The products mentioned in this post were provided by Puritan’s Pride. I love essential oils and write about this topic regularly. All opinions are mine.
What is Aromatherapy?
It is the use of aromatic plant extracts and of essential oils for things like massages, skin care, household needs, colds and flu, and much more.
Is there a difference between “Aromatherapy” and “Essential Oil therapy?”
There’s a couple of things that aromatherapy implies.
First, we are enjoying a pleasant smell from the essential oil. However, we all know that there are essential oils that are far from being pleasant in their aromas and could be offensive to the smell. Then why do we still call it “aromatherapy?” Without going into discussion, aromatherapy has a better name recognition.
Second, therapeutic effect is achieved via smelling or inhaling of the essential oil aromas. But there are many other ways to use essential oils. Again due to a wide recognition and usage of the aromatherapy concept, the “essential oil therapy” falls into that naming category.
What are those ways we all could benefit from the use of the essential oils? Here are a few to give you ideas.
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BERGAMOT (Citrus bergamia)
Uses: Antiseptic properties of this oil could be used as a vapour in your home. Put hot water ina bowl with a few drops of this pleasantly smelling essential oil and you’ve got some amazing smell! Or use a few drops on a tissue by a warm place for better infiltration of the smell.
Other properties include: Mild antidepressant and tonic, purifying and cleansing, tranquility and serenity, meditation.
Uses: Minor burns, insomnia, pain relief, wound care, dermatitis and swelling, frostbite, acne, massage, tranquility and serenity, meditation.
For skin problems, add 3 drops of essential oil to 10 ml of soya oil and apply. Use the oil for facial saunas for acne! Add some drops of the oil to a warm bath to help cellulite.
Uses: Fungal infections, Cleansing and purifying, tranquility and serenity.
Lemongrass is widely used in South-East Asian dishes. Love Thai food? Yum! It ads a lemony taste to rice, dhal dishes and curries, and fish soups.
If you’re into lotion and soap making, this essential oil provides a beautiful aroma for the final products.
Athlete’s Foot could be helped with the use of the Lemongrass essential oil. Use a warm water bath with a few drops of oil. After the bath, use this mixture to apply to the foot: 200 ml almond oil + 5 drops of wheatgerm oil + 10 drops of lemongrass oil.
Uses: Useful for lifting depression, fighting frigidity, great for skin rejuvenation and wound healing, and respiratory health.
Useful in treatment of nausea, cough, cold, stress. It keeps brain active, sharp and alert : Try to rub a small amount on the temples.
In cases of minor cuts and insects bites, soak a piece of cotton in rosewood essential oil and apply it on the affected area.
Uses: Great anticeptic! Keep it in your first-aid kit. Heals cuts and bruises, burns, fungus infections, athlete’s foot and eczema.