Uses of Essential Oils

Historic Uses of Essential Oils

The many varied uses of aromatherapy essential oils date back from in the early Egyptian times. There has been a major rise in the use of aromatherapy in Western civilization in just the past few years. The scientifical term for aromatherapy is also known as the term psychoneuroimmunology. This form of science is the study of the immune, neurological, and psychological systems. Our immune systems are greatly effected by our negative as well as positive experiences throughout our entire life. This hypothesis has been proven through scientific and medical studies over the course of many years and is there are plenty of excellent sources to back this us.

By using aromatherapy, all five our senses are used, but the sense of scent is most used. What we smell goes directly to our brain which then sends a signal to our body”s limbic system. These scents cause positive direct results in our actions, memory retention, emotions, and feelings.

Aromatherapy provides the body with a medicinal approach to relaxation. Essential oils are used in many different ways. You can apply these drops to your bath water, place the essential oil in a room diffuser, directly inhale the oils into your nose, or massage them into your skin. Whichever method you choose to apply the oils is totally up to you. You may experiment with each method until you find the one that matches your needs and likes.

There is a wide array of essential oils available on today”s market. Each oil has a specific use which, in turn, allows you to be able to choose what method and type of essential oil is right for your specific needs.

Ylang Ylang has a sweet, strong and exotic smell to it. This oil is extracted through a distillation process. These oil is derived from the Canago odorato which is also referred to as Ylang Ylang.

If you prefer a sweet feminine smell, Neroli may be the choice for you. This scent is processed through steam distilling from the petals on the Citrus auratium tree. This scent is now considered to be the most pricey oil being sold in the market and is usually sold as a cut form.

Jasmine has a floral scent which is a bit sweet and exotic. Jasminum officinale is the source of this oil.

Lavender is considered to be one of the mostly widely used essential oils and has so many benefits and uses. The scent is a very light floral smell and comes from the Lavandula augustifolia tree.

Some people find Sandalwood to be very unique because of its sensual and woody scent. This scent has been around for years and comes from the Satalum album tree.

There are many more essential oil scents to choose from. With so many scents to choose from, you should have no problem finding one especially for your taste. Always make sure your essential oil is diluted before applying. Essential oils are very potent, thus a large amount is not necessary for each application.

Sara Ryan writes regularly for TIR Massage Stone.