WHAT IS TRUE AROMATHERAPY?
Aromatherapy is a very misunderstood healing modality. In the United States the general public regards the term to mean “something that smells good” such as; a candle, bubble bath, car freshener or room deodorizer.
The term has been hijacked by popular commercial products that actually contain toxic chemicals. Many companies use the term loosely for their products because it has gained recognition and appeals to a great number of consumers.
Aromatherapy simply put, is “the art and science of using pure essential oils for health, healing and well being". Pure essential oils are aromatic substances derived from; herbs, roots, flowers, bark, seeds and fruit.
Only pure therapeutic grade essential oils can invoke healing properties and cause physiological responses in the human body. Aromatic oils affect the part of the brain called the limbic system, which is responsible for our basic instincts, memories and emotions.
Simply smelling a pleasant odor does not mean that you will obtain any health benefit from it. This is the main difference between true Aromatherapy and fragrance. A perfume or fragrance oil is not going to stop pain, relieve headaches, soothe the skin or help you relax. In fact, many artificial fragrances are responsible for allergic reactions, chemical sensitivities and asthma attacks.
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WHAT ARE ESSENTIAL OILS?
True Aromatherapy is the practice of healing with essential oils. Essential oils are produced from herbs, flowers, trees, grasses, bark, seeds and fruit.
They are steam distilled plants from named botanical species and used holistically to treat mental, emotional, and physical conditions.
Essential oils are highly concentrated, volatile extracts distilled from aromatic medicinal plants containing hormone-like properties and natural anti-microbial compounds.
Essential oils, in the physiological meaning of the term, are produced by the secretory cells of the plants which have tapped the photo-electro-magnetic energy of the sun and have converted it, with the intervention of enzymes, into biochemical energy under the form of highly diversified aromatic molecules.
Essential oils are composed of tiny molecules and because of their infinitesimal size, essential oil molecules can easily pass through all of the tissues of the plant and into their very cells, passing right through cell walls. They bring nutrition and information into the cell and carry waste products out. The fact that they are oils; mixtures of lipid compounds enhances this penetration power enabling them to administer to the plant’s needs from gross circulation to the internal workings of a cell.
HOW DO ESSENTIAL OILS WORK?
Odors have an impact on our mental and physical states through our sense of smell.
We smell odors by inhaling the air around us and sending the invisible molecules through the olfactory system and into the brain itself.
This part of the brain is called the limbic system; it is responsible for regulating our emotions, memory, as well as the autonomic nervous system. Your receptors are determined by your DNA and if you do not have the receptor you will not be able smell that particular odor.
Essential oils work by skin absorption and inhalation. This is how the oils enter the blood stream. When inhaled, the tiny molecules pass through the blood brain barrier and cause an instant response with the endocrine and nervous system.
By inhaling relaxing oil, like Lavender, Lavendula angustifolia, you will feel calmer in just minutes.
On the contrary, if you smell Rosemary, Rosmarinus officinalis, it will stimulate the central nervous system and you will feel more alert.
HOW CAN YOU BENEFIT BY USING ESSENTIAL OILS?
Aromatherapy is beneficial for every human being and aims to balance the whole person mind, body, and spirit.
Aromatherapy is helpful for; tension, stress, anxiety, insomnia, pain relief, colds and flu, sinus congestion, respiratory conditions, PMS, menopause, muscle spasms, skin disorders, mental fatigue and depression.
The oils are too concentrated to be used directly on the skin. They must be mixed into unscented lotion or massage oil. Use no more than 10 drops of essential oil per 1 ounce of lotion or carrier oil. May be used on the skin for; sunburn, wrinkles, acne, cuts, scrapes and rashes.
For a small investment in your health, you can stock your medicine cabinet full of safe and effective remedies. You can also enjoy making a few simple beauty and household products, instead of the commercial varieties that are filled with harmful chemicals and preservatives. To use in the home put a 10 drops of essential oil in an electric diffuser. This will kill germs & bacteria, as well as unpleasant food and pet odors.
The top 10 selling essential oils on the market are; Lavender, Eucalyptus, Tea Tree, Peppermint, Lemongrass, Patchouli, Orange, Grapefruit, Jasmine and Rose.
This form of healing should be complementary and not used in place of traditional healthcare for more serious diseases.
DIRECTIONS FOR USE
Essential oils must be diluted in an unscented carrier oil, lotion or crème for use on the skin and may also be used “neat” (undiluted) in a diffuser.
Electric Diffuser - Apply 7-10 drops of essential oil to the diffuser cartridge underneath the machine. Turn on high or low setting depending on how much aroma you prefer. The scent will be effective for approximately 2-3 hours, and then reapply if necessary.
Massage Therapy - Combine 5-6 drops of essential oil (total) to half an ounce of unscented massage lotion, crème or oil, mix well and apply to skin.
Skincare Treatment - Use only 1-2 drops of essential oil for skincare services or products such as; masques, cleansers, scrubs, facial massage crème.
Bath- Use up to 10 drops of essential oil for a bath, mix with 1 cup Epsom salts or whole milk.
Steam Inhalation - Put 3-5 drops of essential oil into a bowl of hot water then cover your head with a towel and inhale the aroma for 5 minutes. Make sure to keep your eyes closed or use eye pads for protection.
Direct Palm inhalation - Apply 1 drop of essential oil into the palm of hands, rub together and cup hands over nose and mouth and inhale deeply. This is beneficial for a quick and effective treatment.
Compress - Add 3-5 drops of essential oil into a small bowl of warm or cool water soak a towel in the water and wring out excess and apply to affected area for; sprained ankle, sunburn, or headache.
Safety Guidelines for Using Essential Oils
Do not apply essential oils directly to skin; dilute properly with carrier oil. Keep out of reach of children. Avoid contact with eyes and mucous membranes. Do not ingest essential oils internally; they will burn mucous membranes. Should ingestion occur, swallow a tablespoon of vegetable oil to dilute and call poison control immediately. Do not use citrus oils directly on skin or before going in sunbathing; they are photo toxic Do not use essential oils on infants, children, pregnant women, the elderly, or those with serious health concerns without advanced medical study. Use only pure essential oils; avoid synthetic fragrances. Keep essential oils away from heat and light to maintain potency.
Keep essential oils in dark bottles and away from heat and light Keep essential oils and supplies in a special container away from children Most essential oils have a shelf life of 3-5 years with the exception of citrus oils Citrus oils will last 1 year or less, so buy smaller amounts and use while fresh. Some oils improve with age for example; Patchouli. Jojoba and Coconut Carrier oils have the longest shelf life, 5 years and up.
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Women do not realize that these products are not just skin-deep. They can penetrate through the epidermis (the top layer) into the dermis, (the deeper layers of skin.) The dermis contains small capillaries in which the chemicals can pass into the blood stream. The average women, uses 12 personal care products each day and over the span of 45 years. Over time, these chemicals build up in the system and have been linked to severe allergies, birth defects, and cancer.
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