What Are Essentials Oils?
Essential oils are organic compounds Composed of plant sources and extracts from roots, bark, flowers and seeds; Complex chemical compounds and are not technically oils at all! They are extracted to capture the scented particles, leaving many other chemical constituents of the plant behind.
Aromatherapy is a complementary therapy that uses the application of essential oils to improve mental, physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. Oils can be applied in a variety of ways apart from massage.
How Aromatherapy works
Principally there are three aspects to aromatherapy;
1/ Skin absorption. Although from a medical perspective this is unproven.
2/ Inhalation - Evidence exists that essential oils are absorbed into the bloodstream when inhaled. Blood vessels in the lungs absorb the plant extracts and circulate them through the body. Our sense of smell connects to through the limbic system of the brain, which governs our memories, associations and emotions.
3/ Ingestion - We ingest oils in foodstuffs and pharmaceuticals where the essential oils are used as flavourings, for example in toothpaste, chewing gums, flavoured drinks and mouthwashes. THIS METHOD SHOULD ONLY BE USED IF PRESCRIBED BY A MEDICAL HERBALIST.
How to use Essential Oils.
1. Using essential oils in the bath can be a very effective way of adjusting mood. Add essential oils to a spoon or two of oil or soap solution and add it to the bath.
Dosage: up to 5 drops in 2 teaspoons of oil or soap solution, or directly to the water.
Caution - Some oils can sting. Lemon, orange, grapefruit, aniseed, camphor, clove, eucalyptus, ginger, juniper, black pepper, peppermint, sage, savory, spearmint, and thyme should be used in very small dosages - no more than 1 drops to a bath. Alternatively, you can apply a massage blend to the body, then sit in a warm bath for a while.
2. Oil Burner – To avoid any danger of skin irritation many prefer to use an Oil Burner which can fill the room with the essence. This allows the inhalation method to be used safely by novices. The effect can be less beneficial, however certainly safe.
3. Body massage
Dosage: up to 6 drops in 10-15ml (2-3 teaspoons) of carrier oil or lotion.
Other method exist and are used by accomplished practioneers of aromatherapy.
Dosages for adults and children
Always refer to the dosage table and safety chart when selecting, and using essential oil.
PURPOSE OF BLEND DROPS of ESSENTIAL OIL CARRIER Oil
Facial massage/skincare 1-3 5m(1 tsp.)
General massage 5-10 15m(3 tsp.)
Localised areas max. 20 10m(2 tsp.)
Baths/footbaths max. 5 Bath Water
Do Not use on Children with out the direction of trained Aroma therapist.
Links to Good Sites for Information on Aromatherapy.
Online Directory Of Essential Oils. Meanings & Uses.
Essential Oil Safety Information from AromaWeb
Aromatherapy Artical Achive from Aroma. Web A Wealth of useful information on the Subject;
* The History Of Aromatherapy
* Aromatherapy Massage
* Aromatherapy during Pregnancy