What is Aromatherapy?
Aromatherapy is a healing treatment using the essential oils from trees, flowers, spices, herbs, grasses, resins and roots that have therapeutic properties. The beneficial effects of aromatic plants was first recognised by the Eqyptians six thousand years ago, India and China were using essential oils one thousand
years before the Egyptians. Many cultures including the Roman, Greek, Indian, Arab and medieval Europeans used their plant knowledge to treat emotional and physical ailments.
Fragrant essential oils enter and leave the body via inhalation, bathing, therapeutic massage, or by compress, without leaving any residue or toxins behind. Once in the body the oils can influence the physical and emotional condition of the person being treated.
What are Essential Oils?
Essential Oils are the life force of the plant or the essence of the plant. Some liken Essential Oils to plant hormones; made in very small but potent quantities like our own hormones. Essential Oils are the whole organic substances which give the plants their aroma and therapeutic properties. Synthetic oils may smell similar to their natural counterpart but they do not demonstrate the same therapeutic effect. It is therefore important to use only natural unadulterated Essential Oils.
The AromaBotanica Essential Oils are from named botanical species, tested and are of the highest quality- no artificial colours, additives nor are they tested on animals.
Essential Oils trigger the body’s own healing mechanism and cause emotional and physical reactions when used in the correct doses and combinations.
How are Essential Oils produced?
Most pure Essential Oils are extracted by distillation and expression. In distillation, steam is passed through the plant material from which the oil is to be extracted. It is then cooled and the Essential Oil is skimmed from the surface. The remaining liquid is called floral water. Essential Oils such as Lavender, Geranium and Chamomile are produced like this.
For the expression method, the oil is pressed from the plant material, this method is usually used to extract oil from peel such as Orange, Lemon and Grapefruit.
How to use Essential Oils
Essential oils are highly concentrated plant compounds and should be used with caution so as to avoid unpleasant reactions. When used on the skin for example in massage, Essential oils must be diluted appropriately for the individual being treated. We strongly recommend that advice is taken from a qualified Aromatherapist when treating those who are pregnant, have sensitive skin, a terminal illness, or a serious medical condition or is a child.
Massage is an excellent method to enjoy aromatherapy essential oils as the therapeutic properties of the oils being used are not only being absorbed by the mind through the nose, but are at the same time absorbed by the skin so that the body will also be stimulated or relaxed. The choice of Essential oils will dictate the effect on the Mind Body and Spirit and the synergistic action of the essential oils, together with the physical and emotional benefits of the massage will positively effect the circulation and lymph flow of the body, helping to detoxify the tissues. The choice of carrier oil can also enhance a massage treatment, for example using a blend of Grapeseed and Jojoba will help those with dry skin.
The detoxification process can occasionally make some people feel headachey or nauseous after a treatment but this will soon pass. Drinking plenty of still water will help relieve this.
Essential oils can be used in the bath or in a foot bath – this is a wonderful way to absorb the oils through the skin and olfactory system as the oils will vaporise into the air. Essential oils can be used singularly or use an AromaBotanica blend for the desired therapeutic effect desired.
Firstly mix your essential oils into a tablespoon of honey or milk, then pour into the bath under warm running water. Mix well and always test the water before getting into the bath.
When using an oil burner or diffuser, care must be taken. Never leave a candle burning unattended in room and keep out of the reach of children and pets.
A simple but effective method to use Essential Oils. Simply drop 1 or 2 drops of Essential oil or an AromaBotanica blend on to a tissue and inhale. This method is very useful for stressful situations or when concentration is needed.
Should relief from congestion and a blocked stuffy feeling be needed – lean over a bowl of just boiled water with drops of Essential oil added such as the AromaBotanica “Breathe Easy” blend. Place a towel over your head and gently breathe in the vapours for ten minutes.
To ease aching muscles and joints, or to help cool a fever a compress to the desired area is very effective. Add 4 to 5 drops of Essential oils to a bowl of warm or cold water depending on the ailment and then soak a clean cloth or some sterile gauze into the water. Squeeze excess fluid from the cloth and apply to the effected area.
Soak feet for 5 – 10 minutes in a bowl of warm or cold water with selected essential oil stirred in. Peppermint for example is invigorating for tired feet or for relaxing the feet – Lavender would be ideal or the AromaBotanica “Relax & Unwind” blend.
Do not swallow or use Essential Oils internally.
Avoid getting in the eyes. If you do, flood the eye with milk or water and seek medical advice.
Keep Essential Oils away from naked flames and from homeopathic remedies, which can be affected by the powerful aroma.
Essential Oils should be stored in airtight, dark glass containers out of direct sunlight and preferably in a cool place. Citrus oils should be kept in the fridge and all oils should be clearly labelled. Most Essential Oils can be stored from 1 – 2 years.
KEEP OUT OF THE REACH OF CHILDREN
Always follow directions carefully and do not exceed the advised number of drops of Essential Oil.
Never leave burners or steamers unattended or within the reach of children.
As well as the many benefits of Essential oils there are also contra-indications therefore If you have a medical condition (e.g epilepsy, cancer, asthma, heart condition) or you think you may be pregnant we strongly recommend that you consult your Doctor or a qualified Aromatherapist before using Essential