Using Essential Oils


Aromatherapy is a branch of herbology that involves the therapeutic use of essential oils to enhance one’s entire well-being.   Essential oils are botanical extracts such as lavender, rosemary, mint and sandalwood, which are obtained from living plant and fruit material i.e. leaves, twigs, bark, berries, seeds, flowers and roots.  Essential oils are high volatile concentrated plant extracts that are not oily, but are called oil because of their chemical composition. The “essence” of a plant is its “vital life force” or that which makes the plant grow and is captured during the extraction process.  The “essence” of a plant is the backbone of aromatherapy.  Each essential oil has its own personality and healing capabilities. Aromatherapy is the art, science and technique of blending and applying essential oils to influence positive changes in your life.  Aromatherapy is made up of five elements and allows for easy integration into any lifestyle.

Five elements of aromatherapy

  • Aesthetic aromatherapy – the effects essential oils have on our skin, hair and nails
  • Psycho aromatherapy also called aromachology– the effects aromas have on our emotions and moods
  • Clinical/medical aromatherapy – the effects essential oil have creating and maintaining a state of homeostasis
  • Spiritual/Esoteric aromatherapy – the effects of essential oils have on establishing divine inner connection
  • Holistic aromatherapy – the integration of all five element bring balance and connection to the mind, body and spirit.

How Essential Oils Travel Through The Body

Essential oils are carried around the body via the circularity system. They enter the blood stream through topical application via the skin or through the inhalation via lungs. In additions to being multifaceted in their healing capabilities essential oils have an affinity to different body systems.

Examples:

  • Lavender – heart and nervous system
  • Tea tree – immune system
  • Juniper – kidneys
  • Ginger – digestive system
  • Geranium – hormones
  • Ylang Ylang – aphrodisiac

Non-invasive and multifaceted aromatherapy is an excellent choice for all age groups and for exploring self-nurturing techniques. Essential oils and the practice of aromatherapy can be incorporated into any life style.

Ten Things You Need To Know About Aromatherapy

You can have lots of fun when formulating your aromatherapy blend, however, there a are ten basic principals to follow:   

 

  1. 1: Always mix your essential oil blend in a glass or glazed ceramic container with a cap that fits tightly.
  2. 2: Follow formulation/recipes instructions for the amount of essential oil/drops to be used.
  3. 3: Use only 100% cold press virgin carrier oils for dilutions.
  4. 4: Consult with a certified aromatherapist.
  5. 5: Always purchase the freshest oil possible.

 

  • 6:   Read essential oil data sheet before use.
  • 7:   If you are in doubt regarding the effects of an essential oil after reading data sheet, leave the oil OUT of your formulation.
  • 8:   Never use more than three different essential oils in your aromatherapy blend.
  • 9:   Always follow the safety guidelines.
  • 10: Keep essential oils way from natural and artificial heat and light sources.

Safety Instructions

DO NOT APPLY DIRECTLY TO SKIN…DO NOT INGEST

Always dilute essential oils in carrier oil before using directly on the skin.

There are two essential oils in the science of aromatherapy that can be placed directly on the skin with out dilution (always use caution) Lavender and chamomile.  All other essential oils must be diluted with a vegetable carrier oil unless otherwise stated.  Keep away from eyes, pets and small children.  Keep away from naked flames, sunlight and intense heat sources. 

If irritation, redness or rash occurs discontinue use, for accidental ingestion or contact with eyes or irritation persists immediately seek medical attention.  If pregnant or nursing avoid use or seek advice from certified Aromatherapist and or health care professional. Do not use on newborn infants.

Do not substitute essential oils for prescribe medication. Before making changes in your health care regime seek advice from your health care professional. Use only as directed, read contra indications on each essential oil data sheet.