Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils and aromatic compounds obtained from volatile plant materials that can help in a number of different ways.

Though aroma therapy is still considered by some as being flower child mumbo jumbo, it is in fact a sound theory that works on two basic principles:

(a) The fact that aromas have certain influences on the brain when transmitted though the olfactory system and

(b) The pharmacological effect of the application, inhalation or ingestion of the oils, many of which are known to have anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, and anti microbial effects.

In a number of ways, common women’s issues can be addressed by aromatherapy because it can help to ease emotional disturbances as well as physical discomfort and pain:

Easing PMS Symptoms: A week or so before the start of their period many women find themselves to be irritable, experience headaches, breast soreness, bloating, etc.

A number of aromatherapy remedies could help here: ylang-ylang is known to relieve anxiety and anger and may help with mood swings as well.

Lavender is known to help a person relax and could help with relieving stress, anxiety and insomnia. Lemon, juniper and grapefruit are known to help deal with that bloated feeling.

Help during menstruation: Pain and discomfort seem to the hallmarks of the menstrual cycle though essential oil can help ease them and also put in you in a more positive frame of mind. A number of different oils could help with menstrual cramps, such as peppermint, chamomile, cypress and jasmine.

Aromatherapy during pregnancy: Aromatherapy can be useful during pregnancy as well; however it is important that it be used with care and under guidance during this time. Certain essential oils are believed to be abortifacient in nature and could cause harm or bring on premature labor.

So some essential oils should be avoided, and use of aromatherapy oils at any time during pregnancy should be done under expert guidance. Morning sickness can be relieved by Lemon.

Tangerine is known to help in reducing the instance of stretch marks. Some other therapies can be used safely after the first trimester and yet others are alright to use after the 5th months.

Aromatherapy in menopause: Menopause is a time of emotional upheaval as well as significant physical change in a woman’s life, at which time Aromatherapy could help a woman feel calm, relaxed and more in control.  Rose, fennel, ginger nutmeg, patchouli and a number of therapies could help.