In essence aromatherapy involves the use of volatile plant oils to improve the psychological and physical well-being of the patient. The history of this practice dates back to prehistoric Egypt and China and is still quite popular today.
Using aroma therapy in your home
When you rub your infant with baby oil or bathe them with baby bath containing lavender, you are practicing a form of aromatherapy and using the soothing fragrance of lavender to aid your little one in sleeping more peacefully.
We have found that the fragrance of rosemary helps us to think more clearly, as does cardamom, and rose.
Many essential oils offer natural help in a number of ways:
· Foot soaks
Before you begin the delightful journey of aromatherapy be sure to do some research to look into the over 30 herbs and their many properties as they provide a treasury of protection if used properly:
Through plants oils, aroma, and touch, the healing properties enter the body tissues and there begin their therapy.
Safety rules to follow:
There are safety rules to follow when practicing aromatherapy because not all essential oils should be used by unpracticed laymen and only lavender should be applied to children under 7. Caution should also be taken when massaging women so as to only gently massage the abdomen during pregnancy with oils and during the first three days of a woman’s menstrual cycle. The following massage oils should be avoided during pregnancy:
· Clary sage
Do not sunbathe or use a sunlamp after using citrus oils or bergamot. Some herbs may cause skin irritation such as benzoin (if impure), ginger, lemon, rosemary, or pine. Finally, do not massage oils into recent scar tissue, skin infections, on anyone who is undergoing treatment for cardio-vascular problems or cancer.
How to use aromatherapy to calm your cold:
Soak in a warm bath containing 2 drops of tea tree oil, 1 drop of eucalyptus globulus and 1 drop of lemon. Add the oils just before getting into the tub.
Make a chest rub of:
· 2 drops of eucalyptus globulus
· 1 drop honey myrtle
· 1 drop sweet marjoram or ginger
· 1 drop frankincense
· 1 tbsp. sweet almond oil
Rub into chest to improve congestion and breathing.
Make a steam inhalation of:
· 1 drop of myrtle
· 1 drop of rosemary
· 1 drop pure benzoin
Drop into a bowl of comfortably hot water and with a towel draped over your head inhale from one to five minutes to clear nasal passages. Note: This is not to be done by those who suffer from asthma!
You can create a fragrance burner/diffuser or aerosol spray to help clear the congestion by using any of these oils:
· Black pepper
· Eucalyptus globulus
· Tea tree
These are created by using an especially created burner which has a dish on the top and a place for a votive candle underneath. The votive candle when lit heats the oils unleashing the aroma throughout one’s home. This is why it is important to know what healing powers you are using before placing the oils in the water dish and lighting the candle. Eight drops of oil are used in a full bowl of water.
An aerosol spray can be made with a ceramic plant spray bottle, 30 to 40 drops of oil blended with 8 fluid ounces of distilled water.
These wonderful oils can be used to replace products you already use.
These essential oils can be used to create homemade perfumes or colognes, room sprays, face creams, moisturizers, fragrance burners or diffusers and so forth. With the proper use of essential oils and aromatherapy you will be so glad you made this discovery.
Marina is freelance writer and co-owner of makeup vanity mirror website located at Vanitymirrorshop.com
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