Infusing vitality

Aromatherapy is all about utilising purely natural elements that help soothe frazzled nerves and relax your body. It banks upon essential oils extracted from different parts of a plant — leaves, root, stem, bark. These essential oils are proven to have a therapeutic effect on your body and soul, banishing stress instantly. Here are some sources of aromatherapy that you could try out:

Fennel (Foeniculum dulce): Fennel has a very sweet, fresh smell, reminiscent of aniseed and is useful for treating indigestion and flatulence.

 German chamomile (Matricaria Recutita): This is a good oil to have on hand for summer. Use it to treat inflamed, irritated skin including dermatitis, boils, acne, nappy rash, eczema, psoriasis and dry itchy skin. It can also be used to relieve the pain associated with burns, sprains, cramps and insect bites.

Ho leaf (Cinnamomum camphora): It has a clean, sweet, floral-woody scent. It is balancing and calming, useful during times of stress. It can be used for a number of skin conditions due to its anti-inflammatory properties.

Jasmine absolute (Jasminum officinalis): This is an uplifting essential oil as it can relax both physical and emotional tensions, and create a sense of enjoyment. It’s beneficial for treating hot, dry and inflamed skin, especially if it is linked to emotional stress.

n Mandarin oil (Citrus reticulata): This oil has an extremely sweet smell and is one of the most popular citrus oils. It is the top choice for easing anxiety, raising your spirits and curing gastric issues.

n Niaouli (Melaleuca vividiflora): This essential vitalising oil cures respiratory allergies and also helps in curing acne, bronchitis and cough. When used topically, it can provide relief for oily skin. Some people also find that it works well on minor hemorrhoid problems.

(The author is a certified aromatherapist and founder, Wikka)

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