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Aromatherapy Guide

Aromatherapy has been in existence for almost 3500 years and its use in our lives is as old as the dawn of civilization. It is the exotic art, and science, of using oils extracted from aromatic plants and herbs to enhance health, emotional well being and beauty. Apart from its physical and mental advantages, essential oils can have soothing effects on the mind and emotions. The essential oils taken from plants and employed in Aromatherapy have been described as their "critical factors" - they are needed critically for the plants' biological process, as well as being the substance which gives them their scent and aroma. Synthetic oil, even if chemically similar, lacks all the natural factors, and that vital critical factor, that make essential oils so valuable. Synthetic oils are not acceptable and desired is that the minor constituents are never identical in structure and composition. Essential oils are extracted from many physiological sources of bark, herbs, spices, woods and fibers and flowers, usually by distillation methods and solvent extraction. Solvent extraction is only acceptable for aromatherapy, if the solvent used is completely removed, after the manufacturing process and no traces are identifiable.

Here are some of the most common uses that are associated with essential oils:

For Massage:

This is the most effective method of using the oils that combines all essential properties with the therapeutic power of touch and feeling. The oils should never be used undiluted, but should be diluted with an odorless carrier oil such as grape seed oil, sweet almond oil or peach. A dilution of 3% essential oil with carrier oil is the recommended level. This is approximately one drop essential oil to two milliliters of carrier oil. Essential oils are needed in very minute quantities. The skin is the largest surface part of the body and is assigned to keep out contaminants from the skin layers.

For Bath:

Using oils in baths is a simple, effective and pleasant exercise to relax and receive the therapeutic and soothing effects. It is well known that water itself has therapeutic value, which further enhances the powers of the oils. For daily use, add 10 drops of essential oil or a blend to the water and then bathe yourself for some time, while you deeply inhale the superior vapor. Be a bit careful about the quantum oil you use, while bathing your children. For Compressing Add 10 drops of essential oil to 50ml of warm water to soak a piece of cloth in the water, wring out the excess and place the cloth on the affected part.

For Inhalation Add 5 to 10 drops of essential oil into a bowl of steaming water then place a towel over your head to inhale the vapor for a few moments. Feel yourself rejuvenated and free of tension. For Vaporization All essential oils are known antiseptic and evaporate easily, thus make very good air-fresheners. Different oils usually create different atmospheres. For example, relaxing Sandalwood or Clary Sage are good for ravishing parties or cool Peppermint and pepper clears your mind, when you need to do hard work. Diffusers can be used to make oils diffuse slowly in your home.

As Perfumes:

It is very easy to make your own distinctive perfume by skillfully blending different oils. Try blending with different permutations and combinations, by mixing with a carrier oil or non-fragrant alcohol. Do your own experiment.

Storing Essential Oils:

Because essential oils are affected by sunlight and higher temperatures, they should be stored in dark glass bottles, with tight stopper caps. Cap should be secured properly and the bottle stored in an upright position. Maintain a uniform temperature and moisture. Never allow these oils to come in contact with children. Never store essential oils in plastic bottles. Good Essential oils have a shelf life of several years if properly stored, while the oils derived from orange, lemon and lime will not last long. Patchouli is rare kind oil which actually gets better as it ages. It is oil with properties like an age old wine. Mixing Essential Oils Blending different oils in various proportions can yield you some fabulous products. You should have right knowledge and a will to experiment various combinations. It is strongly suggested that you use a good, brand new dropper, so that it is easy to measure the actual number of drops easily. Do not mix up oils as they are known to get unstable too quickly. Use a different dropper for different oil to avoid cross contamination.

Uses that are associated with aromatic essential oils are various; different oils have their own special applications and benefits. How ever, no single oil is exactly similar to another in its application, aroma, scent and appeal. It means any essential oil has its own charisma and special niche. Go ahead and enjoy the exotic presence of your own aromatic oil.

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