Aromatherapy and Essential Oils Guide
What are the essential oils?
Essential oils are natural, concentrated oils that are derived from plants, wood, bark, flowers, roots, or seeds. They contain potent antioxidants and have been used by humans for millennia. Essential oils are plant and nature health, can be inhaled, diffused, applied topically to the skin or included in massages. These oils have many benefits:
⦁ Improve mood
⦁ Improve skin health
⦁ They purify the air at home
⦁ Improve physical well-being
⦁ Create deep spiritual awareness
⦁ Combat cold and flu symptoms
⦁ Reduce cellulite and wrinkles
⦁ Improve digestion
⦁ Balancing hormones
⦁ Relieves pain
Here we are going to discuss 6 of the most famous and multi functional essential oils. They find many uses and are the basis of many medicines and aromatherapy mixes. We will also address the aromatherapy and health benefits associated with it. We will also advise you on how to store and select oils and give you a complete idea of essential oils.
Essential Oils Guide
Sandalwood essential oil
This oil is extracted from sandalwood, which is 40-80 years old. It has a delicate, long-lasting, and woody aroma. It is an excellent antiseptic and has potent anti-inflammatory compounds.
It works wonders for the skin and dramatically improves its health. That is why it is used in many skin products.
Use in a diffuser to enhance memory, soothe anxiety, and overall health. Assists in respiratory conditions and is an expectorant.
Also, sandalwood oil is a well-known aphrodisiac. Combine with patchouli and ylang-ylang and create a more intimate atmosphere in the bedroom.
Lavender essential oil
This essential oil is extracted from the flowers of the lavender plant. The fragrant lavender flowers have been used for centuries to produce potatoes.
The sweet aroma of lavender oil mentally transports us among the rows of beautiful violet flowers under the summer sky.
If you have insomnia, the lavender essential oil is your best friend. It relaxes your mind and helps you fall asleep — a reliable remedy for depression, migraines, emotional stress, headache, and nervous tension.
Dermatologists confirm the benefits of lavender essential oil in the fight against acne — perfect massage for strained muscles, rheumatism, back pain, sprains, and lumbago.
Lavender oil promotes hormonal balance and reduces associated cramps. It also improves blood circulation and immunity.
Peppermint essential oil
It is one of the oils suitable for a variety of purposes, similar to lavender oil. It has a fresh aroma and is a symbol of hospitality and warmth. The topical application of peppermint oil can relieve muscle pain as it has a calming and cooling effect.
In a diffuser, it helps in mental focus, energizes and cleanses the sinuses. Applied to the skin, peppermint oil is a natural painkiller and a muscle relaxant.
It has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties — an excellent remedy for nausea and hot flushes.
It helps relieve stress, depression, and mental exhaustion. It perfectly nourishes skin and hair.
Rosemary essential oil
Rosemary essential oil has a woody, citrus scent. It is very useful in relieving gastric cramps, effectively reducing chronic stress. According to research, inhalation of rosemary oil for 5 minutes significantly lowers the levels of cortisone (the stress hormone).
Herbalists claim that massage and inhalation of rosemary help to clear free radicals from the body. This means increasing antioxidant activity and stimulating the immune system.
The oil effectively relieves pain and is used to relax muscle pain, headaches, and arthritis. Rosemary has antispasmodic properties and is used to treat bronchial asthma by diffusion inhalation.
Bergamot essential oil
The bergamot tree is a cross between a lemon tree and an orange tree. This oil has a unique citrus, fresh, fruity, sweet, floral aroma.
Bergamot essential oil has an antibacterial, antiseptic, anti fungal, analgesic, antispasmodic, and soothing effect.
According to experts, when used for aromatherapy, it can reduce stress, chronic fatigue, and depression. Bergamot is one of the best natural repellents.
Tea tree essential oil
Tea tree essential oil has many benefits and uses. First Australian communities highly prize tea tree plants. According to the University of Sydney, the ancients crushed tea tree leaves and applied them to wounds, burns, and infections.
This oil has the aroma of camphor and fantastic healing properties. It can be used to treat acne. It is as effective as benzyl peroxide, but without the side effects.
A tea tree oil mask is also great for your hair. It can be used to soothe dry and scaly scalp skin and remove dandruff. Due to its antibacterial properties, it is used in natural home cleaners that are detrimental to the health of your family.
Tea tree is used to treat eczema and psoriasis, nail fungus.
Essential oils in Aromatherapy
When you inhale the pleasant aroma of essential oils, the aromatic molecules pass through the nose and affect the brain through multiple receptors. These receptors are located in the emotional brain and the limbic system.
This system is directly linked to those parts of the brain that control blood pressure, breathing, heart rate, memory, hormonal balance, and stress levels. For this reason, we may think that inhalation, and the essential oil can have profound psychological and physiological effects.
Aromatherapy blends are useful for:
- Arthritis and rheumatism
- Increase immunity
- Chronic muscle pain and joint pain
- Massages and Relaxation of nervous tension
- Relieving muscle spasms
Methods of applying essential oils
1. Massage Oils
Massage oils are a combination of one or more vegetable / herbal oils with essential oils:
5% solution = 30 drops of essential oil in 30 ml. base oil
2.5% solution = 15 drops of essential oil in 30 ml. base oil
Here are some examples of the oils above:
Moisturizing massage oil:
⦁ 12 drops of lavender oil
⦁ Four drops of chamomile oil
⦁ Four drops of myrtle oil
⦁ 1/4 cup grapeseed oil
Massage oil to cope with stress:
⦁ 12 drops of bergamot oil
⦁ 12 drops of grapefruit oil
⦁ 1/4 cup sweet almond oil
2. Face Creams and Lotions
You can add essential oils to creams and lotions. You can also create your own lotion/serum by using herbal and vegetable oils and adding them to the mix.
You can start with 2.5% solution – 15 drops for 30 ml. base oil. Recipes for Illuminating Face Serum:
⦁ Five drops of lavender oil
⦁ Five drops of incense oil
⦁ Five drops of tea tree oil
⦁ 30ml. rosehip oil or grapeseed
Face creams and lotions are used for:
⦁ Detoxify the skin
⦁ Balance production of sebum
⦁ Improve skin circulation
⦁ Soften and soothe the skin
⦁ Hydrate skin and improve complexion
3. In the Bathroom
You can add essential oils to lotions, shower gels, and shampoos or in the bath. Use for relaxation, nourishing skin, and scalp.
Aromatherapy in the bathroom:
- Reduce pain and stiffness
- Promote better lymphatic circulationSoothe physical and mental fatigue
- Stimulate circulation
- Reduce stress
- They help to detoxify
- Support the overall better appearance of the skin
4. Steam Baths
Add 3-7 drops of the essential oil in boiling water and inhale. Cover your head with a bathrobe, close your eyes, and inhale the aroma. Examples of high inhalation oils are thyme, lemon, eucalyptus, and tea tree. An interesting fact is that there is evidence of improvement in snoring with regular inhalations.
Steam bath inhalations of essential oils:
⦁ Assist in improved respiratory function
⦁ They treat the runny nose
⦁ Treat sinus infections
5. Fragrant sprays
It is a combination of essential oil and water. Fragrant sprays can be used to freshen up indoor air or to perfume a room, to purify the air, to lift your spirits, and to smell.
How to store essential oils
The storage of essential oils is not that complicated. They should be stored in dark glass bottles that filter out the UV rays.
Never leave essential oils in direct sunlight, as this will speed up the oxidation process.
Choose a dark storage location.
Keep oils away from curious children.
Citrus essential oils are more susceptible to oxidation. It is advisable to store the oils in a refrigerator.
Some essential oils may solidify slightly in the refrigerator but may be liquefied at room temperature.
You can also store them in dark boxes. Do not store the oils in plastic bottles as most oils eat the plastic and may, in some cases, “melt” it.
Are Essential Oils Safe?
Most essential oils are safe, but you should be careful about their dosage, purity, administration, and allergies. Make an allergy test by dissolving a few drops of essential oil in base oil and apply to your wrist. Wait 24 hours for a reaction.
Always dissolve essential oils before use in a base oil. For children, always consult a pediatrician beforehand.
Some oils, especially citrus fruits, are photo toxic. Never apply these oils to your skin before exposure to the sun.
Importance of Essential oils
Essential oils can enliven or relax the atmosphere in your home, improve the health of your family, and increase your self-esteem.
Through the power of fragrances and aromatherapy, you can get rid of everyday stress and get rid of artificial perfumes and cosmetics, synthetic cleaning products, and even improve your health with the gifts of nature!