Aromatherapy: the use of essential oils from botanical plant sources, for therapeutic purposes is an excellent way to take care of our loved ones. Nowadays, essential oils are popular and very easy to buy. However, safety is vital when manipulating these products. If used with caution and care, they can be very useful and you may even find them essential. With aromatherapy, we can work on many types of problems like eczema, cellulite, bruises, acne, common colds children’s health, insomnia, panic attacks and stress with adults and teens. Furthermore, essential oils offer the pleasure of true fragrance, all living molecules with nothing synthetic added.
An essential oil is a highly volatile substance, extracted from plants through different techniques (distillation, expression or absolute). The most common way to extract this liquid is distillation, by steam or water, from different parts of the plants (leaves, flowers, bark, roots, fruits and seeds). Aromatherapy is a powerful and marvelous way to assist someone who is sick and alleviate the pain. Essential oils help the body to regain health, find balance, osmosis, and accompany the healing process. From an esthetic approach, it is much more concentrated and powerful than any luxurious cosmetic cream, however it must be used with caution.
Each individual essential oil has its own chemical components and these determine the character and individual therapeutic properties. This allows the therapist to choose a specific blend for the patient. It can be calming and relaxing, or more stimulating, detoxifying, invigorating or stimulating for the immune system.
The aromatherapist can enhance the benefit of essential oils with a body massage. Each oils is chosen with care and blended with a carrier oil (grape seed, jojoba, macadamia oil…). Usually there is no more than 8 drops for 20 ml of carrier oil. The massage will not only help the patient to relax, but it will help the body to eliminate toxins, rebalance the nervous system and bring peace of mind. Essential oils will pass into the bloodstream through the skin, and be effective in the body in less than 30 minutes. This is such a good way to heal without synthetic pills to swallow.
There are other ways to use essential oils including: inhalation, bathing, lotions, creams, compress and local massage. If you are still hesitant, the aromatherapist will advise you of the right dosage, according to the age and the condition of the patient.
Be aware of what you buy when you choose your oil. Always check that the botanical name, the latin name, extracted part of plant, country of origin, and if possible chemotype (ex: ct linalool) are all written.
Incorporating aromatherapy in your daily routine can promote a better sense of wellbeing and lead to a better life.