Aromatherapy and Essential Oils for Improved Health and Wellness
Aromatherapy is the inhalation of plant oils, called
essential oils, for improved physical, mental, and emotional well-being.
Essential oils are the pure essence of the plant—often referred to as nature's living energy—and can provide both psychological and
physical benefits when used correctly. Essential oils can be used on their own for aromatherapy or with complementary natural ingredients,
such as vegetable or carrier oils.
Aromatherapy for Improved Health and Wellness
Aromatherapy is one of many ways you can enjoy the therapeutic benefits of essential oils. When practicing aromatherapy it's vital that only
pure, undiluted essential oils are used. Synthetic, perfume-grade products lack the necessary level of beneficial constituents and offer little or
no positive effect.
Only by diffusing pure Therapeutic essential
oils can you create a proper mood, state of mind, or improve your physical well-being.
The Science of Aromatherapy
When an essential oil is non heat diffused or inhaled its processed through the olfactory system, which then sends the therapeutic benefits of
the aroma to the brain. Depending on the specific constituents in the oil, you may begin to feel the release of negative emotions,
the soothing of undue muscle tension, or experience the cleansing effect of the oils as your body eliminates toxins.
There are two ways to
use essential oils for aromatherapy: inhalation and topical application.
When inhaling oils for aromatherapy,
here are some commonly used techniques:
Inhale essential oils directly—simply smell them straight from the bottle or roll them on.
Diffuse essential oils using a device that disperses the oil into the air in a micro-fine vapor to effectively spread the aromatic
benefits of essential oils through the air without damaging their important constituents.
Use essential oils with a humidifier. Sprinkle a few drops of essential oil on a tissue or small cloth and place in front of the escaping
steam. Avoid putting the oil directly into your humidifier, as it will float on top of the water instead of dispersing with the water vapor.
Essential oils can be applied directly to the skin.
Be sure to read the label before using oils topically, as some oils must be first diluted with a carrier oil—like
olive Oil —prior to use.
Key areas for topical application are:
- Crown of head
- Behind ears
- Upper back
- Over vital organs
- Soles and tops of feet
Steps for topical application are:
Place 2–3 drops of oil in the palm of your hand or directly on the desired area.
If placing oil in your hand, rub palms together in a circular motion and then massage oil onto the desired point of application.
If applying directly to the desired area, massage the oil into your skin using a circular motion. Repeat as desired.
Note: Essential oils are very potent and some may be irritating to the skin. If irritation occurs,
immediately apply a carrier oil or pure vegetable oil to the area to dilute. Please read label direction for each individual oil before
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Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or
prevent any disease.
Consult your health care professional about any
serious disease or injury. Do not attempt to self-diagnose or prescribe any natural
substances such as essential oils for serious health conditions that require professional