| What is Aromatherapy? |
The use of aromatic plant extracts and essential oils extracted from flowers, bark, stems, leaves, or other parts of a plant for psychological and physical well being.
How To Apply Essential Oils
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They are concentrated, highly aromatic, oily mixtures extracted from plants. Whereas essential oils can typically be produced through steam distillation, absolutes require the use of solvent extraction techniques or more traditionally, through enfleurage.
How should I store my aromatherapy oils?
Essential oils are best kept in dark glass bottles with screw tops. They should be kept in a cool, dry space, preferably out of the direct sunlight
Safety With Aromatherapy Oils
Always test a small amount on the skin for any reactions before proceeding to use. If there is any irritation, the area can be washed with warm soapy water. (Be especially cautious during pregnancy. Certain oils should be avoided) Oils like geranium, grapefruit, jasmine, mandarin, neroli, tangerine, and ylang ylang are considered safe oils to use during pregnancy. See Some oils to avoid during pregnancy.
Read all label warnings and cautions.
Keep essential oils away from your eyes. If an oil comes into contact with your eye, flush it out with large quantities of warm water and immediately seek medical advice
Keep essential oils away from children, who may think they can ingest them because of how they smell.
Use only the suggested amount; misuse can lead to headaches and/or nausea. If you suspect you've used too much, drink plenty of water and get some air.
Read the warnings on essential oil packaging.
Never consume essential oils, unless called for in specific recipes. If you do ingest the oil, drink and rinse mouth out with milk, and seek medical advice
Ways To Use / Storing / Safety
Essential oils, or aromatherapy oils, are the fragrant essence of a plant. These are highly concentrated liquid oils that are the foundation of aromatherapy used for healing.
These are NOT perfumes or colognes, they are essential oils extracted from plants. The oils are extracted either by steam distillation and expression or pressing.
Some Ways of Using Essential Oils:
*NOTE: never use them undiluted, in eyes or mucus membranes. Do not take internally unless working with a qualified and expert practitioner. Keep away from children. If applying an essential oil to your skin always perform a small patch test to an insensitive part of the body (after you have properly diluted the oil in an appropriate carrier.
In the Bath
A wonderful aromatic bath can be a very relaxing treat by adding just a few drops of oil directly to the bath water You'll want to use a gentle oil such as Chamomile, Lavender & Jasmine. Sit relax and enjoy!
Respiratory Chest Rubs
Using essential oils such as Eucalyptus, Mint, Lavender and a few others as a chest rub can help clear the respiratory system. Essential oils should be blended with a carrier oil to dilute the essential oil, as essential oils are very strong. Using about 10-15 drops of essential oil to about 3 tablespoons of a carrier oil. Then use as a rub on the chest.
*Candles - to burn and fill the air with aroma.
*Jar diffusers - a jar of a mix of a carrier oil and essential oil and placing bamboo skewers or reeds into the jar which soak up the solution and spreds the aroma smells thru the air.
*Fan diffuser - used to blow the essential oils into the air.
*Heat diffusers - to heat the oil at a low temperature and disperse the aroma into the air.
For insect bites, burns or scratches, you can use essential oils like Peppermint or Chamomile oil for skin rashes and itchy skin. Tea Tree and Lavender Oil would be good for burns just by using a few drops on a warm dampened cloth and placing over effected area.
Pour the water into a bowl of boiled water then cooled a bit, and add up to 10 drops of essential oil to the water. Place your head over the bowl with a towel over your head to keep the steam in for better inhalation to help clear nasal passages and upper respiratory.
Through the Skin- Massage
Massage relaxes muscles and improves circulation and relieves tension. Some popular essential oils for massages are Roman Chamomile, Lavender & Peppermint. Again, essential oils should be diluted with a carrier oil before applying to skin, using about 10-15 drops of essential oil to about 3 tablespoons of a carrier oil.