Aromatherapy has been in existence for almost 3500
years and its use in our lives is as old as the dawn
of civilization. It is the exotic art, and science,
of using oils extracted from aromatic plants and herbs
to enhance health, emotional well being and beauty.
Apart from its physical and mental advantages, essential
oils can have soothing effects on the mind and emotions.
The essential oils taken from plants and employed
in Aromatherapy have been described as their "critical
factors" - they are needed critically for the plants'
biological process, as well as being the substance
which gives them their scent and aroma. Synthetic
oil, even if chemically similar, lacks all the natural
factors, and that vital critical factor, that make
essential oils so valuable. Synthetic oils are not
acceptable and desired is that the minor constituents
are never identical in structure and composition.
Essential oils are extracted from many physiological
sources of bark, herbs, spices, woods and fibers and
flowers, usually by distillation methods and solvent
extraction. Solvent extraction is only acceptable
for aromatherapy, if the solvent used is completely
removed, after the manufacturing process and no traces
Here are some of the most common uses that are associated
with essential oils:
This is the most effective method of using the oils
that combines all essential properties with the therapeutic
power of touch and feeling. The oils should never
be used undiluted, but should be diluted with an odorless
carrier oil such as grape seed oil, sweet almond oil
or peach. A dilution of 3% essential oil with carrier
oil is the recommended level. This is approximately
one drop essential oil to two milliliters of carrier
oil. Essential oils are needed in very minute quantities.
The skin is the largest surface part of the body and
is assigned to keep out contaminants from the skin
Using oils in baths is a simple, effective and pleasant
exercise to relax and receive the therapeutic and
soothing effects. It is well known that water itself
has therapeutic value, which further enhances the
powers of the oils. For daily use, add 10 drops of
essential oil or a blend to the water and then bathe
yourself for some time, while you deeply inhale the
superior vapor. Be a bit careful about the quantum
oil you use, while bathing your children. For Compressing
Add 10 drops of essential oil to 50ml of warm water
to soak a piece of cloth in the water, wring out the
excess and place the cloth on the affected part.
For Inhalation Add 5 to 10 drops of essential oil
into a bowl of steaming water then place a towel over
your head to inhale the vapor for a few moments. Feel
yourself rejuvenated and free of tension. For Vaporization
All essential oils are known antiseptic and evaporate
easily, thus make very good air-fresheners. Different
oils usually create different atmospheres. For example,
relaxing Sandalwood or Clary Sage are good for ravishing
parties or cool Peppermint and pepper clears your
mind, when you need to do hard work. Diffusers can
be used to make oils diffuse slowly in your home.
It is very easy to make your own distinctive perfume
by skillfully blending different oils. Try blending
with different permutations and combinations, by mixing
with a carrier oil or non-fragrant alcohol. Do your
Storing Essential Oils:
Because essential oils are affected by sunlight and
higher temperatures, they should be stored in dark
glass bottles, with tight stopper caps. Cap should
be secured properly and the bottle stored in an upright
position. Maintain a uniform temperature and moisture.
Never allow these oils to come in contact with children.
Never store essential oils in plastic bottles. Good
Essential oils have a shelf life of several years
if properly stored, while the oils derived from orange,
lemon and lime will not last long. Patchouli is rare
kind oil which actually gets better as it ages. It
is oil with properties like an age old wine. Mixing
Essential Oils Blending different oils in various
proportions can yield you some fabulous products.
You should have right knowledge and a will to experiment
various combinations. It is strongly suggested that
you use a good, brand new dropper, so that it is easy
to measure the actual number of drops easily. Do not
mix up oils as they are known to get unstable too
quickly. Use a different dropper for different oil
to avoid cross contamination.
Uses that are associated with aromatic essential oils
are various; different oils have their own special
applications and benefits. How ever, no single oil
is exactly similar to another in its application,
aroma, scent and appeal. It means any essential oil
has its own charisma and special niche. Go ahead and
enjoy the exotic presence of your own aromatic oil.
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