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Aromatherapy FAQs

 

1. What is aromatherapy? 

 

Aromatherapy is the inhalation and application of volatile essential oils from aromatic plants to restore or enhance health, beauty and well-being. Conforming with the laws of nature, the principle of Aromatherapy is to strengthen the self-healing processes by preventative methods and indirect stimulation of the immune system.

 

2. What are essential oils? 

 

Essential oils, or aromatherapy oils, are the fragrant essence of a plant that’s extracted from flowers, bark, stems, leaves, roots or other parts of a plant to enhance psychological and physical well-being. These highly concentrated liquid oils are the foundation of aromatherapy, which is based on the idea that the aromatic oil from a plant has healing properties. 

 

3. How are essential oils used in aromatherapy?

 

Essential oils are extracted one of two ways – either by steam distillation or expression, or pressing. Distillation is the most prominent method used to extract aromatherapy oils, however. This technique involves steaming the plant matter until it breaks down. The byproduct of this breakdown phase is the plant’s fragrant oil, which is cooled, separated from the water and finally filtered into its pure essential oil. 

 

4. Are essential oils the same as perfume?

 

Essential oils should not be confused with perfumes or other fragrance oils. Essential oils are natural to the plant, whereas fragrance oils are chemically produced to mimic certain aromatic scents for perfumes, colognes, candles, etc. 

 

5. Can essential oils be applied directly to my skin?

 

Except for Lavender essential oil, it is not generally recommended. In their pure form, essential oils are highly concentrated and can burn your skin, or some oils will even pass through the skin and into the bloodstream. It is suggested that you mix them with a base or carrier oil which decreases the possibility of skin irritation.

 

6. Can I use essential oils internally? 

 

It is not recommended to use essential oils internally. Given their concentration levels, most essential oils can be toxic if swallowed.

 

7. What is the best way to apply essential oils? 

 

How you apply essential, or aromatherapy, oils has an impact on their healing capabilities. You will experience better results if you use small amounts of the oils diluted in water or with a carrier oil or massage lotion.

 

8. Can I use essential oils if I'm pregnant? 

 

Yes, but do so with caution. We recommend avoiding the use of essential oils during the first trimester, and then light use (no more than 1% dilution) through term. Oils like lavender, geranium, grapefruit, jasmine, mandarin, neroli, tangerine, and ylang ylang are considered safe oils to use during pregnancy.

 

9. How should I store my aromatherapy oils? 

 

Essential oils are best kept in dark glass bottles with screw tops. They should be kept in a cool, dry space, preferably out of the direct sunlight. 

 

10. How do I know which essential oils do what, specifically, for the body? 

 

Certain essential oils can trigger physical or emotional effects on their own. For instance, lavender is a widely known calming agent, whereas peppermint is a mood lifter. Other oils are blended to achieve a desired physiological or psychological effect.

 

Benefits Of Using Essential Oils

 

  • Essential Oils are small enough in molecular size to quickly penetrate the skin.


  • Essential Oils carry the regenerating, oxygenating, and immune defense
    properties of plants.


  • Essential Oils are powerful antioxidants. Antioxidants prevent mutations,
    work as free radical scavengers, prevent fungus, and prevent cell oxidation.


  • Essential Oils are antibacterial, anti-cancerous, antifungal, anti-infectious,
    antimicrobial, anti-tumor, antiparasitic, antiviral, and antiseptic. Essential Oils
    have been shown to destroy all tested bacteria and viruses, while simultaneously restoring balance to the body.


  • Essential Oils contain oxygen molecules which help to transport nutrients
    to human cells.


  • Essential Oils are lipid-soluble and are capable of penetrating cell walls, even if they have hardened because of an oxygen deficiency. In fact, essential oils can effect every cell of the body within 20-90 minutes and then be metabolized like other nutrients.


  • Essential Oils containing sesquiterpenes have the ability to pass the blood-brain barrier, enabling them to be effective in the treatment of degenerative neurological diseases.


  • Essential Oils promote emotional, physical and spiritual healing.


  • Essential Oils have a bioelectrical frequency that is several times greater than the
    frequency of herbs, food, and even the human body. Clinical research has shown that essential oils can quickly raise the frequency of the human body, restoring it to its normal, healthy level.

 

Caution

 

It is important to use caution when using essential oils. They should not be used as a treatment method on their own without consulting your physician first. You may have an allergic reaction, such as a skin rash, to certain oils, so it is important to do a skin test on a small area first.


Who should avoid aromatherapy?

  • Pregnant women, people with severe asthma, and people with a history of allergies should only use essential oils under the guidance of a trained professional and with full knowledge of your physician.

  • Pregnant women and people with a history of seizures should avoid hyssop oil.

  • People with high blood pressure should avoid stimulating essential oils, such as rosemary and spike lavender.

  • People with estrogen dependent tumors (such as breast or ovarian cancer) should not use oils with estrogen like compounds such as fennel, aniseed, sage, and clary-sage.

  • People receiving chemotherapy should talk to their doctor before trying aromatherapy.



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