What are aromatherapy benefits?
Aromatherapy is a technique that uses natural essential oils to promote an overall improved sense of well-being. It's achieved by inhalation or skin absorption.
"Aromatherapy may promote relaxation and help relieve stress. It has also been used to help treat a wide range of physical and mental conditions, including burns, infections, depression, insomnia, and high blood pressure. But so far there is limited scientific evidence to support claims that aromatherapy effectively prevents or cures illness." (Web MD.com)
Essential oils are unlike regular fragrance oils. They are concentrated oils of a plant. They carry a distinct fragrance from which they were extracted; leaves, plant, flower, peel, etc.., unlike fragrance oils that are developed in laboratories. There are many different types of essential oils but some popular ones include:
LAVENDER, ROSE, CHAMOMILE: Relax, relieve stress
PEPPERMINT: Mentally stimulating
ORANGE, LEMON: Uplift, refresh, improve moods
TEA TREE OIL: Relieve aches, pains, stress.
(Also called Melaleuca Oil. Tea Tree Oil uses!)
Store essential oils away from heat and light to preserve their freshness and potency. When stored properly, they have a shelf life of several years.
CAUTION! Essential oils are potent chemicals. Respect them and use with care. Never use large amounts externally or internally. Never use straight. Always dilute in carrier oil, soap, lotion, or other buffering agent. Never use essential oils without knowing what their bioactive compounds can do.
CAUTION! Overexposure to an essential oil, through skin or inhalation, may result in nausea, headache, skin irritation or emotional uneasiness. Step outside and get fresh air to help overcome these symptoms.
AROMATHERAPY BY INHALATION:
"Practitioners of aromatherapy believe that fragrances in the oils stimulate nerves in the nose. Those nerves send impulses to the part of the brain that controls memory and emotion. Depending on the type of oil [the scent], the result on the body may be calming or stimulating." " The oils are thought to interact with the body's hormones and enzymes to cause changes in blood pressure, pulse, and other body functions. Another theory suggests that the fragrance of certain oils may stimulate the body to produce pain-fighting substances." (WebMD.com)
Aromatherapists use essential oils to freshen air by sprays or diffusers.
AROMATHERAPY THROUGH SKIN:
Aromatherapists apply essential oils to skin in massages. Most applications are 2%, which means 2 drops of essential oil per 100 drops of carrier oil. A 1% dilution should be used on children or elderly.
CAUTION! Children younger than 5 years old should not use aromatherapy. Those with chronic illnesses or health concerns, skin allergies, pregnant or nursing women should consult their health care provider before using any essential oils.
Essential oils are handcrafted into bath and body products: soaps, lotions, bath salts, shampoo and more! These homemade bath salts have aromatherapy benefits! Find a bath salt recipe now!
ESSENTIAL OILS TO AVOID for SKIN
Some essential oils do not benefit skin. In fact, they can cause skin problems and may be poisonous. The magazine, "The Herb Quarterly", provides a list of essential oils to avoid.
1. Bitter Almond
7. Yellow Camphor
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