Uses for Aromatherapy
Aromatherapy is a healing treatment by way of essential oils which are defined by the International Standards Organization (ISO) as "products obtained from vegetable raw material, either by distillation with water or steam, or from the epicarp of citrus fruits by a mechanical process, or by dry distillation.”
This therapeutic method was first coined aromatherapy by the French chemist, René-Maurice Gattefossé, in 1937 when he accidentally discovered the benefits of lavender on skin burns.
Since then, they’ve been extensively researched for their wide range of therapeutic benefits, such as:
• Relieve achy muscles and joints
• Reduce stress and anxiety
• Boost immune system
• Soothe sunburns
• Some are believed to have antiseptic, antifungal and antiviral abilities
Using Essential Oils
These oils have been used for over 6000 years through either by applying them directly to the skin or through inhalation.
It’s important to add any type of carrier oil (most common types are sweet almond oil and olive oil) to your choice of essential oil to diffuse its concentrative power and make it less harsh on the skin while further enhancing its benefits.
Bear in mind that there’s a small chance you can develop allergies, even after the oils have been diluted.
So prior to using any type of oil, do an allergy test first. Simply add 3 - 6 drops of essential oil to an ounce of carrier oil.
This will give you a 1% concentration level. Next, rub a small amount about the size of a quarter onto your forearm and wait no less than 48 hours.
For topical use, essential oils can be found in massage oils, skin and bath care products. You can use essential oils as a daily skin moisturizer once it’s been diluted properly.
When massaging skin with essential oil infused products, this helps enhance saturation of the oils by the skin and boost circulation.
You don’t even need a specialized massage therapist; you can try self-massage which also provides you with an abundance of physical and mental benefits.
When breathed in, essential oils provide more than just a nice smell, they can offer relief from congestion, cough, headaches and even psychological benefits.
The science behind it is that when inhaled, the oils stimulate the olfactory system which connects the nose and brain.
Once this system is stimulated, molecules move to the limbic system which is a main influencer of the nervous system.
The limbic system is also responsible for blood pressure, heart rate, emotions, cognitive abilities, stress, and hormone balance.
That’s why inhaling essential oils have such a holistic effect on the body.
You can choose from electric diffusers, aromatic spritzers or oil burners to heat the oil and diffuse its aroma throughout the room.
A great trick to try is to put a couple of drops onto a tissue and place it in your pocket or bag or a quick pick-me-up.
And, of course, there’s the steam option which clears away congestion, sinuses, coughs and colds.
Try them in the bath by dropping a few drops (no more than 15 - 20) into your bath water, or in the shower by rubbing it on your body as you shower to enjoy their smells and reap their benefits.
Even though there are many types of essential oils with numerous benefits, here are the 5 most widely-used oils you can start using today:
Ask any mother and she’ll tell you lavender is a miracle worker when it comes to soothing and sedating babies.
This is because lavender has a relaxing, sweet floral scent which acts as a stress reliever and helps induce sleep.
It’s also a great muscle relaxant, an antiseptic for minor wounds and burns, and alleviates headache tension when rubbed onto your temples.
It also has beauty benefits like rejuvenating skin, reduces blemishes, fine lines and wrinkles and helps diminish signs of skin scarring.
It also reduces hair fall and boosts the immune system.
The first thing that comes to mind when reading about peppermint oil is it’s minty and fresh all thanks to its main component, menthol.
Peppermint oil can be added to your toothpaste or mouthwash to give you fresh breath.
But what you may not know is that peppermint oil can be massaged into your neck and shoulders to keep your energy levels up all day, because it reduces fatigue, stress and depression.
Peppermint oil soothes achy joints and muscles and reduces headaches because of its analgesic and antispasmodic properties.
Peppermint oil is also known to soothe digestive problems, bloating, nausea and menstrual cramps by massaging a few drops onto your stomach area.
Eucalyptus can be found in products like Tiger Balm ointment and Vicks VapoRub.
It works as a great decongestant of nasal passageways and relieves respiratory problems, such as cough and asthma.
It’s also anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antimicrobial, antibacterial, and antifungal; basically, it’s anti-everything which is good news for us.
Just thinking about the scent of lemon oil can lift up your spirits.
It’s also known for its toxin-cleansing properties, which is why it’s in a lot of cleansing products.
Lemon oil can boost mental awareness, and boost focus and energy levels.
It can also help speed up the healing of minor scrapes and burns. Lemon oil has also beauty benefits.
For example, if you add several drops to your shampoo, it can give your hair a natural shine; if you add it to your moisturizer, your skin will be brighter and healthier-looking.
Another great benefit of lemon oil is that it curbs sugar cravings.
Another powerful essential oil, tea tree can fight off all types of bacteria, virus, fungi - you name it.
You can apply it to minor cuts and bruises, or you can inhale it to treat a cough or cold.
It can be found in many beauty products for its astringent properties. It’s also anti-inflammatory and antiviral.
When you’re buying essential oils, make sure they are 100% pure.
If you have any concerns about their use or side effects, talk to your doctor or consult an aromatherapy expert.
Remember, aromatherapy is an accompanying therapy and not to be used as a replacement for any doctor-prescribed medical plan.
Just click on the images to view the full product info:
Unique Ways Essential Oils Can Improve Your Wellness
Today it seems like you can’t mention a common cold without someone telling you which essential oil you should use to treat it.
There are tons of essential oils available on the market today.
It seems like there are just as many pieces of advice on how to use the essential oils as there are essential oils.
As with any new alternative medicine and complementary therapy, there is much debate whether or not ingestion of essential oils is safe and can improve your wellness.
Some advocate for the use of small amounts of essential oils while others say that ingestion of essential oils should never happen.
Poison Control says that many essential oils are used and commonly ingested.
They have listed several types of mint and other oils that people used to treat various ailments.
You should know that essential oils are not regulated like foods and therefore the true source is never known 100 percent of the time.
Aside from ingesting essential oils, there are other ways you can use essential oils. Many people use them in diffusers as a part of aromatherapy while others use them in ointments and salves.
Here are some unique ways that essential oils can help improve your overall wellness.Lavender
Essential oils derived from the lavender plant have made their way into many essential oil concoctions.
Lavender oil has a soothing quality, and it is in many calming essential oil formulas.
Lavender oil can help reduce stress and help you fall asleep.
Applying a diluted form of the oil (one where the essential oil mixes with a carrier oil, like coconut oil) to clothing or a bath can help you find the rest and relaxation you are looking for.
Pro Tip: Use lavender when doing Yoga, Tai Chi, or during meditation to help you relax and find your center. Chamomile
Another calming essential oil, chamomile is in many calming products.
Chamomile is commonly seen in many sleep-inducing teas. You can use this in a diffusor or as part of an essential oil rub.
Remember all essential oils should be diluted with a carrier oil before being applied in a bath or on the skin.Tea Tree Oil
This tingling oil is commonly found in natural skin treatment products.
Professional products like dandruff shampoos and athletes foot treatments routinely use tea tree oil for their active ingredient.
The oil has antifungal and antibiotic properties that make it effective when treating many skin conditions.
Did you find this post fun, informative and useful? If so, please share it with others!
If you have a comment, question or suggestion, please leave a comment below!
Cheers, Helene Malmsio
Related Reading: https://www.discoveryhub.net/Alternative-Health-Practices.html