Aromatherapy: Starter guide

Aromatherapy: Starter guide

Aromatherapy is a great way to boost your health naturally. Inhaling or absorbing oil extracted from the flowers, bark, stems, leaves, roots or other parts of certain plants can have a positive effect on a wide range of common conditions, such as fatigue, anxiety and sleeplessness. Get started with the therapeutic powers of these five cornerstone essential oils.


 Radio Times has teamed up with AXA PPP healthcare to bring you affordable, private health insurance. Get £50 FREE M&S vouchers free when you take out a plan


Lavender – sleep well and stay calm
The calming and sedating power of this gentle floral beauty has made it one of the most popular essential oils in the world. If you suffer from insomnia, add a drizzle to your pillow to help you wind down and drift into slumber. Rubbing a little on your wrists or temples, or combining it with a carrier lotion for massage, is also an effective way to combat everyday anxieties, tensions and stresses that can cause headaches.

Lemon – zest up your life
If you’re feeling blue or lethargic, let the citrus king lift your spirits and vitality. Adding a splash of lemon essential oil to a diffuser or a few drops to your bath water will not only enhance your mood and energy, it can also aid digestion, boost circulation and improve immunity. Furthermore, its zingy fragrance can help curb sugar cravings if you want to clean up your diet and shrink your waistline.

Rosemary – stimulate your mind
Beyond being a perfect way to make your taste buds dance as a seasoning for meat, rosemary is also good for your head. A little rosemary essential oil in a humidifier or bath water will sharpen your concentration, enhance your memory and improve your overall cognitive performance. When blended with massage lotions, it can also help relieve muscle pain and benefit digestion.

Eucalyptus – breathe easy
Oil extracted from the leaves and twigs of this grand evergreen tree native to Australia is a remarkable tonic for respiration. If you are suffering from cold or flu symptoms, warm a dash of eucalyptus essential oil in a diffuser to clear your sinuses and cleanse your body of harmful toxins.

Tea tree – the healing master
Big on anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial power, tea tree oil is the mighty healer of essential oils. Dabbed in diluted forms directly onto the skin, it can help heal common conditions such as acne and blemishes, and it can work wonders in repairing burns and cuts. Furthermore, if you suffer from a dry or flaky scalp, add a little tea tree essential oil to your shampoo to keep dandruff at bay.


 Radio Times has teamed up with AXA PPP healthcare to bring you affordable, private health insurance. Get £50 FREE M&S vouchers free when you take out a plan


AXA PPP Healthcare

AXA Health

We use cookies to improve your experience of our website. Cookies perform functions like recognising you each time you visit and delivering advertising messages that are relevant to you. Read more here