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What is Aromatherapy/Essential Oils?

It is essences when after it is distilled - known as essential oils. These are extracted from the flowers, seeds, grains, barks, roots, leaves & resins of various plants. True, whole, natural essential oils are a very powerful substance used for healing & treatment to the health & beauty, mind & body without the unpleasant side effects of modern synthetic drugs.

Health, beauty & well-being are the expressions of the natural harmony, that exist between the body & mind. Essential oils act to maintain, or re-establish this harmony by working on two levls:

- physical through the contact with the skin where essential properties are absorbed, settled in the body where they are most needed

emotionally through the sense of smell. Essential properties are carried by scents via olfactory system to the brain, producing an emotional & hormonal response

Methods of Using Aromatherapy/Essential Oils

1. Vaporisations: Add 4 - 6 drops of oils into diffuser. It will vaporize and carries the oils together with its properties when breathed in.

2. Inhalation
a. Add 5 - 10 drops of oil into a bowl of hot water, place a towel over head & inhale, or simply allow the oils to penetrate the skin pores
b. Ass 2 drops of oil to a piece of tissue or handkerchief & inhale

3. Massage : The most effective method of using the oils. Add 2 - 3 drops of oil to a tablespoon of carrier oil

4. Bath : Add 6 - 10 drops of oil into warm bath, immerse for at least 10 min. The heat of the water aids the absoprtion through the skin whilst inhaling the vapours through breathing

5. Compress : Add 5 - 10 drops of oil to warm water, using a soft cotton cloth, apply directly to affected areas. Extremely useful in facial treatment.

1. Always dilute the oil in carrier oil, lotion or water before use unless otherwise advised for certain oils where neat can be applied. Only a few drops at a time are needed & should not be taken internally without seeking advice of a professional practitioner.

2. For infants - use not more than half the recommended adult dosage for young children

3. During pregnancy, the following oils must be avoided : Basil, Cedarwood, Clarysage, Fennel, Juniper, Sweet Marjoram, Myrrh, Nutmeg & Rosemary. Avoid essential oils massage during the first 4 months of pregnancy

4. Avoid exposure to sunlight when appying the following oils: Bergamot, Grapefruit, Lemon, Mandarin & Sweet Orange

5. Avoid using Cypress & Rosemary in cases of hypertension/high blood pressure

SEEK professional advice if in doubt, pregnant/under medical treatment.
Last Updated: 28 Apr 2009 17:58:27 PDT home  |  about  |  terms  |  contact
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