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Many people have heard about aromatherapy, and some use it as a complement to treat several health issues. It can be a family routine to spend a couple of minutes inside a room with a diffuser and think or talk about your day. Children might enjoy the fragrance and become more mindful of their feelings. Health providers recommend using aromatherapy as a complementary therapy. However, they want people to understand all the pros and cons.

What is aromatherapy?

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This complementary therapy consists in using essential oils to help people with specific health-related issues. The essential oils are generally made out of plants, and each oil can be used for different health issues. For example, lavender, peppermint, orange and ginger oils are safe for children, while others are for adults only. The diffused fragrance can help us with our mood swings, anxiety, nose congestion, and more by activating the smell receptors in our nose. Many people use essential oils to sleep better and induce a state of calmness.

How could your family benefit from aromatherapy?

Our hectic and stressful lifestyles might affect our health, and essential oils can help us. For example, using lavender oil in a diffuser can help reduce stress and anxiety. If your child is feeling down, then orange oil can lift spirits and energise those who smell it.
Deciding which fragrances to use can be a fun activity for all the family. By trying different samples in diffusers or personal inhalers, you can decide which are best for your household. Your children can decide which one they enjoy when they need to calm down.

How to use essential oils

Health experts recommend that people get all the necessary information before using essential oils. Aromatherapy is an excellent way of benefiting from the oils; however, there are dangers involved with applying the oils directly to the skin. Essential oils are toxic when injected and it is crucial to keep them out of reach. Doing proper research first to understand all the benefits and dangers is the first step to take.

Elizabeth G. Cole
Elizabeth used to be an English teacher, but she left her old job so she could raise her children and get more involved with saving the environment. She is passionate about the Planet and loves to cover this topic, but also enjoys to write about family and children activities.