Aromatherapy gets a modern makeover

Aromatherapy often assumes a hippie connotation. But in today’s world of natural healing, it’s not just for tie-dye wearing, Kumbaya singers.

Aromatherapy has been proven to provide treatment to a large range of medical conditions and is commonly used by many those looking to live a mentally healthy lifestyle.

Photo by Gabriela Bitar
Incense are a popular, age-old aromatherapy method. | Photo by Gabriela Bitar

As defined by the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy, aromatherapy is the art and science of utilizing naturally extracted aromatic essences from plants to balance, harmonize and promote the health of body, mind and spirit. 

Here are common uses and how to incorporate aromatherapy into your routine:

Sleep aid:

Aromatherapy can serve as a natural sleep aid for those who struggle with insomnia, and it helps to promote a balanced sleep schedule for those who cannot seem to fall asleep at an appropriate time.

The best essential oils to use for sleep are lavender, chamomile, jasmine, benzoin, neroli, rose, sandlewood, sweet marjoram and ylang ylang.  These scents are softer and light, letting them have a relaxing effect on the body when they are inhaled through a diffuser or rubbed on the temples of your head.

Psychological and spiritual well-being:

Many people struggle with feelings of depression, anxiety and stress. Lemon-oil, bergamot, lavender and vetiver are some of the more well-known fragrances for stress relief. I personally believe the most effective scent that is one that is associated with a positive memory.

Our sense of smell is the body’s most connected sense to our memories.


Did you know that in Japan some businesses pump essential oils through their air conditioning units in order to improve employee efficiency? Essential oils, such as lemon and rosemary, help improve this. For many college students, using aromatherapy while studying for a test or writing a paper could improve memory, creativity and productivity.

Where to buy:

If you’re having trouble finding these essential oils, there are many aromatherapy supply stores in South Florida. I go to Perfect Oil in the Wellington Green Mall. Perfect Oil is an aromatherapy supply store, and they have a friendly and knowledgeable staff that will help you find the best essential oils for your needs. They also have an online store that is very convenient to shop from.

Jociane Landolfa, the owner of Perfect Oil, answered a few questions about aromatherapy:

Two Seventy: How are essential oils used?

Jociane Landolfa: Essential oils are used through a diffuser for inhalation purposes. They are also used as a carrier oil for body application. Many people also use essential oils that are edible grade for consumption in a tea.

TS: Are  all essential oils therapeutic?

JL: Yes, they all have different therapeutic properties. You can also blend different oils together for a variety of medical issues.

TS: What are some new items in your store that you would personally recommend?

JL: Our two best sellers right now have been eucalyptus and lemon. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, these oils have been shown to prevent the Zika virus.

MONQ is another aromatherapy company that has come out with a few personal essential oil diffusers. MONQ is different from a typical oil diffuser because their product directly inserts aromatherapy into your olfactory system – just like a vape pen. These personal diffusers are portable and come in seven different blends, all of which are natural and organic.

Photo by Sean Webster
Photo by Sean Webster

MONQ has zero nicotine, tobacco or artificial chemicals. You are simply breathing organic plants into your body with this product. Robert Tisserand is an essential oil expert that endorses this product and says it is “safe to use in terms of the essential oil content, as well as the heater vapor delivery system.”

Specifically, MONQ’s Zen pen is great for anyone that struggles with anxiety or has a high-stress job. With just a few puffs, it helps you feel vibrant and invigorated. Plus, the Zen pen also tastes like a delicious cup of herbal tea! The average price for one personal diffuser is $20 and lasts for three to four weeks. You can find them online, or at a local retailer