How are essential oils used in Aromatherapy? What are essential oils and how can you use them for your wellbeing?
Aromatherapy is a holistic or complementary therapy combining the use of massage and essential oils that are used to promote wellbeing and self-healing. Essential oils which are also known as ‘essences’, are the liquid or plant extracts that are obtained from plants. They can be found in different parts of the plants such as the petals, the wood, the leaves and the resin.
What Are Essential Oils?
Essential oils are produced by plants to have a key influence in their own survival, to repel predators, attract pollinating insects, and to assist in growth and production. The essential oils that we buy are extracted from the plants using different methods. Most oils are processed by ‘Distillation’ which is a method where the plant parts are heated, then the steam carries the essential oils into a condenser and a separator. Some citrus based oils are extracted using ‘Expression’ which simply uses centrifugal force pressure to extract the oils from the rind. Essential oils can range hugely in cost, for example Lavender is easily grown and readily available so is not too expensive. Whereas, rose oil can be very expensive because so many rose petals are needed to extract even the tiniest amount of oil. More expensive oils are sometimes diluted with carrier oils and called an ‘absolute’, to make a slightly cheaper option for the user.
Doctors in countries such as France, still embrace the holistic way of treating their patients…
How Can I Benefit from Using Essential Oils?
What are essential oils and why are they so popular? Essential oils are nature’s way of looking after us. They each have very powerful beneficial properties that when used properly, can enhance our wellbeing physically, emotionally and spiritually. In fact, some doctors in countries such as France, still embrace the holistic way of treating their patients and may suggest Aromatherapy for treating stress, rather than offering medication. Our bodies respond well to natural treatments as Mother Nature intended, so incorporating essential oils in to our everyday life can actually be really beneficial in not only short-term use but long-term overall wellbeing. Most essential oils are antiseptics and can be applied directly to the skin or diluted in a carrier oil (sweet almond oil or grapeseed oil). Many essential oils also have many other properties that are able to treat skin conditions, premenstrual symptoms, anxiety and depression, insomnia, headaches, sleep problems, high blood pressure, poor circulation, stress and mental fatigue.
The Essential Oils Guide
Most essential oils have multiple uses. Here is a quick essential oils guide to four of the most useful oils and their therapeutic properties:
Lavender: Excellent for releasing stress, tension and anxiety. Can be used for shock or grief by placing a drop on a tissue and breathing in through the nose. Lavender is safe to apply as a drop directly to the skin in the case of an insect bite.
Tea Tree: Tea Tree is one of the most powerful antiseptic essential oils. Burning tea tree in the home will help reduce germs spreading if a person is unwell. Add a few drops to a footbath for fungal infections or breath in on a tissue to feel revitalised. Tea tree should never be applied neat and directly to the skin as it is toxic in non-diluted doses.
Geranium: This oil has a beautiful aroma that balances and calms the home environment. It is good to use when you need to feel composed but alert and is a popular oil to burn during meditation. Geranium combines beautifully with Orange essential oil to refresh the home.
Rosemary: Rosemary is a great oil to use when you are feeling tired or emotionally drained. It has a powerful ‘wake up’ element that stimulates the senses and can be very good for headaches. Rosemary essential oil is commonly used for exams or tests because it helps activate the brain.
Consult a person who is qualified in Aromatherapy or check online…
How to Use Essential Oils
Learning how to use essential oils is fairly easy. It is important to always look up possible contra-indications of oils as some may not agree with everyone, especially some health conditions. Consult a person who is qualified in Aromatherapy, buy an essential oils guide or check online before you use them. Essential oils can be used in massage with a certain number of drops added to a carrier oil (usually around 8 drops to 30ml of carrier oil) but it’s worth checking as it does depend which oil you are using. Essential oils can also be added to a small amount of water in a tea light burner. You can even add a few drops of essential oil to your bath for a relaxing soak. To promote good sleep, add a drop of lavender to the side of your pillow and you will sleep like a baby. Once you know how to use essential oils, you will want to use them every day!
HOW WE CAN HELP YOU
Many psychics combine the use of essential oils during meditation and their readings. Their natural properties help to soothe and clear the mind, allowing natural senses to become more aware and alert in your reading. Essential oils are excellent for anxiety and worry, especially if you are facing difficulties in your life. If you need some peace of mind in relationships, love, work or family you would benefit from a psychic reading. Speak to one of our gifted Readers at TheCircle for empowering guidance on any area of your life.
Published: 22 November 2016