Aromatherapy is a form of natural therapy involving the use of aromatic herbal remedies for physical, emotional, and mental healing. Essential oils from herbs are distilled to produce soothing, healing aromas.

When you use aromatherapy, you would most likely come across the term “volatile” essential oils. Here, the word “volatile” means that the molecules in these herbal remedies evaporate quickly into the air. So, every time that you inhale the aroma of an essential oil, the unique components mix and react with the olfactory membranes in your nose, which are directly connected to your brain. It is said that your brain plays a very important part in how your mind, emotions and entire body are regulated.

Still, aromatherapy is just the practice of sniffing different essential oils. Most of these herbal remedies can also be applied to your skin. When this is done in addition, healing becomes even more effective. This is because the essential oil is also being absorbed directly into your bloodstream.

You can find a wide variation in the cost of essential oils. Prices vary depending on their availability and the methods that have to be used in order to procure and produce them. For instance 1 ounce of pure lavender oil can be procured for $5 because this is a fairly common plant and easily harvestable. Conversely, you may have to pay $250 for half an ounce of rose oil.

You will need a diffuser in order to properly use these herbal remedies. This is a special device that is used to disperse the essential oils into the air. These are usually not very expensive and, in most cases, an atomizer will work fine. There are also special aromatherapy pottery rings available that fit over the top of a light bulb and are pretty cheap as well.

Herbal remedies used in aromatherapy can be used to treat various health ailments. You can use aromatherapy to alleviate symptoms like stress, depression, digestive upsets, hormone imbalances and respiratory problems. Most essential oils are quite potent; hence it is important that you follow the instructions found on the label strictly. The one thing that you should not do is to apply essential oils directly to your skin without first diluting it.

Author's Bio: 

Evelyn Lim is the publisher of a newsletter on Herbal Home Remedies. She draws on her practical knowledge passed down by her grandmother in the use of herbs to treat common ailments and shares about them in her newsletter. For free information and a bonus MP3 download, please visit her site at