How To Best Use Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy has long played an important part in my life.  I've been working with essential oils, creating my own blends and products for over 10 years now.  As I was talking to a friend about how I create my blends this week, I realized that not everyone is aware of all the ways to use aromatherapy.  And thus, this article was born!

The science of aromatherapy is very old, as people used essential oils from ancient times to treat their health problems and improve their appearance, dating back to ancient China and the Egyptians.  Today, aromatherapy is mainly used for treating various health problems and relaxing the body and mind. The main forms of practicing this science are through inhalation and topical application (applying on the skin).

Below are some of the easiest and most accessible ways to utilize aromatherapy in your life:

Inhalation involves smelling the oils directly from the bottle.  Another technique involves lowering your face over the bowl, covering your head with a bowel and maintaining this posture for few minutes. During the procedure you have to breathe deeply in order for the oil to do its action.

You can use an atomizer, a device for dispersing the oil into the air or you can opt for a humidifier, which should be used together with a tissue on which you sprinkled a few drops of essential oil.

Topical application in aromatherapy involves applying the oil directly on certain areas of the body, such as the neck, upper back, on the crown of the head, temples or abdomen. Also, the essential oils can be applied on ankles and over the vital organs, depending on the purpose for which aromatherapy is used.  Usually, 2-3 drops of is sufficient.  These can be applied directly to the skin like a massage oil in some cases; many essential oils should be added to a carrier oil first, however, to avoid any skin reaction, as the oils are very concentrated.  You can also use these oils in your bath products, lotions, and body butters.

One of my favorite ways to use essential oils simply and quickly is in the shower.  Turn the shower on, using very warm water.  drop a few drops of oil (usually 3-5 is sufficient) on the shower floor out of the stream of water, so all the way to the front or back of the shower. This creates something like an aromatherapy steam room in your home for very little money.

Mist a small amount of essential oils mixed with distilled water on your pillow just before bed.  Careful, it only takes alittle; you don't want to really wet your pillow.  This can help those who have a hard time going to sleep, especially if you're someone to get alot on your mind as you drift off. 

These are just some of the ways you can use aromatherapy in your home.  What are your favorite techniques?  Please share.

Namaste -

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