The 12 essentials to know about Aromatherapy.
As a store which part is specialized on the aromatherapies, we will answer all that it is necessary to know to start well the Aromatherapy.
After reading this article, you will be able to approach Aromatherapy with confidence and knowledge.
What is Aromatherapy?
Aromatherapy is a “soft” therapy that uses the essential oils contained in plant organisms. they are vegetable oils extracted by distillation.
Real therapeutic effects: true or false?
Even if the term essence or essential oil, can evoke the perfumes and the
It is not the case with the aromas used in cosmetics. Science has shown that each essential oil has specific chemical compounds that have established therapeutic properties of their own.
The benefits of his methods are now scientifically proven. Since the 1920s, this has led to the development of a discipline in its own right, Aromatherapy.
What can be done with aromatherapy?
Aromatherapy intervenes in the fight against depression, panic, stress, hormonal problems such as menopause, premenstrual syndrome, migraines, sleep disorders, sinus. It sanitizes, air, relieves incest bites, detoxifies and many other symptoms. Colds are relieved with Aromatherapy.
The transmission of viruses and bacteria in the air, is strongly slowed down by the effect of air diffusers and an adapted oil. Some oils such as lavender, lemon and eucalyptus are very effective even against the flu virus and winter diseases.
Aromatherapy promotes spirituality, meditation, relaxation and creates a soothing atmosphere.
Aromatherapy and stress. It should certainly always be associated as a soothing solution to stress and anxiety. Essential oils of chamomile, lavender, lemon balm, ylang-ylang and bergamot are used in priority.
The two most used essential oils are tea-tree and lavender essential oil. These are two very versatile oils that for the first treats many skin problems, mycosis, insect bites, etc.. For Lavender, it treats respiratory problems, stress and many others.
Beware of asthmatics. If Aromatherapy can help asthmatics, it can also be allergenic. Always seek the help of a naturopath or consult a physician. Precautions should also be taken with pregnant women and young children.
How to use essential oils ?
Atmospheric diffusion of aromas using a diffuser.
Localized application. (diluted oils)
Aromatic massages. (diluted oils)
Inhalation of aromatic vapors.
Manufacture of creams, soaps, candles, etc…
Spa and steam saunas are also very popular.
Ingestion, using neutral tablets. (training required)
And many more ….
How to choose your essential oils.
To enjoy the benefits of aromatherapy, it is necessary to use quality essential oils. Not all oils are suitable for all diffusers. An oil is not initially designed to mix with water.
Some diffusers and/or humidifiers use a mixture of water and essential oils. In this case, make sure your oil is water soluble, otherwise it will not mix with water.
We recommend the use of pure essential oils. It is the guarantee, which do not contain any synthetic perfume. You will find our collection on essential oils HERE and also a discovery set of 6 essential oils HERE.
There are also oils called ” usage” or “therapeutic and organic grade “. It is the best quality of essential oil.
They are guaranteed pure and without phytosanitary products. They are, a little more expensive, but really offers the guarantee of an oil with preserved virtues.
In general, we use 1 drop of essential oil for 4 drops ofneutral oil. The most common neutral oils are: grape seed oil, coconut oil, olive oil, apricot oil, flax oil, hemp oil, etc. Here you will find our favorite:apricot kernel oil HERE.
One can also incorporate some drops in a cream, a mask, a preparation of soap and also in its bath.
You will find our range oftherapeutic organic essential oils HERE.
How to choose your aromatic diffuser.
There are 3 main categories of diffusers.
1) Traditional burners (with a candle).
They are very aesthetic and create a special atmosphere with their candle. They are easy to use and affordable in terms of price.
They can be used to burn essential oils, parlfum, resin, powder or incense cones.
Disadvantage, the combustion and degradation of the active ingredients of essential oils.
Here is a model of an aromatherapy oil burner HERE.
2) Electric ultrasonic humidifier diffusers. (water + oil).
Disadvantage: the use of water-miscible oils often requires a minimum of maintenance (cotton wicks, rinsing etc.)…
Here is a model of ultrasonic diffuser HERE.
3) Electric ultrasonic nebulizers (pure oil).
In this category, we will find the “Rolls-Royce” of diffusers. These are noble products and usually made of hand-blown glass and.
Their design allows the use of all pure oils, including those for therapeutic or organic use.
The properties of the oils are entirely preserved thanks to its cold process and without any dilution. Virtually maintenance free, no consumables… Disadvantages: the price and can be very slightly noisy depending on the settings.
You can find a model of ultrasonic nebulizer HERE.
Table of 40 essential oils and their applications.
|Vanilla essential oil
|Pure vanilla essential oil fights inflammation, acts as an antidepressant and contains high levels of antioxidants.
|Essential oil of clove
|Promotes cardiovascular health, oral health, immune health.
|Essential oil of bergamot
|Purifies the skin, provides emotional support.
|Essential oil of patchouli
|Helps to relieve nervous tension or anxiety and to calm the mind during self-reflection or meditation.
|Essential oil of myrrh
|Helps to purify and clean the skin.
|Essential oil of rose
|Promotes healthy skin, complement, emotional balance.
|Lemon essential oil
|To increase energy, digestive and respiratory support, cleaning.
|Essential oil of grapefruit
|For cleaning, skin health, vigilance.
|Essential oil of cinnamon
|Supports metabolic function, oral health, cleaning.
|Essential oil of clary sage
|Supports hormonal balance, tension, emotions.
|Essential oil of citronella
|Promotes a healthy respiratory system and helps relaxation.
|Essential oil of vetiver
|Calm and anchored.
|Essential oil of eucalyptus
|Brings optimism and concentration, relieves stress and sadness, and gives off a strong camphorated aroma. Promotes healthy breathing, skin, cleaning.
|The essential oil of peppermint
|stimulates concentration and clarity of mind, relieves fatigue and has a strong mint aroma. Wonderful for digestive and respiratory function, energy, cooling.
|The essential oil of tea tree
|promotes mental strength and calm, relieves stress and has a warm, spicy aroma. Purifies, healthy immune function, skin tone.
|Essential oil of basil
|Mental alertness; supports sore muscles and joints, menstruation.
|Essential oil of jasmine
|Healthy skin, balanced mood.
|Essential oil of ylang ylang
|Promotes healthy skin and hair, calming.
|The essential oil of citronella
|brings calm and clarity, relieves fatigue and confusion, and has a strong lemon aroma.
|Frankincense essential oil
|Promotes cellular health, skin and emotions.
|Orange essential oil
|Promotes optimism and peace, relieves anger and depression, and has a fresh, sweet orange peel aroma. Emotional balance, general health, cleansing, purifying, antioxidant.
|Essential oil of lavender
|Universal oil. Calm, health and recovery of the skin, aroma. Helps cognitive function and alertness, relieves anxiety and depression, and provides a floral aroma.
|The essential oil of cedar
|improves skin tone and also hydrates the metabolism.
|The essential oil of rosemary
|promotes healthy digestion, respiratory function and a healthy scalp.
|The essential oil of thyme
|Cleanses, purifies and strengthens the immune function.
|The essential oil of black pepper
|promotes skin health and emotional balance.
|The essential oil of cajeput
|helps to promote mental acuity and relieve fatigue.
|Camphor essential oil
|Stimulates the activity of the circulatory system, metabolism, digestion, secretion and excretion.
|The essential oil of cypress
|helps promote trust, stability and renewal. Helps relieve grief, loss, anger.
|The essential oil of fennel
|Promotes healthy digestion, calming and soothing.
|Essential oil of geranium
|helps promote safety and privacy. Helps relieve anxiety. Soothes depressive states, mood imbalances, stress.
|Ginger essential oil
|Promotes healthy digestion, supports muscles and joints, complexion, insects.
|Essential oil of juniper
|Helps to promote metabolism, relieve anxiety, gloom, fear.
|Pine Needle Essential Oil
|Essential oil Antibacterial, analgesic, diuretic, energizing, antiseptic.
|Mandarin essential oil
|Cleansing, healthy immune system.
|Essential oil of chamomile
|Helps to promote calm, relaxation. Helps relieve anger, anxiety, depression, fear, irritability, loneliness, premenstrual syndrome and stress.
|Sandalwood essential oil
|Essential oil Health of the skin, calming, anchoring.
The history of Aromatherapy.
Aromatherapy has been used for thousands of years under the term “healing by scent”. Have you ever wondered about the history and origin of aromatherapy?
Flowers and plants have been used for thousands of years to control pests and diseases.
The Egyptians, Romans, Greeks, Chinese, Indians and many other civilizations have benefited from the therapeutic properties of massage plants.
For the production, flowers harvested at sunset or dawn were used, when the aroma of the plants reaches its peak. They were then placed on the steam so that the essential oil contained in the flowers and stems could be obtained.
Although the manipulation of plants for medicinal purposes is very old and the term “healing with flavors” appeared at least 6,000 years ago.
It is with the appearance of the distillery and the still that the extraction of essential oils was made possible. The name “aromatherapy”, as it is called today, made its debut, more recently, in 1920. We owe it to a chemist named René Maurice GATTEFOSSE.
How natural essential oils are produced.
They can be obtained from different parts of the plant. Depending on the type of plant, the flowers, buds, seeds, roots and fruits will be used.
The extraction will be done in general either by distillation in water, or by hydro-distillation since they have the property to be carried away by the steam.
What you need to know about aromatherapy?
The most used oil is lavender oil. It is the most recognized natural anxiolytic.
In some countries, essential oils are diffused by air in test hospitals. Hospitals are places where patients and staff are subjected to stress, suffering, emotion etc…
To reduce this anxiety and the anguish of the patients, lavender was diffused. The chemical analysis of the essence has highlighted compounds such as linalol and linalyl acetate, with anxiolytic action. Many of the people interviewed reported being in a better mood, more relaxed and less stressed. Hospital staff members have noted real improvements in human relations.
Precaution of use with the aromatherapy.
The bottles are made of dark glass to protect the oils from the sun’s UV rays. You will find on the label, the name of the essence, if the oil is pure or diluted, if it is for external use, if it can be ingested and its use.
When you buy them, make sure they are well sealed. Keep these considerations in mind when using:
Due to its high concentration, pure oil should never be applied directly to the skin or a wound. It will be necessary to take care to dilute the essential oils with a neutral oil or alcohol.
If the label indicates that the oil is for “external use”, it means that it is already diluted and can be applied directly to the skin. But it is a good idea to try a small amount on the inside of the forearm to make sure there is no negative reaction. If there are any, stop immediately.
The oils can be diluted in alcohol or vegetable oil.
They should not be refrigerated or stored in clear containers, as they can damage the oils.
If using internally or ingesting essential oils, this should be done by someone with a thorough knowledge of aromatherapy. Oils should be diluted in water, tea or other beverages.
Essential oils that have similar or related properties can be combined. It is not recommended to mix more than three.
Keep essential oils out of the reach of children and adults with cognitive impairment or dementia.
Keep in mind that the use of essential oils does not replace the evaluation of health professionals.
For pregnant women and asthmatics, it is recommended to use aromatherapy only after medical advice.
What to remember about modern aromatherapy:
Aromatherapy is a type of alternative therapy. It uses essential oils found naturally in plants.
You can also simply use it at home with its diffuser or use jewelry diffusers.
External applications are safe and do not require special skills.
In the hands of an aromatherapy professional, it is a precious help and can cure or relieve certain pathologies. In this case, a good training is required and it cannot be improvised.
In all cases, Aromatherapy is not a substitute for medicine and always refer to medical advice.
Essential oils should be considered as a complementary therapeutic tool.
In case of contact with the skin, do not forget the recommendations of uses and test before application.
Conclusion: If you have read this far, I thank you. I hope this article has been useful and informative for you. Although this article is long, it does not cover the whole of aromatherapy. If you have any remarks or comments, don’t hesitate to leave a message, it’s always a pleasure.
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