Aromatherapy is an ancient healing modality that has been around for thousands of years, however it is only in the last century that it has become more scientifically validated. Aromatherapy, put simply, is a therapy using aromas. These aromas are called essential oils, which are extracted from herbs, grass, bark, flowers, resin, peel, roots or various other plant sources. Steam distillation is the most common method of extraction, which leaves two distinct liquids – floral water and the essential oil. Some companies will bottle and sell the floral waters as well as the essential oil. An essential oil is highly concentrated sometimes 70 times more than the plant is has come from. So the key point to remember with aromatherapy is less is best. Only a few drops are needed to make a difference.
Before you begin using essential oils it is important to understand that even though aromatherapy is a natural therapy it does not necessarily mean it is safe. It is imperative you do some research to read and understand all contra-indications as there are some oils to be used with caution like on sensitive skin, people prone to epilepsy or high blood pressure. Some oils are said to be avoided during pregnancy and some should be avoided on the skin in direct sunlight. If you are unsure check with a qualified aromatherapist.
There are many fantastic ways to use essential oils including massage, vaporisation, bathing, compressing, inhalation, footpaths and spritzer. We do not recommend applying essential oils directly on to the skin or ingesting them. Below is a quick guide but each person is different so a session with a qualified aromatherapist is recommended.
|Massage||100ml = 50 drops (2:1 ratio or a 2.5% dilution)|
|Daily Body Boost||6mls = 3 drops (with the carrier oil and magnesium spray)|
|Vaporising||6-8 drops (in a vaporizer with water)|
|Bathing||3-6 drops (in to a bath full of water)|
|Compress||3-4 drops (fill a basin with warm water, add the drops and soak a face washer in the water, wring it out and compress the face)|
|Spritzer||3-6 drops (in to a spritzer full of filtered water)|
The overall aim of holistic aromatherapy is to bring about a state of balance and harmony within the mind, body and soul. This is why high quality essential oils are so popular and have such incredible effects and results for so many.
In the MIND via the psycho-therapeutic effects of essential oils. Research is proving more and more about the amazing connection between our sense of smell and the behavioural & emotional centre of the brain.
In the BODY via the pharmacological actions of essential oils. Eucalyptus for example has expectorant and decongestant activity which is directly linked to the l,8-cineole content, which has the property of reducing the swelling of mucous membranes & loosening of phlegm.
And in the SOUL via the metaphysical qualities of essential oils. There is an incredible & rich history with the use of essential oils in religious and meditative ceremonies from the ancient Egyptians, Romans and Indians. Many today still use these powerful fragrances to enhance their own experience of enlightenment, contentment and inner peace.
The information above comes directly from our beautiful suppliers, Twenty8 Essentials.