According to the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy, Aromatherapy is the art of using natural essential oils from plants to balance, harmonize, and promote the health of the body, mind, and spirit.
Once you inhale the aroma of the essential oils it’s believed to stimulate the brain function. One of the most well-known essential oils is Lavender, due to it’s sweet aroma that’s meant to calm the nerves and promote a full night’s rest.
Essential oils can be absorbed through the skin so it can travel through the bloodstream and promote whole-body healing.
If you are planning to put essential oils topically, please use a base oil like almond and coconut oil and mix it with the essential oil before putting it on, plain essential oil can burn the skin and can create a rash.
You can also use essential oils in household items and laundry cleaners. Some oils are natural insect repellents, like citronella and Tea Tree oil. The beauty of essential oils is that they can be blended to create more appealing and complex aromas, these are called essential oil synergy which are considered to be greater in total action than each oil working independently, which can be found in Pinterest.
What are essential oils?
Essential oils are the essence of a plant that has been found to provide psychological and physical benefits when it’s used correctly.
Aromatherapy encourages the use of other natural ingredients with the essential oils like cold pressed vegetable oils, jojoba, herbs, milk powders, sea salt, sugars for exfoliants, clays, muds, etc.
Make sure that if you want to start practicing aromatherapy, the essential oils do not have synthetic ingredients. Perfume oils or fragrance oils are not the same as essential oils and do not provide the therapeutic benefits of the essential oils.
The United States and Puerto Rico do not regulate their use of the word aromatherapy on the products, labeling, or advertising so any product van be marketed suitable for aromatherapy. Look for the clues in the labels that say “Made With Essential Oils” or “Made With Natural Ingredients” and if you find them, these are not essential oils.
Let’s say you’re looking for a bottle of Lavender Essential Oil, it’s going to be pretty hard to find it in a common supermarket or a local pharmacy, so I suggest looking for the essential oil at an organic product shop and finding the bottle that says “100% Lavender” in the ingredient section.
Unfortunately, most essential oils can be expensive and hard to find unless you buy them on Amazon, but trust me, these essential oils can last for months because you only need a couple of drops every time you use it.
What I love about aromatheraphy is that anyone can use it at any time of the day. Whether you diffuse it, use it topically, or simply inhale the oil from the bottle, essential oils are a wonderful alternative that children and adults can use!