CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - More and more people are praising the benefits of essential oils, as a means for elevating your mood or relieving pain.
According to herbalists, there are a range of applications -- both physical and emotional.
Basil: When used topically it can help with acne.
Clove: It can have an anesthetic effect and antibacterial qualities.
Eucalyptus: It can help clear respiratory congestion when inhaled.
Fennel, aniseed, sage and clary sage, sage oils: They have an estrogen compound that may help relieve PMS or menopause symptoms.
Floral oils, like lavender and rose: They have been shown to alleviate stress, anxiety and depression.
Peppermint, used with tea: They can soothe an upset stomach.
Rosemary: The aromatherapy may improve memory.
Reporter Jen Picciano explores the benefits with established essential oils users, a massage therapist, and looks at potential risks with a University Hospital doctor on Cleveland 19 News at 11 p.m.