What Is Aromatherapy?
Aromatherapy is the art and science of using essential oils extracted from the seeds, roots, wood, bark, resins, leaves, flowers, fruits and nuts of plants to naturally promote and maintain health and wellness in the body, mind and spirit. Essential oils contain specific fragrant and therapeutic components that support these areas and every essential oil is unique in its composition. Components differ not only between plants but different parts of the same plant. These special and unique components work in synergy to not only awaken the senses, but also help support the immune, respiratory, musculoskeletal, nervous, lymphatic and digestive systems, skin, sleep, focus and create an emotional, healthy balance.
In nature, essential oils attract certain insects for pollination and as repellents against other insects, animals and even other plants. They also protect the plant against certain fungi and microbes that may harm the plant.
How Are Essential Oils Used?
The two most common applications are topically* in carrier oils, balms, butters, creams or lotions, or by inhalation using inhalers or diffusers.
In topical applications essential oils are often used in skincare products such as lotions, creams or oils to help improve the appearance of blemished skin, fine lines, wrinkles, discoloration and other imperfections and injuries. As moisturizers and humectants for the face and body, they help soothe irritation from dry, rough and irritated skin and aid in the appearance of a healthy, youthful, supple and moisturized complexion. They work wonderfully with the skin in natural and nourishing cleansers and toners.
When used in butters, balms or carrier oils essential oils help support movement in the musculoskeletal, digestive and lymphatic systems. They are especially helpful for those who are active and have overexerted or those who have difficulty with movement in muscles, tendons or joints. They are also especially effective when used in conjunction with massage.
Inhalation is often the quickest avenue to benefit from the effects of essential oils in many situations. The inhalation method is often used for respiratory support, relief from seasonal irritants, clear the airways, calm the mind for sleep, meditation, energy, focus, nausea, digestion, stress, tension and emotional balance. Inhalers are perfect for personal use (only you can smell the oils) and small enough to carry in a pocket or purse for use at any time, anywhere.*
Diffusers, such as ceramic or terra cotta pieces, fans, ultrasonic and nebulizers, disperse the oils into the surrounding air and are effective for entire rooms. They are especially effective during the cold and flu season to support recovery for family members that are ill and help keep everyone else healthy.
In addition to using them for the body, mind and spirit, they make excellent household cleaners such as kitchen counter sprays, bath, glass and floor cleaners, room deodorizers and linen or room sprays. Use them in place of commercial chemical-based cleaning products as they are less taxing on the body and therefore help support the immune system and reduce the effects of allergens naturally. When our clients switch to natural cleaning products many find they have a marked reduction in their allergy symptoms. As an extra bonus they smell great, too!
* Essential Oil Safety
Essential oils are highly concentrated and very powerful. When used topically, they should always be diluted in a carrier oil, butter or lotion and in small percentages. Never use them “neat” (undiluted) on your skin without the guidance of a Certified Aromatherapist.
Special care is needed when diffusing around small children and pets as some essential oils can be irritating to these more delicate constitutions. Please consult a Certified Aromatherapist for use of specific essential oils around children and pets. We are happy to assist you!
Use caution if you or someone in your home has any type of respiratory illness. Some oils can exacerbate issues for those with asthma, COPD or other issues.
Essential oils may interfere with certain medications. Be sure to consult your health care provider if you are taking any medication before using essential oils.
Never use essential oils internally without the guidance of a Certified Aromatherapist. Do not add them to your drinking water for flavor as oil and water do not mix and some oils can be harmful to mucous membranes. Instead, try using hydrosols, fresh squeezed fruit juice or fresh herbs for flavoring water.
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