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Aroma Therapy - Understanding the Art of Using Aromatic Essential Oils

Updated on November 23, 2011

Aromatherapy is the best natural resource for physical strength and mental vitality. Aromatherapy heals the person in all three ways physically, emotionally/spiritually, and mentally. It is a common fact that when we are happy and relaxed, our body recovers from a disease at a rapid pace than in times when we are sad, worried, and restless. That’s what aromatherapy does. It makes a person happy and relaxed thereby helping our body to remove toxins on its own and recover at a super fast speed from any disease or illness. It is also a true fact that our emotional state absolutely influences the outcome of treatment and this is the reason why many physicians around the world consider aromatherapy as a natural/alternative treatment which can be given in conjunction with other types of treatments like allopathy, Ayurveda, homeopathy, etc. Aromatherapy can also be given alone to help a person recover easily. Not only aromatherapy helps in treatment of medical conditions but is also relaxing and sensational when it is taken in the forms of aromatherapy inhalations, baths, and massages. As the relaxation we get from this therapy enhances our ability to work in a more efficient manner increasing productivity and quality at the workplace and strength, vigor, and vitality at home helping you take the best decisions about your family life and always being active around the family members.

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Aromatherapy is the science and art of using essential oils of aromatic plants. Aromatherapy has become an important part of life of several thousand people around the world. Healing aroma coming from the lavender, rose, and jasmine essential oils fills the air with wonderful scents. Aromatherapy oils are extracted from plants by various methods like steam distillation, infusion, expression etc. From cosmetics to modern medicine, everywhere you can see the use of these essential oils. These essential oils of aromatherapy are so concentrated that they are rarely used without being diluted. They are very volatile, i.e., can evaporate quickly when they come in contact with air and this is the reason why they are so effective in treatment. This is also the reason why these essential oils are kept in bottles with lids closed immediately after use.

Essential oils dissolve easily in carrier oils or base oils and this is the reason why these oils are best suited for their dilution. Some of them are: Almond oil, jojaba oil, and others such as soybean, olive, safflower, grape seed, apricot seed oil, etc. The method to use essential oils is to drop about 2.5% essential oil in a certain amount of carrier oil and then it can be applied to the treatment area. For example: You need to put 10 drops of chamomile pure essential oil and 5 drops of pure lavender essential oil in 30 ml of almond oil. Adding a few drops of wheat germ oil helps get a lot of vitamin E. Warning, do not think that if you will add more essential oil to carrier oil, you will get better results. The result will be totally opposite as this would only irritate your skin getting an undesired effect, so it is better to consult an aromatherapist first and write all the instructions for using essential oils and blending them with carrier oil on a sheet of paper, so that when you are doing that at home, you don’t do any mistake and not do any damage to your body.

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      Rajinder Soni 

      7 years ago from New Delhi, India

      @mdlawyer and KoffeeKlatch Gals, thanks for your visit. By the way, I have written extensively on aromatherapy and natural herbs here at hubpages. You can go my other stuff via links below Share button.

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      Susan Hazelton 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Aromatherapy is a very effective tool. Great information thank you for sharing it.

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      mdlawyer 

      7 years ago

      Very useful info about aromatherapy. Soni, thank you form the share

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