Aromatherapy is a practice using essential plant oils for psychological and physical well-being. Essential oils are the pure essence of a plant and provides many benefits when used correctly and safely. In addition to essential oils, aroma therapy encourages the use of other ingredients, such as cold pressed vegetable oils, jojoba, hydrosols, herbs, milk powders, sugars, and sea salts. Beware that fragrance oils and perfumes are not the same as essential oils, nor do they provide the same benefits!
Essential oils that are inhaled into the lungs offer psychological and physical benefits. Inhaling the naturally occurring chemicals can supply therapeutic benefits. Some benefits of inhaling essentials oils include:
Eucalyptus to relieve congestion
Peppermint to reduce fatigue and nausea
Frankincense to boost your immune system
Sandalwood to relieve coughing
Lavender to relieve stress, headaches and sleeping disorders
Tea Tree for antiseptic and antibacterial purposes
Essential oils can also be applied directly to the skin to be absorbed through the blood stream. Since they are powerful and concentrated, they should always be diluted before use. You should apply the oils on “vita flex points”, which are located through the bottoms of the feet and hands. Here are some examples of which oils to put on which part of your body:
For relaxation, you should apply frankincense or lavender across the forehead and on the temples.
For seasonal allergies, you should use lavender, lemon, or peppermint on the bridge of your nose, and the back of your neck.
For tension, you can apply peppermint or PanAway on the base of the neck and the top of your shoulders.
For a mood booster, use frankincense, or citrus fresh across the forehead, behind the ears, and on your wrists.
Night time oils, such as lavender or cedar-wood can be applied to the head, between the eyebrows, and behind the earlobes.
I recently was drawn to aromatherapy after hearing about the numerous health benefits that come hand in hand with the wide range of available oils. I personally use the name brand, "Eden's Garden." After hearing that some brands contain artificial chemicals that you do not want to breathe into your body. I did several hours of research online and came to find this brand, Eden Essentials, has the best reputation. Here at my place I have a lot of oils with which they call, "synergy blends." These are a mixture of several oils that pertain to a certain mood. Whether that's relieving stress, anxiety, meditation, boosting energy, the feelings of love, hope; my list goes on. An added benefit of the synergy blends is that they come in packs that you can purchase online. This drives the prices down and saves me money vs. buying individual oils. I do own a handful of individual essentials oils as well, such as basil, rosemary, peppermint and lime. As I have been writing this article, I have had the synergy blend called, "Uplift," flowing from my diffuser. I hope you enjoy aromatherapy as much as I do.