Aromatherapy Products

Nothing Invigorates Like A Wonderful Foamy Bubble Bath
Nothing Invigorates Like A Wonderful Foamy Bubble Bath

There is nothing better than the pick me up I receive when a fragrance revitalizes me. In my mind, that was the definition of aromatherapy. Research into this area has taught me there is much more to aromatherapy products than merely the fragrance. I now understand that aromatherapy is “the practice of using volatile plant oils, including essential oils, for psychological and physical well-being.”

Even more to the point, I have discovered I used this term and the so-called products in a frowned upon way, for true aromatherapy products are not synthetically produced like my favorite perfumes, bath oils or bubble baths, true aromatherapy products are made from natural essential oils. (There are some 400 such oils by my latest count) 

 

A Generic Application

It’s no secret that there is a superabundance of aromatherapy products on the market. Since it isn’t a regulated field, anyone can claim their product is an aromatherapy product.

So if you are like me and you desire to understand the true meaning of the term aromatherapy and the actual products used by those with expertise on the subject, you begin with the awareness that the mass produced items posing as aromatherapy products, are not the products to purchase. I learned much from this website, aromaweb.com

 

The Aromatherapy Scam

Now that I realize I have been suckered in by the aromatherapy advertising machine.  I want to learn what I have inadvertently been missing all these years. I assumed that if a fragrance lifted my mood it was an aromatherapy product. 

In the most basic of applications, I suppose that is correct, but if I want to benefit from the real thing, I need to understand the difference between synthetic ingredients and fragrance oils, and holistic aromatherapy.

Products That Are Not True Aromatherapy Products

My new found knowledge has taught me that I have much to learn about essential oils and why inhaling them provides wonderful benefits. I am anxious to begin collecting essential oils and have benefited from all the articles writers here on Hubpages have so kindly shared with a newbie like myself.

No longer will I think of my favorite so-called aromatherapy bubble bath manufactured by Avon as anything more than a fragrance that relaxes me. It is not made of essential oils and its ingredients are mostly synthetic.

Checking the ingredient label is the best way to ensure that the product does not contain “fragrance oils or un-pure (chemical) components”. In other words, according to aromaweb.com, a “general rule-of-thumb is to be wary of products that do not list their ingredients and those that do not boast of having pure essential oils (look for products that contain pure essential oils on their ingredient list and avoid those that have words like fragrance)”.

Anyone who frequently uses Avon Products as much as I have knows that the word fragrance is virtually synonymous with Avon. Hence their own campaign material identifies them as aromatherapy-pretenders. Clearly they are not scamming their customers, since they are selling fragrance products, but their products are not truly aromatherapy products if they have been combined with impure components.

Hence, I am now learning how to search for a good supplier of aromatherapy products. I know I have found a good supplier if they have no problem providing me with a list of ingredients upon request. Some suppliers do not want their product copied, so it is understandable that some labels might not list ingredients, but if they will not tell you the ingredients, you may need to find another product and supplier who is more cooperative. What if your health issues make using certain essential oils detrimental for your health.

Learning what essential oils I may need to avoid and then finding a supplier willing to identify the blend they have used will be part of my educational process from here on out.

A Beginner's Journey

Now that I am beginning to understand how much I do not know about aromatherapy, I am looking forward to obtaining my first PURE aromatherapy products and using them in the way they are designed to be used. After I purchase my essential oils I look forward to finding the right soap and foaming bubble bath.

Finding the right scent will not prove to be too challenging, as I have never had much trouble in determining what relaxes me and what energizes me.

If my perfumed fragrances energized me, I can't wait to feel what pure aromatherapy products do for me, as I learn to use them correctly.

Aromatherapy and MS Fatigue

Thus far I have read about this list for fatigue, exhaution, and burnout:

Basil, Bergamot, Black Pepper, Clary sage, Cypress, Frankincense, Ginger, Grapefruit, Helichrysum, Jasmine, Lemon, Patchouli, Peppermint, Rosemary, Sandlewood, Vetiver

So much to learn . . . so little time, but I will anxiously endeavor to learn about these essential oils as far as combating my MS fatigue is concerned. I believe it will be well worth my while. Besides, learning new things has always been fun for me!

Clinical Studies

I will be interested in finding proof of the benefits of aromatherapy. Seems to me that there should be more available as to the benefits than anecdotal experiences. I can't imagine not being able to find studies, double blind clinical trials, and the like, which will detail the effectiveness of such products and which will stand up to close scrutiny.

Spending time investigating everything I take in regard to treating my Multiple Sclerosis, has taught me to take the time to investigate anything that affects my health in anyway. So I look forward to detailing my finding as to scientific proof where aromatherapy is concerned. Seems logical that given the popularity of such alternative treatments, proof of the effectiveness should be discernible.

Please share your knowledge about any studies you are aware of involving alternative medicine as I begin to conduct my own Internet search.

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toorcinistoft 3 years ago

My spouse and i employed to obtain at the top of existence yet as of late I have piled up a weight.


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lxxy 6 years ago from Beneath, Between, Beyond

Hey, maybe it is a word and I'm just wrong. I'm not a walking dictionary, that's what a handy smart phone is for, right? ;)

In all truth, new words are being introduced all the time, maybe I missed it.


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Jen's Solitude 6 years ago from Delaware Author

Ixxy I find the research easy to believe. I hate it when a bad memory is unlocked though. Are you sure superabundance is not a word, I find superabundantly triggers my spell checker, but not superabundance? LOL Thanks for the comment.


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lxxy 6 years ago from Beneath, Between, Beyond

Just to point out -- "superabundance" I believe is not one word, but it looks so derned cool I think I'll keep it. ;)

I admit, I am fond of aroma therapy. Scientists surmise smell is one of the most vital senses to unlocking memories of the past.


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Jen's Solitude 6 years ago from Delaware Author

Jane, my sister purchased grape seed oil lotion for me when she visited Korea. It is great. Now I just need to find a place in THIS country. If I do, I'll be sure to share my info. Thanks for the comment.


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Jane@CM 6 years ago

Hey Jen, this is an excellent article. I enjoy pure scents and have yet to find a place to purchase these oils. There is a local store in the mall, but the scents are so overwhelming I get a headache. I would like to learn more about aroma's that are for relaxing, other than lavender. I hope you write more on this topic & hope you can share some of your new found suppliers :) jane


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Jen's Solitude 6 years ago from Delaware Author

The pleasure was all mine. Thank you for caring enough to post such a helpful comment. I appreciate it and will keep up my intent to learn and enjoy the process. Have a great weekend!


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kmwichterman 6 years ago

Thanks for checking out my "Humor for Healing" blog Jen. And I'll be praying you receive total healing from MS.

In your search for aromatherapy check out the Young Living line. My sister just started distributing them, and I've also had massage therapists over the years highly recommend them. They have organic gardens in several key places around the world. I've always been interested in homeopathic remedies, and aromatherapy has always appealed to my emotions. It's how God first intended it. Uncontaminated, pure, and essential.

Also, look into Standard Process supplements at www.standardprocess.com Chiropractors recommend them, and that's what started some of my hormonal healing - using a product called Simplex F. I've had a lot of problems in the last 5 years with hypo thyroid and adrenal fatigue. But check with someone who works in the naturalist field. Most general practitioners don't know much more than the pharmaceuticals they've always used.

Also, if your not already taking them, I highly recommend good fish oils for much needed essential Omega 3 fatty acids, maybe a higher dose to begin with, to help with inflammation. Again, the Standard Process line does not taste fishy or have the burp taste afterward. Cold-pressed organic extra virgin coconut oil and olive oil, instead of canola, can also help increase Omega 3 fatty acids. Hope this helps. Blessings.


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Jen's Solitude 6 years ago from Delaware Author

My pleasure DjBryle, thanks for reading.


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DjBryle 6 years ago from Somewhere in the LINES of your MIND, and HOPEFULLY at the RIPPLES of your HEART. =)

I love this! tnx for sharing =)


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Jen's Solitude 6 years ago from Delaware Author

Thanks for reading ethel!


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ethel smith 6 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

Thanks for this detailed review of aromatherapy


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Jen's Solitude 6 years ago from Delaware Author

Thanks Paradise. I know it works for me and I'm looking forward to finding more great aromas in the future.


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Paradise7 6 years ago from Upstate New York

Great hub! I love my bubble bath at night, and it's mostly the aroma. It IS therapy, it really makes you feel better.


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Jen's Solitude 6 years ago from Delaware Author

I'm glad you also want to investigate aromatherapy fishtiger, the more I research the better I like the premise and I am getting my husband excited about the possibilities as well. (-:


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fishtiger58 6 years ago from Momence, Illinois

I know nothing about aromatherapy but I found your hub very interesting and now I want to look into the whole idea. Thanks Jen I do so much enjoy your hubs. Have a good day.


best wallpaper collection 6 years ago

really good? however i think aromatic therapy would be perfect!


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Jen's Solitude 6 years ago from Delaware Author

I agree wandererh. I am finding a little success and when I gather enough information, I look forward to sharing what I have discovered in the case of clinical studies. Thanks for your comment!


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wandererh 6 years ago from Singapore

Very refreshing to hear of aromatherapy and double blind clinical trials in the same sentence. Too often, when dealing with such products, anecdotal evidence is all you are going to get and you are made to feel like you are asking for the moon when you ask for "proof".


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Jen's Solitude 6 years ago from Delaware Author

Marge Clark, thanks so much for the added info. I have been enjoying all the AromoWeb site has to offer and look forward to continued learning on the site. I will certainly click on the blogspot link as well and look forward to visiting you there.


Marge Clark 6 years ago

You're off to a good start, realizing that there is a difference between true aromatherapy products and the mass market products using the name. I wish you much joy in your aromatic journey. You might want to look at the list of books on AromaWeb and focus on the ones that Wendy recommends for beginners. Also look for an emphasis on safety...the safe and appropriate uses of these powerful healing substances. You were looking for research links; we've blogged a few research studies: http://naturesgiftaromatherapy.blogspot.com/2009/0... is one. A visit to our blog will show a lot more. OR go to pubmed and do a search for Essential Oil.

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