A Comprehensive Guide To Aromatherapy
Essential oils are a powerful healing tool and they have been used over centuries to support overall health and wellbeing. Here’s a short and comprehensive guide on how to take advantage of these powerful natural oils.
Aromatherapy, or essential oils, is part of a holistic healing practice that has been used for thousands of years in India, China, and Egypt.
Each oil has its healing benefits and properties but it’s not limited to a single one (e.g. Tea Tree Oil is good for acne). For instance, professional aromatherapists are trained to address the most appropriate oil according to your needs. But you can start to get the benefits of aromatherapy by yourself. Here’s a short guide on how to create your essential oil collection.
The Benefits of Aromatherapy
Scientific studies have already proved several physical and mental benefits of using essential oils and treating a range of ailments. Some of the benefits are:
- Improves your sleep
- Provides relaxation and stress relief
- It may reduce migraines
- It alleviates allergies
The Most Popular Essential Oils
There’s (almost) an infinite list of essential oils and we could fill pages with all of them. But to begin with your aromatherapy journey, there are some essentials and versatile ones:
- Lavender oil
- Lemongrass oil
- Orange oil
- Tea tree oil
- Peppermint oil
- Rosehip oil
- Eucalyptus oil
- Rosalina oil
Choose Your Carrier Oil
Ok, so you know a few essential oils to begin with. Now it’s time to choose a carrier oil. Essential oils shouldn’t be applied directly to the skin as they may dry the skin or trigger allergic reactions.
A carrier oil helps the essential oil last longer and prevents faster evaporation and dilutes the essential oil. The most common carrier oils are sweet almond, avocado, coconut, rice, olive, sesame, etc.
How To Use Essential Oils
There are different ways you can choose to use your essential oil — they can be used topically or indirectly:
- Essential Oil diffusor
- Add to your skincare products
- To treat acne
- To treat enemas
- Spray around the house
- Body spray
- Add to your bath
The benefits are infinite! Essential oils are usually safe to use at home and it’s even better if you can have the help of a professional aromatherapist.