We are living in a busy and sometimes crazy world. For sure, there are days when you feel like everything seems to be happening so fast. If you feel stressed out and pressured, aromatherapy can do wonders for you. The good news is you don't need to go to professionals to be treated to this. You can provide yourself many such experiences in the comfort of your own home.
You cannot do anything wrong in this regard. If you are new with the concept, there are many resources that you can turn to in order to learn more about the matter. Here are only some suggestions as to where you can start looking for articles about the topic.
1. The Internet. The World Wide Web is known to be a vast source of information about anything and everything that you are looking for. There are sites that cater solely about the topics of essential oils and their applications. There are also sites that contain many different articles that include the one that you are looking for. The only thing that you have to do is click your PC's mouse away until you find the best piece where you can learn a lot from.
2. Books. Visit your local bookstore and look into the section of relaxation and other forms of therapies and the likes. For sure, you will be able to find a great book written by someone who lives in your locality. This way, you can readily apply what the author talks about in the book because you have same mentality and exposed to mostly the same things and experiences.
Even with the sudden surge of the popularity of the Internet, once in a while, it will not hurt to check out the printed form to gain more knowledge about the things that you want to know more about.
3. Other people. If you know someone who is exposed to the method or maybe, they also know of other people who have done it, talk to them. You will be able to open yourself to many other things that these people can share with you. Learn from such conversations. Take a mental note about the mistakes that they have done in the matter so that you will be able to veer away from taking such route.
Even before you have learned everything that you want to know about the process, you can start creating a more homey feel into your own house. Set up the things that you will need to start such process. Here are some of the easiest things that you can do at home.
1. Enjoy your baths by adding a few drops of your favorite aromas of essential oils into the water. This can leave you feeling soft and smelling good. This will definitely ease out the stresses that your day at work brought about.
2. You can also use the oils on compresses in curing various aches and ailments. The smell will relax your mind and the oils will help to heal whatever it is that is causing your discomfort.
3. Ask your partner or even your children to give you a massage using the oils. You can take turns in the process. This is one great bonding activity while you help yourself regain energy and physical strength by soothing your muscles and relaxing your mind.
4. This can also be merely inhaled. Such method of aromatherapy is typically applied if you want to cure respiratory ailments. If you don't have a diffuser, this is usually, this is done by adding a few drops of oils like eucalyptus, tea tree and rosemary to a container full of hot water. You will inhale the steam coming from that and instantly, you will feel the kind of comfort that you want to experience. To find out more...
Manuka (Leptospermum Scorparium) essential oil, has been used since before the pre-European times in its native New Zealand and southeast Australia by the Maoris Tribes for centuries and has been gaining recognition globally in the most recent decades. The locals used this Tea Tree oil for many things, including but not limited to; fevers, rheumatism, insect bites, poisonous stings, burns skin disorders, stiff muscles, head colds, digestive issues and even ear infections.
Obtained using a steam distillation process, a very unusual aspect of this oil, is the concentration of the various components in this oil, depend on the height where the leaves are gathered from the tree. The oil has a honeyish scent and is a very potent antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, anti-allergenic, anti-histaminic and anti-fungal. In laboratory tests Manuka has been shown it to be effective against almost 40 different micro-organisms, specifically noteworthy, because it included candida tropicalis, candida albicans, streptococci and staphylococcal bacteria and various strains of Fungi.
Manuka Chemical properties: Contains isoleptospermone, pinene, caryophyllene,trichetones, gernoil, flavesone, linalool, leptospermone and humulene. (see how these may vary above)
Anti-fungal Excellent for ear infections ( Never put into the ear canal. apply to the outside of the ear only!) Apply to the toenail bed for fungus, also, use on cold sores, cuts, itching and rashes.
Anti-Inflammation Help clear inflammation in the lungs, colon, digestive system and applied topically for rheumatism and tired, sore or aching joint and muscles.
Antibacterial By inhibiting bacterial growth in the body it helps with infections throughout, curbing or preventing their growth.
Anti-allergenic Manuka essential oils tends to calm the reactions to pollen's, dust, pets and many other foreign particles that cause allergic reactions.
Anti-histaminic This essential oil reduces the production of histamine, giving relief to recurrent coughs from many causes.
Relaxant Diffuse for a pleasant, relaxing honey like aroma to help soothe the mind, curb depression, stress and anxiety
Deodorant Manuka oil's antibacterial properties help to eliminate body odors and replaces them with a pleasant and refreshing scent and feel on your skin. Rub on your feet to prevent foot odor and protect against fungal infections.
Supports the appearance of healthy looking skin, reduces the appearance of blemishes. Because Manuka has skin healing properties, and has cicatrices properties it's use can be effective in helping in general, to heal skin that is scarred or damaged. Plus, along with it's antibacterial properties it can be useful for treating acne.
How to use it: Aromatherapy / inhalation Diffusing for respiratory issues and reducing stress and anxiety. ( up to 30 minutes 3 times per day)
Topically apply and massage for help with skin afflictions, tired, sore joints and muscles, scalp / dandruff complaints (add a couple drops to your regular shampoo or conditioner) Add a few drops to bath water to help with skin and and a relaxing soak.
Blends well with Geranium, Lavender, Pine, Rosemary, Clove, Ylang-Ylang, Sage, Marjoram, Bergamot, Rose, Sandalwood, Peppermint, Vetiver, Juniper and Thyme.
Essential Oils are very potent and may cause side effects if used improperly. Also the benefits may vary from person to person, so use caution and consult an expert reference guide like (6TH EDITION ESSENTIAL OILS POCKET REFERENCE) Contact me to get a special deal on one for your home.
If you experience adverse reactions discontinue use and seek professional advice.
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Hot days and cool evenings with pleasant nights, I love summertime!
However, along with the pleasantries, out of the wood work comes the little beasties which are not so much fun or pleasant...
Mosquitoes, fleas, ticks and flies.
It's a good thing I have my essential oils on hand to deal with them. Essential oils are Natural, Pure and Potent, they support wellness naturally and are incredibly easy to use to enhance your life. While not all combination of these essential oils will work uniformly for each variety of insect, research shows that the following essential oils work as repellents for these four particular types of common household insect pests. Some overlap while some are unique.
Your Homeade Repellent Spray Recipe 10 drops of Eucalyptus Essential Oil 10 drops of Lemongrass Essential Oil 5 drops of Peppermint Essential Oil 5 drops Cedarwood Essential Oil (This is optional if you are not dealing with fleas or ticks)
1 tsp of apple cider vinegar (Rubbing alcohol (91% or vodka can also be used) 3 oz witch hazel 3 oz of water 1 small spray bottle that will deliver a fine mist.
Essential oils don’t mix very well with water so start by adding them to the apple cider vinegar. Place the apple cider vinegar in a small cup or bowl, then drop in the essential oils. This step is critical to keep the oils from just floating on the top of the water, so don't skip it.
After combining the oils and apple cider vinegar, you can add them to your spray bottle, (I use a glass bottle as the oils will compromise plastic and could contaminate your mixture. Also, remember to store in a dark bottle away from sunlight and heat.)
Now, pour in the water and witch hazel. I like to make a triple batch so I need a large bottle. This recipe will make 6 ounces of mosquito - repellent spray.
Just shake it up good and your ready to go. A Quick and Simple Lovely Smelling Solution!
Apply it by Spraying it on directly or into your palms and then rub onto the desired locations.
Your DIY Essential Oil Repellent, easy to make, smells superb and works great too!
Feel free to experiment using other oils like adding Lavender, lemon or peppermint to your mixture. It will give it a different aroma, minty fresh feeling when applied and still give you great results!
I'd love to hear how this mixture works for you or if you change it and get better results please feel free to share!
Aromatherapy – Helping You Ease Through Your Unwanted Phobias
Most people have fear of something that they may not even know the origins of such emotion. Are you afraid of the dark and becomes too terrified when placed in a room where there is not even a tinge of light? Such situation and the likes, if not treated early, may lead to serious medical condition also known as phobia. For this situation, aromatherapy can help you deal with whatever is frightening you to help you move on, face and conquer your dilemmas. Nowadays, the method is not merely something that you apply on yourself or to your loved ones. If you will look around you, you will realize that this has become a big business that people offer to cater to various conditions that this method can help solve. There are small stores that sell essential oils. There are also large commercial establishments that offer various techniques to help their clients feel relaxed through the use of essential oils. Studies are still ongoing with regards to the effectiveness of the process. But many people will testify of the benefits that they have gained through such. This is also the reason why despite the fact that there are various healing techniques and methods that spring up through time, up to this day, such method remains to be one of the most popular.
Looking into the Core
This is an alternative method that is being applied on situations when traditional medicines and form of treatments can no longer help the patient. This utilizes essential oils that have been extracted from plants and herbs and contain various essences and smell that help the patient survive the situation that they are dealing with. People are still finding hard evidences to proclaim the method as scientific and so that governing bodies such as the Food and Drug Administration can help in its promotion. But for the meantime, people enjoy the benefits that such process can provide. Some of the known advantages of this technique include the cleansing feeling, it also rejuvenates the person who is undergoing such and alleviate stress caused by overwork and fatigue. This must be administered with the consent of an adult, or if you want your children to apply such process on their own, you must teach them the proper way so that they will not suffer anything bad and will enjoy the activity and the advantages that it provides. You should take note that people have different skin types. There are those who will react differently when subjected to essential oils which are highly concentrated. This may cause skin irritation that may frighten them to try the scheme after the bad experience. It is beneficial to use a carrier oil to dilute the oils when applying them topically.
If you will buy the oils in specialty shops, be careful as they are usually perfume grade oils and not the highest grade oils. Some of the oils may have already been combined with other carrier oils like grapeseed, coconut or other vegetable oils. This will minimize the adverse effects sensitive skin types may have with oils. I always recommend the highest quality oils such as these. A medical professional can also recommend for you the right kind of essences that will help you deal with whatever is bugging you. The popular oils and their uses might include the rose, valerian, rosemary and lavender that heal anxiety disorders. Scents like the chamomile, lime, vanilla, copaiba, lavender and geranium have calming effects. Frankincense, ylang-ylang, rose and neroli can help uplift moods.
Aromatherapy can help you deal with simple fear and phobias that you may be faced with. However, you must be open to being helped and prepared to experiment with the methods that this technique may require you to be treated with.
Ancient people greatly depended on their surroundings for everything that they needed. They had to make the most of what they had; that is why they discovered methods of using plants for treating ailments and preserving life. That is how aromatherapy began – one of the oldest methods of holistic healing.
Closely related to what we have today, the practice of using oils from aromatic plants began with the Egyptians. They developed a method of extracting oils from plants through an infusion process. These oils served various purposes to them back then, as an important part of medicinal healing, cosmetics, as well as embalming.
At the same time in some other part of the world, the Chinese were also using different herbs and their scents for many applications. According to a herbal book dating back to around 2700 BC, ancient Chinese were using more than 300 different kinds of plants. Aromatics in China were used for both religious and therapeutic purposes. The Chinese burned woods and incense during religious ceremonies – a ritual still evident today. Also, the use of aromatics was also associated with ancient modes of treatment, such as massage and acupressure.
In India, people were already practicing a traditional system of healing called Ayurveda. Originating there for around 5000 years now, it emphasizes setting up a balance in the body through proper diet, lifestyle, cleansing, and the health of the mind, body and spirit. It employs cleansing, detoxification and the use of herbs such as triphala, ashwaghanda, gotu kola and bosweilla.
The knowledge of the Egyptians reached the Greeks, which they used further to come up with more discoveries. They found out that different scents had different effects on the human body and mind. For instance, essential oils derived from certain flowers were stimulating, while others were relaxing. The Greeks also used base or carrier oils, in the form of olive oil, for herbs and flowers; thus led to their use for several cosmetic and medicinal purposes.
In turn, the Romans learned from the knowledge of the Greeks. They became popular back then for scented baths, followed by massage using scented oils. Because of the popularity of aromatics to them, it paved the way to the setting up of trade routes. These trade routes allowed the Romans to import exotic oils and spices to lands like India and Arabia.
The Middle Ages yielded tons of studies on herbs and their benefits. One such book that was written back then, called Culpeper’s herbal, is still being consulted up to this day.
In the 11th century, a Persian physician named Avicenna invented a distillation equipment and process, which led to the focus of further development of essential oils and their many benefits. This knowledge spread to the other parts of the world through invading forces.
Essential oils were then being produced in Germany, extracted from herbs brought from parts of Africa and the Far East. When the Conquistadors invaded South America, more and more aromatic plants were discovered. The wide variety of plants found in the garden of Montezuma provided the foundation for further remedies and treatments using plant extracts.
Although aromatic plants had been used throughout the world for many years already, it was only in the 19th century that scientists in Europe did researches on the beneficial effects of scents on humans. Aromatherapy was coined by French chemist Rene Maurice Gattefosse, and published a book on the effects of essential oils in 1937.
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