Aromatherapy oil or aromatherapy oils are also sometimes referred to as essential oils. Since it is impossible to have aromatherapy without these oils, they can therefore be referred to as the base of aromatherapy. They will not only influence the body but the mind and spirit as well.
For those who are not aware of this, Aromatherapy oil is a concentrated extract of a plant and its roots, fruits, flowers, stem and so on. This oil is extracted through distillation. This oil is concentrated or quite strong, so it must be diluted with carrier oils like grape seed and jojoba, apricot kernel and sweet almond before use.
In spite of this, if the Aromatherapy oil is a pure extract of lavender and tea tree, it can be applied without dilution. According to Aromatherapy experts, application of Aromatherapy oil to the skin through massage is an excellent way of gaining its benefits and as we know, the skin is the largest absorption organ in the human body.
Aromatherapy oil- common oils
Rose – Rose oil is not only a widespread essential oil but also a common favorite accompanying this to its soothing, exquisite fragrance. It is an aphrodisiac too and below is some of the reasons why it is usually referred to as women's oil:
• It tones the womb
• It has been known to cure and sooth a number of complications related to the female reproduction system.
All women are advised to avoid using Rose oil as it has been known to cause miscarriages in the first five months of pregnancy. In spite of this, Rose oil contains anti-depressant qualities that help in relaxation and relieve stress and depression.
Another factor that continues to make Rose oil popular is that it promises to favor all skin types and most especially mature skin.
Tea tree – this Aromatherapy oil has antibacterial, antiviral, antiseptic and antifungal properties. It therefore has the ability to heal most skin complications like blemishes, dryness, itching, redness and burning. Tea tree also has the ability to restore or rejuvenate energy and to reduce mental stress and normal fatigue. However, it has been known to highly irritate sensitive skin.
Niaouli – this particular Aromatherapy oil is great for sore throats, cystitis, runny nose, coughs, hemorrhoids and most skin problems. This pleasant oil, which is also spicy in flavor; should not be used on pregnant women and children below the age of ten. Since it has antiseptic properties, Niaouli is sometimes used on minor burns and wounds.
Bergamot – this oil was first used in Italy where it was extracted from the peel of the bitter orange. It has a very refreshing orangey fragrance and is pale green in color. It is considered a happy oil since it has uplifting, stress relieving and mood-uplifting properties that will relieve headaches, tensions, stress and depression. It is great for vaginal itching and cystitis and one is advised to avoid the sun up to three days after use.
Chamomile – this one is considered the Aromatherapy oil for women and children. The most popular versions are Roman and German chamomile.
Other commonly used essential oils include the following: