Introduction To Aromatherapy
The Healing Power of Aromatherapy
Methods of Application For Aromatherapy - Part 1
by K. Myers, 03-28-1998
The Aroma Lamp
Helpful for infections of the respiratory system such as colds, flus, bronchitis, etc. Strong cooking odors can be eliminated using certain essential oils. Very effective when you live with a sick person because certain scents can prevent the spread of disease.
Two styles of modern aroma lamps - (1) those which use a candle and (2) those which are electric using a small
bulb. On top of any aroma lamp is a container to fill with water and essential oils. It's never recommended to use the lamp all day - nor to change the scents within too short a period. Use caution following manufaturers guidelines to prevent hazards. It is recommended you clean the container (when cooled) after each use to prevent a blending of scents.
The average amount of oil to use is 6 to 15 drops dependant on the size of the container - you may have to experiment at first. Pay attention to the odor intensity as some essential oils are far stronger than others - you'll quickly discover the right mix for you.
The Aroma Bath
It can relax or stimulate the body and mind, soothe or stimulate emotions, heal the body, aid skin care, and at
the least be a pleasant experience. In a bath you are stimulated by essential oils through the skin and olfactory system. Once essential oils have penetrated the skin body fluids carry it through the body until its
healing substances meet the appropriate systems.
As oils are subtle energy, one can't expect a sudden change in an illness or disease as it depends on the condition of the skin (congested or uncongested) and the metabolism (slow or fast) but the emotions may receive almost immediate benefits. At least 20 minutes
is recommended for an aromatic bath so the oils have enough time to penetrate the skin. Generally speaking, 6 to 15 drops to a full bathtub are enough.
The hotter the water the faster the oils dissolve and the quicker the effects - however essential oils cannot dissolve by themselves and it is recommended to blend them with:
to prevent oily skin and to emulsify. Soap works, but reduces the oils' effect. (There are excellent skin benefits from a honey and milk bath.)
- milk (whipped cream) or honey - use one tablespoon of either (or both)
- or vegetable oil* - two to three tablespoons
- or vinegar - two to three tablespoons (helpful for blemished or oily skin)
- or soap,
Vegetable Oils - jojoba, avocado, hazlenut, and almond. If using the vegetable oil method, don't wipe off the oily residue on your skin following the bath, use a robe for a short time after the bath and let your skin absorb the oily film to gain the most benefit.
Good results in treating headaches, migraines,
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