For a while now, essential oils have been touted as the new miracle cure for everything from depression to diabetes. Though it may sound like an impossible claim, essential oils really do work against all kinds of ailments and issues like anxiety, high blood pressure, infections, and heart problems.
We made a list of some of the benefits of using essential oil diffusers and aromatherapy, using research from reputable medical journals to back up our claims.
- Lemon: Lemon essential oil decreases cortisol levels while releasing endorphins.
- Lavender: Breathing in lavender essential oil can be an effective treatment for generalized anxiety.
- Ylang-Ylang: Ylang-Ylang is a tree from southeast Asia, and its oil can reduce blood pressure and other physical responses to stress.
- Ginger: Ginger oil reduces stress levels in hospital patients.
- Bergamot: Bergamot essential oil reduces stress by lowering blood pressure, pulse rates, and breathing rates.
- Rosemary: When combined with lavender, rosemary oil also decreases cortisol levels and releases endorphins.
- Clary Sage: Clary sage essential oil reduces stress levels, particularly in menopausal women. Depression
- Lavender: Lavender aromatherapy is an effective treatment for post-partum depression.
- Jasmine: Not only does jasmine oil improve overall mood, but it also makes you feel more alert.
- Chamomile: Chamomile is a clinically-proven treatment for clinical depression.
- Orange: Orange oil will make you feel more relaxed and positive.
- Rose: Rose essential oil has therapeutic effects on mood and depression.
- Vanilla: Vanilla oil can improve depression on a level similar to Prozac!
- Bergamot: Bergamot essential oil is a natural antidepressant.
- Lavender: Lavender is an effective treatment for generalized anxiety disorder (GAD).
- Chamomile: When used in an essential oil diffuser, chamomile reduced anxiety in ICU patients.
- Rose: When used in an aromatherapy machine, rose oil decreases stress and improves your mood.
- Black Pepper: In addition to reducing general anxiety, black pepper essential oil can also reduce cigarette cravings in people going through withdrawals.
- Grapefruit: Grapefruit oil stimulates certain areas of your brain that can reduce anxiety.
- Frankincense: Frankincense essential oil has a psychoactive effect on your brain similar to anti-anxiety medications.
- Sandalwood: In a study of palliative care patients—people with terminal illnesses—sandalwood essential oil significantly reduced anxiety levels.
- Jasmine: The scent of jasmine has a sedative effect that can make it easier to fall asleep.
- Chamomile: You may have tried drinking chamomile tea to help you sleep, but chamomile essential oil can have the same effect.
- Lavender: In a study of postpartum women—who are notoriously sleep-deprived—lavender aromatherapy increased the quality of their sleep.
- Sweet Marjoram: Sweet marjoram essential oil reduces anxiety and makes it easier to relax before bed.
- Clary Sage: Clary sage oil increases dopamine production, which helps with stress, depression,anxiety, and insomnia.
- Ylang-Ylang: Ylang-ylang essential oil decreases your heart rate and blood pressure, allowing you to relax.
- Juniper: Juniper berry oil can be an effective replacement for benzodiazepines, which are powerful drugs used for anxiety attacks, insomnia, and other mood-related disorders.
Memory And Mental Clarity
- Peppermint: Peppermint essential oil improves memory and overall mental function.
- Rosemary: Aromatherapy with rosemary oil increases mental clarity and boosts your mood.
- Eucalyptus: Eucalyptus essential oil makes you feel more alert.
- Frankincense: Frankincense oil enhances memory and increases your ability to learn new things.
- Lemon: Lemon aromatherapy improves central nervous system function.
- Lavender: Lavender essential oil can be used to improve memory and cognitive function in stroke patients.
- Peppermint: Pepper essential oil is effective against tension headaches.
- Lavender: Aromatherapy with lavender oil relieves migraines.
- Eucalyptus: Eucalyptus essential oil relieves sinus pressure, reduces muscle tension, and relieves anxiety, all of which are common causes of headaches.
- Sandalwood: Sandalwood oil works as an anti-inflammatory, just like Advil!
- Lemon: Lemon essential oil has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties to help you fend off diseases.
- Sandalwood: Sandalwood essential oil is an effective anti-viral agent, and using it in a diffuser can protect you from cold and flu viruses.
- Tea Tree: Tea tree oil is very popular nowadays because of its many medicinal benefits. It works as an anti-microbial agent, attacking microorganisms in the air that might make you sick.
- Chamomile: Chamomile essential oil is an antioxidant that fights cancerous cells.
- Thyme: Thyme oil is antibacterial, and when used with a diffuser it can fight off bacteria in the air.
- Eucalyptus: Another benefit of eucalyptus oil is its antibacterial properties, which can fight bacteria such as E. coli and staph infection.
- Jasmine: Jasmine essential oil is another anti-viral that prevents and treats infections like hepatitis.
- Peppermint: If you already have an inflammatory disease such as arthritis, peppermint essential oil could be an effective treatment.
- Clary Sage: Clary sage oil reduces menstrual pain, particularly in adolescent girls.
- Clove: Clove oil can replace Novocain as an anesthetic, and using it in an essential oil diffuser relieves pain as well.
- Sweet Marjoram: Aromatherapy with sweet marjoram oil reduces pain and aids in sleep and relaxation.
- Sandalwood: Sandalwood essential oil treats skin irritation like sunburns, insect bites, and poison ivy.
- Frankincense: Since frankincense oil is used as an anti-inflammatory, it relieves pain the same way drugs like Advil do.
- Chamomile: Chamomile oil has a chemical in it that allows your skin to absorb it even into the deep layers, making it an effective treatment for inflammatory diseases like arthritis and gout.
- Bergamot: In addition to being used as a natural antidepressant, bergamot essential oil also sees use as an analgesic (or pain reliever).
- Peppermint: Like chamomile, peppermint oil penetrates your skin, so when you use it for aromatherapy it can relieve both external and internal pain.
- Ginger: Almost everyone knows that ginger is good for digestion, and that extends to aromatherapy as well.
- Chamomile: Chamomile essential oil might help with symptoms of diarrhea or other gastrointestinal issues.
- Peppermint: Sufferers of irritable bowel syndrome commonly use peppermint oil.
- Frankincense: Aromatherapy with frankincense oil can improve chronic bowel diseases like IBS.
- Oregano: Oregano essential oil is another common treatment for bowel and intestinal diseases.
- Fennel: Fennel oil has all sorts of therapeutic benefits for digestion and stomach aches.
- Grapefruit: The smell of grapefruit essential oil stimulates the metabolism, which speeds up digestion and helps with weight loss.
- Ylang-Ylang: As we mentioned before, ylang-ylang lowers blood pressure, which decreases stress as well as improves hypertension.
- Chamomile: Chamomile essential oil contains a specific type of antioxidant that reduces the risk of heart disease.
- Grapefruit: Grapefruit oil aromatherapy can treat hypertension by lowering blood pressure.
- Juniper: Juniper essential oil also contains the antioxidant that reduces heart disease, particularly in men.
- Clary Sage: Clary sage oil lowers blood pressure and treats urinary conditions in women.
- Sweet Marjoram: Aromatherapy with sweet marjoram oil may prevent hypertension.
- Peppermint: Inhaling diffused peppermint oil helps to open your airways and may relieve your cough.
- Lemon: Lemon oil has antimicrobial properties, and is especially effective against respiratory infections.
- Eucalyptus: Eucalyptus is a common ingredient in cough drops because of its sinus-clearing abilities, and using it for aromatherapy can clear your airways during a respiratory illness.
- Tea Tree: Tea tree essential oil is an anti-inflammatory that will soothe your sore throat.
Healing and Recovery
- Juniper: Juniper oil is used in traditional Turkish medicine to promote wound healing, and recent studies show that it works!
- Tea Tree: Aromatherapy with tea tree oil helps heal skin conditions and wounds.
- Clary Sage: Clary sage essential oil prevents infections in wounds and skin lesions.
- Lavender: Lavender oil speeds up wound healing while improving the overall health of your skin.
- Rosehip: Rosehip oil combines well with other oils to speed up the healing process.
- Patchouli: The antibacterial effect of patchouli oil protects your wounds from infections.
- Grapefruit: The scent of grapefruit stimulates your metabolism and speeds up the fat-burning process.
- Cinnamon: Cinnamon essential oil can treat hyperglycemia and make you feel full after eating.
- Ginger: Ginger oil lowers your blood sugar and burns fat at the same time.
- Peppermint: Aromatherapy with peppermint oil suppresses your appetite and reduces cravings for high-calorie food.
- Lemon: The smell of lemon works just like grapefruit, stimulating your metabolism and burning fat.
- Bergamot: Bergamot essential oil helps control appetite and blood sugar.
- Black Pepper: Black pepper oil increases energy levels and increases the amount of fat you burn.
- Clove: Clove oil helps with motivation and gives you extra energy.
- Jasmine: Aromatherapy with jasmine oil has a stimulant effect similar to caffeine.
- Peppermint: Inhaling diffused peppermint oil before working out increases your lung capacity, allowing you to exercise longer without losing your breath.
- Grapefruit: Grapefruit oil has a refreshing effect, giving you more sustained energy.
- Ginger: Ginger essential oil reduces muscle pain after exercise so that you won't be as sore the morning after.
- Patchouli: Patchouli oil is effective at repelling termites, as it contains a compound that’s toxic to them.
- Cedarwood: Cedarwood oil is deadly to houseflies and beetles, so diffusing it in your house could prevent them from coming in.
- Ylang-Ylang: Ylang-ylang is even more effective than commercial bug spray at repelling mosquitos.
There are many essential oil diffuser and aromatherapy benefits that are scientifically proven. Click the links in each entry above to read the studies backing our claims about the benefits of essential oil diffusers and aromatherapy.