Aromatherapy – Experience What it Can Do For You
What can aromatherapy do for you? Imagine soaking your worries away, by taking a bath in which a few drops of lavender have been added to the water. Relaxation is just one of the many benefits this fun type of alternative medicine therapy has to offer.
Aromatherapy treatment has two primary health benefits. On the psychological side, essential oils from plants have been shown to have tremendous soothing and stress-relieving capabilites. They also enhance physiological health by boosting the immune system's ability to heal wounds, fight colds and coughs, and relieve aches of head, muscles and stomach.
Our bodies are meant to heal themselves. Essential oils can help by enhancing and encouraging the healing process. While they don't directly stimulate the immune system, they do fight off infections, kill germs and thin out mucous. All essential oils have antiseptic properties, and some such as garlic and eucalyptus are antiviral as well.
When cold and flu season hit, Kurt Jones sprays eucalymptus oil around the bedroom to open up his sinuses. People who experience aromatherapy are often surprised at its subtle but powerful healing abilities. Jones discovered this by accident. After graduating from college he developed severe hack pain while traveling in Europe “Someone suggested I visit an aromatherapist and after I did. the pain just disappeared.” he explains. “From that moment on. I knew what I warned to do with the rest of my Iife.”
Always heed basic precautions; If skin Irritation develops, discontinue using that essential oil. Pregnant women should avoid certain essential oils; of those listed here, they should avoid peppermint, marjoram, chamomile, rose, jasmine, clary sage, and juniper.
Some essential oils, like thyme or wormwood, are very toxic and should not be used in aromatherapy except by a trained professional. I highly recommend getting at least one basic book before attempting self-care with essential oils.
- Inhalation. People suffering from respiratory ailments. such as clogged sinuses or bronchial infections, benefit most by inhaling certain oils or diffusing them into the air. For inhalation, add six to 12 drops to a pot of steaming water, then lean over the pot, cover your head with a towel and take several deep breaths. To diffuse oil into the air, mix about 10 drops in seven tablespoons of water and add the mixture to a spray bottle. Then you can spritz the mixture around the room to set a specific mood, such as in the bedroom to relax you before deep. Just keep in mind that aromatherapy sprays arc short-lived, since the fragrance dissipates relatively quickly into the air. Popular oils for respiratory problems include eucalyptus, cedarwood, basil, frankincense, lavender and sandalwood.
- Topically. For people with a topical inflammation, such as a burn, rash or bee sting. several drops of essential oil can be applied directly to the skin after the oil has been blended with a carrier, or less concentrated oil—typically light vegetable oils like jojoba. almond and sesame. Because the essential oils used in aromatherapy are highly concentrated, they can irritate the skin if applied directly without blending. Several drops of lavender. Geranium, chamomile or tea tree mixed with three tablespoons of a carrier should do the trick,
- Hot and cold compresses can be used to soothe muscle aches, bruises and headaches. To make a compress. add five to 10 drops of oil to about four ounces of water, then soak a small washcloth in the mixture and apply to the sore area. Basil. ginger. grapefruit. marjoram and fennel are some of the more popular choices for this treatment.
- Bath. But you don’t have to wait for an illness or injury so use the therapy. The main benefit of aromatherapy is relaxation, which counters our main problem: stress. You can soak your anxieties away in a bath mixed with a few drops of rose. jasmine or lavender. Or you can create a soothing massage oil by blending one of your favorite essential oils with a carrier.
Have you been at home chasing toddlers all day and feel a bit frazzled and harried? Schedule a 15 minute relaxation bath.
Or after a busy day at work, head straight for the bathroom and experience what an aromatherapy bath can do for you. Add some drops of a soothing essential oil into the water and let thoughts of traffic jams, parent-teacher conferences and looming deadlines drift away.