Aromatherapy – About
Aroma Therapy is the use of plant based or essential oils and aroma compounds which have been extracted from flowers, plants and trees. These oils are used to enhance psychological and physical well being. Aromatherapy is used as a complementary or alternative therapy. Although many people are attracted to certain scents and aromas, most are without the knowledge that they are activating sensory stimulation and this is impacting on how they feel or their well being.
In The Beginning
Aromatherapy oils or essential oils as they are more commonly knows are concentrated essences extracted from various parts of aromatic plants and trees. The earliest users or founders of these oils we know of were the Egyptians. The Egyptians used these oils for healing, embalming and perfumery. They also acquired the oils or essences in a slightly different way than which we do today. Nowadays these oils are usually captured using a process called steam distillation.
Even in ancient times oils or wood barks would be burned while people gathered around ritual fires. Certain aromas were said to drive out demons or negativity. Aromatics were also burned at altars to facilitate or channel higher energies or divine knowledge. Such practices are still performed today by some as the word ‘perfume’ is derived from the latin per fumin, meaning through the smoke.
Nowadays we do not need to capture these essences ourselves or have fires to enjoy and bask in the aromas that they produce.
Using Aromatherapy Oils for Wellness
One of the easiest ways to use these oils is through aerial diffusion or vaporization for environmental fragrance or disinfection. This is often used to purify the air of infection, get rid of cooking smells, repel insects, create ambiance or help influence your mood.
This can be done using oils burners, diffusers and lamp fragrance rings. Using a few drops of essential oil diluted in water in any of these vessels can create a beautiful aroma in any space.
Aromatherapy oils can be used for massage but have to be diluted in a base or carrier oil before use. Aromatherapy oils are too strong and most can not be applied directly to skin. If using oils for massage it is important that you know how to correctly use them. How many drops of oil per ml of carrier oil and you also need to take into account any allergies or medical conditions the recipient has.
There are certain medical conditions and medications that certain oils can negatively react with so always ensure that you are well-read on this before use.
Another use for oils is in a bath. A few drops can be added before you step in. Sometimes mixing oils in the bath can beneficial too. There is no need for a carrier or base oil for this as the water will dilute the oils. Oil baths are beneficial in two ways as you are inhaling the aroma as well as your body taking in the oils through your skin.
As a perfume or carrying it on your person
Nowadays there are many pieces of jewellary made specifically for use with aromatherapy oils. Where a small pad or stone can be anointed with oil before you wear the piece and this can help especially with anxiety and to uplift your mood. The most common pieces of jewellary for this is necklaces, as the pendant incorporating the oils is work directly below your nose. Another common piece is the lava stone bracelet.
Citrus – lemon, orange, lime, bergamot, mandarin, grapefruit, lemongrass
Floral – chamomile, geranium, rose otto, lavender, ylang ylang, neroli
Herbaceous – chamomile, lavender, rosemary, peppermint, clary sage, marjoram
Camphoraceous – eucalyptus, cajeput, rosemary, tea tree, peppermint
Spicy – coriander, black pepper, ginger, cardamom
Resinous – frankincense, myrrh, galbanum, elemi
Woody – cedarwood, sandalwood, pine, cypress, juniper berry
Earthy – patchouli, vetiver
Uses Of Oils
Angelica, Black Pepper, Cinnamon, Elimi, Eucalyptus, Fennel, Cloves, Grapefruit, Ginger, Jasmine absolute, Orange, Peppermint, Pine, Rosemary, Lime, Nutmeg, Spike Lavender
Basil, Bergamot, Frankincense, Geranium, Lavender, Lemongrass, Neroli, Rose absolute, Rose Otto
Cedarwood, Chamomile, Clary Sage, Cypress, Hops, Juniper, Mandarin, Marjoram, Melissa true, Myrrh, Sandalwood, Valerian, Vanilla, Vetiver, Violet, Yarrow, Ylang Ylang
Basil, Bergamot, Chamomile, Clary Sage, Frankincense, Geranium, Grapefruit, Jasmine, Lavender, Lemon, Lime, Mandarin, Neroli, Orange, Patchouli, Rose absolute, Rose Otto, Sandalwood, Ylang Ylang
Angelica, Cardamom, Cedarwood, Cinnamon, Clary Sage, Cloves, Coriander, Ginger, Jasmine, Neroli, Nutmeg, Patchouli, Rose absolute, Rose Otto, Rosemary, Sandalwood, Vetiver, Ylang Ylang
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