Lavender, Lemon, Peppermint, Oh My!
Aromatherapy is a therapeutic way to alleviate symptoms such as anxiety, stress, depression,
headaches, tension, or pain. It is also applied to promote relaxation, joy, productivity, clarity, and energy.
Essential oils are most commonly used for applying aromatherapy practices. Essential oils are concentrated botanicals. They must be diluted prior to topical application or diffused prior to inhalation.
How do I know which application to use? Topical application can be used to treat sore muscles, tension or chronic pain. It is important to be aware that essential oils are very concentrated and strong. Therefore, a carrier oil must be used before applying any essential oil to the skin. A carrier oil such as coconut oil or grapeseed oil dilutes the essential oils concentration to prevent irritation. Additionally, it carries the essential oil over the desired treatment area. One must also be aware that certain oils can cause irritation even with a carrier oil. Oils such as cinnamon, clove and oregano have a very spicy tone to them and should be used with caution. It is important to consult a health care professional or aromatherapy specialist prior to use.
When seeking cognitive or emotional support, inhalation is the preferred method of application. Using a diffuser is the best way to achieve this. A diffuser uses water and essential oils to produce a vapor that is dispersed into the air.
Essential oil roll-ons and body mists are popular forms of aromatherapy on the go. They have been diluted with a carrier oil and infused with either a single essential oil or a blend of essential oils. These convenient forms of aromatherapy can be carried in a purse
or bag, left in a desk or kept anywhere you feel you may need an uplift or some relief. Be sure to store any essential oil products in their original containers and keep them out of direct sunlight or extreme heat. Both will denature the potency of the oil.
Essential oils can be used singularly or combined with other essential oils to maximize the desired benefit. When combined correctly, essential oil blends create synergy. This causes the desired benefit to become amplified.
There are many reputable distributors of essential oils. Do your research to determine which oils you like the best. Some key points to look for on the label to ensure you’re getting a quality oil are: 100% pure essential oil and the scientific name. Some oils use the term therapeutic grade but do not be turned off by a more affordable oil that does not use this claim. As long as it is 100% pure, it is good quality.
Have fun exploring all of the possibilities and benefits of aromatherapy!