All About Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy uses herbal oils to treat the mental, emotional and physical properties of an illness through the sense of smell. Herbs are fragrant and give off particular scents that each have properties thought to help heal certain illnesses. Aromatherapy is thought to be especially helpful to calm nerves and soothe anxiety.

Aromatherapy was used in prehistoric times, and has been used through history ever since. Incense is a form of aromatherapy that has been popular for centuries in many cultures. Today, the use of aromatherapy is popular to help promote health and well being and to reduce the effects of stress.

Aromatherapy works by releasing herb infused oils or liquids into the air. Essential oils may be placed onto a small cloth and then placed where the aroma can disperse through the area. Aromatherapy has become a popular and accepted method in the last several decades, and products are now widely available at local stores and supermarkets. Aromatherapy is used in many bath products and lotions. Examples of aromatherapy products include air fresheners or diffusers, as well as electric and battery powered products that spread the scout through the use of small fans.

Aromatherapy is a holistic approach to healing, taking into consideration the needs of the whole person. This takes into consideration your physical, mental and emotional states to help determine which essential oils are best suited for your particular situation. Aromatherapists mix essential oils together to create blends that are specific to your needs.

Your sense of smell is the only sense that actually has nerve receptors exposed outside the body. When a scent is detected special messages are transported to the limbic system inside the brain to be processed. The scent is identified there.

This part of the brain also stores memories, which is why certain smells are often firmly associated with certain memories in your life. Blending essential oils together can form scents that are pleasant and relaxing, thus helping to reduce and eliminate stress and tension.

Essential oils are usually dissolved in either a water or oil base to blend together. The amounts used are small and do not cause any potential danger in these extremely low doses. These blends are often available as pre-made mixtures and are also able to be custom blended by an aromatherapist or by you at home.

Massage therapy uses aromatherapy to help in relaxation. Essential oils are used to massage the body. Besides the scent of the massage oil, small amounts of essential oils can also enter the body through the skin into the bloodstream. Again, these small doses are not considered harmful.

Although aromatherapy does not claim to cure any diseases, it is, nonetheless, responsible for helping soothe the body and mind in many ways. It can help improve your mood and general feelings of well-being. Specific combinations of essential oils can help create euphoric sensations in the brain. Aromatherapy can improve blood circulation and also improve lymphatic function when combined with massage therapy. Some soothing herbs are now used in common baby products to calm and help less the effects of colic and to help promote better sleep.

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Essential Oils Can Help With Those Nasty Slips and Falls From Ice and Snow

With all the snow and ice we have been experiencing this winter, slips and falls can make for pretty sore muscles. Now I'm not referring to broken bones-but sore muscles and filled ligaments-connective tissue injuries that can make walking and moving difficult and painful. Let's take a quick look at some of these connective tissue injuries.

Pulled or torn ligaments:

These are commonly referred to as sprains-ankles, knees, elbows, shoulders, even hips and wrists. Ligaments are the connective tissue that holds bones together and are found at the joints. There is a limited blood flow to ligaments so repairs take time. Essential oils can be very helpful. Primary is lemongrass. Other helpful single oils include marjoram, helichrysum, lavender, wintergreen, birch, cypress, peppermint, rosemary and Eucalyptus radiata . Tendonitis is a torn or inflamed tendon and could encompass muscle damage, nerve damage, ligament strain or tear, inflammation, infection and possibly even involve an emotion. I propose selecting an oil for each potential cause and apply in rotation ore prepare a blend to address multiple causes.

Bruising:

Essential oils can help speed the healing of bruises and reduce the risk of blood clot formation. Oils like cypress help to strengthen capillary walls, while oils like helichrysum help speed the re-absorption of the blood that has collected in the tissue. Other suggested oils that may help with bruising include white fir, lavender, Roman chamomile and geranium.

Aches and Pains:

A fall should never be dismissed as just nothing. A fall can throw our spines out of alignment as well as misalign our hips, knees, ankles, shoulders and necks. It's always best to check things out with your medical practitioner. The older we grow, the sooner injection will set in from a fall. Use your essential oils that are anti-inflammatory as well as pain relieving. I suggest marjoram, wintergreen, birch, lavender, German chamomile, peppermint, geranium or elemi. Do not forget to use ice to decrease the inflammation as well.

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Essential Oils Can Help With Colds and Flu Crud

Winter months especially after holiday stress and binge eating are ripe times for catching a cold or coming down with the flu. Achy muscles, stuffed up head and chest, even digestive upsets can lay you low and even put you in bed for a day or two. Can nature help alleviate some of the symptoms and get you back on your feet?

Here are Some Simple Essential Oil Suggestions

Essential oils are nature's gift-the life-blood of plants. Therapeutic grade oils, not perfume grade which are found in the health food stores, can actually cut the lost work time in half and restore you to full health without having to take drugs that can produce untoward side effects. Of course we know that the best treatment for a cold or the flu is prevention. Since many essential oils have strong antimicrobial properties, they can be diffused to prevent the spread of airborne bacteria and viruses. Antiviral essential oils such as ravensara, hyssop, rosemary, tea tree, clove, oregano and thyme are very effective as preventative aids in avoiding colds.

Let's see what nature has to offer for the common cold once you have one.

For stuffed up head and sinusitis:

  • Peppermint
  • Eucalyptus globulus
  • Eucalyptus radiata
  • Tea Tree
  • Ravensara
  • Laurus nobilis
  • Thyme
  • Oregano
  • Rosemary
  • Mountain savory

For Congestive Cough:

  • Eucalyptus globulus
  • Peppermint
  • Goldenrod
  • Eucalyptus radiata
  • Niaouli
  • Ledum
  • Spruce
  • Ravensara
  • Cedarwood
  • Marjoram
  • Hyssop

Now that you have a list of helpful oils-how do you use them for your symptoms?

  1. Inhalation
  2. Ingestion
  3. Gargle
  4. Topical
  5. Bath

Educate yourself on the proper way to use these potent essential oils before you come down with a cold or the flu. Learn how many drops to use and the best method of application for you.

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Using Aromatherapy For Health Living

Aromatherapy is a popular technique that is often used as a way to relax and get relief from a variety of ailments. When used effectively it can help calm and rejuvenate a person by improving the health of their spirit, mind and body.

The name Aromatherapy is derived from two words. 'Aroma' refers to smell and 'therapy' refers to treatment. In other words, aromatherapy means treatment using fragrances. It is a natural healing practice that is used often during holistic medicine.

The therapy can trace its history back to 18,000 BC when flowers and plants where used as tools for healing the body. The ancient civilizations of Egypt, China and India all used various forms of aromatherapy. Today's versions of the therapy has its direct roots in the Egyptian method who used to extract oils from flowers and plants. They often used these essential oils to heal and for embalming mommies.

Modern Researchers believe that stimulation of smell can influence our physical, emotional, and mental health. For example, lavender is believed to stimulate the activity of brain cells in the amygdala in the same way that certain sedative remedies work. Research is currently showing promise in the use of aromatherapy for such diverse ailments as cellulite, fibromyalgia and chronic pain. Anecdotal evidence supports the use of essential oils for a number of emotional and physical diseases.

Massage therapists can assist the work they do by adding essential oils to their hands or have the aroma diffused into the air via essence or oil burners. It is important that these essential oils are diluted before applying to the skin. Massage aromatherapy provides relaxation as well as a physiological action through the nervous system. In addition, when applied topically, essential oils can exhibit anti-microbial, antiseptic, anti-fungal, or anti-inflammatory properties.

Aromatherapy is increasingly available. Many health clubs, sports centers, beauty clinics and complementary therapy centers now offer aromatherapy or aromatherapy massage.

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Lemon Essential Oil and Its Many, Many Uses

Lemon essential oil (Citrus limon) is one of those oils that can be used for many different applications. It's highly anti-bacterial and it smells wonderfully refreshing. It's one of my very favorite essential oils.

Lemon essential oil has high amounts of a compound called limonene. This compound has been researched for its ability to combat cell mutation, which is the first stage to cancer. A personal friend of mine was able to beat breast cancer by using lemon essential oil.

Also, it improves circulation and stimulates the immune system by increasing white blood cells. Health wise, it is mostly used for circulatory problems, arteriosclerosis, obesity, parasites, urinary tract infections, varicose veins, anxiety, hypertension, digestive problems, depression and acne.

And, it's one of the most inexpensive of all essential oils!

Here are 18 popular ways to use Young Living's wonderful lemon oil.

1. Natural Air Freshener – Put 12 drops in a small spray bottle mixed with distilled water.

2. Flavor Water – Use 1-2 drops in your water (acts as a natural body detox) instead of sugary fruit flavored water. * Young Living's lemon essential oil is FDA approved for ingestion. Please do not ingest any other company's essential oil. *

3. Homemade Lemonade – Mix 2 drops with 2 tablespoons of honey or agave and 2 cups of water. Shake well and pour over ice. You can add more or less to suit your taste.

4. Soothe Calluses and Corns – Rub 1 drop on affected area mornings and evenings.

5. Clean Fruit – Fill a bowl with water and add 2 drops of lemon oil. Put your fruit into the bowl and stir. Make sure all the surfaces of the fruit contact the lemon water. This works to increase the shelf life of fruit, as well.

6. Sanitize Counter Tops – Add 2-3 drops to a spray bottle filled with water.

7. Goo Gone – Using 1-2 drops may remove gum, oil, grease spots or crayon.

8. Sanitize Dish Sponge / Cloth – Add 1 drop to a bowl of water and soak your sponge / cloth in it overnight.

9. Dishwasher Boost – Add 1 drop to your dishwasher to boost cleaning and sanitizing.

10. Disinfect Hands – Rub 1 drop to your hands after using the restroom, especially public restrooms!

11. Sanitize Bathroom Fixtures – Use a paper towel soaked with several drops of lemon oil and wipe over fixtures.

12. Relieve Sore Gums – Rub 1 drop on sore or swollen gums.

13. Oily Skin – Rub 1 drop on oily skin or blemishes to help balance oil glands.
** I have to mention that when using citrus essential oils directly on your skin, without diluting with a vegetable oil, you should not go in direct sunlight. Citrus essential oils can cause your skin to be photo sensitive for about 24 hours after applying. Just be careful! **

14. Cellulite – Rub several drops on cellulite areas to improve circulation and help eliminate waste from cells.

15. Athlete's Foot – Rub 2 drops topically on affected areas.

16. Improve Circulation – Rub multiple drops on your legs, in an upwards motion.

17. Sanitize Cutting Boards – Rub 1 drop on any cutting surfaces.

18. Carpet Cleaning – Put 10-15 drops in each gallon of carpet cleaning solution to help pull out stains and brighten the rug.

(c) 2008-2009 Christa McCourt

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Shelf Life Guide For Essential Oils

There are many variables affecting the shelf life of essential oils. This is a general guideline only for the shelf life of different types of essential oils. It is impossible to say exactly what an essential oil's shelf life will be. Proper storage conditions will make a significant difference in the shelf life and quality of your essential oil. If you store your oils in a dark glass bottle that is kept dark, full, closed, and cool, you can have some general idea about shelf life. Refrigerating your oils helps extend their shelf life. Generally I recommend you always refrigerate your citrus, and conifer oils to extend shelf life. Refrigerating your blue oils is also highly recommended to retain their vibrant blue color. Rose oil is the only essential oil you should not refrigerate as it will congeal and thicken.

Please Note: If an essential oil begins to appear cloudy, thicken, or smell more acidic, it has a reasonable start to oxidize.

Approximately 6 months-2 years from distillation:

Cypress – Cupressus sempervirens
Eucalyptus – Eucalyptus globulus
Grapefruit – Citrus paradisi
Juniper berry – Juniperus communis
Lemon – Citrus limon
Lemongrass (West Indian) – Cymbopogon citratus
Sweet Orange – Citrus sinensis
Pine – Abies siberica
Black Spruce – Picea mariana
Tangerine – Citrus reticulata

Approximately 3-4 years from distillation:

Amni Visnaga – Amni Visnaga ~ Khhella Plant Seeds
Black Pepper – Piper nigrum
Bergamot – Citrus bergamia
Carrot Seed – Daucas carota
Cinnamon Leaf – Cinnamomum zeylanicum
Clove Bud – Eugenia caryophyllata
Fennel, Bitter – Foeniculum vulgare
Helichrysum – Helichrysum italicum
Ledum – Ledum groenlandicum
Neroli – Citrus aurantium var amara
Petitgrain – Citrus aurantifolia
Rosemary – Rosmarinus officinalis ct verbenone
Rosemary – Rosmarinus officinalis ct cineole
Sweet Marjoram – Marjoram (Sweet) – Origanum marjorana
Tea Tree – Melaleuca alternifolia
Lemon Tea Tree – Leptospermum petersonii

Approximately 4-5 years from distillation:

Cardamom – Elettaria cardamomum
Cinnamon Bark – Cinnamomum zeylanicum
Coriander – Coriandrum sativum
Basil – Osimum basilicum ct linalool
Blue Tansy – Tanacetum anuum ~ Moroccan Blue Chamomile
Clary Sage – Salvia sclarea
Frankincense – Boswellia fereana
Geranium Bourbon – Pelargonium graveolens
Rose Geranium – Pelargonium roseum
German Chamomile – Matricaria recutita
Ginger, Fresh Root – Zingiber officinale
Lavender – Lavandula angustifolia
Sweet Marjoram – Origanum marjorana
Palmarosa – Cymbopogon martini
Peppermint – Mentha piperita
Ravensara – Ravensara aromatica
Rose Geranium – geranium roseum
Rosewood – Aniba rosaeodora
Spike Lavender – Lavandula latifolia
Thyme ct vulgaris – Thymus vulgaris
Yarrow – Achillea millefolium
Ylang Ylang – Cananga odorata

Approximately 6-8 years or longer:

Atlas Cedarwood – Cedrus atlantica
Himalayan Cedarwood – Cedrus deodora
Virginian Cedarwood – Juniperus virginiana
Myrrh – Commiphora myrrha
Patchouli – Pogostemon patchouli
Rose Otto – Rosa damacena
Spikenard – Nardostachys jatamansi
Vetiver – Vetiveria zizanoides
East Indian Sandalwood – Santalum album

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Essential Oils Can Help With Weight Loss

OK its January and time to get the gym and start cutting those calories. Only problem is, all that holiday eating has left us craving sweets and with a feeling of disgust for all the weight we put on. Is there anything in alternative healthcare that can help cut the craving for sweets and help us lose weight at the same time? YES! Many essential oils have been known to be helpful in weight loss programs.

In another article I talked about how peppermint can curb one's appetite simply by putting a drop on the tongue. But did you know that it can also give a sensation of fullness? Peppermint can be taken internally, simply inhaled or rubbed on the stomach. Scientists now know how peppermint and some of the other essential oils listed below work to reduce appetite and produce significant reductions in weight. It is through their ability to stimulate the ventro-medial nucleus of the hypothalamus-that part of the brain that governs our feeling of satiety or fullness following meals.

Some Essential Oils Known to Be Helpful for Weight Reduction

Peppermint is number one but you may be one of those people who does not like the smell of peppermint. What else can you use? How about Roman chamomile, nutmeg, clove, or one of my favorites-grapefruit. For a real treat, use one drop of grapefruit essential oil in your water and try sipping it all day instead of reaching for colas and other sugary drinks. It's quite good actually.

Now essential oils are not going to completely drop those ten pounds you earned without a little more effort on your part. That's where the gym comes in. Whether you have a membership or just a DVD video at home, you need to exercise specifically if you are blood type A or AB. People with these blood types are natural vegetarians but they also have a tendency towards thyroid problems and to be overweight. For them-exercise is a must especially exercise that increases the heart rate.

Want to learn more about how essential oils can help keep you healthy?

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How to Incorporate Essential Oil at Home

I have been asked several times about how to incorporate essential oils in daily living. The process is fun and stimulating. It is healthy for the home and for your family too. Below are some great starter ideas.

Number 1:
Minimize or eliminate chemical scents.

INSTEAD … Diffuse orange, Christmas Spirit, or rosemary into the air with a nebulizer or home made reed diffuser.

INSTEAD … Put a couple of drops of peppermint, pine, cinnamon, or clove on the cardboard in your toilet paper roll and you will freshen up the bathroom for days.

(That means Yankee Candles, Glade Plug-Ins, Bath and Body Works Christmas potpourri blend, etc. These scents will mask natural aromas and accustom your nose to unnatural fragrances. chemical scent EVEN IF IT SAYS “AROMATHERAPY” … Creme Brulee, Fresh Linen, Winter Wonderland, etc. See article.)

Number 2:
Consider using unscented detergents, cleaners, shampoos, conditioners, pump hand soaps, etc.

INSTEAD … Add a few drops of clary sage, cedarwood, lavender, or Roman Chamomile an unscented hair product, rosemary, thieves, or tea tree to an unscented detergent, lemon to your window cleaner (good ol 'inexpensive vinegar and water) , and Thieves to an unscented pump hand soap. Not only will the oils make the products smell wonderful, you will now be benefitting from the aromatherapeutic properties of the oils too.

(I like to use Dr. Bronners Unscented Soap. You can find in the cosmetics section of the health food store. It works well as a shampoo, body wash, and in my hand soap foamer. various uses and then add the relevant essential oils.)

Number 3:
Consider replacing some harsher cleaning products with homemade products that contain essential oil cleaning power. (See also Suggestion # 6)

INSTEAD …
Window Cleaner – mix 25% vinegar / 75% water in a 16oz spray bottle (you can recycle an empty Windex bottle) and 7 drops each of lemon (or lemongrass), Thieves, and tea tree.

Disinfecting Spray – mix 25% grain alcohol / 75% water in a 16 oz spray bottle (recycle one!) And 15 drops each of tea tree, Thieves, and patchouli (or rosemary). THIS ALSO WORKS AMAZINGLY AS A HAND SANITIZER SPRAY.

Stain Remover – drop rosemary essential oil right on the stain and toss in the wash or drop right on the carpet and scrub with a stiff bristle brush (see before and after pictures of a carpet that we cleaned in this way way)

Number 4:
Consider essential oils the next time you get the sniffles or an abrasion.

INSTEAD …
Dab lavender on cuts, burns, insket bites, etc.

Dab tea tree on insect stings and bites.

Dab Purification on dry, cracked skin, itchy patches, or a persitant rash.

Mix a few drops of basil in with a few drops of olive oil and rub on your chest when you have congestion in your lungs and a cold that has settled your your throat.

Try on of the teas below when suffering from the said ailments.

Try making the Beeswax Cream recipe below and use as a moisturizer. Add a drop or two of essential oil if you wish.

Place one drop of eucalypus globulus or radiata on your palms, friction together, and take 5-6 belly breaths when suffering with sinus congestion and stuff nose.

Number 5:
Take an Aromatherapy Class.

Number 6:
Recognize health hazards.

The Cancer Prevention Coalition lists common household products which have ingredients linked with breast and other cancers. Here are just a few:
-Household cleaners
-Air fresheners
-Furniture polish
-Chlorine and bleach
-Home and garden pesticides
-Spray paint propellant, stripper
-Dry cleaning solvents
-Certain plastics

At your fingertips is a wealth of online resources to help you become
an informed consumer. Downoad a list of hazardousous ingredients at
http://www.preventcancer.com . Discover which brand name household products have toxic ingredients at http://www.cosmeticdatabase.com .

Patrice Berlinski submitted the following tip:
“My dog ​​was incessantly licking his back paws. My friend told me to use one or two drops of clove essential oil on each paw .. After tasting the cabbage oil he stopped the licking. but after about one month he no longer shows any interest in licking his paws! ”

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Tips For Storing Your Essential Oils

Essential oils, CO2s and absolutes are usually sold for use in small bottles. Commonly they are sold in 5ml, 10ml and 15ml bottle sizes. More expensive oils are sold in 2ml and 1 dram bottle sizes. These oils should be stored very carefully because they can easily get damaged by ultraviolet light and get deteriorated very fast at the blue end of the spectrum, as compared to red. They can lose their therapeutic benefits and deteriorate over time. For instance, citrus oil oxidizes and begins to lose aroma and its therapeutic properties; but not every essential oil loses its value, like sandalwood and patchouli oils.

You should always store essential oils in an amber colored bottle and if you are keeping the oil in a blue color bottle then keep it in a dark place, this is not so important for brown colored bottles. Dark glass bottles like amber or cobalt blue bottles can keep the sunrays out. Try and avoid purchasing any essential oil that comes in a clear bottle with a rubber dropper incorporated into the screw top cap because the highly concentrated oil has the capacity to turn the rubber bulb into gum. Never buy oils that are being sold in plastic bottles. There are some vendors who sell essential oils in aluminum bottles, but these bottles are acceptable if the interiors are lined. Always store the bottles in a dark and cool place because these oils can not take high temperatures and they evaporate quickly. Most of the oils come in a bottle that contains an “orifice reducer” which is a small, clear insert inside the bottle opening and acts as a dropper. You can easily tip the bottle and dispense the essential oil drop by drop. Remember to replace the cap quickly after use and make sure that the cap is closed tightly, when not in use.

Whichever essential oil you buy will last approximately for three years from the date of bottling. But if you provide excellent storage conditions then the oil can be stored for at least five years. There is dramatic reduction in the shelf life once the oils are diluted with carrier oils. A blend will be effective for approximately three to six months if you store it in an amber colored bottle in a cool place. With wheatgerm oil being added, the shelf life is about six to nine months. Remember to discard the oil if there is an alteration in the smell or when vegetable oil becomes rancid.

There are a few points that you need to keep in kind when you buy an essential oil:

o Buy oils in amber colored bottles

o Check for the date when it was bottled and how old it is

o The oils should not be kept in direct sunlight

o Check if all the essential oils are of the same price. This is an indication that you are being cheated. For instance, rosemary or lavender oil will be less expensive than rose oil.

o Check if the essential oil that you are buying is blended with any other carrier oil and if yes, then find out when it was diluted.

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Using Aromatherapy Spas For Health Benefits

Aromatherapy is by far one of the fastest growing fields in alternative medicine. With increasing knowledge and constant research, every day more is being learned about the health benefits this kind of medicine can provide. While there are numerous kinds of aromatherapy, aromatherapy spas provide a great deal of health benefits.

The power of scent has been proven to promote health and well being with this natural therapy. It has been found to provide a number of health benefits including relieving pain, caring for skin, alleviating any tension that is through the body, and rejuvenating the entire body.

While aromatherapy spas are tremendous for your health and can really alleviate any tension and pain, it can also reduce any anxiety or stress you may be dealing with. All of the essential oils and overall scent can do wonders for your overall mood.

It is impossible to leave a spa feeling tension and stress, which is precisely why this alternative medicine works so well. The essential oils will alter your mood, reduce any fatigue you may be battling with, and promote overall relaxation. Even if you do not feel overly stressed out, going to a spa from time to time can prevent stress from building up on you.

This kind of treatment goes beyond just the core of your body as well. When inhaled, the essential oils will work on the brain and nervous system through stimulation of the olfactory tracts. This can calm your overall body and help you become far more relaxed.

Aromatherapy is now practiced at homes, clinics and hospitals on a regular basis. It is used for a wide variety of applications including relieving stress, relieving pain or tension, caring for skin, and much more. However, aromatherapy spas have been known to provide generous health benefits beyond this as well.

This alternative medicine has been found to help with more serious conditions. It is beginning to be used to relieve pain for women in labor, treat any pain caused by side effects of chemotherapy, and it has been used for rehabilitation of cardiac patients.

There are a number of different Calgary spas that you can go to receive your aromatherapy. You will quickly realize the kind of impact it can and will have on your overall health. Whether you want a nice and relaxing afternoon or you are trying to get rid of a certain kind of health benefit, there are Calgary spas out there for you to attend.

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How Can Aromatherapy Help You Care For Your Skin?

There are a number of health advantages to aromatherapy. It can release any built up stress or anxiety you may be experiencing, it can cure any muscle aches, and can eliminate chronic problems you are battling. However, aromatherapy also acts as an effective all natural skin care.

Skin is the most intolerable part of our body, which is precisely why it is essential you take good care of it. Whether you are battling from acne or dry skin, aromatherapy skin care can do wonders for your overall skin complexion.

There is no doubt that skin care is vital to maintaining a healthy life. There are numerous things that can contribute to poor skin including extreme heat, makeup, fatty foods and oils. For some, the answer seems to be compiling a plethora of skin creams and lotions on their face. While there are some lotions and creams that are effective, this is not always the answer.

If you are not seeing the results you had hoped for creams and lotions, organic body care from aromatherapy is the answer. So how exactly can you benefit from aromatherapy skin care? Essential oils can help reduce the bacterial and fungal infections in your skin so soothing sensitive and inflated skin.

As you purchase essential oils, it is vital you match them with your skin tone and condition. This will allow you to reap all of the benefits that can come from essential oils. Just know that lavender, rose, and geranium can be used on several different skin types because it helps keep the skin balanced.

If you are battling dry skin, rosemary, carrot seed, rosewood and sandalwood will be your best options for oils to choose from. Dry skin can sometimes be caused by a lack of oil production and these oils will help you stimulate natural oil production over time.

If you are battling oil skin then your best options include basil, eucalyptus, cedar wood and lavender. The reason for this is because these oils will help neutralize the oils on your face and reduce them to a normal state.

It is amazing what kind of an affect all natural skin care can have on your overall skin. By applying the right type of essential oils to your skin, you will be amazed at the type of results you see. No longer will you have to suffer from dry skin, oily skin, or an acne-infected face. Take advantage of what aromatherapy skin care has to offer you today.

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Aromatherapy Soaps – What Are in Them and What to Look Out For

As with any kind of aromatherapy, aromatherapy soaps are going to help relax you while rejuvenating your overall body in the bathtub or shower. These soaps contain therapeutic aromatherapy oils from natural herbs and plants. There are a number of different kinds of natural soap to choose from and each is made from a different kind of essential oil.

Something few people link with aromatherapy is skin treatment. One of the biggest causes of dry skin that breaks out is the use of harsh soap. This all natural soap is made from ingredients that are gentle to the skin, so helping reduce the effects of acne.

As you shop for these kinds of soaps, it is vital you only purchase kinds with all natural ingredients. Pure and natural soap is going to give you the best results for whatever it is you are looking for. There are a number of soaps that contain other ingredients as well that simply will not give you the same results.

If you are a crafty person and are interested, handmade natural soap is an option. You can use this handmade soap for yourself, as a gift, or sell them to friends and family. The important thing to remember if you are going to make your own handmade natural soap is that you use all natural ingredients. Make sure to purchase quality ingredients that are 100 percent natural.

If you purchase poor quality ingredients, your soap is going to break and crack fairly quickly. You can purchase soap molds and ingredients at craft stores or on the internet. You can even find aromatherapy soap starter kits to help you get going.

There are several different kinds of body and bath aromatherapy soaps to look for. Some of the more popular kinds include rose, chamomile and ylang ylang oil as each of these has a romantic essence. This provides a great deal of relaxation to relieve yourself of any pressures and worries.

There are a number of different benefits to using aromatherapy soaps over other kinds of essential oils. Typically, essential oils are going to be used solely in a bathtub. However, having soaps gives you the ability to take advantage of natural soap in the shower as well. In addition, you can apply the soap to specific areas that are sore or achy.

The number one thing you want to look for with aromatherapy soaps is 100 percent all natural soap ingredients. If you purchase anything different, you are not going to get the full effects.

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The Secrets of the Lavender Essential Oil

The Lavender essential oil is one of the most popular and most healing essential oils on the market. In this article, we'll give a brief overview of the history of the Lavender essential oil, go over the wide range of ailments this essential oil can cure, then finally practically ways you can use the lavender essential oil. By the end of this article, you'll know both what Lavender is used for, as well as how to use it.

A Brief History of the Lavender Essential Oil

The Lavender Essential Oil was first discovered by Dr. Rene Gattefosse in the 1920's. He was doing experiments in his lab when he made a mistake and burned his hand. The only thing that he had on hand at the moment was a jar of extracted lavender oil that he had next to him. The first thought that came to mind was to plunge his hand into the extracted lavender oil.

To his great surprise, he immediately felt soothed and relieved. His burn healed much more quickly than it would have otherwise. He realized that his hand was soothed as a result of the lavender oil.

As a scientist, he got very curious about the effects of lavender and other essential oils. He began to do further research into lavender and the extracts of other plants. His research started the trend that has today become aromatherapy.

Uses of the Lavender Essential Oil

There are many uses of the Lavender Essential Oil, from curing very common ailments to the more obscure.

Some of these include:

Sweaty Skin, Acne, Stress Relieve, Allergies, Reducing Anxiety, Reducing Itching, Faster recovery of stress marks, relief from mild sunburn, Athlete's Foot, Asthma, Blisters, Bruises, Burns & Scalds
As you can see, lavender really has a wide range of uses.

How to Use the Lavender Essential Oil

There are many ways to use the lavender essential oil. Here, we'll go over three simple ways:

1) Drop 10 drops into a bathtub full of water and enjoy a nice, relaxing soak. The diluted essential oil will gradually affect its healing properties on your body while you take a bath.

2) You can dilute the lavender oil in carrier oil and rub it directly on your skin. It's generally not a good idea to rub essential oils directly on your skin, even with lavender.

3) You can diffuse the oil in the air. One way to do that is to soak a tissue with the oil and put it on a fan. This will have the oil gradually spray itself through the air.

You now know what the lavender essential oil is, its uses and how to use it for yourself. While you can experiment with the lavender oil at home, it can also be an amazing experience to experience the healing effects of the lavender oil at the hands of an aromatherapist or a massage therapist.

Keep in mind that if you have any serious physical ailments, consult a doctor before applying your own cures. Lavender oil is not a replacement for real medical attention when it comes to more serious issues.

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Essential Oils For Easing Labor Pains

Many people refer essential oils and aromatherapy with massages, soothing baths, and oil-based perfumes. Little do people know that, besides from their calming effect, essential oils are now also being used for inducing birth as well as lessening the labor pains.

As with the stages of pregnancy, labor is also divided into three parts with the first part divided into three phases – the early phase, the active phase, and the transitional phase. The early phase is characterized by the start of mild contractions. During this phase, the use of Neroli and Lavender can help you to relax and free yourself from apprehensions. The active phase, on the other hand, is characterized by longer and more frequent contractions. A combination of Lavender oil, Neroli oil and Rose oil can effectively bring you relaxation especially when massaged on the chest and the neck. During the third phase, you will experience intense and fast contractions. In order to ready yourself for childbirth, you can massage your back with a combination of Lavender, Clary Sage and Peppermint. Clary Sage Oil can strengthen your respiratory and muscular systems. It also helps lessen tension as well as pain. A combination of Peppermint and Rosemary can also give you enough strength for that final push. There are also other essential oils that could help you during childbirth. Here are some of them:

  • Bergamot oil, Grapefruit oil, and Lemon oil – when diffused, can help you to relax. Also good for unsettled stomach
  • Ylang-Ylang oil – effective for lowering blood pressure
  • Rose oil – helps the muscles to relax. Not recommended for those who are in their 1 st and 2 nd trimester of pregnancy as it may cause miscarriage.
  • Jasmine Oil – helps dull uterine pain and is quite effective in stimulating production of breast milk
  • Clove Oil – known for its antiseptic and pain-relieving properties. It is also effective in preventing nausea during labor.

Since the safety and effectiveness of Evening Primrose Oil is still undetermined, it is not advisable to take this during your pregnancy. Keep in mind however, since since pregnancy is such a poor situation, use of essential oils should be monitored and under the supervision of your doctor. As a rule, pregnant women should use half of what they normally would.

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A Look at Aromatherapy Products

You have just discovered the beauty that comes with aromatherapy sessions. And with that one experience, you have decided to have a go at it for life. Thanks to your friends who introduced you to the whole plan, you now believe that you are an aromatherapy convert. And you believe that is a good thing because you will be helping yourself heal naturally – without having to deal with all those chemicals that you can find in modern medicine.

With all the research that you have done, you believe that you can do aromatherapy sessions just by yourself. As long as you have the right materials and the right aromatherapy products, you are all set. You have no problem finding the materials that you will be needing. In fact, you already have them all ready and all set for your session. Your only problem right now is where you can get those products that you need.

According to aromatherapy experts, you should not easily believe in all those aromatherapy products that say they are so. See, in this world and age, there are producers of such products who think they can make a quick buck by selling products that pose as the real thing. The truth is, among all those products that claim that they are used for aromatherapy, you will only find a few that are the real deal – and that means that they are natural and are totally pure.

There are aromatherapy products in the market at present that actually have been concocted in some laboratory. With that in mind, you will then know that such products are made to look like the real thing, can claim to be the real thing, and yet actually come with synthetic ingredients and chemicals. Those kinds of ingredients actually may just harm you more instead of helping you heal because they are not natural. Of course, there are also such products that could not give you any benefits at all.

Of course you sure would like to purchase for yourself aromatherapy products that are natural. With that, what you need to do is look through the ingredients that you can find in the label. That way, you can check if the ingredients all come from nature and have not been processed using chemicals of any sort.

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