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Aromatherapy

The practice of aromatherapy has scientific roots. The various chemical components in each particular essential oil have been studied to see how their usage can affect the body on an emotional and physiological level. Many essential oils also contain antiseptic and degreasing qualities which make them superb household cleaning additives.

Aromatherapeutic massage: Scentual Healing

It's no secret that human touch is powerful. From infants to the elderly and all ages in between, everyone needs touch in order to thrive. It is reassuring, comforting, energizing and healing. For many, the word massage brings to mind pampering - a luxury few can afford. In this day and age, a daily bit of pampering is just the ticket to unwind from the day's hectic pace. If you have a willing partner, a daily back, shoulder or foot massage is guaranteed to put your relationship on a new level and you in a less stressed mood. If you don't have a partner, you can massage your own hands, feet, calves or temples.

Aromatherapy massage is a combination of touch and smell. The power of smell can dramatically affect the mind and emotions via the olfactory nerves in the brain. Aromatherapy and touch is effective for creating a mood or helping to heal a specific condition.

Edited from: Feel Fabulous Every Day, by Stephanie Tourles.

Essential oil precautions

Essential oils are highly concentrated natural products that should always be diluted and should be used with due caution. To test for potential allergic reactions, try this patch test.

  1. In a small bowl, combine 1 or 2 drops of essential oil and a teaspoon of base oil (vegetable or nut oil).
  2. Apply a dab of the mixture to the underside of your wrist, the inside of your upper arm, the skin behind your ear or the back of your knee. Wait 24 hours.
  3. If no irritation has developed after 24 hrs, the oil in question is generally safe to use. If irritation develops, do not use the oil.

Essential oil properties

  • Refreshing: bergamot, geranium, lemon, lemongrass, lime, peppermint, pine, rosemary
  • Respiration: cedarwood, eucalyptus, peppermint, pine
  • Headache and sinus congestion: eucalyptus, lavender, peppermint
  • Warming: clary sage, clove, cinnamon, marjoram
  • Stimulating: eucalyptus, lemon, lemongrass, peppermint, pine, rosemary
  • Stiffness: lavender, marjoram, rosemary
  • Reproductive balance: clary sage, geranium, lemon

 

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