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Aromatherapy - Essential Oils
Wednesday, 04 February 2009 13:05


Aromatherapy is considered a natural home remedy using botanical oils to improve your health and well-being. It enhances the healing process and overall feeling of wellness through inhalation or by massaging the oils into the skin.

The essential oils used in aromatherapy are derived from volatile oils obtained from plants. When used correctly and safely, there are many health benefits.

Choosing the most appropriate oils for your ailment or discomfort can have wonderful results, not only for the body but also for the spirit.

When choosing oils for aromatherapy, use pure and all natural products. Not all oils will be completely natural, some may contain artificial ingredients and fragrances which will not allow you to get the full benefit and possibly no benefit at all from using them.

Research has proven the healing qualities of pure essential oils; many of which have powerful antibacterial and antiviral qualities to them.

Using Aromatherapy:

Because aromatherapy should be enjoyable for you, start by finding a scent that is familiar or a favorite of yours. When using aromatherapy in the home be sure you learn and follow all safety guidelines before using it. Ask questions and get assistance to help you avoid some common mistakes.

Benefits of Aromatherapy:

Aromatherapy works in two main ways. Essential oil stimulates the brain thus triggering a reaction to your mental state. Essential oil can calm your nerves and help you relax. Aromatherapy is a natural way to compliment health treatments you are already receiving.

When aromatherapy essential oils are inhaled it stimulates the brain and nervous system when using aromatherapy. Here are some examples:

  • Lavender for a feeling of calmness
  • Lemon to stay alert and increased concentration
  • Cypress has a soothing effect

Essential oils used in aromatherapy supply the body with many physical benefits. Aromatherapy can be used as a preventive approach to illness and in times of chronic illness as a natural cure. Essential oils assist in balancing, healing, and maintaining your body’s natural health. It is a form of alternative medicine used in many homes today to:

  • Reduce aches and pains
  • Speed in healing injuries
  • Relieve discomforts
  • Reduce stress and tension
  • Increase energy
  • Reduce/decrease anxiety
  • Promotes relaxation

Side Effects of Aromatherapy:

Like all home remedies it is important to follow all safety guidelines to ensure your health and well-being. Aromatherapy uses concentrated liquids that can be dangerous if used incorrectly.

Below is a list of a few safety rules that should be followed.

  • Test the oil for an allergic reaction
  • Dilute oil before applying to skin
  • Not all essential oils should be used in aromatherapy
  • Keep out of reach of children
  • Remember essential oils are flammable
  • Never take internally
  • Use the least amount possible; less is more, if only 1 drop is required – only use 1 drop
  • Use caution if using with other health problems

There are some essential oils you should not use in aromatherapy or that should only be used under the guidance of a professional aromatherapist. A few of them are:

  • Horseradish
  • Mugwort
  • Pennyroyal
  • Rue
  • Wormwood
  • Yellow camphor

Always research essential oils prior to use and seek advice if you are unsure about using aromatherapy and essential oils.

When used correctly aromatherapy can be a great way to help improve your overall health and mental state.

Last Updated on Thursday, 08 November 2012 13:37
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