Aromatherapy is the therapeutic use of essential oils. Essential oils work on a physical, emotional and spiritual level and may be used to help optimise health and wellbeing. Essential oils are highly concentrated substances, extracted from a variety of plants including herbs, shrubs, trees, spices and citrus fruits.
Essential oils should never be used undiluted on the skin or taken orally. There are a few ways that essential oils can be used.
1: Through smell – oils placed on a tissue, in a diffuser or in an aromastick.
2: Topically – oils should never be used directly on the skin but should be mixed with a cream or carrier oil such as coconut oil or grapeseed oil.
3: In a bath – if you are using essential oils in a bath mix first with a small amount of milk to help disperse the oil through the water. You only need to add 1-2 drops to be effective.
Some well-known essential oils include:
Lavender – it relaxes the mind and body, and helps aid in reducing inflammation. It can be used by adding a few drops to a diffuser or on a tissue on your pillow or at the bottom of the bed for a good night’s sleep.
Chamomile – has a soothing and calming effects on mind and body. It is also an effective mood booster.
Frankincense – Helps Reduce Stress Reactions and Negative Emotions. Also heals skin and prevents signs of aging
Orange – has antiseptic, toning and stimulating effects. Also can help stimulate poor digestion
Geranium – Powerful antimicrobial and antifungal action
If you are making your own skin product – for every 10mls or 10 grams of cream/base oil use 1 drop of essential oil, this dosage represents less than 1%.
The video below gives you an overview of using aromatherapy oils safely.