Aromatherapy at Home
Aromatherapy is an age-old practice that has been used by our ancestors for centuries. Over time, it has been used on a very wide range of applications. The principle of aromatherapy is based on the concept that everything that we smell directly affects how we feel and how our body behaves. Every time we smell something, our brain receives a signal that causes various reactions in other parts of our body.
Different types of scents have different effects on the body. To illustrate, let’s look at the most common scents used in aromatherapy regimens. Lavender is typically used for relaxation because it stimulates the alpha waves in the rear part of the brain. Jasmine does the opposite, making you more attentive by stimulating the beta waves towards the front of the brain.
The most common use of aromatherapy oils is by inhalation. The oils are usually heated to create a vapor which you will then inhale. Alternatively, aromatherapy oils can also be blended together and added to a neutral base oil which you can then use to massage onto your skin.
Regardless of how you choose to use your aromatherapy oils, it will be very effective in providing a cure for whatever disorder you may be experiencing, as can be seen from centuries of success stories. In addition to this high efficacy rate, aromatherapy oils are also very relaxing to use especially when you add them to your bath water or as ingredients in scented candles.
Having a relaxing massage using aromatherapy oils can be very rewarding. Before you try it though, you should undergo a special skin test to see if you are allergic to any of the oils to be used. Once you are cleared, all you have to do is lie back and relax while letting the essential oils do their work on your body. Take note that aromatherapy oils have to be combined with base oils such as almond, olive or sesame before being used as massage oils.
Different oil combinations are used for different ailments, but you don’t need to buy a new bottle each time. One of the good things about aromatherapy is that you can blend your own oils whenever you need them.
For hay fever, you will need a drop each of cypress and hyssop. Apply this mixture onto the furthest part of your tongue and you will experience relief in a few minutes.
For an aching back, create a massage oil by combining small equal portions of eucalyptus, ginger, lavender, birch and chamomile. Blend them into a base oil such as olive and massage onto your back, after soaking in warm water for a few minutes.
For the relief of stomachache, create a soothing tea by putting some peppermint oil drops into a cup of warm water and drink slowly.
For headaches, peppermint is effective as well. Use this as an inhalant and your headache will soon be gone.
For minor wounds, combine some lavender oil with a base oil and apply onto the wound. This will speed up the healing process and help minimize pain as well.
For the easing of an anxious mind, you need a dose of relaxation. Combine equal parts of lavender, ylang-ylang and bergamot and use in a warm bath. After your bath, use the same ingredients as a massage oil to further relax your body.
Can’t sleep? Put a few drops of lavender, marjoram and ylang-ylang in your warm bath before you go to bed. You’re guaranteed a good night’s sleep.
For the treatment of colds, this aromatherapy recipe can do great wonders. Take one part each of lavender, lemon, rosewood, eucalyptus, and three parts of ravensara. Place about 7 drops of this mixture into a small basin of steaming water, drape a towel over your head and inhale the steam from the bowl.
If you’re stressed, some lavender and sage will do you good. Take a tissue and place a few drops each of the herbs. Place the tissue on dashboard where the sun can warm it. The scent will be diffused throughout your car and help you relax while you drive.
For arthritis pain, soak in a warm bath with 10 drops each of chamomile and rosemary.
These are only a few of the many different uses of aromatherapy oils. Before using any of these blends, it is advisable to consult with an aromatherapy expert first.
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