3 Quick Tips on Using Essential Oils Safely

Aromatherapy use is growing exponentially these days in its reach to the general public. There is a groundswell of people beginning to see the real therapeutic benefits of using essential oils to help their overall well-being. They can help get you a good night’s sleep, reduce anxiety, and have many other benefits. The consistent problem however, is that there is so much misinformation out there spread by people trying to sell them that the real knowledge of how to use these oils in a safe way can be hard to find, especially on the internet. Here are a few guidelines to follow to help filter out the noise, and begin to use your oils safely, and with confidence.

1. You really can’t go wrong when you use essential oils via inhalation. The general consensus is that even if you inhale an oil or blend for long periods of time, the worst that is going to happen would be a headache, or possibly nausea. Inhaling through the use of an essential oil diffuser, or by placing a few drops on a tissue or cloth is always a safe way of use.

2. Using essential oils topically on your skin is where we start to see a lot of bad information out there. You should never use these oils directly on your skin. That can have some very negative effects, beginning with rashes, and ending with some extreme sensitivity issues, and even liver/kidney problems. When using them on your skin you should always dilute them in a carrier oil, like grape seed oil or jojoba oil. When diluted, topical use is also a very safe way to get the benefits they can provide. There is still a chance of dermal reaction, or rashes, so a good rule of thumb is to do a patch test about the size of a nickel on your inner forearm to test how your skin might react.

3. It is becoming common to see a lot of articles out there recommending the ingestion of essential oils in a caplet to help with various problems. It can’t be stressed enough that this is a very dangerous practice. Ingesting essential oils can lead to liver and kidney failure. Our bodies process these compounds very slowly, and can be toxic. Just as you wouldn’t use prescription drugs without a doctor’s advice, you shouldn’t ingest essential oils without expert advice. In the U.S. there is almost no one with the proper knowledge to use oils this way. If someone claims themselves as an expert, proceed cautiously. Ingesting essential oils can potentially be very helpful when used properly. Find a certified clinical aromatherapist if you are looking for help with this type of usage, and consult your doctor as well.

Aromatherapy is taking its rightful place as a daily part of people’s lives. A good smelling world is something anyone would want, and improving how you feel at the same time makes it even better. Hopefully this guide helps you feel confident in using essential oils in your life. It won’t take long before you’ll wonder how you lived without them!

How to Diffuse Essential Oils and Boost Your Health While Breathing

Inhalation is a very popular approach to take in the benefits of essential oils. After all, we all need to breathe. 12 to 16 times per minute, in fact. We may as well breathe in something that improves health while performing an action that’s absolutely necessary to live.

Inhaling essential oils typically requires a diffuser. There’re many diffusers out there but they all fall into one of just four categories. Each category diffuses oils in a different way, and there’re pros and cons for each.

Let’s explore the four diffuser categories.

Evaporative Diffusers

Evaporative diffusers work by drawing room-temperature air through a pad or filter that contains the oil. The air then vaporizes and diffuses the oil molecules.

Examples of diffusers that fall into this category are:

  • Inhalers
  • Clay diffusers
  • Diffuser necklaces
  • Reed diffusers
  • And at a pinch, you can use tissue paper or a towel as an evaporative diffuser too.

Main advantages of evaporative diffusers:

  • They don’t require heat to diffuse the oil. This is good because it means the chemical composition and therapeutic properties of the essential oils won’t be damaged.
  • They don’t require water or a carrier oil to act as a base. So what you breathe in will be purely the essential oil goodness (and air) and nothing else.
  • They don’t need electricity. Which means evaporative diffusers are typically more portable. You’ll also have more flexibility on where you can place the diffusers.
  • They’re simple to use. All you need to do is put a few drops of oil in or on the diffuser (depending on its design) and that’s it.

Main limitations of evaporative diffusers:

  • They typically have a small area of diffusion. For instance, you’ll pretty much have to hold an inhaler to your nose to smell anything. Similarly, the standard clay diffusers only diffuse within your immediate vicinity, say around three to six feet.
  • It’s harder to change oils. Because the essential oils are “absorbed” into evaporative diffusers, it is harder to switch oils.
  • The rate of diffusion is different for different oils. As the oils are diffused only by room-temperature, non-pressurized air, each oil will diffuse at its own natural rate. This means that if you diffuse an oil blend, the aroma you inhale could be inconsistent. The scent of lighter oils will be stronger initially and disappear more quickly than the scent of heavier oils.

Evaporative diffusers are best used:

  • In your office, where you probably cannot use diffusers that require fire or electricity, and you’ll also need to keep the area of diffusion to within your immediate vicinity.
  • When you need to run around, and want a diffuser that can be thrown into your bag and used whenever and wherever you want.

Heat Diffusers

Heat diffusers use, well, heat, to vaporize and diffuse essential oils. The heat is supplied by fire or electricity, depending on the type of heat diffuser. A base is also needed to mix the oil in. The base can be wax, water or a carrier oil, depending on the diffuser.

Diffusers in this category include:

  • Aromatherapy candles
  • Tea light burners
  • Vaporizers.

Main advantages of heat diffusers:

  • They diffuse quickly. Heat speeds up the vaporization process and helps the aroma to spread more quickly through the room.
  • They enhance the mood by creating a warm and cozy environment. This is specific to heat diffusers that use candles. The warm light from candles helps to create a cozy and relaxing ambience.

Main limitations of heat diffusers:

  • They require heat. Heat degenerates the chemical composition of many essential oils and can reduce their therapeutic value.
  • They could be a fire hazard. Naked flames could be a fire hazard, especially if you have young and active children or pets around.

Heat diffusers are best used:

  • When you want to create a warm and cozy atmosphere, say for a dinner with friends or for a romantic date.

Ultrasonic Diffusers

Ultrasonic diffusers use high electronic frequencies to vibrate water that contains one or more essential oils. The vibrations then send a fine mist of water and oil mix into the air.

Main advantages of ultrasonic diffusers:

  • They don’t require heat to diffuse the oil. Hence the therapeutic properties of the essential oils are not destroyed.
  • They don’t require much oil. You only need to add a few drops to the water every time.
  • It is easy to clean and change oils. Just pour away the old water and oil mix, add new water and oil and that’s it.
  • They have a medium to large area of diffusion. Most ultrasonic diffusers can quickly and effectively diffuse over the average-sized living rooms or bedrooms.
  • There’s a wide range of choices in the market. This is a popular way to diffuse essential oils. Hence there’re more ultrasonic diffusers in the market than most other types of diffusers.

Main limitations of ultrasonic diffusers:

  • They run on electricity. They’re therefore less portable and you have less flexibility in where you can place them.
  • They require more water as a base. In ultrasonic diffusers, the proportion of essential oil to water is very low. Hence, what you inhale is actually more water than essential oil.
  • They increase humidity. This can be an advantage if you live in a drier climate. But it could be a problem if the area you live in is already humid, or if you have possessions in the room (such as books) that deteriorate more quickly in humid conditions.

Ultrasonic diffusers are best used:

  • At home, when portability isn’t as important.
  • In drier climates or in rooms where increased humidity isn’t too much of an issue.

Cold Air Diffusers/ Nebulizers

Cold air diffusers (also known as nebulizers) use pressurized room-temperature air to atomize essential oils into micro molecules. The micro molecules are then emitted into the air.

Main advantages of nebulizers:

  • They produce the smallest oil molecules compared to other diffusers. Small molecules enhance your inhalation and absorption of the essential oil aroma and benefits.
  • They don’t require heat to diffuse the oil. Hence the therapeutic properties of the oils are not destroyed.
  • They don’t require wax, water or carrier oils as a base. So what you breathe in is only the essential oil goodness (and air).

Main limitations of nebulizers:

  • They run on electricity. They’re therefore less portable and you have less flexibility in where you can place them.
  • They require more effort to clean. The cleaning process is not complicated. But it does take a little longer to clean than, say, an ultrasonic diffuser.
  • They’re more expensive. Nebulizers are more expensive than the other types of diffusers.

Nebulizers are best used:

  • At home, when portability isn’t as important.
  • When you want to maximize the therapeutic benefits from essential oils.

Which is the Best Way to Diffuse Essential Oils?

If we’re talking about diffusing oils for therapeutic purposes, the best way is the way that:

  • Produces the smallest oil molecules, so that they can be easily inhaled and absorbed into your body,
  • Diffuses only the essential oils and nothing else. No water, carrier oil or wax,
  • Does not change the chemical composition of essential oils at all, and
  • Has a large enough area of diffusion to cover the average-sized living room or bedroom.

The nebulizer is the only way that fulfils all these conditions. So if you’re serious about diffusing essential oils for health purposes, this should be the way to go.

What Does Aromatherapy Do?

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I am glad you asked! The idea behind aromatherapy is that the use of therapeutic essential oils can help prevent disease by reducing anxiety. Anxiety causes many issues to include pain, hair loss, lowered immune system, rashes, and much more. Aroma or smells has an effect on the part of the brain that supports our emotions, behavior, motivation, long-term memory and sense of smell.

Smells can trigger fond memories, such as the smell chocolate chip cookies. You smell chocolate chip cookies so you think of you and your mother in the kitchen when you were little bringing a sense of happiness. Smells can also trigger bad memories, such as the very same smell of chocolate chip cookies. You smell chocolate chip cookies so you think of you falling off the back porch while you were eating a chocolate chip cookie creating a sense of pain. In each of these scenarios, your body has a reaction whether it be positive or negative.

Pleasant smells in the air make people stay around longer in retail stores, spas, hotels, movie theaters, museums, and casinos. They have also shown to improve productivity and improve the physical performance of athletes when the room smelled of peppermint or lemon.

Bottom line, aromatherapy hones in on the smells that create a positive and relaxing response from your body giving you a sense of overall well-being. So the next time that someone asks you, “What does aromatherapy do?” you can tell them that it helps you chill!

It is easy to incorporate into your routine. I personally recommend an aromatherapy essential oil diffuser. They are relatively inexpensive and you can put them anywhere. (Bathroom, bedroom, kitchen, office) They are awesome gifts too. I am addicted to mine. There are all types of essential oils for all types of moods. They come with recipes for whatever you’re needing treat at the time. My 10-year-old grandson wants one for his birthday to help treat his allergies! They even have one with a color LED changing nightlight with and auto shut off. Just take your pick. (This is the one I have. The light is soothing to me as well.) Whatever you choose, it will make an astounding difference in your life.

The Use of Essential Oils in Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy, also known as Essential oil therapy, is the art and science of using natural aroma or fragrant essential oils collected from fruits and flowers for therapeutic purposes. In this therapy, the aromatic plant extracts and oils are used to balance, harmonize and promote the health of body, mind and spirit. It tries to combine physiological, psychological and spiritual processes to enhance an individual’s innate healing process.

French perfumer and chemist, Rene- Maurice Gattefosse, coined the term “aromatherapie” in 1937 in his book named Gattefosse’s Aromatherapy where he expressed the early clinical findings for using aroma for mental relief or psychological stress

Essential Oils – The heart and backbone of Aromatherapy:

Essential oils are concentrated plant extracts. Though they are called oils, they are not oily like other vegetable oils like soybean, sunflower or olive oil. Some are viscous while some are solid and watery. Lavender, lemon, and Eucalyptus oils are watery. It may contain vitamins, hormones, antibiotics and antiseptics. It also contains the hormones of the plant and roots from where they are extracted.

How it work in the Aromatherapy:

Aromatherapy offers an immediate positive impact on the client when they experience the therapy. In the aromatherapy, essential oils work in two basic ways: through the skin and the nose.

The oils can quickly evaporate into the air. They are volatile and easily disperse in the air and float around and reach the rose. The aromatic molecules float and enter into the nostrils and nasal cavity. When these molecules hit receptors of the nasal cavity and nerve-rich patches, it sets off direct reactions that result in brain activity. On the other hand, the aromatic molecules can also enter to the mouth and reach the bloodstream through the mucus membrane of the nasal cavity.

It can also enter into the body through the skin. You can trace the presence of the essential oils by analyzing the excretion perspiration, feces, urine, breath after a certain time of experiencing the essential oils.

Whether you are using it in the massage time or the bath,it enters the body in the above two ways and helps to heal the body and mind. As it is easily absorbed and enter the body easily, it increases blood circulation. It also relieves local inflammation by releasing mediators in the body which causes the blood vessels to expand so that the blood can move more quickly. Studies have shown that specific essential oils used in the aromatherapy can heal stress and tension and can bring peace of mind and sound sleep.

Some of the common types used in the aromatherapy are:

  • Bergamot
  • Lavender
  • Clove
  • Bay Leaf
  • Black Pepper
  • Lemon or Yuzu
  • Clary Sage
  • Jasmine oils
  • Fennel
  • Carrot Seed
  • Virginia Cedar wood oil, etc.


Benefits and Uses Of Ruh Gulab Attar, Costus Root Oil, and Lemongrass Oil

Pure essential oil are organic compounds extracted from plants with tremendous healing properties. Using essential oils for healing purposes is often called aromatherapy, which is a holistic treatment seeking to improve physical, mental and emotional health.

For over 5,000 years, many different cultures have used these healing plant oils for a variety of health conditions. They are often used for relaxation, beauty care, home cleaning and most often used as natural medicine.

Benefits Oil Costus Root Oil

  • Fight cold and flu symptoms
  • Relax your body and soothe sore muscles
  • Heal Asthama
  • Alleviate pain
  • Improves Liver Functions
  • Improve digestion
  • Reduce cellulite and wrinkles

Benefits Ruh Gulab Attar

  • Rose is erotically sensual & luxurious. It may provide emotional comfort in times of turbulance, enlivens the heart, boosts confidence and brings out one`s deepest feelings, increasing affection and sexual desire.
  • The scent calms strife and gives a feeling of peace and happiness, which ensures warm, happy associations. It soothes and calms hyperactive personalities who are ill at ease, unsettled, unsure or unhappy with themselves or who feel a sense of guilt, jealousy, grief and resentment.

Essential oil Uses

History of Aromatherapy

Since the use of essential oils is present in many countries, it is difficult to pinpoint where the practice originated. Oils have been used by the Jews, Chinese, Indians, Egyptians, Greeks and Romans both as cosmetics, perfumes and for their medicinal purposes. Some cultures even used oils in spiritual rituals.

In 1928, French chemist, René-Maurice Gattefossé used lavender oil to heal a burn on his hand. He then decided to further analyze the properties of lavender oil and how it could be used to treat other types of skin infections, wounds or burns.

With this the science of aromatherapy was born. Gattefossé’s main goal was to help injured soldiers during World War I. The use of these oils began to spread especially with practitioners of alternative medicine, such as massage therapists and beauticians throughout Europe.

Aromatherapy did not become popular in the United States until the 1980s when essential oils began to be added to various lotions, candles or other fragrances.

There are also trained professionals such as aromatherapists, physical therapists, massage therapists, nutritionists or even doctors of natural medicine who use aromatherapy in their practice and are trained in specific uses for essential oils.

Essential Oils Now Used In Medical Hospitals

Aromatherapy has a variety of health benefits and can be used in various settings. It is a great non-invasive way to treat a variety of medical conditions and can be used safely in combination with many other therapies.

Many traditional hospitals like Vanderbilt University Hospital are catching on to the benefits of essential oils and are using them in the treatment of anxiety, depression and infections in hospitalized patients.

Aromatherapy – Nature’s Fragrant Medicine

We all know how fragrances make us feel. Some aromas make us euphoric, others have a more soothing effect, and specific familiar smells can transport us back in time and bring on feelings of nostalgia. The psychological and emotional effects of fragrance and the extreme importance of our sense of smell are obvious. But, did you know these same fragrances can also be used to heal your body and create well-being in your life? Aromatherapy is a well-known technique amongst healers from all parts of the world and all civilizations.

What do they know that you don’t?

As with Color Therapy, Sound Healing, Crystal Healing, and Energy Therapy, the aim of Aromatherapy, within the scope of healing, is to activate the senses of the body. The goal is to eliminate the conditioned, logical, and analytical mind, thus activating the wonderful reality of “feeling” and experiencing life in it most empirical and purest form. It is in this empirical state, that we are able to break the illusions of separation and connect on a deeper level with the energies that surround us. Dr. Richard Gerber MD, author of Vibrational Medicine, tells us that one of the best ways we can change dysfunctional patterns in our energy bodies is to administer therapeutic doses of frequency-specific energy. We do this by using herbs, crystals, sound, and energy also called vibrational medicines.

It is common knowledge and practice, that scent can affect physical and psychological changes in living beings. We experience it regularly in our daily lives. When we smell a fragrance, it triggers an immediate emotion or feeling, that makes us happy, excited, calm or even nostalgic. Aromatherapy, practiced throughout thousands of years, dating back to the ancient Egyptians and the Vedic culture of India, where plant extracts and medicinal plants are still widely used.

The term Aromatherapy was coined in 1937, by a French perfumer and chemist by the name of Rene-Maurice Gatterfosee. Aromatherapy is the holistic science of utilizing naturally extracted essences from plants to balance, harmonize and promote the health of body, mind, and spirit. Through the knowledgeable and controlled use of essential oils, we are able to achieve physical, emotional health, and overall well-being. As with other holistic practices, Aromatherapy is always used to treat the “whole” person and not just the symptom or the disease.The application of essential oils is historically mentioned countless times and throughout diverse civilizations (Egyptians, Greeks, Romans etc.) for a variety of health-related applications. Today, there are thousands of studies on essential oils. We know that their effectiveness is accurately merited by their composition of very small molecules, that are able to penetrate deeply and quickly into our cells (Transdermal delivery).

The sense of smell is the most neglected of all the senses in humans. This is surprising when we consider that seventy to seventy-five percent of what we perceive as taste, actually comes from our sense of smell. The neurons that sense the odor molecules, lie deep within the nasal cavity, in a patch of cells called the olfactory epithelium. To understand how odor is humanly perceived, it is important to know why the limbic system allows us to behave differently when experiencing different odors. The Limbic system is a complex system of nerves and networks in the brain, involving several areas near the edge of the cortex, related to our instinct and mood. It also controls our most basic emotions (fear, pleasure, anger) and drives (hunger, sex, dominance, care of offspring). A very important aspect of smell is that olfactory neurons make up the only sensory pathway, that is in direct contact with the brain. Because of the close connection to the limbic center, feelings and emotions can naturally be regulated, as well as memory.

The application and uses of Aromatherapy in healing, obey the same Universal Law that everything vibrates at different and specific frequencies. Every atom in the universe has a specific vibratory or periodic motion. Most plants (and animals,) use enzymes to break down molecular components during their life processes. And, each of these enzymes has a unique crystalline form with a specific vibratory frequency. The vibrational frequency of an oil reflects the innate integrity of these elements and the intrinsic enzymes embodied within its substance.

The process of using Aromatherapy in healing treatments is to apply plant-derived oils with the correct matching frequency. Therefore, allowing the physical body to absorb these energetic vibrations and bring the body back to a state of well-being and equilibrium. Essential oils do not resonate with the toxins in our bodies; neither, do they resonate with negative emotions. This incompatibility is what naturally helps remove toxins and toxic energy from our systems. Aromatherapy, energetically speaking, can help dislodge forgotten traumas by surfacing them in our consciousness. For, it is in a state of consciousness that we can face, deal with them, and let them go. The therapeutic properties of this method, create exceptional vibrational remedies, capable of healing or rebalancing the body/mind/soul/spirit. Essential oils can regularly be used in body oils for massage, facial/body lotions and oils, baths, inhalation, diffusion, and on the energy points on your body.

It is fairly simple to integrate Aromatherapy into your daily life. You do not need to be a master of plants and herbs. Choose a few. Learn about their energetic properties. Smell each oil. How do they make you feel? Once you have narrowed down your list and hand chosen your favorites, here are some DIY ideas:

  • Place a few drops on a tissue and place it in the air vents in your car. Enjoy Aromatherapy anywhere you go. No need to schedule extra time to enjoy the benefits of essential oils.
  • You can mix your favorite oils with coconut or jojoba oil (my favorites) and use them instead of your regular perfume.
  • Mix your essential oil in distilled water. Then, using a spray bottle, spray it as an air freshener around the house. You can also spray it on your favorite pillows and throws.

Aromatherapy Through The Years

Aromatherapy is something that is used in spas around the world. It is something that is used to help relax the body and mind, lower pain and anxiety and enhance the body’s own energy and it is something that is wildly popular today.

It is a complementary therapy, one that utilizes blends of essential oils through a variety of applications and it is said to offer the benefits of increased well being to those who participate in the effects of it.

Aromatherapy can be as simple as using essential oils in a massage or during a bath or steam. The oils are applied topically or put in the water in the case of a bath, and then they go to work releasing their scents and helping you to relax.

While going to the spa for a day of beauty may be a relatively new thing, aromatherapy has been around for centuries. In fact, the ancient civilizations including the Chinese, Egyptians, Greeks, Romans and Indians all used essential oils in their practices. They knew the benefits of these oils and used them in the making of their drugs, perfumes and cosmetics. They further realized that certain oils aided in certain situations, while others were best used in other ways, and that has all filtered down to modern aromatherapy thought today. Of course we now use the essential oils in many different ways than our ancestors, but the idea is the same.

Essential oils and aromatherapy have also been used in the medical community. During World War II for example, French doctor Jean Valnet started using oils for antiseptics that helped the injured soldiers he attended.

Today, those plant based oils and aromatic smells can be used in aerial diffusion where the whole space is fragranced, can be used in direct inhalation to help with respiratory infections or as a decongestant. We use these essential oils topically as part of a massage or compress as some oils are known to soften and aid in skin care. You may have your favourite oil or you may need a specific oil for a specific reason, but the end result will likely be the same. Adding oils and aromatherapy makes people relax, makes them happy and soothes the soul. They are great for aiding in calming and psychologically just make you feel better.

What Are the Health Benefits of Aromatherapy?

Some people might think that aromatherapy is replacing traditional medicine. Although it is an alternative method of practicing wellbeing, let it be known here and now that aromatherapy is in no way a replacement for modern medicine. Instead, see it as a tool that helps enhance your wellbeing both physically and psychologically using scents to stimulate certain responses. When performing aromatherapy, your goal should be to use the essential oils to shift your mental state and assist your body’s natural ability to regulate, heal, and balance itself.

How Does It Work?

Aromatherapy works as you inhale certain scents to stimulate your hypothalamus. Your hypothalamus is what regulates important bodily functions, like sleep and emotional responses. Once it reaches your hypothalamus, the stimulus of the scent travels through your limbic system and into the hippocampus, which is a part of your brain that’s crucial for memory. Not only does this help us associate a certain scent with a specific memory, but this is also what allows the body to react to the healing scents of aromatherapy.

Who Can Benefit?
Aromatherapy has endless benefits and isn’t exclusive to any one group of people. If you’re easily stressed or tend to feel out of balance, using aromatherapy might be a way to combat these involuntary feelings. Even those with respiratory concerns may be able to find an essential oil that soothes them. Overall, aromatherapy can be used by anyone who want to experience the holistic powers of essential oils. Just remember, it’s not meant to replace traditional medicine.

If you want to know for sure whether or not aromatherapy is right for you, ask yourself the following questions:

* Do you suffer from joint or muscle pain?
* Do you regularly have trouble sleeping?
* Are you experiencing depression, chronic stress, or anxiety?
* Do you experience PMS or menopausal symptoms?
* Do you have skin concerns, including acne or cellulite?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you should consider exploring your options with aromatherapy. What have you got to lose?

How Can I Use Aromatherapy?

You can get creative with your use of aromatherapy once you understand its properties and benefits. Here are a few ways you can try out aromatherapy in your everyday life.

* Adding it to a diffuser and inhaling the steam.
* In a foot and hand bath.
* Direct application onto the skin (always remember to use a carrier oil or other form
of dilution to prevent any discomfort on the skin).
* With a compress.
* As a chest rub to support your respiratory system.
* On a pillow for soothing effects to help you fall asleep faster.

Now that more and more people are becoming familiar with the benefits of aromatherapy products, you can find aromatherapy being practiced almost everywhere you go these days. Spas, massage centers, and yoga studios are incorporating this style of relaxation to further improve the mental welfare of others. Many aromatherapy fanatics claim that it can help awaken your senses and boost your cognitive function, including improved memory and an overall more relaxed state of mind. If you’re looking for these types of effects, you can read more about aromatherapy to better understand the products you can use to get the most out of this holistic practice.

What are some useful aromatherapy products?

Aromatherapy uses essential oils and a variety of aromatherapy products like candles and aromatherapy diffusers. Candles and diffusers are great aromatherapy products and allow you to change the type of oil you want to use, so they’re versatile and convenient.

Before you purchase your aromatherapy products, make sure that they’re made especially for this purpose. This relates more to the essential oils than anything else. There are some products that can be labeled as aromatherapy products but might not actually be built to provide the benefits you’re looking for. Some products might contain artificial ingredients, which can actually cause more harm than good in most cases. Be sure that you’re using aromatherapy products that were built for the purpose of providing the calming and stimulating effects of aromatherapy.3

Where can I find aromatherapy supplies?

There is no shortage of places to find aromatherapy supplies. With its popularity surging and no signs of it slowing down, you can grab as many essential oils and aromatherapy supplies as you need, regardless of your budget. There are countless varieties of essential oils that can offer different benefits to you. You can search your local brick and mortar shops or browse any distributor of aromatherapy supplies online to get started on your path to feeling the benefits of aromatherapy. A healthy mind, body, and soul is within reach.


The Essentials Of Aromatherapy

Essential oils have long been a major part of going to the spa or for a massage. They can be diffused into the air, added to massage oil and used directly on the body or they can be personally used to treat what ails you.

If you go back centuries, basic cures for ailments were found by using different plants and extracts from plants, and what they learned has followed through to today where we use these same plants for all the good they can give us.

Take eucalyptus for example. This is a fast growing plant, and evergreen even and it is native to Australia. You may think of it first as the main diet for the koala but the leaves can be used to make an essential oil that helps to reduce coughing, colds and congestion, it is antiseptic, it is antimicrobial and it is great to counter respiratory issues. As a cream preparation, it can be used in a massage to help relieve muscle and joint pain and since it’s cooling in nature, it is wonderful for everyday aches and pains too.

Bergamot is a citrus scented oil that is used to treat stress, depression and anxiety. It too has healing properties and works well to help skin infections heal. It also stimulates the liver, the spleen and the digestive system. Added to massage oil, bergamot helps you relax as the tension leaves your body. What could be better than that?

Chamomile has long known to be a major calming agent. It’s popular in tea and also popular in the spa setting as it is an antidepressant and a mood lifter. Chamomile is also used for its antiseptic and antibiotic properties.

Tea tree oil is very widely used so it’s no surprise that it is the most popular of the essential oils and one used a lot in aromatherapy situations. It has lots of uses not the least of which is it is a natural immune system booster. It also fights infections, heals the skin of minor cuts and burns, alleviates muscle aches, the flu and even things like athlete’s foot! Talk about a multipurpose essential oil!

If you are looking for aromatherapy to alleviate hyperactivity look no further than marjoram. It also relieves anxiety, helps with digestion and helps with issues like cramps. In a massage, it can help alleviate headaches and tension and it also combats fatigue.

Aromatherapy – Get to Know The Lamiaceae Family

Welcome to the first of a three-part series on the Lamiaceae plant family relevant to aromatherapy.

The Lamiaceae plant family is also known as the Labiatae plant family. It is the largest of all the plant families and includes many of the well-known herbs. The plants are known for their strong aromas, and in aromatherapy some of the best known and loved oils come from this family.

Plants include: Lavender, Peppermint, Rosemary, Melissa true, Clary sage, Sage, Hyssop, Marjoram-Sweet, Marjoram-Spanish, Patchouli, Spike lavender (Lavendin) and Basil.

General therapeutic benefits for this plant family include being good respiratory oils, stimulating, balancing, antiseptic and anti-viral.

Three of the essential oils from this botanical family are:

Lavender (Lavendula angustifolia)

Lavender would be one the most used of all essential oils. It is gentle yet effective and is suitable for all ages – from babies through to the elderly. It is also used in hospitals at times, one of the few essential oils that is.

Lavender is used to assist with stress relief, insomnia and to relieve headaches. It is very good for assisting with colds, coughs, flu, sinus, and other respiratory ailments because of its antiseptic properties.

With the stress relief, lavender works on both physical stress and emotional stress.

Because of its versatility, lavender would be one of the must-have essential oils for the first aid kit.

Peppermint (Mentha piperita)

It is important to have a good supplier of peppermint oil, so that you know it is unadulterated.

Peppermint is a cooling oil and anti-inflammatory. It is said to be helpful with irritable bowel syndrome and with regulating the ovaries.

It is very good for helping people to become clear-headed and refreshes the spirit. It can be used to help people who have mental fatigue or who can’t concentrate. Due to this, it is excellent for oil burners in environments such as offices, meeting rooms, and other areas where people need to be alert and concentrate.

Peppermint is an ideal assistant for all digestive problems such as indigestion, colic, flatulence, stomach pains, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and relief from travel sickness.

It is also used in ointments to help relieve muscle pain, bruises, contusions, joint pain and insect bites.

Because peppermint is a very strong oil it should not be used on very small children. It should also be used in small quantities because of its potency.

There are no known contra-indications to the complete oil. This is why it is important to know that you are getting a good quality oil.

Patchouli (Pogostemon patchouli)

Patchouli has several uses in aromatherapy – it can assist with fluid retention and is also great for healing cracked and broken skin as it has regenerative properties.

It is an oil for emotional balancing and can be beneficial in helping with stress-related issues.

Patchouli is non-irritant and non-toxic.