The vaporizer community is acutely aware of how various scents affect our moods and feelings. The care, sophistication and ingenuity we exercise in choosing and even customizing our vapor experience qualifies us as olfactory experts of sorts.
So what is aromatherapy, anyway?
Aromatherapy is the technique of using scents, typically in essential oils, to create change in one’s emotional, mental, or physical conditions. Evidence supporting the benefits of aromatherapy dates back to the ancient Egyptians in 1500 BC, when botanists wrote longs tracts known as “pharmacopeia” to categorize herbs and their effects on illness.
To this day, plants (or their synthetic replicas) are used in medicine. Aspirin comes from the common willow tree. Caffeine, America’s preferred stimulant, comes from the lowly coffee bean. And as we know, morphine (and its less lawful derivatives) comes from the lovely poppy flower (eating poppy seed pastries or bagels might even make you fail a drug test!) So there’s a history of using plants to provoke certain physiological responses, making aromatherapy, if not a no-brainer, then certainly worth a try.
The secret of choosing the right scent for your aromatherapy vaporizer depends on your goals. Look below for a key to fixing what ails you. Essential oils are typically diffused through the air or applied to the skin – but watch out for allergic reactions. Some herbs are compatible with a vaporizer, but different temperatures are required for that. Our tips include oils that are infused into the air with a candle or diffuser.
Stress. There’s not a human who hasn’t experienced stress at one point or another. Many of us feel stress on a daily basis. Add cedarwood, sandalwood, or ylang ylang to your vaporizer for a little zen (caution though, ylang ylang is also thought by some to be an aphrodisiac!).
Fatigue. When you’re short on sleep and caffeine isn’t working its magic, try one or more of these traditional aromatherapy energy boosters for a second wind: eucalyptus, rosemary, or peppermint.
Insomnia. Lavender and chamomile are said to bring about a state of relaxation and peacefulness conducive to sleep. Try these in your aromatherapy vaporizer as an alternative to prescription medications.
Creativity. Stuck on a project and can’t move forward? Get some bergamot or frankincense for a fresh perspective and openness to new ideas.
Focus. With work, relationships, and summer activities in full swing, who isn’t feeling a little distracted? Fill your aromatherapy vaporizer with cypress, lemon, or rosemary scents – all are reputed to enhance concentration and memory.
Confidence. Even the most successful among us occasionally suffers from a lack of confidence. If that’s the case, give pine and ginger a try.