Aromatherapy is a popular branch of alternative medicine.Treatment involves the use of fragrant essential oils extracted from plants to relieve tension and cure minor ailments. They can be applied to the skin or inhaled.
Essential oils produce a pleasing, natural aroma which can have a positive psychological effect on the body. The oils contain the true essence of the plant it was derived from and are highly concentrated. They are usually sold for individual use in very small bottles and to avoid deterioration should be stored in a cool, dry place.
NEVER LET CHILDREN USE ESSENTIAL OILS UNSUPERVISED
Treat the oils as you would for medicines – keep them in a safe place
Fragrance oils are not the same as essential oils. They contain unnatural chemicals and don’t provide the therapeutic benefits of essential oils.
Oils that are applied to the skin are believed to be absorbed into the bloodstream. As the essential oils are very powerful and concentrated they should NEVER BE APPLIED TO THE SKIN IN AN UNDILUTED FORM.
Dilute the essential oil with a carrier oil such as
- Sweet almond oil
- Apricot kernel oil
- Grapeseed oil
Some oils can cause ALLERGIC REACTIONS on some people. When using a new oil for the first time, do a skin patch on a small area of skin. WAIT 24 HOURS to see if there is any form of reaction.
Inhaling essential oils is believed to offer psychological and physical benefits. The aroma stimulates the brain to trigger a positive effect, while the natural components of the essential oil are drawn into the lungs to provide physical benefits.
Some essential oils can act as a natural repellent and pesticide. An example is citronella which,when used in candles, produces a vapour which will keep mosquitoes at bay.
WHEN TO AVOID ESSENTIAL OILS
- During pregnancy
- If suffering from asthma or epilepsy