Introduction to Aromatherapy

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Aromatherapy has been around and has been practiced in one form or another since the beginning of civilization. It is the art, and science, of using oils extracted from aromatic plants to enhance health and beauty. Apart from the physical benefits, essential oils can have subtle effects on the mind and emotions. The essential oils taken from plants and used in Aromatherapy have been described as their “life force” – they are essential to the plants’ biological process, as well as being the substance that gives them their scent. Synthetic oils, even if chemically similar, will lack all the natural elements, and that vital life-force, that make essential oils so valuable therapeutically. Another reason why synthetic oils are not acceptable is that the minor constituents are never identical.   The addition of synthetic chemicals is not normally disclosed in the essential oil business, so unless there is a declaration that the oils are natural, pure and unadulterated, assume otherwise.       Essential oils are extracted from flowers; herbs; spices; woods and fibers, usually by distillation, expression and solvent extraction. Solvent extraction is only acceptable for aromatherapy if the solvent used is completely removed after the manufacturing process.        

Aromatherapy for Reducing Lethargy

Possessing both sedating and stimulating medicinal effects, basil oil blends well with bergamot oil and lemon oil. When the mixture is heated in an aromatherapy lamp, it is an ideal way to lighten the mood, fight mental fatigue, ward off nervous tension and build self confidence. Try this blend for an extra lift at the end of a stressful day. 4 drops Basil Essential Oil 2 drops Bergamot Essential Oil 2 drops Lemon Essential Oil Place the oils together in a diffuser or aromatherapy lamp.    

A Household Disinfectant Using Aromatherapy Oils

Allspice Leaf oil possesses mild disinfectant properties and can be used to help clean the home and your clothes. 3 drops Allspice Leaf Essential Oil 3 drops Lemon Essential Oil 3 drops Pine Needle Essential Oil 1 gallon water Blend oils and mix thoroughly in water. Use it to mop your floors or clean the kitchen. You can also add it to the water in your washing machine.    

An Aromatherapy Bath for Circulation

A bath with Allspice Leaf oil can help improve your circulation when you have a bad cold. 2 tablespoons milk 3 drops Allspice Leaf Essential Oil 3 drops Thyme Essential Oil 3 drops Lemon Essential Oil 3 drops Rosemary Essential Oil Fill your bathtub with warm water and add the mixture to the bathwater. Bathe for 20 minutes and then rinse off under a lukewarm shower. This bath can help you to feel stronger and hasten your recovery while preventing further infection.    

A compress with Allspice Leaf oil can ease headaches.

2 drops Allspice Leaf Essential Oil 1/2 gallon Cool Water Mix oils and blend well in water. Dip a cloth in it and put the cloth on your head.    

Aromatherapy to Relax Muscle Tension

Tense neck muscles can often be very uncomfortable. 2 drops Allspice Leaf Essential Oil 2 drops Juniper Berry Essential Oil 3 drops Rosemary Essential Oil 1 drop Cinnamon Essential Oil 4 ounces Sweet Almond Carrier Oil Mix oils and blend well. Add to your bathwater.