of essential oils of aromatherapy on the
Aromatherapy has many benefits to the body. This is perhaps
why a lot of people are starting to use them. Many companies
have incorporated aromatherapy into their offices to help their
employees fight off stress. Some hospitals also put some
aromatherapy scents in their recovery rooms to calm patients.
Restaurants are even joining the bandwagon, putting diffusers
inside so that customers can enjoy an inviting and relaxing
The success of aromatherapy lies in the use of essential
oils. These oils provide the aroma or the scent that relaxes
the body. These come from plants. Oils are extracted from the
different parts like the leaves, the roots, the bark and even
the stem. Some plants even produce different oils from
different parts of the plant. Some, on the other hand, can only
give one essential oil like the jasmine or the lavender.
But although these oils are basically beneficial and
advantageous to the body, there are still instances when they
can be hazardous to
ones health too. This is because although these essential oils
are natural, too much of it can be toxic, especially if it is
applied directly to the skin.
Essential oils are known for their antiseptic properties. It
is also used to treat cuts and burns as well as a variety of
skin problems. But remember that not all people can actually
use essential oils. Some have really sensitive skin that may
not react well with the oils. So before you apply them on your
skin, make sure that you are not allergic to them. You can do
this by doing a skin patch test wherein you will apply a small
amount of the oil on the skin to find out if it will react.
Remember that only a small amount should be used as this is
just a trial. A pinch or less than a drop is enough for you to
see whether you are allergic or not.
Often, the skin patch test is done on areas that are not
often seen or those that are covered by clothes. That way, you
know that it will not be seen should your skin react to the
essential oil. Usually, a person will have to wait for about 12
hours before they can see some swelling and redness. If there
is, that means you are allergic to it and should not apply it
on your skin. You may also want to avoid using that particular
essential oil for your aromatherapy.