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. 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.
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 (aromatherapy), or ingested when diluted properly.
Aromatherapy can affect moods and emotions. With just with a little whiff of a particular essential oil, or blend of essential oils, a user may get an immediate result.
Essential oils can be used alone, or in products such as perfumes, lotions, skin care products and household cleansers, or other cosmetics and beauty supplies. Many items like cleaners, and even some toothpaste, contain essential oils as part of their ingredients. 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.
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 someessential 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!