A Guide To Aromatherapy For Beginners

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What Is Aromatherapy?

Aromatherapy is a holistic treatment which involves natural oils from plants. It is thought to improve physical and mental health. As the practice is becoming more popular and it’s benefits become apparent, essential oils are being used regularly by an ever increasing amount of people.

Aromatherapy has been practiced for thousands of years with it’s roots in many ancient civilisations including ancient Egypt and China. The use of essential oils was used not only for health but also for religious reasons including rituals and blessings. The term aromatherapy is only a recent name given to the practice by a chemist from France called Rene-Maurice Gattefosse who reported he treated a burn with lavender oil. Aromatherapy benefits by absorption through the skin or by smelling the aroma of the oil.

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Essential Oils & Their Uses

Bergamot Oil – Improves mood and helps lower cholesterol as well as helping reduce anxiety.

Birch Oil – Pain relief and anti inflammatory.

Carrot Seed Oil – Anti-aging and anti-bacterial properties.

Chamomile Oil – Aids the healing of wounds and works as an anti-inflammatory as well as a sleeping aid.

Clove Oil – Aids headaches and toothaches as well as having antibacterial properties.

Frankincense Oil – May help relieve feelings of anxiety and depression and aids respiratory problems

Geranium Oil – Reduces stress and anxiety and helps balance hormones.

Grapefruit Oil – Relieves stress and helps focus and concentration.

Lavender Oil – Relieves stress and aids a peaceful night’s sleep.

Orange Oil – Relieves anxiety and gives energy.

Patchouli OilAnti-depressant properties and helps reinforce the immune system.

Sandalwood Oil – Gives a feeling of peace, positivity and relaxation.

Tea Tree Oil – Purifying & anti-septic healing properties.

Ylang-Ylang – Reduces anxiety and improves heart function.

There is many more essential oils that are beneficial to health and research is always important to ensure that using an essential oil is right for you as some oils can cause irritation and many should be avoided during pregnancy

Essential oils that should be avoided during pregnancy…

  • Basil
  • Bergamot
  • Cassia
  • Cinnamon
  • Clove
  • Jasmine
  • Myrrh
  • Mugwort
  • Oregano
  • Rosemary
  • Thyme

How to use essential oils

There are many different ways to use essential oils, each way has it’s pros and cons. Extra care must be taken to ensure that the right amount of oil is used and does not come into contact with eyes, mouth or private parts. If you use equipment to diffuse oils then please read the instructions of the device carefully and follow them fully.

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Diffusion

A diffuser releases the aroma of the essential oil into the air which makes this option perfect for your house as it fills each room with wonderful smells which is perfect for anxiety and depression relief.

Topical and Massaging

When suffering from an ailment, massaging an essential oil into the skin can be very beneficial. As previously said, extra care must be taken to avoid sensitive parts of the body such as eyes, mouth, open cuts and private parts as irritation and possible damage may occur. When an essential oil is massaged on to the skin, it the aroma will be stronger to you which will create a soothing effect.

In a Bath

If help with muscle ailments is what you are looking for or help with stress reduction then dropping a few drips of an appropriate essential oil into a bubble bath is a perfect, luxurious way to unwind and practice self care.

                   

How much essential should I put in my bath?

Up to 10 drops of essential oil should be enough for a fully run bath.

What are the best places on the body to massage essential oil?

Essential oil is powerful when applied to the wrists, neck, temples and feet.

How many essential oils can I apply at once?

It is always a better idea to use one at a time as the body could suffer a reaction to a combination of oils and the aroma can be overpowering and unhelpful if overdone.

Be sure to always do full research into each oil to make sure that is is right for you and always apply a small amount first, be sure to apply the oil to a sensible place and if a reaction or irritation occurs then discontinue use and wash off immediately.

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