Aromatherapy for the Beginning Novice

Aromatherapy has been around for centuries and over that last several years has recently been resurrected. Our ancient ancestors used scents to promote their health and well-being. Essential oils have also laid claim to provide some therapeutic properties for the treatment of some medical conditions. Thus, if getting started in aromatherapy is what you are seeking then being informed is extremely important.

Some of the materials in aromatherapy include:

  • fragrant oils from plants or flowers
  • essential oils extracted from plants by a process of distillation or steam
  • infusions from plants
  • herbal concentrations such as chamomile and lemon balm
  • vaporizers made from raw herbs

As a beginner, shopping for supplies from reputable dealers is highly recommended. There are some local health food stores that carry supplies but they may not be of the highest quality. In addition, some reputable mail-order companies provide better quality selections at more reasonable prices. Avoid purchasing items at craft shows or street fairs until you have gained more experience in judging the quality of the products.

In order to ensure that the scents stay potent they should be stored in a dark glass container inside a cool dark cabinet, box or chest. Light can affect the potency of the scent and destroy certain ingredients. Never use plastic dropper tops or rubber stoppers as they can ruin the oil.

The next step as a beginner is to consider finding recipes that are appealing to you. The internet or places that sell essential oils are great places to find recipes of interest. Understand that oils should always be diluted and not applied in the concentrated form.

There are many means to applying aromatherapy oils. The most common application is through direct inhalation. This is achieved when the aromas is inhaled either through the nose or mouth (consult a physician before ingesting anything through the mouth.) Another way to apply essential oils is through topical applications.

Beginners should understand the safety guidelines when considering practicing aromatherapy. Essential oils are highly concentrated and can be harmful if used incorrectly. The most important safety precaution is to avoid applying undiluted essential oils directly to the skin. This can cause skin irritations and health issues. Essential oils are highly flammable and should never be in contact with open flames.

Aromatherapy can be a fun and rewarding activity. Gather as much information that you can find and practice precaution when needed.

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Islands of Health and Vitality

Living in areas where air pollution exceeded all permissible measures and where most of residents breathe with a half a lung capacity, problems like children's asthma, chronic bronchitis and similar ailments, have become a major problem of modern life.

The oxygen we breathe is the basic element of life because all the cells in our body need it for normal functioning. We need 10 times more air than food and water. For each problem there seem to be instant solutions that have only a short-term effect. Such a way of life affects the health which we do not have time for, and with the emergence of health problems, we lose the quality of life.

The last oases of a normal pace of life are the islands which attract a growing number of visitors seeking for peace, meditation, health, and achieving balance of mind and body.

Ideal climate suitable for treatment of respiratory diseases

Two islands in Croatia's northern Adriatic region, that belong to Kvarner bay, the larger Mali Losinj and Susak a smaller one, were proclaimed climate resorts and rehabilitation centers in 1892 under the national law of the Austrian government in Vienna. It is due to these facts that the island Mali Losinj is now a well-known climate resort across the world.

The island of Susak is extremely suitable for organizing climate therapy because it has a series of benefits from a mild climate throughout the year, very hot sea and hot sand in the summer and emphasized humidity all year round. Susak is still an oasis of peace because there are no mass tourism and road traffic, air and sea are very clean because there are no the industrial or other pollutants.

On both islands, there are no plants that produce accented allergens, and conditions for hay fever and other allergic diseases caused by plant pollen. In fact both islands are perfect place for organizing climate therapy for a number of diseases, especially for children (island Losinj) and for the treatment of infertility in women (sand beach on Susak island in Bok Bay).

The town, Mali Losinj, has become a well-known Mediterranean center of excellence in rehabilitation and those in need of rehabilitation support due to working in contaminated conditions, harmful effects of smoke, fumes, and other irritating particles.

The true scents of the sea and Invigorating aromas of therapeutic plants on Losinj, reduces the stress in anyone who comes here. The footpaths by the sea take you back to nature and walking. These simple actions, walking and breathing the sea aerosol combined with the richness of essential oils of herbs that grow in abundance on this island, give results at the level of each of our cells, and our body system in general.

Do you know people feel very good on Losinj because of the surprising annual feeling of pleasure from chilly to warm and hot? The feeling of 'very hot' never happens, and 'very cold' is very rare.

In summer months when the feeling of pleasant and warm overcome, you can stay outdoors all day. The feeling of heat in the afternoon hours of July and August will be lessened by a refreshing swim in the sea or a stroll in the shade and cool of the pine trees.

I invite you to explore the benefits of these islands and to take the opportunity to spend a healthy and active holiday.

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Discovering the Benefits of Aromatherapy

The description for aromatherapy is the usage of essential oils from plants for the purpose of healing. The word 'aroma' is deceiving as it makes it sound as though the oils are inhaled. That is only partly true as they can be collected into the skin and in rare instances and only with specific instructions from a qualified specialist or trained individuals who can be taken orally. Regardless if they are inhaled or applied directly to the skin, new attention is being given to essential oils as a substitution treatment for stress, infections, and other health problems.

The ancient Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, Chinese, and some Indian tribes used essential oils for the therapeutic purposes dating back some 6,000 years. They were used in perfumes, cosmetics, and certain drugs. More commonly they were used for the therapeutic, spiritual, hygienic, and for ritualistic purposes. The United States waited until the 1980s before embracing the benefits of aromatherapy. There are many products on the market today that are being sold as aromatherapy. These products consist of synthetic fragrances which do not have the same properties as essential oils.

The concentrated extracts which are taken from roots, seeds, leaves, or the blossoms of plants are how essential oils are made. The mix of active ingredients determines what the oil will be used for. Certain essential oils are used to bolster physical healing such as treating swelling or fungal infections. There are also others that are used for their emotional benefits as they boost relaxation and make a room smell pleasant.

Knowing exactly how aromatherapy works is still not clear to researchers. Our sense of smell plays a vital role as the receptors in our noses communicates with the amygdala and hippocampus in our brain. These areas of the brain store our emotions and memories and when we breathe in essential oil molecules are becoming stimulated and influencing physical, emotional and mental health. When essential oils are applied directly to the skin they are absorbed and are breathed in at the same time.

A good understanding what essential oils can be used for and their benefits should be gained before venturing into an aromatherapy regime of your own. For example, those include lavender, rose, orange, lemon, bergamot, and sandalwood have been shown to relieve stress, anxiety and depression. Other evidence suggests that peppermint oil can help with digestion issues where as citrus oils tend to strengthen the immune system.

Individuals who should proceed with caution:

  • people with asthma or history of allergies should only use under guidance from a trained professional
  • pregnant women especially those with a history of seizures should avoid hyssop oil
  • people with high blood pressure should avoid rosemary and spike lavender
  • women with estrogen dependent tumors should not use oils with estrogen like compounds such as fennel, aniseed, sage and clary-sage
  • people receiving chemotherapy

Most inhaled essential oils are generally considered safe. However in some rare cases aromatherapy can induce side effect such as rashes, headaches, asthma, liver and nerve damage. Should you develop any symptoms consult a physician immediately.

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Aromatherapy Essentials

Aromatherapy is the therapeutic use of plant-derived, aromatic essential oils to promote physical and psychological well-being.

Aromatherapy offers diverse physical and psychological benefits, depending on the essential oil or combination of oils and the method of application used. Some common medicinal properties of essential oils used in aromatherapy include: analgesic, antimicrobial, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, astringent, sedative, antispasmodic, expectorant, diuretic, and sedative.

Essential oils are used to treat a wide range of symptoms and conditions, including, but not limited to, gastrointestinal discomfort, skin conditions, menstrual pain and irregularities, stress-related conditions, mood disorders, circulatory problems, respiratory infections, and minor wounds.

A pleasing natural aroma can have a positive psychological effect on the body. EO's, which are the “pure” essence of a plant, have been found to provide both psychological and physical benefits when used correctly and safely. There are over 70 essential oils.

Perfume oils, known as fragrance oils or “fragrances” are not the same as essential oils. They contain unnatural chemicals and do not provide the therapeutic benefits of essential oils. The word “fragrance”, was designed by the FDA to contain all of the 850+ ingredients that can be used to create a specific scent, so that the ingredient deck of any product in this category would not be overwhelming to the consumer.

EO's that are drawn into the body by the sense of smell are believed to offer psychological and physical benefits. Not only does the aroma stimulate the brain to trigger a positive effect, the natural components drawn into the lungs can also supply physical benefit as well.

Oils that are applied directly to the skin are believed to be absorbed into the bloodstream. This absorption aids in a variety of health, beauty and hygiene conditions. Because essential oils are so concentrated and powerful, they should never be applied to the skin in their undiluted form.

To apply essential oils directly to the skin surface, “carrier oils”, which are pure vegetable oils, are used to dilute the essential oils and carry them to the skin. Common carrier oils include: sweet almond oil, fractionated coconut oil, apricot kernel oil, canola, avocado, jojoba, wheatgerm, and grape seed oil.

EO's also provide other benefits as well. Some oils, for instance, act as a natural repellent and pesticide. Citronella candles provide relief, with Citronella essential oil as the main property of these candles.

EO's are blended together to provide an especially pleasant fragrance. A synergistic essential oil blend of the correct oils in proper proportions is considered to be greater in total benefit, than each oil working independently. Allow blends time to age, a week or more, before adding to a carrier oil. Blends, like good wines, undergo transformation as they age.

Not all ready made aromatherapy products labeled with the word “aromatherapy” are pure and natural. Products that contain artificial ingredients do not provide true aromatherapy benefits. They may provide no benefit at all. Check the ingredinal deck of the products to be purchased, to see if they contain fragrances oils or impure chemicals. Be wary of these products.

EO's are very expensive to produce; some more than others, due to the labor intensive process and the quantity of the plant required to produce the oil. Approximately 800 lbs of Thyme would produce 2 lbs of the essential oil, 4400 lbs of rose petals to make 2 lbs of oil. 6 tons of orange blossoms to produce 2 lbs of Neroli and 4 million jasmine flowers to produce 2 lbs of jasmine absolute. Essential oils may be up to 75 to 100 times stronger than dried herbs.

HISTORY OF AROMATHERAPY

Aromatherapy is derived from two words. Aroma – meaning fragrance or smell and Therapy – meaning treatment. First used by the ancient civilizations, aromatherapy is reputed to be over 6000 years old.

It is believed that aromatherapy was first used in Egypt. A medical papyri, dated around 1555 BC contained remedies for all types of illnesses and the methods of application are similar to ones used in Aromatherapy and Herbal medicine today.

The Egyptians used a method known as Infusion, to extract the oils from aromatic plants and incense was probably one of the earliest ways to use aromatics. Frankincense was burned at sun rise as an offering to the god, Ra and Myrrh was offered to the moon. The Egyptians were experts at embalming using aromatics to help reserve the flesh. They are still around to this date. The Egyptians were used to massage and the use of fragrant oils after bathing.

The Greeks continued the use of aromatic oils and used them medicinally and cosmetically. A Greek physician, Dioscorides, wrote a book about herbal medicine and for at least 1200 years was used as the Western world's standard medical reference. Many of the remedies he mentioned are still in use today in the field of Aromatherapy.

The Romans took much of their medical knowledge from the Greeks and went on to use and improve the ability of aromatics, with Rome becoming the bathing capital of the world. After bathing, they would be massaged andiled. The Romans opened up the world trade routes and started importing new aromatic products from East India and Arabia.

During the Crusades, the knowledge of aromatic oils and perfumes spread to the Far East and Arabia, and it was a physician known as Avicenna, who lived from AD 980 TO AD 1037 that is understood to, be the first to have used the process known as distillation to distill the essence of rose. It probably took many more years before it was perfected. The Arabs also discovered how to distill alcohol around the same time, making it possible to produce perfumes without a heavy oily base.

There is a strong possibility that ancient Chinese civilizations were using some form of aromatics at the same time as the Egyptians. Shen Nung's Herbal book is the oldest surviving medical book in China, which is about 27– BC and contains information on over 300 plants. The Chinese used aromatic herbs and burned aromatic woods and incenses to show respect to God.

Traditional Indian medicine known as Ayurveda has been practiced for more then 3000 years and it incorporates aromatic massage as one of its main aspects. The invasions of South America by the Conquistadors bought the discovery of more medicinal plants and aromatic oils as the Aztecs were well known for their plant remedies. The Spanish were amazed at the wealth of medicinal plants found in Montezuma's botanical gardens.

The North American Indians also used aromatic oils and produced their own herbal remedies.

It was not until the 19th century that scientists in Europe and Great Britain began researching the effects of essential oils on bacteria in humans. A French chemist, Rene Gattefosse, began his research into the healing powers of essential oils after burning his hand in his laboratory. He quickly immersed it in Lavender oil and was impressed as to how fast the burn healed. In 1937 he published a book about the antimicrobial effects of the oils and coined the word “Aromatherapy”.

A French doctor, Jean Valnet discovered Gattefosse's research and began experimenting with essential oils. About the same time, Margaret Maury, a French biochemist developed a unique method of applying these oils to the skin with massage. Michele Arcier, now living in London studied and worked with Margaret Maury and Valnet and their combined techniques created a form of Aromatherapy now used all over the world.

WHAT ARE ESSENTIAL OILS?

Essential oils are the volatile liquids distilled from plants, including seeds, bark, leaves, stems, roots, flowers, fruit, etc. One of the factors that determine the purity and therapeutic value of an oil is its chemical constituents. These constituents can be affected by a vast number of variables, the parts of the plant from which the oil was produced, soil condition, fertilizer, organic or chemical, geographic region, climate, altitude, harvest season and methods, and distillation process.

Producing the purest oils can be very expensive because it may require several hundred pounds, or even several thousand pounds of plant material to extract one pound of pure essential oil. For example, one pound of pure Melissa oil sells for $ 9,000- $ 15,000.

Melissa oil is a powerful antidepressant. While it may sound quite expensive, it takes three tons of plant material to produce that single pound of oil. Because the majority of all oils produced in the world today is used by the perfume industry, the oils are being purchased for their aromatic qualities only.

High pressure, high temperatures, rapid processing and the use of chemical solvents are often employed during the distillation process so that a greater quantity of oil can be produced at a faster rate. These oils may smell just as good and cost much less, but will lack most, if not all, of the chemical constituents necessary to produce the expected therapeutic results.

There are also significant differences between synthetic fragrances oils and pure essential oils. Synthetic fragrances oils are produced by blending aromatic chemicals primarily derived from coal tar. These oils may duplicate the smell of the pure botanical, but the complex chemical components of each essential oil created in nature determine its true aromatic benefits. While synthetic fragrances oils are not suitable for aromatherapy, they add an approximation of the natural scent to crafts, potpourri, soap and perfume at a fraction of the cost.

• Essential oils are the regenerating, oxygenating, and immune defense properties of plants.
• Some EO constituents are so small in molecular size that they can quickly penetrate the tissues of the skin.
• EO's are lipid soluble and are capable of penetrating cell walls, even if they have hardened because of an oxygen deficiency. In fact, essential oils can affect every cell of the body within 20 minutes and are then metabolized like other nutrients.
• EO's contain oxygen molecules which help to transport nutrients to the starving human cells. Because a nutritional deficiency is an oxygen deficiency, disease begins when the cells lack the oxygen for proper nutrient assimilation. By providing the needed oxygen, essential oils also work to stimulate the immune system.
• EO's are very powerful antioxidants. Antioxidants create an unfriendly environment for free radicals. They prevent all mutations, work as free radical scavengers, prevent fungus, and prevent oxidation in the cells.
• EO's are anti-bacterial, anti-cancerous, anti-fungal, anti-infectious, anti-microbial, anti-tumoral, anti-parasitic, anti-viral, and antiseptic. Essential oils have been shown to destroy all tested bacteria and viruses while simultaneously restoring balance to the body.

• EO's work to detoxify the cells and blood in the body
• EO's are aromatic. When diffused, they provide air purification by:

Removing metallic particles and toxins from the air.
Increasing atmospheric oxygen
Increasing ozone and negative ions in the area, which inhibits bacterial growth
Destroy odors from mold, cigarettes, and animals
Filling the air with a fresh aromatic scent

• EO's help promote emotional, physical, and spiritual healing.

To extract essential oils in the most effective manner while preserving their therapeutic benefits, they are either Distilled or Expressed. These two methods are covered below.

Distillation

EO's are most commonly extracted from plants through the process of steam distillation. In this process, steam is introduced into a distillation chamber which contains the plant material. The steam breaks down the plant tissue, causing it to release its essential oil in a vaporized form. The vaporized essences, along with the steam and other substances, pass into a pipe through cooling tanks. The vapors return to liquid form and are separated from the water and captured as essential plant oil.

Expression

Expression, also known as cold pressing, is done exclusively with citrus oils. In this method, the oil-containing outer layer of the fruit is pressed and filtered to yield essential oil.

It takes 50 pounds of eucalyptus, 150 pounds of lavender, 500 pounds of rosemary, 1,000 pounds of jasmine and over 2,000 pounds of rose to make a single pound of essential oil! The price of each essential oil is directly related to the amount of plant material needed for distilling.

Each oil has value in aromatherapy. For instance, lavender is relaxing, orange is uplifting, rosemary helps concentration and peppermint is energizing. If you want to support a certain mood, then you can diffuse a certain essential oil.

Three typical methods for the application of essential oils.

Diffusion

This is one of my favorite ways to get the best value of the essential oils and to make my home smell lovely at the same time.

Diffusers are so easy to use! You just follow the instructions on your particular diffuser. Most work by adding a small amount of water in the well of the machine, add a few drops of essential oil, and then you turn on the machine. The diffuser releases a cool steam, which will fill your room with a lovely scent.

Ingestion

Ingestion of essential oils is a very personal decision. I absolutely do not support ingesting essential oils that do not claim it is safe from the manufacturer. Always read the labels!

Topically

Placing EO's directly on the skin is a very common way to get their benefits. Some EO's can be used directly, which means undiluted. A very common essential oil that can be used this way is lavender. It's very gentle on the skin and can be used for so many different reasons! It's called the Swiss army knife of essential oils for a reason!

EO's require dilution which is usually required to be a minimum of a 1: 1 dilution ratio with a carrier oil, but can be further diluted depending on your preference. I usually find that 1-2 drop of essential oil in 1 TBSP of carrier oil is sufficient for many applications. All oils can be diluted and still retain their value, even the ones that can be used directly.

What are Carrier Oils?

Carrier oils are created from vegetable, nut, or seed oils, many of which have the therapeutic properties of their own. They do not less the therapeutic benefits of essential oils; they spread them further and make essential oils easier on the skin. A carrier oil is a base oil, which is used to help dilute the essential oil.

Common carrier oils are …

• Coconut oil
• Olive oil
• Jojoba oil
• Almond oil
• Grape seed oil
• Avocado oil
• Rose hips oil (great for beauty products)

You can also use Shea butter or Cocoa butter– it does not have to be actual oil!

“Therapeutic grade” oil means the same thing as 100% pure, 100% therapeutic, or any combination of those terms. It just means the oils are pure of contaminants, pesticides, synthetics, and other adulterants, and can be used surgically. Any pure essential oil is therapeutic grade. Most of them can be ingested, and all of them are therapeutics.

“Food grade” oil, however, refers to any oil that can be used in food. So that also applies to cooking oils like Olive, Canola, Vegetable, macerated oils, linseed oil, as well as some mineral and motor oils. Most essential oils can be used in food, but because the definition of food grade oil is so loose and open, I would really hesitate to use it for essential oils, because the implication is that all the other food grade oils are as good, as essential oils, which is just not correct.

What is a good place to start experimenting and applying the therapeutic value of essential oils?

Here is my Must Have Basic Starter Kit, of Single Oil Essential Oils.

• Number one – Tea Tree – Trusted source of relief for everyday First Aid.
• Number two – Lavender – Soothing and reassuring, calming.
• Number three – Lemon – Fresh, cleansing, and light
• Number four – Peppermint – Revitalizing and refreshing.
• Number five – Eucalyptus – Stimulating and clarifying.
• Number six is ​​Rosemary – Vibrant and Invigorating.
• Number seven – Rose – Refreshing and nurturing.

I also suggest trying and working with custom essential oil blends, which take the guesswork out of mixing essential oils, giving you the ideal balance of properties and fragrances for mood boosting and aromatherapy benefits.

My Favorites:

• Armor – A fortifying and refreshing Protective blend.
• Sharpen – Centering and enlightening Focus blend.
• Vitalize – Uplifting and energizing Invigorating blend.

Good companies will provide dilution minimums and usage instructions, if they can be used via topical application, aromatic, or via ingestion, on the labels. If there are warnings on the labels– please do not assume that this is just some fluff warning.

If in doubt about a company's quality, it should always be researched! I suggest contacting the company directly to ask questions.

• Do you know exactly where their oil comes from?
• Does the company share where the product comes from?
• How it's grown? Are there pesticides used?
• How was the oil distilled?
• Can they go to the company farm and see the process for themselves?
• Does the company harvest and distill with many sample distillations to get the highest amount of therapeutic qualities?
• Do they know for sure that the oils they buy are safe to ingest? To put on undiluted?
• Are there ANY toxic warnings that come with their essential oils?
• Is there an expiration date?

AROMATHERAPY TIPS FOR BEGINNERS

• Do not buy perfume oils thinking they are the same thing as essential oils.

• Do not buy essential oils with rubber glass dropper tops. Essential oils will turn the rubber into a gum, ruining the oil.

• Read as much as you can about Aromatherapy.

• Be selective about where you purchase your essential oils.

• Learn to compare apples to apples when shopping for essential oils. Anise, Lavender, Cedar wood, and Eucalyptus are examples of the common names of plants used to create the essential oils. There are however different varieties of each of these plants. To understand the difference in these varieties, the botanical name, referred to as the Latin name, is used to tell them apart. It is very important to know the Botanical name.

• Note the country of origin for the oil.

• Do Not Purchase oils from vendors at street fairs, craft shows, or other limited time events.

• Purchase oils from reputable online companies. It may result in purchasing higher quality at less expensive prices.

• Store your oils in dark glass and in a cool dry place.

• Pay special attention to all safety information related to the oils used.

In recap, essential oils and the use of aromatherapy has been used for millennia and grown in acceptance and performance. Aromatherapy offers diverse physical and psychological benefits, depending on the essential oil or combination of oils and the method of application used.

It should be obvious from the many varied cultures all around the globe, that have been using aromatherapy and essential oils through time, that there is value in this form of alternative medicine.

A pleasing natural aroma can have a positive psychological effect on the body. Essential oils, which are the “pure” essence of a plant, have been found to provide both psychological and physical benefits when used correctly and safely.

Start out with a few oils that capture your imagination, and as you learn these, keep adding to your essential oils kit, the many choices available in both single oils and the blends that take the concern out of mixing essential oils, and give you the ideal balance of properties and fragrances for mood boosting and aromatherapy benefits.

If I can help you with additional information on this subject, please contact me.

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All About Aromatherapy Oils

To me, there are few things as relaxing as enjoying a hot bath decorated with beautiful smelling oils. Lots of bathing and shower products contain essential oils which are extracted from natural sources such as flowers, fruits, leaves, bark and other plant parts. It is widely acknowledged that essential oils can benefit your mind as well as your body.

Here's a quick rundown of some common essential oils and their benefits. Try adding these oils to your bathwater or if you can not find the proper aromatherapy oils, look out for one of the many products that contain these ingredients. As well as in bath and body products, you can also enjoy the aroma of these oils in other products such as scented bags, candles and diffusers.

Please note that some essential oils are not suitable for pregnant women and there is a lot of debate (and confusion) as to which ones are suitable and which ones are not. However, if you're not pregnant, go ahead and enjoy …

Eucalyptus – Great for when you're feeling ill. It helps to relieve joint pain and will help you to breathe easier.

Frankincense – A relaxing oil that's good for the skin.

Lavender – A calming oil to relax the mind, soothe tired muscles and promote sleep.

Lemon – Lemon can help to lift your mood and ease a sore throat.

Lemongrass – Can help to relax muscles and ease digestive discomfort.

Mandarin – A citrus oil that can help to relax and de-stress.

Neroli – A floral oil that can benefit your skin and uplift your mood.

Orange – A sweet, citrus oil that can help you breathe easier and promote a feeling of calmness.

Patchouli – A soothing oil that can help to look after your skin.

Peppermint – A cooling oil that can help with digestive discomfort and help you breathe easier when you have a cold or flu.

Pine – A fresh painted oil that can help to relax aching muscles.

Rose – A sweet smelling, floral oil that benefits the skin.

Sage – A cooling oil that can help to ease joint and muscle pain.

Sandalwood – A woody, masculine oil that can help to promote relaxation.

Tea Tree – A cleansing oil that can act as a natural antiseptic.

Ylang Ylang – A calming oil that can benefit your hair.

These are some of the most commonly found but there are also many other oils available. Beauty is all about the mind as well as the body and it's so beneficial to take some time out from your day to relax and unwind. I'm pretty keen on keeping fit and after a hard workout, taking a hot bath with oils such as eucalyptus and pine feels so good! Hopefully this post has taught you a little bit about the different oils so you can choose the products that will benefit you the most.

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Important Things to Consider Before Buying Essential Oils

I have always been a fan of natural healing methods and hate pharmaceutical remedies. Although homoeopathic medicines are something that I feel are safer alternatives to pharmaceutical drugs, but still I feel that nature's way of healing is excellent, and we need to understand the importance of natural treatment methods for living a longer life.

Modern life is full of stress. We all know that stress leads to various other health conditions like anxiety, body pain, headaches, sleeplessness and many other problems. In fact, these minor health conditions have become an inherent part of our lives, and it's high time now we need to do something about it.

Considering the consumption of strong medicines for treating these minor health conditions is doing no good to our body. We all are well aware of the side effects associated with the intake of these medicines and we certainly need to look for natural alternative treatments to take the best care of our body.

We all have heard a lot about aromatherapy and essential oils . The rage for aromatherapy is growing fast because of the wide range of benefits associated with the treatment plan. Aromatherapy is not only meant for body massage, but it is also used for several other purposes. So, picking the best of all the available aromatherapy oils should be the prime choice of every buyer.

Let's discuss a few of the important things about these oils so that it gets easier to pick a right kind of essential oil from the market.

  • Some beauty brands sell natural skin care products and include wholesale essential oils product line. It would be better if they state the actual grade and purity of the oil because some companies just omit it and mislead the buyers. So, to be sure wherever you are purchasing the purest class of essential oils, see the label in it.
  • It should be stated whether the oil is of “the therapeutic grade,” “100% pure,” “100% organic,” “all-natural” and “pure and natural”.
  • Then, you should also check for the active ingredients in it.

These are a few very common things a buyer must consider before buying any of the essential oils from the market. Remember that there are an endless number of aromatherapy products in the market and you need to make a wise choice for offering the best to your skin.

Last, but not the least, if you have any major health concerns, consult your physician before using these essential oils.

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Ways of Extracting Essential Oils From Plants

Essential oils used in aromatherapy are extracted from flowers, roots, barks and leaves of the plants. The procedure from which the essential oil is extracted from the plant material is known as distillation. The process of distillation is very lengthy but ensures the extraction of the oil without affecting its quality.

What is Distillation?

Distillation refer to extract the required component from the liquid through the process of heating and condensation.

According to Wikipedia, ” Distillation may result in essentially complete separation (near pure components), or it may be a partial separation that increases the concentration of selected components of the mixture. In either case, the process exploits differences in the volatility of mixture's components . ”

Ways of Distilling Essential Oils

Water Distillation

Firstly, water is poured into a container, and then the other raw material is placed into it for boiling. As oil and water are insoluble substances, oil gets separated from the water. Then the separated oil is stored in a container for further usage. It may sound simple, but it is actually a tedious process that consumes a lot of time. The method helps to maintain the properties of the oil because water advances it from overheating and since, restricts the evaporation of the beneficial components in it. So, if you are looking for organic and cheap essential oil , this method of distillation may come to your rescue.

Steam + Water Distillation

The water and steam together will push the oil out of its plant and by there, the essential oil is collected, leaving the steam behind.

Steam Distillation

In this process the extracts of the plant are placed in a container and a lid is put on it so that the steam do not evaporate. The extracts are steamed as long as it starts releasing oil.

It is vital to control the temperature while following this method. The temperature must be set accordingly. It must be enough for the extracts to release the essential oil and not to burn it.

After the steaming process gets over, the steam containing essential oil is condensed by passing it through a specialized cooling system. The steam that is condensed forms a liquid from where water is separated from the oil.

This process is very cumbersome, and a slight amount of oil is extracted from tons of plant materials.

Hydro Diffusion

With hydro diffusion, the steam is fed in from the top onto the botanical material instead of from the bottom as in normal steam distillation.

In this method, the steam is offered to the material from the top instead of bottom as in a standard procedure.

Cohobation

This method of distillation is applied for the extraction of Rose oil. In the process of making rose oil through water distillation, the oil is extracted and the components named phenyl ethyl alcohol gets dissolved into the distilled water and does not form a part of the extracted essential oil.

The phenyl ethyl alcohol is then distilled from the water and added back to the oil in correct proportion to form a whole Rose oil. Not to mention, the process is very tough and lengthy.

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Explore the Benefits of Aromatherapy and Essential Oils

My grandmother was very fond of aromatherapy and had a good deal of knowledge on the subject. It was incredible to see her making use of aromatherapy and essential oils for different purposes. The best thing was that she always made use of homemade essential oils. Needless to say, there was no room for impurities in the oil because she extracted it at home and made the best use of it.

I still remember that the essential oils smelt superb, but I feel sorry because I never tried to learn the oil extraction process from my granny. The only thing I can recall from my childhood memories is that these oils were extracted from different parts of the plant. She always took a good deal of time to made them and used to store different oils in different bottles.

The influence of my grandmother was enough for me to get fascinated with the properties and aroma of these herbs. After so many years, when I look back, I realize that her fondness for Aromatherapy was due to the benefits associated with the practice.

What is Aromatherapy?

Aromatherapy is a unique treatment method that makes use of volatile substances from plants for speeding up the healing process. The treatment can be as simple as inhaling the aroma generated from the essential oils. It is a safe and natural treatment alternative, though, it is essential for the user to understand the right method to make use of the essential oils.

Benefits of Aromatherapy:

  • Feeling stressed out? Get an aromatic massage done with essential oils that are known to rejuvenate the person by eliminating anxiety and stress. Lemon oil, Lavender oil, Peppermint oil, and ylang-ylang essential oils are a few of the best picks to get set with the massaging session.
  • It is also known as an excellent alternative for treating depression. Considering Aromatherapy does not have any complicated side effects, and that is why it becomes a better choice than pharmaceutical anti-depressants for treating depression.
  • Studies have proven that essential oils treatment have an excellent impact on the human memory. It does not only increase the memory capacity of a person but also has a beneficial effect on slowing down the progress of the condition like dementia and Alzheimer's disease in the patients suffering from it.
  • A headache is one of the terrible conditions most of the adults experience at some point in time. Taking a relaxing head massage with peppermint, eucalyptus, rosemary or sandalwood essential oils are a great way to get rid of headaches.
  • As aromatherapy advances the blood flow and oxygen in the body, it contributes to increasing the healing capacity of the human body.
  • It is a proven remedy for the treatment of sleep and digestive disorders.

Whatever your condition is, it is always advisable to consult your physician ones before adopting the technique for treatment. Although it has several benefits, the wrong combination may lead to an added trouble.

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Aromatherapy and Its Magical Relaxation

We all experience stress in some form every day, and very often we forget to bring out some time for relaxation. Spas and parlors these days have many services related to aromatherapy and essential oils to cure most of the ailments that come from stress like insomnia, headache, lethargy, depression and so on. In many cosmetic and beauty care stores, you might have seen essential oil bottles being sold under various brand names. It is wise to keep some of them at home so that you can, at least, have a head, neck or leg massage when needed, but professional touch can give you the therapeutic effect of these natural essential oils.

How Essential Oils Help?

Long-term exposure to stress is a proven cause for getting afflicted with serious health problems like heart diseases, high blood pressure, sleeping disorders, anxiety, and depression, and can also affect your immune system. Some aromatherapy oils like lavender oil, chamomile, jasmine, sage, melissa (lemon balm), sandalwood, neroli, rose, sweet Maja Rom and ylang-ylang are best ones for relaxation.

  1. You can buy these oils from any of the stores that deal with essential oils. It is not only used for relieving stress but is also known for enhancing the pattern of the hair growth. Essential oils like Tea Tree, Cypress, Chamomile, Rosemary, and Peppermint oil are considered beneficial for hair health. However, among the available range of aromatherapy oils on the market, fractionated coconut oil does the best to your hair. Use it for massaging on the scalp at least thrice a week and derive the best possible results. Some of the oils can also be used as hair masks, and an expert can offer proper guidance on this.
  2. Eucalyptus oil has the power to cure respiratory system disorders and also muscle aches and pains.
  3. Geranium essential oil can relieve pre-menstrual syndrome symptoms, nervous tension, repair broken capillaries, burns, cuts, and certain types of eczema.
  4. Face skin care is possible with tea tree oil and it's used as an ingredient in many cleansers and lotions with antifungal and anti-bacterial properties.
  5. Peppermint oil can heal colds, fevers, asthma, cramps, mental fatigue, and also vertigo.
  6. Sandalwood oil is ideal for aphrodisiacs. It has a high value in dermatology because of its skin healing properties.

These oils give a total sense of well-being. Some excellent ways to use these oils are by using them as a massage medium, adding few drops in the bath tub, or inhaling through an oil burner. The smell of these oils have a distinct and overpowering control over us. Pure aromatherapy prevents a host of diseases and effects the limbic and olfactory areas of the brain that promotes healing.

It is better not to compromise on quality and buy cheap essential oils as they might not be able to give the best results.

To reap the best of physical and psychological benefits of these oils, you need to understand them correctly before use and application.

I am an aromatherapy freak and enjoys pampering myself with this special treatment. Needless to say, the benefits of the therapy are immense, and the sense of relaxation it gives is acceptable.

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Safety Guidelines to Follow While Using Essential Oils in Aromatherapy

Essential oils are the popular terms in the domain of alternative treatments. These are nothing, but highly concentrated liquids that should only be used with proper knowledge. Many people buy these oils just because they love the smell and start using it. It is a highly dangerous practice as the oil can be harmful to the skin.

Available in attractive bottles, essential oils if rightly used can heal many diseases like insomnia, blood pressure, skin problems, aches and inflammation, respiratory problems, nerve ailments, and so on. Here are some safety guidelines to follow for making a right use of aromatherapy oils.

Never use undiluted essential oils on the skin. Only expert practitioners know what can be utilized in an undiluted form and what quantity. Many authorities say that Lavender oil and tea tree can be used undiluted, even then many cases have been reported to get skin allergies when these were used in an undiluted state.

Always make it sure to do a patch test before applying any of these oils directly. They may cause reactions at times. So, when you switch to any of the essential oils for the first time, apply it on a small area of ​​skin and wait to see the results for 24 hours.

Some essential oils are photo toxic. In sensitive skin, it can cause blistering, irritation, redness, inflammation, or burning sensation when exposed to UVA rays. Read the labels very well before purchasing the oil from the market.

During pregnancy, you need to follow a list of safety precautions if you are fond of aromatherapy. Especially if you have a background of epilepsy, asthma, or other complicated health conditions. Never use Camphor, Rosemary, Sage and Savin oil during pregnancy. You can opt for some hair masks made of these oils, but make sure you choose the right one. Considering an expert supervision will be a better choice to make.

If you badly want to give it a try, make sure to use only after the first trimester. Better dilute it with half the concentration of the coconut or olive oil for minimizing the chances of having any side effects. Most of the time external use of a diluted essential oil for massage purpose is different if needed to inhale. Thus, the concentrations differ as per the purpose.

Do not pour a lot of essential oil, even if you are using it for hair strengthening purpose. Only a few drops will serve your need.

Be aware that all kinds of essential oils are not for use in aromatherapy. Trust only qualified aromatherapy practitioners as they know the right way to make use of wormwood, onion, camphor, pennyroyal, horseradish, wintergreen, bitter almond, rue, and sassafras essential oils.

It is better to treat these oils as medicines and keep away from the reach of children. Also, keep them away from the fire, as these are flammable products.

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Aromatherapy and Skin Care Possibilities

I had severe acne on my face and after trying out almost every possible cream and ointment on the market for treating my skin scars, I decided to switch to some alternative method. My sister introduced me to aromatherapy and essential oils. These oils are known to have genuine healing effects, and that is one of the main reasons for its growing popularity in the modern era. For ages, aromatherapy is considered as an excellent healer and has been used for treating so many diseases starting from the nervous systems to aches, hair, and even beauty skin care. You can buy essential oils anywhere in different parts of the world, but buying the best quality is critical to reaping the effects.

Undoubtedly, the benefits of using these essential oils are immense, but right knowledge regarding its usage is necessary to make the best use of the product. These oils may be utilized in a daily skin care regime or for oily hair for relaxation of the nerves, and so on.

Here is a list of essential oils that can be used to treat specific skin care purposes:

  • For natural skin care – Use Lavender Oil, Rosewood, Rose, Camphor, Cypress, Rosemary, Geranium, Chamomile, Geranium Essential Oils and all Hydrosols.
  • For acne treatment – Tea Tree Oil, Peppermint Oil, Manuka, Grapefruit, Mints, Sandalwood, Lavender, Thyme Linalool, Rose Geranium, Chamomile, Rosewood, Atlas Cedarwood, Palma Rosa, and Cajeput are the best.
  • For blackheads removal – Essential oils like Thymus vulgaris, Coriander, Peppermint, and Lemongrass would be effective.
  • For smoothing of the chapped and dry skin during winters – Patchouli, Myrrh, Sandalwood, Cajeput, Lavender, and Calendula Infused Oil.
  • For regular skin cleansing – Peppermint, Lemongrass, Niaouli, Lemon Oil, and Sweet Basil oil are useful.
  • If you have a combination skin and one kind of product does not suit you, opt for natural aromatherapy products with Geranium, Ylang-ylang, Rosewood, and Neroli Hydrosol.
  • For dull skin – Use Myrtle, Eucalyptus Globulous, Basil, Neroli, Lemon, Juniper, Lemongrass, Peppermint, Niaouli, Pine, Oregano, Orange, Rosemary, Spearmint, and Grapefruit.

These essential oils may also be used as hair masks. In fact, Argan oil is excellent for overall healthy hair growth. To treat infections on skin and scalp, essential oils from German Chamomile, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Rosemary, Tea Tree, Calendula, Niaouli, Myrtle, and Rosewood are widely used.

However, it should be noted that some of the suggested oils are photosensitizers. The cold press citrus oils, and Angelica should not be applied to the skin within 12 hours of exposure to sunlight. These are to be used only during night time. It is imperative to use these oils only after researching about their effects completely or even better depend on the experts. Aromatherapy boosts your immunity and destroys the root causes of symptoms.

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How Aromatherapy Can Change Your Life

Fragrance Oils for Aromatherapy

Fragrances oils for aromatherapy do wonders for your home and office. Besides the scent of the oil traveling from one room to the next via using an electric oil diffuser, there are different benefits derived from different fragrances.

LAVENDER

Lavender is very popular for relaxation. It calms your being and can also help you sleep. Lavender also helps ease depression. This wonderful scent can often be used to replace modern medicine for sleep issues.

Lavender is also used as a great tonic for nerves and anxieties issues. Are you mentally stressed before or even after an exam? Inhale some lavender.

APPLE CINNAMON OIL

A popular fragrance, apple cinnamon has been used for its spicy yet sweet scent. The smell of apples may help to ease migraine headaches. Its been documented that the smell of apples might even curb appetite.

Cinnamon – there are so many health benefits derived from the use of this spice. As a scent, cinnamon can help boost brain power. A research done at Wheeling Jesuit University concluded that participants who took a “whiff” of cinnamon improved in cognitive functions.

So … imagine the smell of apples and cinnamon together, a formidable team.

LILAC OIL

Extracted from the Syringa Vulgaris flowering plant (common lilac), this oil has a refreshing floral scent. With its calming fragrance, lilac can help ease anxiety and calm the mind. It promotes a harmonious mood and many aromatherapists use lilac oil to relax their clients.

Additionally, lilac can also bring about an enhanced feeling of sensuality … hmm …

SANDALWOOD OIL

Sandalwood comes from the heartwood of the “Santalum” tree. The use of sandalwood is more than 4,000 years, and has a very exotic scent, with a soft, warm, woody fragrance.

Sandalwood is mostly used in the form of incense. It is also used in perfumes, cosmetics and aftershave.

The unique fragrance of sandalwood helps with mental clarity when burnt as an incense or fragrance oil. It is great for mental focus while helping you remain calm at the same time.

EGYPTIAN MUSK OIL

A special scent, egyptian musk is a very popular oil that comes from Egypt. Its aroma is woody, sharp, earthy and fragrant. Originally derived from the musk pods found in the Musk dear, the animal was hunted on a large scale and that dwindled its population severely. Now the musk is replaced with a synthetic musk or plant based sources.

Plant base sources used in the make of Egyptian Musk are:

· Musk Mullow or Ambrette Seed

· Musktree or Muskwood

· Musk Flower

· Garden Angelica

The scent of Eyptian Musk oil is used to balance and calm emotions, thus helping to relieve stress.

VANILLA OIL

Vanilla may be one of the most popular scents ever. It's sweet, warm, complex and comfortable. Vanilla is a substance purchased from vanilla beans or produced artificially and used to flavor sweet foods or to leave a fragrant scent to cosmetic preparations. Vanilla was found to help infants adapt to stress and aid in sleep, with its calming effects.

A study at Tubingen University in Germany revealed that vanilla reduced the startle reflex in both humans and animals. Because of its relaxing properties, vanilla scents are commonly used in bath products and candles to help promote restful sleep.

Enjoy your fragrance oils, for calm, relaxation and a peaceful night rest!

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Destiny or Choice? How Aromatherapy Reveals Your True Self

In my last article, I stated that my client with over 10-year anxiety was recovering – she used to have palpitations whenever she walked to a place of lower elevation. The issue of palpitations made her unable to drive, not even had the courage to start the car engine. The issue was solved with the use of an aromatherapy inhaler. She regained her confidence after tried the inhaler. The recovery process took two months. During that time, there were complications, possibly due to the fact that she had breast cancer before.

While she was using aromatherapy, she ate the wrong food which caused abdominal pain. There was fluid coming out of her wounds. This symptom continued for a month without any signs of improvement. I asked her to seek medical advice, but she refused.

I made her another inhaler to relieve her anxiety. After inhaling for three days (3 times a day), miracles happened. Her pain was completely stopped and there was no sign of fluid coming out of her wounds. At the same time, her anxiety seemed to fade away. Her palpitations disappeared. She attempted driving for the first time in several years. I advised her to take a driving course but she decided not to.

The inhaler that I made for her includes [the formulation is adapted from Butje (2014) (1)]:

5 drops of Rose (Rose damascene)

5 drops of Orange (Citrus sinensis)

5 drops of Patchouli (Pogostemom cablin)

According to Battaglia (2003), 2 the therapeutic properties of the combination are as follows:

Rose is associated with the heart. It is emotionally healing and is good for people with palpitations. It is also very soothing to those who have agitations, irritations, and anxiety. Orange is emotionally uplifting; it can move the stuck energy. Its calming nature can be used to soothe people with anxiety. Patchouli is grounding, soothing, and calming. It can relieve a person's tension and worries.

She told me that the inhaler resembles what the Chinese Medicine “Yunnan Bai Yao”, because it helped her to heal the wound. In fact, she re-injured her wound before it was completely healed and it was painful. She used the inhaler several times and that stopped the pain. Since it is not definite to say that the inhaler is a version of “Yunnan Bai Yao”, more research has to be done to validate it.

I made this inhaler to relieve her anxiety ailment without examining its other functions. What I found out during the course of her healing process was that inhaling essential oils could help heal pain (Aromahead 2013). The oils were able to heal the wound without being applied topically.

Her future looks brighter now. I saw that she had no desire to change her lifestyle. She envy my lifestyle as my husband supports my endeavors financially and logistically. She expects her husband to support her the same way my husband does. I suggested her to consult a psychologist to find the best option for her life.

After her recovery, the complexion of her faces glowed. She used to have black spots but now they are mostly gone. Her skin became more moist, fairer and healthier – an indication that she is in better health than before.

To help her to calm her “unlimited” desires, I made her an inhaler as follows [the formulation is adapted from Chan (2015) [4]]:

2 drops of Clary Sage (Salvia scleria)

5 drops of Cardamom (Elettaria cardamom)

5 drops of Frankincense (Boswellia carteri)

Battaglia (2003) mentions in his book the therapeutic properties of the above combination:

Cardamom is a tonic to the nervous system. I chose this oil because the client has chronic anxiety which drained a lot of energy. It is also a cephalic which can keep my client clear minded. Clary sage is a general tonic to the body, it brings tranquility to the nervous system.

I am waiting that her mind would clear up, that she has the motivation to start a new life, and that her emotional wound would be healed.

After using the above oils for three days, her voice became very clear. She could express herself clearly and vividly. I discovered that she was biased towards expensive items and she wanted Rose essential oil and nothing else. However, I encouraged her to try this inhaler as it could make her sleep better. Our body will heal our ailments when it is at rest. When we are sick or having emotional issue, we may not be able to sense the right thing as there is a distortion in our perception. Since I am not the psychiatrist, I can not diagnose whether she is completely healed or not. What I can say is that her life has returned to normal.

I have used this with people with Epilepsy or PTSD to refer to their nasal conflicts or respiratory issues. The feedback has been very positive. It has improved their emotions and helped them clear their congestion and stuck energy.

How far can aromatherapy go in helping one to heal? The truth is it is just a part of the integrative process. Teamwork and combined resources have to be taken into account in the healing protocols. It is always a temptation to expect more, but sometimes less is better. In some cases it works better if we refer the client to another healthcare provider. The story of her recovery will continue, but who is going to be responsible for his or her own life if he or she leaves it to destiny?

References:

1. Aromahead Institute. (2013). Make your own inhaler for muscle tension. Retrieved from http://www.aromahead.com/blog/2013/03/18/make-your-own-inhaler-for-muscle-tension/

2. Battaglia, S. (2003). The complete guide to aromatherapy. Virginia, QLD: The International Center of Holistic Aromatherapy.

3. Butje, A. (2014). Natural remedies with aromatherapy. Retrieved from app store.

4. Chan, F. (2015). The Rise of warming oil. A romatherapy acology today. 62 (4), 10-11.

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Essential Oils: Serving Various Health Benefits

Nature is full of wonderful things. These substitutes inherit different physical & chemical properties. Owing to their chemical composition, these can be used for various purposes. They are rich in minerals, vitamins and various other natural occurring substances. These ingredients are very effective in providing nourishment to the body.

The essential oils are widely used in several industries. From massage oils to culinary to scent to aromatic products, these are widely used in the range of industries during the manufacturing of the products. The main reason behind their use is that these are naturally occurring substances and offer the wide range of healing effects. Moreover, the use of these substances do not offer any adverse effect on the body. Some of the most popular forms of essential oils that are available in the market are discussed here.

Cypriol Oil

Another name of this product is “Nagarmotha”. It is well-known for its peculiar smell. It contains very pleasant odor. Owing to this, it is widely used in the perfume industry. The manufacturers mainly employ this in order to develop unisex or masculine perfumes.

Galangal Oil

This oil has been in use since ages. The peculiar smell of this oil makes it a perfect choice to use for various purposes. In the past, this has been in use for sex magick. It directly influences the mindset of an individual and is very effective in boosting the desire to have sex. Owing to this particular property, it is widely used for aromatherapy. This is an alternative form of treatment. This is used in order to provide healing from trauma and stress.

Rose Water

This is manufactured using the petals of rose and other natural occurring substances. This is very useful in combating several skin related ailments. In the case of dull skin, one can use this on a regular basis. This acts as a moisturizing agent and also provides significant nourishment to the skin cell.

Basil Oil

This is considered as the most popular essential oil. This is a powerhouse of Vitamin A, magnesium, potassium, iron, and calcium. Owing to these ingredients, this is widely used to cure various diseases like nausea, motion sickness, indigestion, constipation, respiratory problems, and diabetes. This has the ability to combat skin related ailments. Owing to this, it is widely used in the manufacturing of various skin treating products.

Eucalyptus Oil

It is prepared with the help of the discharged leaves of the Eucalyptus plant. It contains various mineral and vitamin extracts. The most common health benefit associated with this is that it is widely used for treating respiration-related problems. This can be used to treat pain and inflammation of respiratory tract. In addition to this, it can also heal problems like coughs, asthma, bronchitis, sinus pain and inflammation, and respiratory infections.

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Secrets of Lavender Oil Exposed!

Even those out there who are not fans of aromatherapy have probably heard at least a little something about lavender essential oil. This probably stems from the fact that lavender is one of the most versatile oils in any aromatherapist's or apothecary's tool kit. It is such a versatile essential oil that it has literally been dubbed the Swiss Army Knife of the aromatherapy world!

Lavender is a very common plant, with namesake-colored purple petals. It has been used in centuries in the creation of potpourris and incense and has been a wildly popular addition to perfumes, lotions, soaps, and shampoos. Indeed, the very word lavender comes from the Latin phrase lavare , which means “to wash” and immediately conjures thoughts of the fresh, clean and soothing aroma of lavender.

Lavender essential oils is obtained through a process known as steam distillation, which results in an oil with a very fresh, floral and woodsy aroma that is popular among not only women's beauty supplies, but also for babies, too!

Instead Of Asking What Lavender Can Do, Let's Ask What it Can not!

Many essential oils are noted for very specific properties and claims. People will commonly ask, “What is lavender oil used for?” This question should only be asked if you have a LOT of time on your hands, because the list of common complaints and ailments that lavender is recommended for would be longer than your arm. In fact, lavender essential oil is prized for so many different properties that it might actually be easier to ask what you should not use it for!

Actually, there's an old saying along the lines of this: “When in doubt, break the lavender out!”

If you asked ten different fans of lavender why they love it so much, most of them will likely cite the fact that lavender works wonders in soothing stress and relieving anxieties. Because of this, it's commonly employed for tension, headaches and other stress-induced issues.

Most recently, studies were released which showed a direct correlation between the use of lavender essential oil and allowances of trust and security. Now that the cat is out of the bag, lavender oil is frequently being employed in places of business and at the negotiating table. Additional issues that lavender is highly recommended for include easing nausea, relief from anxiety, an insect repellent and a treatment for restlessness.

One of the most pervasive uses of lavender in the health and wellness market is as a treatment for sleeplessness and insomnia. There are a slew of nighttime tinctures that employ lavender essential oil. Additionally, there are many who swear by lavender oil for its pain relieving properties, including those who suffer from fibromyalgia and other chronic conditions.

Lavender Plays Well With Others

In addition to being so versatile, lavender is also popular because it pairs well with other essential oils. Common lavender blends include cedarwood, pine, clary sage, geranium oil or nutmeg. Lavender has also been paired well with Roman Chamomile since both oils share some common properties.

In most cases, it's about personal preference, so feel free to explore different scent combinations based on your own personal tastes.

Lavender Precautions

Although lavender essential oil is generally considered safe for pregnant women, if you are pregnant, thinking of becoming pregnant or are breastfeeding feeding, you should consult your OBGYN before using lavender. Those who suffer from diabetes should also resist the temptation to start using lavender without first consulting with their physician. Those with sensitive skin may want to discuss lavender oil with their dermatologist or try using a small amount to see if you have any reactions.

Over-exposure to lavender essential oil can lead to problems with nausea, vomiting and headaches. Lavender essential oil should NOT be taken internally, as it can lead to a host of potential issues. Whenever trying a new essential oil, you should begin using it just to smell (in a diffuser, an aromatherapy inhaler, etc.) before moving on to direct skin contact. Before using topically, you should consider speaking with your trusted medical professional just to be on the safe side.

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