Aromatherapy is an age-old way to provide relief to anxiety and certain discomforts. It is also used as a way to relax a person’s body and mind and to boost his sense of well-being. They can be applied in a lot of ways, but their application varies depending on the person’s needs and the area that needs to be attended to.
Essential oils are the major players in aromatherapy treatment. They are made from pure extracts of medicinal plants. They are all natural, but they are highly concentrated that they can be harmful if they are used without the supervision or guidance of an experienced practitioner.
Here are some of the most common ways to use essential oils.
1. Direct Application to the Skin
You can apply certain types of essential oils directly to your skin to treat rashes, fungal infections, or as massage oil. But you need to dilute them first with about 97 percent carrier oil before applying them to your skin to reduce their concentration.
Always perform an individual test of the essential oil and the carrier oil on your skin by doing a skin-patch test to ensure that they are safe to use. You also need to test the blended formula to see to it that it cannot cause any adverse reaction to your skin. Once you are sure that the formula is safe, you can already apply it to the affected areas of your skin.
Essential oils are most effective when they are applied through massage as it allows the oil to penetrate the skin and into the blood stream. This will enable you to experience the relaxing and therapeutic effects of essential oils.
Other ways to apply essential oils directly to the skin can be done by:
– Adding a few drops of your chosen essential oil to your lotion or cream;
– Adding a few drops of essential oil to hot water, dipping a face towel into it, squeezing out excess water from the towel and placing the towel on the affected area; and
– Adding a few drops of essential oil to a warm bath.
Aside from their ability to provide relief through direct application to the skin, you can also enjoy the therapeutic benefits of essential oils by adding a few drops to a diffuser and inhale their aroma.
Using essential oils as air freshener can also help to prevent the spreading of infectious organisms.
In the absence of a diffuser, you can still freshen up your environment by adding a few drops of essential oil to a bowl of hot water or to the melting wax of a burning candle.
You can add a few drops of essential oil to your laundry or dryer to freshen up clothing, towels and linen.
These are the two most common applications of essential oils. Some practitioners believe that some types can be ingested in safe doses. However, this method is still highly debated upon as most practitioners in the US, UK and Canada, are not in favor of this particular type of application.