just for tea, it is also an aromatherapy oil that can be beneficial as an antibacterial and as a digestive stimulant. Some of the several conditions it is used for include rheumatism, acne, depression, indigestion and headaches. The fruity and herbal scented oil may also be used for skin conditions including dermatitis and psoriasis.

Lavender is thought to be very calming, which is why one of its properties includes being a sedative. Some of its uses are for sunburn, insomnia, insect bites, anxiety, tension and the flu. Due to its fragrant scent, lavender oil is used in many perfumes as well as body products.


Orange aromatherapy oil has detoxifying and sedative properties. It is thought to have a relaxing effect. Some may use it for insomnia, nervous tension, depression and digestive problems.

Ginger, often said to have a warming effect, has a warm and spicy scent. Its properties include it being an expectorant and a stimulant. Some of its uses are for cold, flu, indigestion, rheumatism and arthritis.

One method of getting the oils is through cold pressing, which extracts oils from citrus rinds. Steam distillation and solvent extraction are two other methods used to extract oils from plants. In some cases, it can take a substantial amount of a plant to get just a little bit of oil.

Aromatherapy oil should only be used as directed. Before using any type of oil, it is vital to contact a doctor whether or not you have any known medical issues. The doctor will be able to advise if using the aromatherapy oil is a good idea and may be able to further advise which ones are the best options according to the current state of the mind and body of the individual.



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