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Aromatherapy and Essential Oils
Aromatherapy is the use of pure essential oils to enhance your physical and mental well-being.
Essential oils are aromatic, highly concentrated distilled essences of plants.
These oils can have many different uses in our lives.
They can sometimes be used with, or as a substitute for, prescription or over-the-counter drugs.
You can also use them simply to make yourself feel better.
Aromatherapy uses the sense of smell to enrich your experience of the world.
Smell plays a significant role in your daily perceptions and how you react physically, emotionally, and mentally to what’s going on around you.
Different scents help you orient yourself to the season of the year, your location, and situations of danger.
Essential oils not only affect the physical but also the mental and emotional aspects of your life.
Inhaling certain essential oils has been associated with the release of brain chemicals which stimulate various emotions.
For example, lavender oil has the ability to evoke and increase the release of serotonin, which produces a calming effect on your body.
Some essential oils also have healing properties when applied to your skin.
When buying essential oils, make sure they’re 100% pure botanical extracts, not chemical reproductions of different fragrances.
Chemical reproductions aren’t effective in aromatherapy because they don’t evoke the same biochemical response as natural, pure essential oils.
Pure essential oils are extracted directly from different parts of various plants.
The oils can be obtained by different methods, including distillation, solvent extraction, carbon dioxide extraction, expression (pressing), and enfleurage (a process where some type of odorless oil is used to extract essential oil from flower petals).
The type and part of the plant being used determines the right type of extraction process.
The following are some helpful hints to keep in mind when shopping for essential oils:
*Buy in small quantities (the oxygen in partially filled bottles deteriorates the oil).
*Read the label carefully and make sure it says “pure essential oil.”
*Be aware the availability of different plants and the extraction methods used affect prices, so there can be great variations in the costs of different oils. This is normal.
*Certain plant oils, like apple blossom and peach blossom, can’t be extracted. If you find oils with these scents, they aren’t true essential oils.
Using essential oils is really very simple.
Basically, you dilute a small amount of essential oil in a base of some kind (either water or another oil, depending on the intended use), and apply or inhale it.
For inhalation therapy, there are special devices available, including diffusers, simmer pots, aromatherapy lamps, and lightbulb rings.
Or you can inhale an essential oil directly from the bottle.
For topical applications, you can use any of the following to dilute essential oils:
*Grape seed oil.
When using essential oils, be aware they’re highly concentrated and very potent.
Keep the following commonsense precautions in mind:
*Don’t use oils full strength. Always dilute them first. Some essential oils can be toxic if used at full strength.
*Don’t use oils near your eyes.
*Don’t touch your face, mucous membranes, or genitals if your hands have been in direct contact with the oils.
*Keep essential oils out of reach of children.
*Be cautious about using essential oils for children, especially young children. If you do use essential oils on a child, reduce the concentration of the essential oil by half or more.
*Be careful using essential oils during pregnancy.
*Avoid sun exposure when using bergamot and other citrus oils.
Essential oils can be beneficial in controlling your appetite.
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