Aromatherapy is the therapeutic use of essential oils,absolute oils and hydrosols that comes from botanical plants for health purposes.
These therapeutics includes homeopathic remedies, herbal preparations and flower remedies.
It is very important that Only pure, natural essential oils should be used for wellness or health purposes.
Even though they come from natural sources,these oils however have very potent substances which can cause adverse effects in some situations.
Hence the importance of consulting your doctor or an experienced Aromatherapist before using these oils,especially if you have medical problems.
Aromas are sensed and analyzed in the reticular system of the brain stem where emotions, memories and attention are connected.
We can detect many hundreds of different scents as well as only a few molecules of a particular fragrance.
The fragrance can be:
Earthy – Oakmoss, Patchouli
Herbaceous-Basil, Thyme or even spicy.
These oils however should not be used in great quantity.
They should be used by the drop for most applications🧪🧪.
In the fragrance industries, scents are divided into 3 categories depending on their aromatic qualities.
Top notes tend to be lighter and more volatile(grapefruit, eucalyptus, marjoram).
Middle notes are more lasting(tea tree, nutmeg, lavender).
Base notes are the most enduring and least volatile(jasmine, patchouli, helichrysum).
Aromatherapy Application with Essential Oils:
An aromatherapy massage can help to balance one emotionally while also aiding in loosening tight muscles.
Many oils are suitable for massage applications.
Always dilute essential oils in a lotion or carrier oil base before applying for massage.
Use 10-20 drops essential oil per oz. of carrier oil.
Alcohol rub: Add essential oils to ethanol or rubbing alcohol and rub into a sore or injured area.
Dilute essential oils 1-3% in the alcohol rub preparation.
Salt rub:In the shower, add 2-5 drops essential oils to a handful of Epsom salts.
Gently massage over the body to exfoliate and stimulate circulation.
Add several drops of a carrier oil to the mixture for moisturizing.
Add 1-4 drops essential oils to hot or cold water.
Saturate a cloth, and apply to an area of the body.
Add essential oils to bath salts, bath oils, or bath milk, and pour into footbath or full body bath.
Use 1-3 drops essential oils for footbath.
For full-body bath, use 2-5 drops of essential oils.
LOTION AND CREAM:
Add essential oils to pre-made or homemade lotion or crème bases.
Use 10-20 drops essential oils per ounce of lotion or crème
Diffusion: use an aromatherapy nebulizer to spray a very fine mist of essential oils into the air.
Add 1-4 drops essential oils to steaming water.
Tent a towel over the head, and inhale the vapors
Vaporization: Add essential oils to a lamp ring, oil burner, or aromatic vaporizer.
Drop essential oils onto a tissue or cotton ball for inhalation, or a couple of drops between the palms.
Then, cup over the nose and mouth.
⚡⚡⚡Aromatherapy oils Safety:
👉Do Not Buy Oils Stored in Plastic(Essential oils degrade plastic materials) or Clear Containers(light will damage essential oils).
Use vegetable oil or carrier oils to dilute essential oils for safer topical application.
Avoid using essential oils near the eyes, or touching the eye area with hands that may have essential oils on them.
keep essential oils out of reach of children and pets.
Store Away from Heat, Moisture, and Light.
If are pregnant or lactating, consult an authoritative person before using any essential oil.
Use extreme precaution when applying essential oils to babies and children under 12.
Avoid using the same oil each and everyday.
Beware of Shelf Life: Some oil such as Citrus degrade very quickly.
👉Never use “fragrance oils,” “perfume oils,” or any other synthetic oils as substitutes for essential oil applications. They have no therapeutic value.