Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Using Aromatherapy

Using Aromatherapy
Using Aromatherapy
by Helenka Petrona

Aromatherapy is a method used to calm the body and mind, fight infections, and promote well-being through the use of essential oils. Essential oils are derived from plants via various methods of distillation. Aromatherapy has been used for hundreds of years by different cultures all over the world. There is no denying the powerful effects of plants on our lives and essential oils are no exception.

Essential oils in can be used in aromatherapy in many different ways. There are guidelines for using essential oils, it's important to follow the guidelines because some of the oils can be harmful if used inappropriately. Some oils cannot be used directly on the skin and must be diluted with carrier oil before being placed on the skin.

One of the most popular ways to incorporate aromatherapy into your daily routine is through the use of creams or soaps. There are many companies that offer blends of essential oils in base creams, each with a different purpose in mind. You can find blends made to energize, relax, or revitalize. You can easily make these creams yourself through the use of an unscented cream and by adding essential oils that compliment each other. This may take some experimenting, but you can come up with some wonderful combinations.

Another delivery method is through inhalation. Infection fighting oils are best used this way. One easy way of making an inhalant is to put a few drops of an essential oil (one popular one is tea tree) into hot water. You reap the benefits when you inhale the steam. Since some of the oils are strong and may overwhelm you, start of slowly until you find the right amount. Essential oils work in diffusers too, but most likely won't be as strong. Diffusing the right oils can create a calm and pleasant smelling atmosphere in your home.

There are some cautions attached to using essential oils for aromatherapy: often they are not to be used where there are children or pets. If you think that your child would be helped in some way by an essential oil, check the literature carefully. Most likely if you decide it's okay to use it, you will want to put it in a diffuser. It's advisable also to take the extra step of talking to your pediatrician about it. Check with your veterinarian also about using essential oils around your pets. Some animals are very sensitive to these oils and may even sustain liver damage. If you share your life with pets, it would be wise to use them only in a diffuser, or better yet use the creams.

Aromatherapy is a wonderful way to enhance your life through balance in your body and mind. The use of essential oils can have not only profound effects on a person’s mood, but it can affect your body as well. Essential oils can be very powerful, and must be used carefully and responsibly, especially when being administered to a child or pet. The world of aromatherapy is vast and complex, and the benefits can improve your life greatly.

Claire Evesham is the owner of Feel Good Aromatherapy, the web's premier resource for information about Aromatherapy. For more articles on Aromatherapy visit: http://www.feelgoodaromatherapy.com /articles

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