Aromatherapy and Essential Oils

Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils, that are extracted from plants, in order to treat a range of physical and even some mental conditions. Essential oils may be used by topical application or by inhaling their aroma. The breathable essential oil aromas can be dispersed by candles infused with essential oils, by applying the oils to a handkerchief and putting it in your pocket, applying to your pillowcase, or other items, by spraying a mix of essential oils and water into the air, or by using a “diffuser” to distribute the aroma into the air. A diffuser is a device, usually available from aromatherapy suppliers or health food stores, which uses heat to disperse fragrant molecules of the essential oils into the air.

Now more than ever people are showing a large interest in aromatherapy, essential oils, and items like candles, perfumes, insense, and difusers. These days, with the internet and all, it is very easy for someone who knows little or nothing about aromatherapy, to buy the necessary aromatherapy supplies and begin learning about the benefits of aromatherapy and essential oils.

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There are many different kinds of essential oils, and many of these oils have multiple uses.

Some oils may be used topically, to help relieve swelling or infections. Other oils can be used in “scent” therapy, or ingested when diluted properly.

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Aromatherapy can affect moods and emotions. With just with a little “sniff” of a particular essential oil, or blend, a user may get an immediate result. Some studies show that feelings and emotions are hard-wired to a persons overall health. It is said that improvements in areas such as a persons mood can affect the actual health of that persons body. Some studies have shown that someone’s emotional state can affect the ability of their immune system when it comes to fighting infection.

Essential oils can be used alone, or in other products like perfume, lotion, skin and household cleansers, and other cosmetics or beauty supplies. Many household items like cleaners, and even toothpaste, contain essential oils as part of their ingredient lists. I try to find more items that have essential oils, and less or none of the artificial flavors/scents we are used to.There are many people who use essential oils, along with other ingredients, to create their own custom-made personal care products. The ideas really become limitless when working with essential oils and a little creativity.

Up until recent years, aromatherapy was looked down on by some of the more “traditional” medical community. However, with the increasing scientific evidence, the medical community has begun to to show acceptance for aromatherapy and the affect that many essential oils have on overall human health.

Some essential oils are known to improve the immune system, increase alertness, ease depression, and even help aid in dotoxing the human body.

~ ALWAYS TAKE CAUTION WHEN USING ANY ESSENTIAL OIL ~

True essential oils are natural and may be inhaled, and in many cases applied to the skin, with no harm. However; always take care and be sure you know about the essential oils you are using. Some essential oils become toxic when taken too often, or in the wrong way. Do not place pure essential oils directly into your nose! Smelling them is fine, but the concentration of these oils is so high, that some essential oils can harm you if applied topically without diluting them. The use of a diffuser, aromatherapy candle, or other item with the essential oil on it are the most common ways of experiencing the benefits of aromatherapy through scent.

Pure essential oils usually come in small bottles and are used very sparingly. Just a drop or two at a time, is all you need in most recipes. Don’t forget, essential oils are highly concentrated. 2-3 drops of some essential oils added to 4 ounces of carrier oil is enough to get the job done in some cases.

Don’t use essential oils for too long of a period, without a break. Contact with essential oils can result in allergic reactions, especially when taken for long durations.

Never ingest essential oils unless you know what you are doing, or are under the close care of someone who does. Some essential oils are not meant to be ingested, and others may become toxic if too much is taken. Consult an experienced aromatherapist when ever you are in doubt. Essential oils, with very rare exception, should not be used by small children or pregnant women.

While essential oils have many benifits when used correctly, they are not a replacement for your regular physician. If you have an emergency situation, go to the emergency room. No amount of aromatherapy can re-set a broken bone, or stop a serious wound from bleeding. If you have a medical emergency, or a condition that does not improve – go to the E.R. or your doctor!