Friday, March 21, 2008

Aromatherapy and Essential Oil Information and Uses

One of the nature’s greatest gifts to mankind is the magical properties of Aromatherapy essential oils. Its existence is considered to be very ancient, with a history of 3500 years. Latest research has only recently shown what aroma therapists have known for many ages: “what we smell has a direct impact on how we feel.”

Aromatherapy is defined as the use of pure, therapeutic grade essential oils to facilitate the health of body, mind and spirit.

It is an all encompassing treatment which incorporates the senses of touch and smell. The pleasurable scents of the oils work to relieve stress, and comfort the mind, balance emotions and treat numerous physical ailments.

They contain the aromatic molecules of the plant. This product can be used for therapeutic, emotional, physical and/or spiritual relief. Many use this product in meditation for spiritual awakening. Others use it for its soothing affect on sore muscles, or if they are stressed out and just need to take their senses on a journey. Aromatherapy is a natural way of curing disorders of many kinds whether physical, spiritual or mental. There are numerous products of aromatherapy that can be used for relaxation such as candles, lotions, soaps, and many others. Essential oils are the ones that are most widely known.

What Can Essential Oils Do?

There are many ways that you can use aromatherapy to heal and enhance your life and how you incorporate it into your daily life depends largely on your personal preferences. Some people like to use aromatherapy candles or incense, and breathe in the scent of various fragrances to create a particular mood or environment. The scent is said to set off a chemical reaction in the brain, creating a mental state of relaxation. Other types of oils, salts and lotions can be used on the skin, creating the same relaxing effect except on a physical level. Others use aromatherapy as a way to look and feel younger and more vibrant.

These are extracted from different parts of plants and have numerous distinct uses. Some of them are used to treat acne, to strengthen the immune system, to relax muscles and to derive other such benefits. The aroma of these essential oils greatly stimulates the senses and the mood of an individual. There are aromatherapy oil burners and aromatherapy diffusers that can be used to fill entire rooms with the aroma of these essential oils. The aroma gives tranquility of mind and rejuvenates the mind, body and soul of an individual. Essential oils evaporate quickly and should not be left in the open.

Essential oils should be stored away from harsh lighting or sun, in a cool dark area away from heat. Do not leave uncapped as they are highly volatile and evaporate easily.

Essential oils are not intended for use in treatment for specific medical conditions. For treatment of health ailments, please seek diagnosis and recommendations from a licensed practitioner.

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