Essential Oils the Foundation of Aromatherapy

Essential Oils the Foundation of Aromatherapy
In the world of aromatherapy, it always comes back to the essential oils. In the true practice of aromatherapy, only essential oils are used. As you move through flower gardens, lavender fields or herbal gardens, you’re experiencing the aroma of what Mother Nature has provided in it’s pure form. That aroma is then extracted from the flowers and herbs and oils are produced to provide you with another form of its beauty.

Often referred to as volatile in nature, essential oils are very powerful. They are made up of tiny organic molecules. Some of them contain as many as 200 chemical constituents. This is what gives the oils their therapeutic unique qualities and aroma.

When essential oils are applied externally they are transported via the blood to various parts of your body. This influences your internal organs not just the surface of your skin. It is well accepted now that components of essential oils can be absorbed through your skin to reach your internal organs.

Did you know that scent can alter your brain wave patterns, regulate your internal systems and influence your moods? It is our sense of smell that connects directly to the part of the brain that processes your emotions.

If you had to have five essential oils in your home, what would you choose?

Lavender of course. It's extremely versatile. Not only does it work for stress related disorders, it's great for your skin, aches and pain and it promotes rapid healing to your skin.

Tea Tree is great for asthma, cough, colds and oh so soothing to your scalp. Helps to relieve itchy dry scalp conditions and keeps it fungus free.

Peppermint is good for nausea or indigestion. It really helps calm your stomach. You can blend it with lavender and rosemary to also treat scalp conditions.

Sweet Orange helps dispel depression and sadness. It's also known to tighten odors and inhibit the growth of bacteria. Did you know that it can help with dull complexions? Word of caution though, it's a citrus oil and that makes it photosensitive. That means you’d better limit your exposure to the sun when using it in a product. A night serum for your would work.

Rosemary is one of my favorite oils. I love diffusing it with sage, lavender and lemon when I want to study. I also will add it to my skin and hair care blends.

These are my five choices if I’m really in a pinch. They won't break the bank and allow you to familiarize yourself with essential oils and their benefits. The great thing about these oils is that they blend well with each other creating multipurpose use for aromatherapy, perfumery or creating skin and hair care products. It's truly therapy through aroma.

That's it for this week!

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