Dr. Pamela Smith, ND 

Dr. Pam has a family practice at The Nest Family Wellness Centre which offers naturopathic and midwifery care. She combines science-based natural medicine with conventional medical therapeutics. Learn more about Dr. Pam and the services offered by her clinic here, or book an appointment at www.drpamelasmith.com.

Check out the latest Ask Dr Pam Q&A and posts by topic below as well as her health and wellness posts.

Ask Dr Pam   

What is aromatherapy and what are the benefits?


Aromatherapy is defined as the use of essential oils for healing and health. Essential oils are derived from plants and are 40-70 times more concentrated than the plant in its whole form. They contain 100’s of different phyto-chemicals and play a role in defending the plant against bacteria, fungus and viruses. Various parts of a plant are used and the oils are extracted through techniques such as distillation (similar to making alcohol spirits). 

There are many benefits to using essential oils with your family. The anti-microbial properties most contain can clean anything from wounds to floors! They are also great for relieving tension in muscles, calming an upset stomach (apply diluted to abdomen), and inhaled for anxiety or headache relief. 

This post discusses aromatherapy during pregnancy and my top 6 essential oils to use when pregnant.