Aromatherapy 101: What It Is and How to Use It

Welcome to Aromatherapy 101! In this blog post, we will be diving into the wonderful world of essential oils. We will explore what they are and how you can use them to improve your overall well-being. From understanding the different types of essential oils to learning about the various methods of application so you can start your aromatherapy journey. Whether you’re new to the practice or simply looking to deepen your understanding, this post will provide you with the knowledge you need to make the most of the healing power of scent.

What is Aromatherapy?

Essential oils are concentrated liquids that are extracted from certain species of flowers, grasses, fruits, leaves, roots and trees. It takes a great deal of work to produce a tiny amount of essential oil. For instance: you would need sixty thousand rose blossoms to produce one ounce of rose oil. With that being said, aromatherapy is the practice where we use essential oils to improve physical, emotional and spiritual well-being.

The fascinating thing is that essential oils are active ingredients (or inspiration) in many drugs we use in Western medicine. Peppermint oil, for example, is anti-inflammatory, it can treat arthritis and rheumatism, digestive discomfort, and headaches. I mean the list of uses for essential oils goes on and on. Read how to use essential oils for sleep.

The Quality Matters

It is crucial to use only pure essential oils for effective therapeutic use. Pure essential oils are derived by steam distillation, extraction, solvent extraction, enfleurage or maceration. Anything else is not suitable for medicinal purposes. Be sure to pay attention to the labels and make sure they say “pure” or “100% pure.” Also, remember that although they are called essential oils, they are not actually oils at all. One way to prove authenticity is to drop the oil on a blotting paper. A pure essential oil will not leave a mark after it dries out.

Another good indicator in authenticity is price. Jasmine essential oil, for example, is one of the most expensive oils on the market due to the fact that it takes eight million hand-picked jasmine blossoms to produce 2.2 pounds of oil. So if you see it somewhere for a few bucks… Well most likely it’s not real.

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Basic Care Kit

To start aromatherapy, you could make a basic care kit with a few essential oils that you will probably need more frequently. Some oils to consider for your kit include lavender, tea tree, peppermint, chamomile, rosemary, grapefruit, and frankincense. Each of these oils has a variety of uses, including promoting healing, preventing scarring, and stimulating the immune system.

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How To Use Aromatherapy?

There are several ways to use essential oils for aromatherapy, including inhalation, massage, and topical application. The most common and easy way is by inhalation- just add a few drops of oil to a diffuser, or to a bowl of hot water and inhale the steam. Massage is another popular method of use, and involves mixing a few drops of oil with a carrier oil and massaging it into the skin. You could also dilute a few drops and apply it directly to the skin (without massage).

With so many benefits and uses, aromatherapy is a powerful tool for promoting overall well-being. By understanding the basics of what it is and how to use it, you can start incorporating essential oils into your daily routine and experience the benefits for yourself.

The world of essential oils is truly a beautiful world. Nature’s medicine, without side effects and all the benefits (not to mention wonderful smell)- essential oils are my go to solution for any physical or emotional issue I might be having.

If this is something that you find fascinating too, check out the book by Valerie Ann Worwood- The Complete Book Of Essential Oils & Aromatherapy.