Aromatherapy the basics
You have candles at home and you enjoy the relaxing scent of
lavender in your lotion. You may even practice aromatherapy in
your own room or at the simplest put potpourri in your living
room to enjoy that fresh smell.
Yet although you have done all this, can you really say that
you know what aromatherapy is? And do you even have to know
about aromatherapy in order to do it? Yes!
Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils found in plants
and placing them in various materials that will help diffuse
their scent. Some use candles and light them up while
others have diffusers at home that can fill a room with
refreshed scents. Aromatherapy has become really popular in
recent years, brought on by the fact that a lot of medical
studies, have proven its efficacy in helping the muscles of the
body relax and de-stress. It has also been shown to ease
headaches and body pains without a massage.
Essential oils are extracted from plants. They have a wide
variety of uses. One use is of course as a scent in candles or
in potpourri. This is where the aroma comes from when you
practice aromatherapy. Some essential oils are also used in
lotions and in other toiletries, sometimes even in perfumes.
This is of course not to be mistaken as the fragrant oils,
which are synthetically made. Fragrant oils are chemicals that
only copy the scent of the essential oils unlike essential oils
that are purely natural.
Because they are all natural, they are used not only for
aromatherapy but also for the skin. These oils are applied on
the skin to treat burns, cuts and abrasions. Some are even used
for skin problems. Oils in aromatherapy can be mixed with what
is called a carrier oil like jojoba or almond. This is because
essential oils can be very potent and may harm the skin when
But don't think that essential oils in aromatherapy can be
used anytime. They also dry up and becomes stale. Essential
oils should be properly stored in a cool dark place to avoid or
at the most reduce the possibility of spoilage. It is also a
good idea to buy essential oils that are stored in glass
bottles rather than in plastic ones as it is less likely for
them to deteriorate. When stored properly, oils may last for
about a year.