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  • Bergamot - one of the most popular oils in the fragrance industry; excellent insect repellent; believed to be helpful to both the urinary and digestive tracts; useful for skin conditions linked to stress, such as cold sores, especially when combined with eucalyptus oil

  • Black pepper - known for its sharp and spicy aroma; used to stimulate circulation and to relieve muscular aches and pains; said to help reduce the appearance of bruises when applied to the skin, as it stimulates circulation

  • Citronella - obtained from a relative of lemongrass; used in perfumes and sometimes as an insect repellant

  • Tea tree oil - used topically (on the skin) as an antiseptic or disinfectant to treat antibacterial, fungal, and viral infections

  • Lavender oil - used as an antiseptic to sooth minor cuts and burns; used to relieve headaches; has a calming and relaxing effect

  • Clove oil - used as an antiseptic, antispasmodic, carminative, and antiemetic; also often used as a topical analgesic (pain reliever) in dentistry

  • Yarrow oil - used to reduce joint inflammation and relieve cold and flu symptoms

  • Lemon oil - reduces stress and lifts the spirits; sometimes used as an anti-depressant

  • Jasmine, Rose, Sandalwood, Ylang-ylang - used as aphrodisiacs

In larger countries, aromatherapy has yet to be recognized as a valid form of medicine. This is the case in countries like the United States, Russia, Germany, and Japan. The general position of medical professionals in these countries is that while certain scents can be relaxing, there is insufficient scientific proof of the medical effectiveness of aromatherapy. Even so, those who utilize it are strong believers in the powers of scent over the mind and body.

For more information and to learn more about the possible benefits of aromatherapy, visit the official Web site of the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy.

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