Aromatherapy 101

Imagine taking that whiff of a fresh cup of coffee in the morning or taking in a breath of fresh air after a rain fall. Talk about instant mood boost right? Inhaling various scents to receive benefits from it is a part of aromatherapy. Aromatherapy is an ancient practice that has grown in popularity over the years. It is the art and science of using essential oils to relax, balance, and stimulate the body, mind, and spirit. Most of the common scents you will find are derived from different fruits, flowers, woods, and etc.  

 

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The Intricate Details: How it works

Each essential oil has a distinct aroma, and can be inhaled, massaged into the skin or used in soaps and lotions. As the molecules from the oils enter into your bloodstream, they stimulate various physical, emotional, and psychological responses which will affect your mind, mood, and emotions. This process often leads to de-stressing, feelings of calmness, balance, tranquility and more. When applied externally, the molecules from the essential oils penetrates the skin and affects the body in positive ways. It can assist in moisturizing and regenerating the skin as well as act as an anti-inflammatory for body tissues. Essential oils can be extremely beneficial to the mind and body when used properly.

Benefits of Aromatherapy

  • Moisturizes

  • Improves skin appearance and function

  • Soothes aching muscles

  • Decreases cramps

  • Purifies environment

  • Reduces congestion

  • Enhances metabolic functions

  • Reduces headaches

  • Boosts confidence  

  • Reduces anxiety

  • And more…

Choosing Essential Oils

It is best to visit a local health, or whole foods stores where you can sample the oils. As you go through the samplers take note of which ones resonate with you and how you feel after each one. When starting out it is best to choose one that is calming (lavender or chamomile) and one that is stimulating (peppermint or rosemary). When purchasing essential oils make sure to go for high-quality essential oils that have no synthetic fillers, suspenders, or added mineral oil. Read the ingredient label of any aromatherapy product you wish to purchase, looking for 100 percent pure essential oils, preferably therapeutic grade, and certified organic.

Uses for Aromatherapy

Here are a few ways to use essential oils for aromatherapy:

•  Add essential oils to your products (body washes, lotions, shampoos) to enhance their benefits

•  Have an essential oil saturated bath (bubble bath with eucalyptus will soothe those aches)

•  Massage your body, feet, scalp, or any area that needs attention with diluted oils

•  Create your own natural perfume (add drops of essential oils to perfume alcohol)

•  Use as a mist/room spray

•  Aromatherapy candles can be used in meditation or relaxation techniques

 

Getting Started

Here is a list of common essential oils and what they are best used for

  • Chamomile: inflammation, muscles spasms, menstrual pain, insomnia, and gastrointestinal issues

  • Clary sage: women having uterine issues or muscle cramps

  • Eucalyptus: skin issues, muscle and joint aches, immunity and inflammation

  • Lemon: detoxification, immunity, nausea, and pain management

  • Peppermint: anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antispasmodic, antimicrobial, carminative, and decongestive properties

  • Rosemary: promotes cognition and supports digestion and cardiovascular health

  • Tea tree: antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and immune-supporting effects

  • Yland Ylang: increases self-esteem, euphoria, and calmness

Renesha Frempong