Aroma Therapy

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Aroma means scent, and therapy means treatment. Aromatherapy, then, is the use of the fragrant parts of aromatic plants to improve your health and general well being. First, of course, aromatherapy offers pure enjoyment. Taking a whiff of a spice in your kitchen or a bouquet of flowers is fundamental aromatherapy.

Aromatherapy has many other benefits, too. Inhaling the appropriate fragrance can reduce stress, lift a depression, hasten a good night's sleep, soothe your soul, or give you more energy. Aromatherapy is already helping office workers stay alert while doing repetitive mental tasks. And hospitals are experimenting with using aromatherapy to help patients relax so that other healing modalities can do their job.Massaging aromatic oils into your skin is another way to benefit from aromatherapy. That's because essential oils, the compounds responsible for a plant's fragrance, offer a multitude of healing benefits in addition to their individual scents. A pungent liniment such as Chinese Tiger Balm, for instance, eases aches and pains. And the latest fragrant shampoos and body oils will improve the health of your complexion and hair while at the same time inducing a particular mood. Aromatherapy, then, is very versatile and can be used in many different ways to treat a wide range of physical and emotional problems.Aromatherapy is so easy to use! Who wouldn't welcome a prescription to bathe with scented oils or to receive an aromatic massage? In the articles below, you will learn the basics of aromatherapy, how to use aromatherapy, profiles of essential oils that can be used therapeutically, and common conditions that can be treated by using aromatherapy.
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Ways to use essential Aroma Therapy Oils

Common methods of using oils include inhalation, vaporization, massage, bathing, and compresses. Essential oils (except in rare exceptions) are not to be applied to the skin in an undiluted form.

Steam Inhalation: Add a two drops of essential oil to a bowl of steaming water. Covering your head and bowl of water with a towel, inhale the healing vapors.

Vaporization: Four to five drops of a single oil or combination of oils are sufficient. Too ascent a room place the drops in a vaporizer or in a small container of water set on a radiator. You can also place a drop or two onto a light bulb. For individual therapy you can place a drop or two of oil onto a tissue or pillowcase.

Baths: For relaxation, pleasure, stress relief, or soothing achy muscles, a soak in bath water that has been treated with a few drops of essential oils is a delight.

Personal Care: Treat yourself by adding romatic oils to your skin lotions, face creams, and mild shampoos.

Massage: Essential oils are blended into a base oil such as sweet almond or grape seed oil.

Compresses: Applying essential oil compresses is an effective way of relieving pain and reducing inflammation.

Feminine Care:
 Tea Tree oil is a common essential oil used to treat candia or thrush. Add it to water for use in a douch or sitz bath.

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