Aromatherapy is the use of distilled essential oils extracted from aromatic plants that favor a healthy and balanced lifestyle. This craft originates from ancient Egyptian, Greek and Roman civilizations, which used these precious oils for many different uses.
Each treatment could cost up to fifty dollars per session, depending on the type of essential oils used. However, this cost can be significantly reduced if performed at home instead of by an aroma therapist or at a specialized center.
It is important to use trustworthy products and follow the instructions that often come with any essential oils that are purchased. This will help you to know exactly how many drops to use or how to use them with a diffuser and an aromatic vaporizer.
What are essential oils?
Essential oils are extracts from herbs, flowers, fruits, bark and resins that are generally obtained by steam distillation. Each of these naturally organic essences have their own distinct characteristics and aroma.
How are essential oils used?
They are used externally. They can be used alone or combined in personal blends. It is not recommended to apply them directly to your skin in its pure form. It should be diluted beforehand with carrier oil (such as grape seed, sweet almond or wheat germ oils).
Massage is the most popular method of use, as it aids the skin to quickly absorb the oils. It is used in the following proportions: 5 drops to each 10 milliliters of carrier oils.
A hot bath is another popular method for using these oils. Add 4 to 6 drops into hot water and mix them in by swishing them in with your hand. Relax in the bath for at least 10 minutes to allow the aroma to be activated.
Another traditional method is by inhaling. Soak a suitable handkerchief or linen with a few drops of essential oils. It can also be added to a pillow.
A vaporizer helps to create a distinct atmosphere that renews your home or workplace. Ovens or lamp rims are ideal.
Special care should be considered when using essential oils
- If you are pregnant or have any special medical conditions, you should consult first with your medical advisor.
- Always follow the instructions and any special precautions that need to be followed.
- For extremely sensitive skin, test a small amount of the selected essential oil on your upper arm.
- Essential oils should be treated as other medicines; for this reason it is important that they are out of the reach of small children. Avoid contact with your eyes.
- Essential oils should be stored in a cool, dry area. Avoid exposure to direct sunlight and store in a well-sealed bottle.