How to Utilize Essential Oils
How to Utilize Essential Oils
An introduction to essential oils opens a whole new world of possibilities that will help you to enrich your life. Our brains actually have receptors that respond to fragrances, which means we are already ‘set up’ to benefit from essential oils. Essential oils can have a place in nearly every aspect of everyday living, and in addition to all the help they provide on so many levels, most of them just smell good.
Because most essential oils are fairly precious and can be high in price because of the difficulty of producing them, carrier oils will often be used to help ‘stretch them out’. Also, the high level of concentration of most essential oils makes the use of a carrier oil nearly essential in some applications.
While our modern life may sometimes cause us to forget it, we humans are natural beings, and we respond closely to elements of the natural world. The inventor of what we call aromatherapy was a French chemist named René-Maurice Gattefossé. We can thank him for his research into the properties of different essential oils and bringing this important discipline to the attention of the public.
It is all too easy to get stressed out today; many of us have lives that are simply too complicated and demanding. Stress and anxiety often result, which can lead to both mental and physical problems. Here are just some of the ways that aromatherapy can improve and heal your wellbeing:
- Stress might well be considered a modern plague. It’s probably safe to say that almost everyone today suffers from some degree of stress. Ylang-ylang, lavender, lemon, and bergamot essential oils have been found useful in relieving stress.
- When we become stressed, our immune system suffers, which means that we are more susceptible to illness. Essential oils such as eucalyptus, peppermint, oregano, and frankincense not only provide a boost to your immune system, but they also help to fight against bacterial, viral, and fungal infections.
- Another nasty side effect of stress is depression, and once again, essential oils can come to the rescue. Jasmine, lavender, and chamomile will help to lift your spirits.
- If you are having some trouble with insomnia, you can get some help from essential oils such as sandalwood, rose, jasmine, and lime. Getting a good, restful night’s sleep is vital to your mental and physical health, and these essential oils help to provide it.
- We all get the ‘blahs’ from time to time when we seem to have little or no energy and less inclination to do more than sit like a lump in front of the television. A great treatment for the blahs is provided by essential oils such as rosemary, cardamom, clove, sage, and cinnamon.
Massage and Essential Oils
Aromatherapy using a disperser isn’t the only way to benefit from essential oils, they are important in augmenting massage therapy. We already know how valuable therapeutic massage is in helping not only to treat sore, damaged muscles and joints, as well as promote a feeling of relaxation and calm, but adding essential oils to the massage augments these benefits. Your massage therapist will help you decide which essential oil will help you get the most out of your massage session.
- Stress will melt away when neroli or orange blossom oil is used.
- Athletes, especially, will find their range of motion and flexibility increased with a rosemary oil massage.
- Anxiety attacks can make life miserable, but a massage that uses rose or lavender essential oil may help to limit these annoyances.
- Inflamed skin might ordinarily not respond well to a massage, but ginger or tea tree oil can help reduce discomfort.
Your massage therapist may use essential oils alone or in combination, to provide the maximum benefit to you.