Revitalise Yourself With Aromatherapy

Are you tired, working hard and all you want to do is go home and relax?

For some of us it is not always possible to go home from work and put our feet up and chill out! Aromatherapy and the use of essential oils has the ability to promote motivation, energy, strength, endurance and much more.

Here are some simple and effective ways in which to use aromatherapy for many and varied conditions. You can use inhalations, room sprays, bathing and your aromatherapy burner or diffuser.

When you get home take a mini break, this need only be 10-15 minutes. Choose some essential oils to inhale or diffuse. Sit in a comfortable chair and take some slow deep breaths. Breath in the essential oil aroma, feel your body beginning to relax and let go. Feel the tension from the day slip away and out of your body. Continue to breath slowly and stay with this for as long as you feel the need to. By doing this exercise you will begin to feel in harmony with your mind, body and soul and you will feel your energy returning. If you are unable to sit for any length of time you can lay down to do this exercise. Another way to experience relaxation with essential oils is to have a bath or foot bath, use dry inhalations or use aromatherapy room and body sprays.

When using essential oils to assist with raising your energy, relax or uplift your emotions one thing to take into account is to choose your favorite essential oils. As soon as you smell an aroma that you love, you are immediately transported to a place that no one can take away from you. Often pleasant and past memories or experiences will be evoked. You will naturally start to release tension and feel better.

I highly recommend you choose essential oils that resonate with you personally as this will give you the desired results faster. Below I have made a few suggestions from my own personal experience. Remember you can choose one essential oil or make a blend from three. It is up to you, your nose knows best and your body will tell you.

Bathing

Add 3 drops each Neroli, Rose and Jasmine or use them on their own.

Add 3 drops of Frankincense and Rose, 2 drops of Champa.

One of my all time favorite bath blends for relaxing is 2 drops of Vetiver and 3 drops of Rosewood or Geranium.

Room spray – add the following recipes to 100 ml of filtered or floral water.

I tend to use a lot of citrus essential oils in room sprays as they are uplifting to the emotions, energizing and evoking a strong sense of happiness!

Mandarin, Bergamot, Grapefruit 10 drops each, with 2-3 drops of Geranium.

Sweet Orange, Lemon, 10 drops each, with 5 drops Sandalwood and 2 drops Peru Balsam.

Inhalations

Once again I personally love to use citrus essential oils, Lime, Grapefruit and Cardamom or Lemon Myrtle, Sweet Orange and Bergamot.

The combinations are endless; have fun, play and be creative, I promise you will fall in love with aromatherapy to improve your emotional, physical and spiritual being.

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Get Rid Of Tension Headaches With Wheatbags

It has been reported by the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project that in the year 2008 2.4% of all emergency room visits in the United States were due to headaches. This accounts for over 3 million visits per year just for heads alone with women accounting for three out of every four patients. Migraines were diagnosed in about 63% of the cases and if hospitalization was required, the average length of stay was 2.7 days. The total cost for headache hospitals and hospital based treatments was $ 408 million dollars in 2008.

These are staggering figures by any means but they certainly do not account for all the headaches that occur. Most people have headaches and they can have a symptom many different health conditions from colds and the flu through to much more serious issues and concerns. Chronic types of headaches can be a symptom of high blood pressure among other potentially life-threatening health conditions.

People that have heads on a regular basis need to talk to their doctor. Most headaches that are acute and occasional can be linked to tension, stress and anxiety. However headaches can also be a result of eye strain and eye fatigue. Getting your eye checked if your headaches are related to reading, using the computer or watching TV is a good option. People with current vision prescriptions should have their prescription checked as well.

If you know that the headaches you are experiencing are from tension wheatbags can be a true lifesaver. Tension headache symptoms include:

· Pain through the head, including down the back of the neck

· Feelings of exhaustion

· Difficulty concentrating

· Sensitivity to light and noise that can be mild to severe

· Occurs periodically, not chronically

· Aching muscles

· Difficulty sleeping

These symptoms may occur very suddenly but for most people they start slowly and build over time. Using wheatbags at the first sign of tension headache symptoms can help completely alleviate the headache or, at the very least, diminish the symptoms and duration of the headache.

Longer rectangular wheatbags are a great option for treating tension headaches. They are perfect as a heat source applied to the back of the neck and the top of the shoulders. This will loosen those tight muscles, increase blood flow and help to reduce the muscle tension that can trigger the headache.

At the same time you are applying heat to the neck and shoulders you can also use the same type of wheatbags as a cold pad for the eyes, forehead and the temple area. This will provide immediate soothing to the burning experience felt in the eyes and the pain associated with tension headaches.

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Essential Oils and Your Skin

So you've finally decided to bite the bullet and start your own skin care line. For some of you, that means creating products for yourself or loved ones, and for others it means creating products for resale. Whatever the case may be, you've looked into creating a bath and body products and have come to find that essential oils are an essential, no pun intended, part of the creation process.

The first step is finding / creating your base. If you are looking to create your own lotion, it's best to find a good lotion base first. Obviously you want to look for wholesale and bulk. These are great keywords to keep in mind when creating your product. Oftentimes you may find a company that provides base in small quantities, and the price will be outrageous. If you buy in larger quantities, you can save quite a bit of money. Once you decide the product base, it's time to research how you want to go about customizing with essential oils. Every essential oil will have different benefits. Some will provide more moisture, others will have health benefits. Decide what you want your product to do. Do you want it to be beneficial health-wise, or would you rather have a product that is more focused on beauty? Furthermore, are you looking to create an organic or natural product, or something more synthetic. These are all great points to keep in mind, particularly when it comes to marketing your product.

Once you decide what kind of product you want to make, it's time to find the best price and availability on essential oils. Once again, it's important to look for terms like 'bulk' or 'wholesale' when looking for essential oils. If you are creating your own product, chances are you will need large quantities. If you go to a local drug store or beauty supply store, they can market these essential oils up exponentially. Furthermore, you want to make sure to find 100% pure oils. What you will find in doing research, is that many companies cut the essential oil with what is called a 'carrier' oil. The company then drives up the cost on a synthetic product that will not have all the benefits you need. Finally, from a marketing standpoint, it is a great benefit to you, the seller, to provide a product with 100% pure ingredients as much as possible.

As I always say, it is up to you to be the most intelligent consumer possible. Research, research, research. I often have people coming to me and asking how to start their own line. If you create a product line, you can make a fantastic product, work from home and customize everything the way you want. However, you have to know the product back and forth. Look into every ingredient, take stock of the back and body products you use and like most, see what ingredients are in them. Finally, be a smart shopper and buy bulk. For bulk essential oils , find them at wholesale costs and large quantities from a reputable company.

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Insomnia And Aromatherapy

Insomnia is such a common problem! Aromatherapy and essential oils can definitely help and support you on all levels. It is very important to understand and know the source that is causing your insomnia.

What is causing it?

There are numerous reasons, here are a few examples:

~ Stress which there can be many causes

~ Financial problems

~ Health issues

~ Depression

~ Anxiety

~ Inability to switch off your mind which can be caused by over stimulation

~ Relationship problems

~ Over excitation

As an aromatherapist I will focus on essential oils and methods of application that have been and still are very supportive for me on a personal level and for my clients. Firstly here is a list of some essential oils that assist in relaxation, calming a racing mind and insomnia.

Frankincense, Sandalwood, Clary Sage, Sweet Marjoram, Geranium, Patchouli, Lemon, Mandarin, Bergamot, Sweet Orange, Neroli, Rose, German Chamomile, Lavender, Ylang Ylang and Vetiver.

Please keep in mind that each of us is individuals and we may respond better to different essential oils / blends. Also some of these essential oils may be contra-indicated to those that have severe depression and feel that they want to sleep all of the time.

There are many essential oils to choose from. Some essential oils that can also be incorporated here are ~ Basil, Cypress, Juniper, Grapefruit, Tea Tree and Peppermint. These oils are strengthening to the mind and nervous system. they are also stimulating essential oils which can give you energy to support you through your day.

It is very important that you seek the advice of a fully qualified practitioner to receive the most appropriate treatment.

Aromatherapy and essentials oils can work extremely well with Eastern or Western herbs and it is very important to have someone that you can talk to, for this will help to release any pent up feelings and emotions.

Methods of applications that can be incorporated in to your life to support and improve your health and well-being.

~ Inhalations are very effective and fast acting as they are a direct link to your brain.

~ Anointing a blend or single oil on to the in step of your foot can be done morning and evening. I find 3 drops is sufficient.

~ Regular massage will always be beneficial, start weekly and drop down to monthly for maintenance.

~ Foot baths are wonderful and of course full body baths and you only want to sit in them for no more than 15 minutes otherwise you may not achieve your desired result.

~ Room and body sprays are wonderful and one of my most used applications.

It is important to consult with your aromatherapy practitioner to ensure you have no contra-indications to any of the essential oils!

Tips ~ where ever you sleep, make sure your space is conducive to supporting you.

For example: having a comfortable mattress and pillow, sheets that feel beautiful and soft on your skin. The weight of your bed covers, some like heavy covers, some prefer light covers.

Do you prefer a dark room, so that no light enterers? Create a beautiful safe space, one that when you enter you feel so comfortable in that you will instantly begin to feel relaxed and nurtured. You may like soft music, soft lighting and fragrance to begin with. Whatever appeals to you is what you should do!

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Soothe Your Senses With a Relaxing Aromatherapy Session Using Camphor Oil

Life has changed today as compared to what it used to be few years ago. In today's fast paced life everyone is highly ambitious. We work day and night to fulfill our aspirations and create a peaceful life for ourselves and our families. However, in this quest of earning more money and getting a relaxing life, we expose ourselves to a very stressful life. It has been proved by a number of surveys and researches that the average level of stress factor is significantly on rise in past few years. But it does not mean that no one can have a stress-free life. It is entirely how one behaves in a situation and deal with stressors.

Aromatherapy is a wonderful way to forget all your worries and relax all your senses. With so many aromatherapy spas getting flourished in every corner of the world, finding a right place for aromatherapy is not difficult. The main component that is used for several relaxing aromatherapy techniques is essential oil. Although, many aromatherapy spas use their choice of essential oil for a particular technique, you can ask them to use what suits you best. Let us have a look at usage of camphor essential oil to give you a relaxed mind and body.

Camphor oil has been used in aromatherapy since decades. In addition to its medicinal properties, This can result in creating a soothing effect by reliving conditions, such as pain, tiredness and inflammation. Being a relaxant, it can result in giving your body the most thought calming effects. A relaxing massage session using this can wash away all the stressors from your body that you may have absorbed while you are too busy working to fulfill your ambitions. However, it is advisable to use essential oil in diluted form by mixing it with carrier oils and other creams and lotions. Some carrier oils that blend well with these are cajuput, lavender, basil, Melissa and chamomile.

There are basically three different types of camphor oil, white, brown and yellow camphor oil. Since the brown and yellow camphor oil contains safrole, they are considered as toxic for use in aromatherapy. White camphor oil is the only camphor oil to be used for aromatherapy purposes.

While it may not be possible to invest time and money in aromatherapy on a regular basis, still it is a good idea to spare some time for yourself and enjoy a relaxing aromatherapy session with camphor oil.

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Aromatherapy 101

Aromatherapy is a kind of pseudo-science that utilizes herbal and aromatic plant resources, branded as aroma oils, and other sweet-scented amalgams for the intent of changing an individual's concentration, mood, cognition or as a placebo. Certain vital oils like citronella have proven germ-killing properties, but there is unmoving medical indication validating effectiveness against bacteriological, mycological, or pathological contagions. Proof for the effectiveness of aromatherapy in handling homeopathic situations remains pitiable, with an actual deficiency of training commissioning arduous scientific approaches, but some indication subsists that vital oils may have healing possibilities.

Aromatherapy may have roots in ancient times by the practice of permeated spotted emollients, prepared by softening desiccated herb material in greasy lard, cooking and then sifting. Numerous such emollients are defined to compliment the beliefs of the period concerning their curative properties. In the first century, condensed essential emollients have remained as a source of remedies from the time when the development of distillation became progressive, when 11th century distillers secluded essential oils by means of vapor condensation

The notion of aromatherapy was mainly suggested by a small figure of European inventors and clinicians, in 1907. The expression primarily gave the idea in print from the French manuscript on the theme: Aromathérapie: Les Huiles Essentielles, by René-Maurice Gattefossé, a scientist in the 1930's. Aromatherapy is the handling or deterrence of illness by use of aromatic emollients. Additional specified usages complic discomfort and nervousness decrease, augmentation of vigor and temporary recall, relaxation, follicular care, and lessening of eczema symptoms.

Two rudimentary instruments are presented to elucidate the presumed properties. One is the impact of smell on the brain, particularly the limbic system via the olfactory matrix. The latter is the undeviating pharmacological properties of the essential oils.

While exact information of the synthesis between the body and essential oils is frequently counted by therapists, the effectiveness of aromatherapy is still unverified. Neverheless, certain pilot clinical studies of aromatherapy in arrangement with complementary methods demonstrate optimistic results. Aromatherapy is not an antidote, but benefits the physique to discover am indigenous approach to remedy itself and recover immunity.

Emollients with homogeneous content are prerequisite to compose a definite volume of aroma elements that ordinarily occur in the oil. But there is no ruling that the elements can not be supplementary in man-made formula to meet the conditions set by the FCC for that oil. The laws that govern aromatherapy oil preparation are still negligent.

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How to Heal Fibromyalgia Naturally

The most common symptoms are pain in the muscles, ligaments, and tendons, the soft fibrous tissues of the body. Although the muscles hurt everywhere, they are not the only cause of the pain. The whole body is affected and symptoms are greatly magnified by malfunctions in the way the nervous system processes pain. Chronic pain, for some people can be very debilitating and they can not work or leave the home, disturbed sleep, insomnia, too much sleep, fatigue, lack of focus and concentration, headaches and / or migraines, jaw pain, IBS-irritable bowel syndrome are also commonly experienced. Symptoms can wax and wane from to day to day and through the day. There are many support sights on the internet that can give you more detailed information. My focus will be Aromatherapy as a treatment.

How Aromatherapy can benefit those that have fibromyalgia

I would like to share with you my experiences and the essential oils that I have personally used to reduce symptoms of fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue as they can go hand in hand.

These recommendations are for those that have been correctly diagnosed by their GP or specialist through the appropriate methods.

Here I will give symptoms and then recommendations for essential oils and methods of application. It is important to understand that whilst I give you this information that we are individuals and what works for one person may not needlessly work for all. This does not mean do not try, more that it would be preferable for you to seek out a fully qualified Aromatherapist, who then may be able to personalize your treatments as that is one of the amazing gifts of Aromatherapy.

Many essential oils are analgesics, therefore they can reduce pain. Following are ones that I have used. These oils are also very good for reducing inflammation.

Basil, rosemary, ginger, lavender, chamomile, black pepper, clary sage, peppermint, cypress, juniper, sweet marjoram.

These essential oils can be used for muscle aches, pain, stiffness and hypersensitivity. I highly recommend that you use Aromatherapy and essential oils as a preventive treatment rather than waiting until you are in pain. Using them on a daily basis, and intermittently changing the oils will result in a more positive outcome, as I believe your body then does not have the opportunity to build a resistance to the chosen essential oils.

Fatigue

Oils that are known to be energizing and invigorating:

Grapefruit, juniper, cypress, petitgrain, black pepper, peppermint, basil, lemon tea tree, lemon Eucalyptus

Insomnia or disturbed sleep

Vetiver, lemon, mandarin, sweet orange, bergamot, lime, sandalwood, jasmine, rose, neroli, ylang ylang, cedarwood, clary sage, rosewood, patchouli, spikenard, rhu khus, lavender.

Memory and concentration

Basil, peppermint, rosemary, lemon, spearmint, black pepper, ginger, cypress.

Depression, anxiety, stress and tension

Most essentials are excellent for these symptoms, once again I recommend the aromas you are attracted to and prefer the smell as this kind of response will immediately uplift your emotions.

If you do experience these symptoms is essential that you seek professional advice!

Treatments

Aromatherapy massage is a very nurturing massage which promotes lymph and blood circulation, boosts the immune system, is balancing to the nervous system, promotes relaxation; reduce muscle tension, pain, stress and anxiety.

Usually recommended as a gentle massage however I personally prefer a very firm massage as many people, it really is a personal choice and essential that you discuss this with your therapist before the treatment has attended.

Depending on how chronic and severe your symptoms are will play a role in the initial results, like many orthodontic treatments Aromatherapy is not a quick fix. Every person is an individual the results will vary from person to person. The choice of essentials oils can vary quite dramatically. Because of this Aromatherapy and essential oils can be tailor to suit your specific needs and this is really a wonderful thing to be able to have these options.

If it is possible initially it would be advisable to have weekly treatments, then fortnightly and then monthly. This may not always be possible for a number of reasons. Do what you can and try some different methods of application at home between massages.

Some ways that you can self treat

Bathing a luxury for many of us and you may not even have a bath, so ask a friend or family if you can use their. Bathing is a wonderful way of treating many different conditions and many different conditions have the same or similar symptoms.

Muscular aches and pains, aching joints, stiffness, stress, tension, depression, insomnia.

When choosing to use a bathing method, you do not need any more than 10 drops of essential oil in total draw your bath, add the chosen essential oils and agitate before you hop in. A 10 -15 min soak is all you need. I love t have either essential oils in the burner or incense burning with soft relaxing music in the background. Be sure to use an alarm clock if you have a tendency to fall as sleep!

Foot baths are another wonderful, easy alternative and only take 10 minutes. If you need to give yourself a kick start in the morning or really anytime I love using grapefruit. Try this when having a shower another easy application for example: before hoping into the shower grab a face cloth wet it down and add a few drops of grapefruit essential oil. When you get into the shower place your face clothe down on the floor of the shower and start to stomp on it, you will have absorption occurring through the souls of your feet and also by breathing as the molecules are taken up by the steam from the hot water. It leaves me feeling quite Invigorated; grape fruit is excellent for strengthening the immune system!

Bath blends for relation

4 drops neroli, 4 drops bergamot, 2 drops geranium
3 drops vetiver, 4 drops rosewood, 2 drops sweet orange
Bath blend for aching body, also relaxing
3 drops clary sage, 3 drops lavender, 4 drops chamomile, 3 drops sweet marjoram
3 Cypress drops, 2 basil drops, 2 drops rosemary

Topical application of your favorite oils will uplift your emotions and from another perspective will nourish and moisturize your skin! Depending on your personal preference you can use a vegetable oil, coconut oil, cream or lotion. To blend you can use 50 ml of your chosen carrier / base and 25 drops in total of your chosen essential oils.

Below are 2 day time blends and 2 night time blends.

Daytime

10 drops grapefruit, 5 drops petitgrain, 5 drops geranium and 5 drops lemon
10 drops neroli, 5 drops rosewood, 5 drops patchouli or sandalwood

Night time

5 drops vetiver, 7 drops rosewood, 3 drops mandarin
5 drops rose, 5 drops jasmine, 5 drops frankincense

Using a burner or diffuser I recommend using the same oils for the specific conditions.
Eg sleepy time blend-vetiver, rosewood and geranium.
Focus and concentration- spearmint, rosemary and basil.

Chronic Fatigue

Here is a small article I posted on my blog, just a few weeks ago. Although I know some of you have read it I thought it worth adding to this article.
Aromatherapy is considered to be one of the most consistently successful therapies for treating chronic fatigue syndrome.

Other holistic treatments to consider are nutrition, vitamins and herbs recommended by a qualified Naturopath, and daily exercise for example walking.

Here are some oils that I have used to help reduce some symptoms of chronic fatigue
These can be used safely with a variety of applications which I will give a bit later on. If you are unsure seek the advice of a practicing Aromatherapist and research the essential oils and their contra-indications.

To reduce stress – Lemon, sweet orange, geranium, neroli, jasmine, mandarin, bergamot, ylang ylang, I recommend any aroma that you like as it will elevate your emotions and aid in de-stressing.

Muscular aches and pains – Rosemary, peppermint, clary sage, german chamomile, lavender, cypress, juniper, basil, and marjoram.

To help increase your energy levels – Grapefruit, juniper, cypress, peppermint, rosemary, basil.

Depression

I always recommend that you inhale your preferred aromas, it is also important not to overuse essential oils that are strong sedatives like sweet Marjoram, clary sage, sandalwood, valerian and vetiver.

Most essential oils are very good for depression and boosting the immune System. All citrus, geranium, neroli, rose, chamomile, patchouli, frankincense, ylang ylang, basil, peppermint, lemon myrtle.

Insomnia can be a cause of chronic fatigue, oils that can aid in relaxation and sleep – Vetiver, sandalwood, clary sage, lavender, lemon, bergamot, rose, neroli, jasmine, rhu khus, cedarwood, and chamomile.

Suggested Blends

Raising energy levels – grapefruit, basil, peppermint or rosemary, juniper, spearmint, use as an inhalation.

Immuno-stimulent – rosemary, peppermint, cypress, lemon myrtle or lemon, juniper, lavender, lemon tea tree, daily application as a dressing oil or friction rub (once a week) on your back focusing on the spinal cord.

Insomnia – vetiver, rosewood, sweet orange or rose, geranium, lemon via inhalation, full body or foot bath, diffuser or anoint the souls of your feet.
Muscle pain – clary sage, basil, peppermint or rosemary, sweet marjoram, lavender topical application.

Other Natural therapy treatments to consider are Acupuncture, gentle exercise on a daily basis eg walking, therapeutic massage, relaxation techniques, gentle stretching, good nutrition, herbs and vitamins.

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What Is Aromatherapy? – Plain And Simple

Many people know Aromatherapy to be beautiful smelling scents or a luxurious massage that they enjoy having once in a while.

Well I am here to tell you that it is much more than this.

Yes it is true essential oils or most of them smell beautiful and have the power to transport us to another place or time on an emotional level that can evoke positive responses, uplift our emotions, reducing stress, tension, anxiety and depression. They help to raise our confidence, enhance our memory, promote relaxation or strengthen our energy. They improve our state of mind.

On a physical level Aromatherapists use specific essential oils to assist in reducing symptoms of PMT and PMS, muscular aches and pains, inflammation and arthritic conditions. Some oils promote circulation, aid in the digestive processes, assist with IBS, rid the body of unwanted toxins and they are very good for boosting and improving our immune system. They are used in hair care, for hair and scalp conditions such as dandruff, to improve the condition of our hair.

I personally have had 17 years of working with my daughter treating and supporting her with essential oils, along with orthodontic medicines (for which I am very grateful as it has saved her life) for chronic lung disease, digestive problems and her emotional state of mind where she experiences depression, fear and anxiety. My daughter was born in 1988, Royal Women's Hospital, Sydney Australia. She was the youngest and smallest TOF baby born at that time, being 8weeks premature and weighing 1190 grams. I will go into more detail another time. My point is that I have found aromatherapy and other natural therapies to be an essential part of her treatments. I am equally supportive of orthodox and traditional / alternative medicine, there have been times when prescribed medicines simply have not worked and aromatherapy and naturopathic medicine has. Doctors and modern medicine saved my daughter's life at birth more than several times through her life. Natural / alternative medicine has supported her without any doubt where modern medicine has not.

How many of us love to take care of our skin?

We cleanse, tone, and moisture every, once in a while we will use serums and masks to nourish and boost our skins health. Pure essential oils are natural and safe to use on your skin and will improve your skins integrity, reduce scars, improve elasticity, reduce the onset of wrinkles and slow down the aging process. Some essential oils are excellent for the treatment of acne, reducing scarring and inflammation, healing wounds, treating symptoms of many skin conditions.

Essential oils are produced from different plant materials such as woods, bark, leaves, flowers, berries and more, by various extraction methods. They are very potent, approximately 70 times stronger than the original plant they are derived from.

There are many factors involved in improving our health and well being including good nutrition, water and fluid intake, exercise and so on. It is called 'synergy' a combination of all of the above to produce the best results.

The Beauty or should I say one of the beauties of Aromatherapy and natural medicine is that we can customize and custom make products to suit your specific needs. We are all individuals with specific and unique needs. I hope this has given you a better understanding of one of my greatest passions I absolutely believe in Aromatherapy, because I have seen amazing results first hand. I encourage and invite you to reach out and learn more about the world of Aromatherapy and how you can incorporate it into your everyday lives easily and with little effort to improve your health and well being on all levels.

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Essential Oils – What Are Their Uses in Skin Care?

Properties of the essential oils that are beneficial to our skin are as follows.

They are anti-septic, stimulate and regenerate cell growth, assist with wound healing, improve circulation and muscle tone, aid in reducing inflammation, stop itching, improve the integrity of your skin and regulate sebum production.

To gain the most benefit from your skin care it is important to use high quality ingredients.

The environment in which they are kept is important, stored in a cupboard or drawn away from direct sunlight, with an even temperature. I keep my raw products in a cooler.

It is very important to have the correct dilutions and combinations of essential oils to achieve your desired result and so that they do not work against each other. If you are unsure consult with a fully qualified Aromatherapist.

You can have your skin care custom made to suit your specific condition.

Acne is a very common condition and I have had very good results using specific essential oils. There are a variety of causes that produce acne and it is important to understand what the cause is and address it. Some of the symptoms are inflammation, pain, skin sensitivity, depression and low self esteem. Essential oils are excellent for reducing scarring and as you can see the effects of acne are more than skin deep.

Surgical scars can most certainly be dramatically dramated with the applications of specific essential oils for example Rose, Frankincense and Myrrh. These oils are exceptional for a healthy, glowing skin. Frankincense and Myrrh are natural skin preservatives and keep your skin looking youngger.

First aid using essential oils

How many times have you burnt yourself while cooking or stoking a fire? For myself I always reach for Lavender! It is exceptional and can be applied directly onto a minor burn, preferably straight away and several times after, you will experience an immediate response. The pain and scarring is reduced, often there will be no scarring. Cold water and Ice are important to use if you have a more than a minor burn as the cooler temperature assists in preventing your skin from cooking. Do not hesitate to go to hospital if you have a serious burn.

Insect bites, I am everyone's mosquito repellent, much to my disappointment, they drive me crazy and all I can say is thank goodness for essential oils like Patchouli, Lavender and German Chamomile! These oils stop itching as they are anti-pruritic, reduce inflammation. For those of us that are sensitive and have nasty reactions they aid in the healing of my skin. I carry Patchouli with me everywhere I go for emergency first aid. I recommend it be in your first aid kit along with Tea tree and Lavender.

Minor cuts and abrasions can be easily easily and very effectively through topical applications and sprays.

We know how painfully itchy and uncomfortable measles and chickenpox are, Yes?

Using an essential oil blend as a body spray and in the bath prevented my daughter from scratching herself raw. She does not have one scar!

There are dozens of conditions and symptoms of the skin that are treated successfully ending with excellent results. To learn more about how Aromatherapy and the use of essential oils can support and heal your skin, talk to a qualified Aromatherapist.

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Aromatherapy for the Mind – Essential Oils to Improve Your Self-Confidence

Aroma-Psychology

The word Aromatherapy refers to the clinical use of essential oils usually combined with massage. Other applications are Inhalations, bathing and topical applications such as compressing, poultices and direct applications, all of which can be used in the home environment.

There is so much more to essential oils and their use in a clinical situation and here I will share what I consider to be a valuable tool that you can use to help improve your health and well-being on an emotional level.

Aroma-psychology specifically refers to the use essential oils to have a positive effect on your mind. Incorporating these natural plant pure plant extracts in our everyday lives can uplift our moods and emotions, strengthen and stimulate our minds, aid in memory enhancement, and boost confidence. This kind of mental stimulation has a direct impact on our daily performance. Many corporations are now using essential oils to assist in improving the performance of their employees. Several years ago a study was carried out in Japan. They used lemon in the air-conditioning unit and found that the typists had made fewer errors. They also used specific oils at the end of the day having a winding down period.

Choosing the Right Essential Oil

Although they have specific properties, I believe that when we are working on an emotional level it is important to take your preference preference into consideration as you are more likely to have a positive response.

It is important to feel connected and enjoy the aroma of your chosen essential oil / s. When you inhale your favorite aromas take notice of how they make you feel emotionally and physically.

Do you instantly smile and feel uplifted?

Does a happy memory surface?

Is it as simple as just feeling good when you inhale your favorite fragrance?

Following are some recommendations to experience and boost your confidence, however if you do not resonate with these, choose ones that you personally favor.

Grapefruit is one of my favorites for me it represents courage, courage, and confidence. It is a very emotionally uplifting and I often start my day with it.

I find all of the citrus oils to be very encouraging and uplifting ~ Lemon, Sweet Orange, Bergamot, Petitgrain, Mandarin and Neroli. These in particular are excellent for fragile people who tend to worry a lot, experience anxiety, stress and tension. Now that can be all of us at some time in our lives!

Heart oils like Rose, Jasmine, Melissa, Lavender and Ylang Ylang are very supportive for they are self acceptance, self love and love in general. When we come from a place of love we are more confident in our being.

Woody oils like Sandalwood, Cedarwood, and Rosewood are strengthening and grounding.

Frankincense and Sandalwood are excellent to support us in letting go of obsessive thoughts and being stuck. They help us to move forward.

Then we have Basil, Rosemary, and Peppermint these are very emotionally strengthening and energising. They are great for confidence building.

Spicy oils such as Ginger, Cinnamon, Cardamom and Clove are strengthening, emotionally warming and invigorating. They add excitement and motivation in to our daily lives.

Most of these essential oils can be used easily and effortlessly through dry inhalations, which I call Aromatherapy on the go! I love using disposable inhalers, they fit into my purse and I can use them whenever I feel like a boost.

Here is a tip for you ~ take some time to experience your favorite aromas on their own simply by inhaling them. Write down your feelings and responses in an aromatherapy journal and use this information as a tool for whenever you may feel sad, anxious, stressed lacking confidence and so on.

Wishing you success on your Aromatique journey!

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Alternative Cancer Treatment – Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy is a form of alternative medicine that uses organic substances like plant materials like oils. It's also referred to as a form of alternative and complementary medicine which comes from the flowers, leaves, bark, branches, rind or roots of plants with the therapeutic qualities.

Process
In this process, the powerful oils are mixed with soy bean or almond oil then water or alcohol and will be applied on the skin, dispersed in the air or it could also be applied as a compress.

Scents like lavender may indeed encourage real good effects, like for example, it's believed to have good effects to enhance your immunity from bacteria, cure herpes and shingles. It's also known as something to help remedy arthritis, heal wounds, boost memory and reduce depression. It's also like massage therapy that improves the flow of your blood and the likes.

Just how and where did aromatherapy start?
As everyone knows, Egypt is the homeland of medicines, perfumes and pharmaceuticals. It was 6,000 years ago when Egyptians discovered the health advantages of essential oils and so, they have developed the same and they have enhanced its use. They've discovered that when essential oils were applied onto the skin, it provides great benefits to the body.

At the moment, the industry or field of this kind of therapy has increased and it's now recognized to be one of the helpful tools of alternative medicine.

Aromatherapy as an alternative cancer treatment
Aromatherapy works together your sense of smell. When you inhale an aroma, it moves across the olfactory nerves located inside your nose and then moves towards the part of the brain controlling our minds, memories and capacity to learn. This is also known as the Limbic system. When this is activated, it releases endorphins, along with other euphoric chemicals that naturally occurs in the body.

As Aromatherapy uses oils along with other fragrances which help relax the body, additionally, it gives calming sensation to the person who goes through the therapy. Oils infused or mixed with lavender can be applied to the skin during a massage or it may also be added to your bath water.

Like what spas are doing, they heat the water and blend the oils to release the scents into the air. To all the cancer patients, Aromatherapy is suggested as an alternative cancer treatment to minimize nausea, pain and stress.

When you are a cancer patient, you must have a practitioner that can carry out aromatherapy to you. You can not perform this at home or without help .. Aromatherapy is 100% safe for everyone. The essential oils that experts are applying on your skin will help a lot for your blood flow and the likes.

In addition to these, you must always remember that essential oils are extremely concentrated and they can irritate your skin if not used properly.

Two common oils that are being used in aromatherapy:
1. Lavender
2. Tea tree

Simple alternative cancer treatments have already been shared to you in the series of articles you have here. The writer is expecting that these simple reviews will help you on your battle with cancer. More alternative cancer treatments will be uncovered in the next articles.

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Aromatherapy Recipes Using Essential Oils

In ancient Egyptian times they used oils from flowers and herbs in their baths and for skin care, not only for their aromas but for the medicinal properties too. These oils are the volatile part of any plant and are extracted in different ways, by distillation, steam or compression. Once you have their oils they can be used individually or mixed together and can be put in the bath for a hot soak, a few drops added to a diffuser so the sweet aromas fill the air or added to a carrier or base oil for a massage . You can even get candles containing these oils or could add net oil to the melted wax as it rains on the top of a burning candle.

All plants contain essential oils but in different quantities, some more than others. To get just one teaspoon of jasmine oil it takes 40,000 hand- picked jasmine flowers which is why this in one of the more expensive oils to buy. Rose is another flower that does not contain many oils and are usually extracted by using a solvent. The only down side with this method is that is genes other properties from the plant as well as their oils. These are then known as absolutes and are well known in the fragrance industry and in cosmetics.

Fine essential oils are like diamonds or a fine champagne and known as the soul of any plant. Essential oils all have their own properties and used for different reasons, from rejuvenating, balancing and deep cleansing. They easily absorb in to the skin and can help psychologically and physically. Benefits of aromatherapy oils range from relief of headaches, mood swings, muscle relaxants, blood circulation and other healings.

There are hundreds of essential oils on the market and can be a daunting experience when going out to buy for the first time. Almost anyone can use essential oils but precautions do need to be taken. Because they are very potent it is important to dilute any oil before putting it on the skin and not to put too much in the batch as they can burn. You must ask yourself why you want to use these oils wherever it is for a particular ailment and then how you are going to administrator, either massage or inhalation so as to get the right ones. Below are a few just to get you started.

Basil – floral sweet aroma used for uplifting, energizing and refreshing.

Bergamot – fresh and fruity used for uplifting and inspiring. An excellent deodoriser.

Chamomile – fruity, apple-like used for its calming properties

Clary sage – spicy, hay-like aroma for a euphoric feeling

Eucalyptus – Best known for inhalations and liniments and is very invigorating.

Geranium – A leafy-rose aroma with fruity, minty undertones. A soothing, mood lifting oil.

Grapefruit – This has a bitter citrus aroma which is very refreshing.

Lavender – A fresh almost all eucalyptus aroma used in insect repellants, deodorants and room sprays. A calming and purifying impact.

Majarom sweet – Warm and spicy with a hint of nutmeg. Warming and balancing works well on sore muscles.

Orange sweet – Used for its refreshing, uplifting properties.

Rosemary – with its strong fresh, camphor aroma invigourates and clarifies.

Sandalwood – a sweet wood warm aroma. Perfect for that sensual soothing atmosphere

Ylang ylang – an intense floral almost jasmine aroma used for euphoria and sensuality.

Once you get used to the oils and their aromas you can mix your own but be careful with quantities.

There are many sites and books on the subject including my other site Aromatherapyrecipes.org .

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Stress and Essential Oils – Which Essential Oils Can Alleviate Stress?

When it comes to essential oils and stress relief, all are potentially beneficial through various methods of application. It is important to consider your preference preference as when we inhale an aroma that we love it will immediately have a positive effect on us. You may experience immediate relief from stress and tension, feel relaxed or energized, emotionally uplifted and calm. They will strengthen your immune system which is often depleted when one is stressed.

Some symptoms of stress can be feeling agitated and annoyed at the simplest or smallest of things. Some may feel teary, angry or impatient. Other symptoms can be broken sleep or feeling tired all the time.

There are many causes of stress – financial or relationship problems, family, work, pressure from many different sources. Here I will offer some recommendations keeping in mind that there are some very common essential oils that are used by Aromatherapists and that each individual may respond differently.

Essential oils to reduce stress:

Bergamot, Black Pepper, Cardamom, Chamomiles, Cedarwood, Clary sage, Cypress, Eucalyptus lemon, Frankincense, Geranium, Ginger, Grapefruit, Jasmine, Juniper, Lavender, Lemon, Lemon myrtle, Mandarin, Neroli, Orange sweet, Patchouli, Peppermint, Rose , Rosemary, Rosewood, Sandalwood, Tea tree lemon, Violet leaf, Ylang Ylang.

I personally recommend and find direct inhalations and / or baths the fastest and most effective way of treating stress, anxiety, tension and depression. Using an aromatherapy body spray is another very effective and pleasant application. Room sprays are another very useful way of using essentials. Essential oil burners and diffusers can be used to enhance your moods though the end result will not be as long lasting as using direct inhalations having a bath or using an aromatherapy body spray.

Here are some examples of blends to use for reducing stress and associated symptoms along with a suitable application method.

Bathing:

  • Frankincense, Rosewood and Lavender are calming and bring peace.
  • Neroli, Sandalwood and Clary Sage is a wonderful relaxing blend.
  • Bergamot, Vetiver and Sweet Orange is very calming and is uplifting to the emotions.
  • Geranium, Patchouli, Ylang Ylang is balancing and reduces stress and anxiety.
  • For a healthy adult use 6-10 drops in total. For pregnancy, children, the elderly or fragile people halve the amount of essential oil drops.
  • The amount of water has no relevance to the amount of essential oil drops used. When you are bathing you are actually receiving two pathways of absorption via the olfactory (our sense of smell) and integumentary (our skin) systems.

Inhalations:

These can be done by placing a few drops of your desired essential / s oil on to a tissue or hankie inhaling as you need.

Using a disposable inhaler is a very efficient way of doing dry inhalations; otherwise steam inhalations can be used. Be careful with steam inhalations as some essential oils can irritate your mucous membranes. Some essential oils I like to use:

Cardamom, Lemon Myrtle, Sweet Orange and Peru balsam are emotionally invigorating, uplifting, happy oils promoting a sense of lightness of being.

Peppermint, Rose and Lemon, assist in calming a racing mind and assisting with clarity. Bergamot, Mandarin and Grapefruit are uplifting to the emotions.

Body and Room Sprays:

Sprays are fabulous and easy to use on a daily basis and you can carry them with you where ever you go. I recommend you use a colored or opaque glass bottle, 50-100ml and to carry with you 25-30ml is good. Place purified water in the bottle, around half way, then you add your chosen essential oils. Some aromatherapists prefer to use a disper; however I do not like to add anything but a floral or filtered water or a true hydrosol. Give the bottle a gentle shake before each use.

Suggested blends:

  • Geranium, Sweet Orange, Bergamot, Sandalwood
  • Lemon, Grapefruit, Cardamom, rosewood
  • Rose, Neroli, Champa, Cinnamon
  • 30ml bottle 5-30 drops in total
  • 50ml bottle 10-30 drops in total
  • 100ml bottle 10-50 drops in total

I have given you a guideline in the amount of drops to use above, however it will depend on your personal sense of smell as to how many drops you use.

Enjoy as you bring a smile into your day!

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Using Essential Aromatherapy Oils to Boost Your Health

Essential aromatherapy oils have been in use for centuries by millions to improve health conditions.

Many of them will benefit you physically, emotionally and mentally. You can use them to treat problems like headaches, stress and skin diseases and improve the functioning of vital body systems.

How do you use these aromatherapy oils for maximum benefit?

There are many methods of using the oils depending on the condition you are dealing with.

You can inhale them directly either from the bottle or pour a few drops onto a piece of cloth. This way, you will get instant relief from nasal congestion, coughs, colds and flu.

For deep inhalation, you should put a few drops of oil into a basin of hot water and cover your head over the basin to inhale the steam. You can also use the oils as vaporizers or burners to keep the air in your room smelling fresh and clean.

A hot press would work fine, while a cold press will reduce swellings and ease headaches.

Massaging your body with essential aromatherapy oils will not only revitalize your skin but will also treat acne and other skin conditions.

Another beneficial way to use the oils is to add a few drops to your bath water and apply some to your hair.

Lavender oil can be used as a deodorant and decongestant. Inhaling its aroma will lift your moods, relieve you of tension, improve your circulatory system and memory, reduce symptoms of asthma and ease feelings of nausea. Also, it is a good remedy for burns, scratches cuts, muscle pain and joint pain.

Massage lavender oil on your scalp to address hair loss. It will stimulate your scalp to encourage growth of new hair.

To fight depression, you should use jasmine oil. It has a strong sweet smell which will instantly uplift your spirits and reduce the stress levels in your body. In addition to that, it will improve your heart rate and boost your immune and respiratory systems. Women will experience the benefits of jasmine oil when dealing with menstrual and labor pain.

During labor, inhaling jasmine oil will strengthen your contracts, reduce your pain and increase your energy levels. This will make the delivery process easier and faster. Stretch marks and scars can be an eyesore, but you can reduce their appearance by applying the oil of jasmine to the affected area of ​​your skin. It increases your skins elasticity and encourages the growth of new skin cells.

Make sure to dilute it with a carrier oil of your choice as it may irritate your skin in high concentrations.

Emu oil is another favorable aromatherapy oil.

You will find it pleasant to apply to your skin because of its non-greasy nature. It will penetrate your skin fast to deliver the benefits. Apply it onto your neck to reduce stiffness and pain and massage it onto your skin to refresh it and give it a youthful glow.

It is also effective in healing minor wounds and reducing the appearance of scars. You have many reasons to try Essential Aromatherapy Oils. They will improve the overall state of your health as you enjoy using them.

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What Are Essential Oils? An Overview of Essential Oils

Essential oils are highly concentrated liquids that contain volatile aroma compounds from specific plants. Contrary to being called “oils”, they are not oily feeling at all. The majority of them are clear, but there are some that are amber or yellow in color. The color would vary on what type of plant the oil was made from.

These oils are made by extracting them from a particular plant species. They can be extracted from many different parts of the plant, such as the flower, seeds, stems, bark, leaves, roots, and wood of the plant. There are several different methods of extraction, the most common being steam distillation. Some other methods are carbon dioxide extraction, pressing, and solvent extraction.

Essential oils are sold either as a pure oil, oil made from only one kind of plant, or as a blend of several different oils. Buying the blended oils saves you from having to buy each one separately and then mixing them yourself. Buying all of the oils individually can be quite pricey, so buying blends can save you money as well as time.

However, the disadvantage is that you have no control over the blend ratios and which oils are used in the blend. Also, by not blending them yourself, the blend can not be reliably mixed with other oils if you do not know what oils were used. Some oils can not be mixed with each other, so it's a good idea to know which ones can and can not be combined before mixing.

Essential oils should not be confused with perfume or fragrance oils. Essential oils are extracted directly from real plants. That means the oil contains the true essence of the plant, including any therapeutic values ​​the plant it was derived from has.

Perfume and fragrance oils are made from artificial aromas or fragrances, or they are made with artificial substances in addition to any natural compounds. Therefore, they are not derived from the plants themselves, nor do they have any therapeutic benefits. These are generally used just to give something a special scent, such as in soap making or perfumes.

The chemical composition of essential oils and their aromas allows them to have physical and even psychological benefits on people. The most common ways to obtain these benefits are by inhaling the oil and applying it directly to the skin. The easiest way to inhale it is by using a diffuser. When applying it directly to the skin, it's generally diluted as the full concentrate oil can cause irritation to the skin.

Essential oils, either in pure form or blended, can have significant therapeutic benefits on people. There are many different uses for them, depending on the specific benefits of the particular oil. With over 300 different essentials, there is sure to be something for everyone.

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