The Aromatherapy and Essential Oils Guide
What is Aromatherapy?
Aromatherapy is using your sense of smell to enhance your physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health.
Essential oils can be used in hospice environments to increase the quality of life, in maternity wards to support the delivery process and relieve postpartum stress, in Ayurvedic treatment like Shirodhara or abhyanga, and in bodywork, practices to enhance the therapeutic benefits.
What is an Essential Oil?
History of Aromatherapy & Essential Oils
But it wasn't until 1928 that French chemist Rene-Maurice discovered the actual science of Aromatherapy.
Then in the 1980's two French men, Dr. Daniel Penoil and biochemist Pierre Franchomme, cataloged the medical properties of over 270 essential oils and wrote a reference book listing the healing properties of all those oils.
The book, published in French in 1990, L’aromatherapie Exactement, quickly became the primary reference book for anyone researching and writing about the medical benefits of essential oils.
Today, in France, Germany, and England, it is common for doctors to offer a choice when prescribing remedies for a particular health condition. Patients can choose either prescription medicines or natural essential oils. Pharmacies across Europe distribute both.
Aromatherapy and Essential Oils Guide to Uses
Health and Wellness
- Allergies: Peppermint – Eucalyptus – Basil
- Anxiety: Rose – Roman Chamomile – Clary Sage
- Arthritis: Rosemary – Peppermint – Turmeric
- Bug Bites: Lavender – Eucalyptus – Tea Tree – Basil and Thyme
- Insomnia: Lavender – Neroli –Roman Chamomile
- Mental Health: Lavender – Frankincense – Roman Chamomile
- Headaches and migraines: Peppermint – Eucalyptus – Lavender – Rose
- Chronic pain: Peppermint – Birch – Wintergreen – Eucalyptus
- Menstrual irregularities: Clary Sage – Peppermint – Rosemary
- Cuts, scrapes, and burns: Lavender – Melaleuca – Helichrysum – Frankincense
- Aging skin, wrinkles: Jojoba oil – Pomegranate – Lavender – Frankincense – Rose
- Immune support: Clove – Melaleuca – Oregano
- Boost energy: Cinnamon – Ginger – Peppermint – Orange
- Reduce nausea & digestion: Ginger – Peppermint – Coriander – Fennel
- Joint and muscle aches & pains: Wintergreen – Roman Chamomile – Ginger
Beauty, DIY Skin Care, and Hygiene Products
Home and Household
- Make air fresheners
- Countertop spray
- Make your dryer sheets
- Cleaning products
- Carpet Deodorizer
More Ways to Use and Apply Essential Oils
Mixing Essential Oils With Massage Oil
Therapeutic Steam Bath
Mixing them will:
- Improve skin tone
- Increase circulation
- Slow down the aging process
- Reduce the visibility of scars, wrinkles,
Use High-Quality Oils
Here is a rundown of the three most common types of essential oil diffusers:
Even though evaporative diffusers are safe and somewhat quiet, they do have a downside. Namely, when an essential oil begins to evaporate, the lighter components will disappear first, only to be followed by the heavier components later. Therefore, the air in your home will be filled with lighter elements in the beginning and with heavier components later on.
This means you may lose some of the therapeutic properties of the whole oil unless you find one that is also ultrasonic and emits a vibration which will cause the spread of essential oil microparticles into the air like the Willow Forest model from Jade Bloom.
Heat or Candle Diffusers
What is the purpose of carrier oils?
What are some examples of carrier oils?
These are the best over-all carrier oils:
Tips For Storing Essential Oils
Keep the Oils in Their Original Bottles
Place the Bottles in a Cool, Dry Place
Store Your Carrier Oils in the Fridge
However, if it gets hot inside your home, the pantry or cupboard is not enough to protect them. In this case, it is better to start them in the refrigerator. If you open a carrier oil bottle and it smells rancid or sour, then it has gone bad and needs to be replaced.
If you are pregnant, ask your doctor before using essential oils. Cinnamon, rosemary, clove and clary sage should be avoided by expectant mothers as they can cause contractions.
Where To Buy Essential Oils
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