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Friday, April 29, 2005

Essential Oils - The Truth About Aromatherapy

The Truth About Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy, the use of essential oils, is used to provide
a balance in body and mind, prevent and fight infections,
and promote a sense of well-being. Essential oils are
derived by extracting base oil from plants through
distillation. The history of Aromatherapy stretches back
hundreds of years and includes a many diverse cultures.
Plants and their essential oils have powerful effects on our
lives.

Essential oils in can be used in aromatherapy in many
different ways. There are guidelines for using essential
oils, it's important to follow the guidelines because some
of the oils can be harmful if used inappropriately. Some
oils cannot be used directly on the skin and must be diluted
with carrier oil before being placed on the skin.

There are soaps and creams made with essential oils. These
items make it easy for you to start including them in your
daily routines. Each oil has an explicit purpose. The oils
are usually delivered via a base cream made up of several
blends. Look for creams that will give you energy, restore
vitality or even relaxation. You can have fun experimenting
by using unscented creams and mixing various essential oils
into them. It will probably take a few tries, but you are
sure to find some great experiences.

Inhalations are another popular method of aromatherapy.
This method is especially useful with essential oils that
help to fight infections. One of the easiest ways to
accomplish this is to place several drops of a particular
oil, such as tea tree oil, into a bowl of hot water and
inhale the steam that comes off the water. It is very
important to not use too much of each essential oil. Start
off with only a couple drops, some people find certain oils
very overpowering. You can also use essential oils in a
diffuser. While the effects may not be as powerful as
direct inhalations, the effects of certain blends can be
very calming and leave a pleasant scent in your home.

A few words of caution when using essential oils for
aromatherapy: many oils are not recommended for use with
children or animals. If you have children, especially very
young ones, you should be sure to check the properties of
each type of essential oil before using it, even if it is
just in a diffuser. If you feel that a child could benefit
from direct contact with an essential oil you should check
with a pediatrician first. Many animals are particularly
sensitive to essential oils, even when used in very small
doses in a diffuser. Overuse of essential oils can
actually cause liver damage in some pets. If you share
your home with animals, please try to limit your use of
essential oils in a diffuser and perhaps stick to using
them in creams. Before considering using an essential oil
directly on your pet please visit your veterinarian.

Aromatherapy is a wonderful way to enhance your life
through balance in your body and mind. The use of
essential oils can have not only profound effects on a
person~s mood, but it can affect your body as well.
Essential oils can be very powerful, and must be used
carefully and responsibly, especially when being
administered to a child or pet. The world of aromatherapy
is vast and complex, and the benefits can improve your life
greatly.

Claire Evesham is the owner of
Feel Good Aromatherapy,
the #1 source on the internet for information about
Aromatherapy. For more articles on Aromatherapy visit:
http://www.feelgoodaromatherapy.com/articles








*The FDA has not evaluated the statements on this website. The information presented here is for educational purposes of traditional uses and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any diseases.


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