Aromatherapy – What is it?

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Aromatherapy Benefits and Its Uses

Aromatherapy is the practice of using natural oils extracted from flowers, bark, stems, leaves, roots, or other parts of a plant to enhance physiological or physical wellbeing. The inhaled aroma stimulate brain function and neurotransmitter response promoting the healing benefits

It is not recommended to apply oils directly to skin but to diffuse them in water, heat or carrier skin oil such as jojoba, almond, Shea, coconut, or olive oil

Methods of use

  • Baths, adding a few drops (5-10) of your favorite oil to hot water
  • Massage, adding 5-10 drops to a hypoallergenic massage oil
  • Vapor inhalation, adding 5-10 drops to a diffuser
  • Lotions / creams, adding 5-10 drops to natural skin lotions
  • Compress, adding a few drops to a damp cloth warm or cold and apply it to area of choice

Below are popular oils and there uses, all can be used with the above methods

Stress Relief

  • Bergamot, Chamomile, Lavender, Lemon, Orange, Patchouli, Vanilla, Ylang Ylang

 Anxiety/Fear

  • Bergamot, Chamomile (Roman), Cedarwood, Frankincense, Jasmine, Lavender, Neroli, Patchouli, Rose, Sandalwood

 Self Esteem

  • Bergamot, Cypress, Grapefruit, Jasmine, Orange, Rosemary

 Sadness/Grief

  • Bergamot, Chamomile (Roman), Clary Sage, Frankincense, Grapefruit, Jasmine, Lavender, Lemon, Orange, Rose, Sandalwood, Ylang Ylang

 Fatigue

  • Eucolyptus, Basil, Bergamot, Clary Sage, Frankincense, Ginger, Grapefruit, Jasmine, Lemon, Patchouli, Peppermint, Rosemary, Sandalwood

 Agitation

  • Chamomile (Roman), Lavendar, Mandarin, Sandalwood

 Isolation

  • Chamomile (Roman), Bergamot, Clary Sage, Frankincense, Rose

 Memory Boosters

  • Basil, Cypress, Lemon, Peppermint, Rosemary. Eucolyptus

 Aphrodisiac

  • Clary Sage, Jasmine, Patchouli, Rose, Sandalwood, Vanilla, Ylang Ylang

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