Are you completely new to aromatherapy?
or perhaps you’ve been using it for a while but would like to know more…
Let’s get back to basics.
What is Aromatherapy?
Aromatherapy is the ancient art of healing through the use of aromatic essential oils.
It has been around for a very long time. Many ancient cultures used essential oils for spiritual ceremonies as well as physical and emotional wellbeing.
These precious essential oils are often called the ‘life force’ of the plant. They are carefully extracted from various parts of plants – flowers, leaves, roots, bark and fruit.
‘Aroma’ refers to the unique fragrance of each essential oil and ‘therapy’ refers to the healing qualities attributed to each oil.
The healing qualities work on both emotional and physical levels, healing mind, body and soul in a very holistic way.
some of the many therapeutic benefits include:
- pain relief.
- hormone regulation.
- hypertensive and hypotensive.
- tonifying to different body systems.
- balance and harmony.
- energy & vitality.
- stress reduction.
- anti-anxiey and anti-depressant.
- improved sleep.
and many many more.
The essential oils are selected for you according to the current needs of your body, mind and soul! And what you are drawn to at the time. Often there are a number of essential oils that could address your concerns but there is one that you love – this is your intuition telling you that this is the oil for you. Your nose knows!
Essential oils are traditionally used in massage however, there are ways you can introduce them into your daily life right now.
3 Ways To Use Essential Oils In Your Everyday Life
Inhalation: There are several ways you can use this method. You can inhale essential oils directly from bottle, place a few drops on a tissue or a few drops on your pillow. Add 6 – 12 drops to your oil burner. For steam inhalation, add 6-10 drops to a bowl of just off the boil water and inhale. You can also use a face, body or room mist. It is important to note that inhaling the aroma is always a part of the healing method used!
The benefits of inhalation – relieves mental, emotional and physical fatigue. Clears the mind and relieves headaches. Calms the nervous system. reducing stress, anxiety, depression and other emotional dis-eases. It is great for insomnia. Respiratory conditions also respond very well to inhalation including blocked sinuses, colds, flus and sore throats.
Bathing: This is a great way to use essential oils at home. Add essential oils to a carrier oil before adding them to your bath to ensure they are dispersed. You can also use a dispersant or bath gel base. Use a 2.5% dilution – 5 drops of essential oils to 10mls carrier oil or base product. Add 2 – 5ml of your blend to your bath water as you’re filling the bath and agitate well. You can also add 2-3mls to a foot bath and 1-2mls for a hand bath. This method works via inhalation and absorption via the skin.
The benefits of bathing – improves circulation of blood and lymph, making it great for fluid retention. It enhances the removal of toxins. Helps reduce inflammation, discomfort & pain. Is very soothing for skin conditions. It also relieves mental & physical fatigue. It calms the nervous system, reducing stress & anxiety and enhancing the ability to cope with stress.
Compresses: Compresses using a clean face washer or cloth are recommended for specific smaller areas of the body. Compresses can be hot or cold. Use approximately 10 drops of essential oil to 200ml of water. With hot compresses, be careful not to make them too hot and you should replace them when they have cooled to body heat. Cold compresses can be prepared by adding ice cubes to the water. Dip your cloth into the water, wring out well and then apply to the affected area, re-apply as necessary.
The benefits of compresses – can improve circulation of blood and lymph, enhance the removal of toxins, reduce inflammation, discomfort, pain and fevers. They can also soothe the skin and relive tiredness.
Use hot compresses to draw out pimples, boils, splinters and infection, to assist with muscular pain, menstrual cramps, toothaches and chronic aches and pains.
Use cold compresses for sprains, swelling, headaches and fevers. Use to relieve tiredness due to overwork or stress. Use on feet, legs, hands and arms to revive and relieve fatigue. Also great for itchy red irritated skin conditions and insect bites. Cold compresses work well on acute conditions and injuries.
I hope you find these ways to use essential oils helpful.
What is your favourite way to use essential oils? Do you use inhalation, bathing or compresses?
In Health and Happiness, Dee
Please note: this information is taken from The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy and my own experience with clients and myself. When treating conditions at home always consult your health professional for personal advice.