Aromatherapy is the practice of using scents, or aromas, to remedy specific problems. For example, one might use aromatherapy for calming effects while another person might use aromatherapy to feel more energized. Aromatherapy may not only help symptoms such as anxiousness, drowsiness, sleeplessness, or irritability, aromatherapy is also thought to help physical problems such as bruising, symptoms of PMS, arthritis, as well as cuts and scrapes when used as an ointment.
Finding essential oils used to be difficult, but these days you can find essential oils at vitamin shops as well as any health food store. Each essential oil does something a little bit different. For example, lavender is used in aromatherapy as a calming agent while one might use grapefruit oil as an energizing agent. There are a wide variety of essential oils that you can use. For example, if you want to feel more energized but don't care for the smell of grapefruit, you can try ginger, rosemary, or peppermint.
While many people simply use one scent in their aromatherapy burner, you can also mix and match for a more individualized scent and effect. Recipe books that contain information on which ingredients to blend, how much of the individual ingredients to add and what the effect should be are available at your local bookstores and health food stores. Recipes are also widely available online for free.
One thing that people who pursue aromatherapy should always remember is that these oils can make you very sick if taken internally. Never ingest an essential oil. When using essential oils in ointments, you should always avoid the more sensitive areas, such as the area near your eyes or your genitalia, as your skin in these areas is especially thin and you might absorb too much of the oil into your blood stream.