How to use Aromatherapy

What is aromatherapy?

Aromatherapy is made from essential oils that are highly concentrated natural extracts from the leaves, flowers, and stems of plants. It takes a lot of plant products to make essential oils. More than 200 pounds of lavender flowers are used to make just 1 pound of lavender essential oil. 

Their anti-fungal, antibacterial, and antiviral properties make them a useful product in your medicine cabinet. They have also been shown to promote healthy sleep, relieve headaches, nausea and alleviate pain. In addition, essential oils can improve skin conditions, help treat the common cold, and encourage healthy digestion and reduce anxiety. 

How to use aromatherapy 

Diffuser  

An oil diffuser is a device that breaks essential oils down into smaller molecules, dispersing them into the air for a pleasant or calming effect.

Popular types of diffusers used:

  • ceramic
  • electric
  • candle
  • lamp rings
  • reed diffuser
  • ultrasonic
Simply Inhale 

The easiest method of inhalation is to open a bottle of pure essential oil and inhale deeply a few times. But don’t let the undiluted oil touch your skin.

Or you can try the steam method. You’ll need a bowl of hot water and a towel.

  • Place the bowl on a table and add a few drops of essential oil.
  • Place a towel over your head and the bowl.
  • Close your eyes and deeply inhale the steam for several minutes.
  • Repeat a few times throughout the day.

Dry Evaporation 

This is a great and easy way to bring this essential oil with you to treatment and appointments. 

Simply use a cotton ball or fabric. Add a few drops of essential oil to the material and hold this to your nose and inhale or allow the scent to disperse naturally.

You can add the material to the vents in your car, your shirt collar, or your pillowcase.

Bath & Shower 

Dilute a few drops of essential oils with a carrier oil before adding it to your bathwater.

Try adding a few drops of essential oils to your shampoo, conditioner, and body wash.

For showers try adding a few drops to the shower walls and inhale deeply as you shower.

Or add a few drops of diluted essential oil to a warm washcloth that can be used for inhalation and to gently exfoliate your body.

Skincare 

You can use essential oils for skincare and massage in a variety of ways. 

Alway dilute the essential oil with a carrier oil before putting on your skin. 

Another option is to add essential oils to your favourite cosmetic products, such as toners, serums, and muscle rubs. 

 

Risks to look out for 

Essential oils may have many benefits but you also need to remember there are some risks. People who shouldn’t use essential oils without a doctor’s recommendation include:

  • Older adults
  • Children younger than 12
  • Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Make sure to consider pets in the environment. Some essential oils can be dangerous for pets.

Talk to a doctor before using essential oils if you take any medications or have any health concerns, including high blood pressure, low immunity, or epilepsy.

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