Uses Of Essential Oils
is the most familiar method of treatment associated with
aromatherapy. Essential oils are able to penetrate through
the skin and are absorbed into the body, exerting healing
and beneficial influences on internal tissues and organs.
The oils used for massage are first dilluted by being
mixed with a base and should never be applied directly to
the skin in their pure nature in case of an allergic
An aromatherapist will "design" a full whole
body massage based on an accurate history taken from the
patient and experience in the use of the essential oils. The
oils will be chosen specifically to match the temperature of
the patient and also to deal with any particular medical or
emotional problems which the patient has.
It is possible to have an aromatherapy massage
at home. It is important to ensure that the should always be
diluted in a carrier oil for massage.
Carrier oils are fatty oils made from
vegetables and nuts. They are chemically different than
essential oils, consisting of almost 100% triglycerides. It is
generally safe to consume, as they are mild enough to be
applied on the skin directly.
Here are some
carrier oils :
Sweet Almond - A light, penetrating oil
that is good for dry skin.
White Grapeseed - Inexpensive, non-irritating
for most skin, even for allergic types.
Avocado - Very nourishing and penetrating.
Olive - Easy to obtain, inexpensive, extremely
nourishing to dry skin but has a smell of its own.
Most people have experienced the benefits of
relaxing in a hot bath to whicha perfumed preparation has
been added. Most of these preparations contain essential
oils used in aromatherapy.
The additiion of a number of drops of
an essential oil to the bath water can cause a soothing and
relaxing effect, removing pains and aches, removing
fatigue and restoring energy.
In addition, there is the benefit of inhaling
the vapours of the oil as they evaporate from the hot
uses of essential oils....