About Essential Oils and Their Uses
Essential oils are non-oily, concentrated, evaporative extracts obtained from aromatic plants by the process of steam distillation. They contain a unique, complex composition of approximately 300 to 500 different chemical constituents, which give them their valuable therapeutic properties, which help the body during its healing process. The essences found in the peel of citrus fruits, obtained by pressing citrus oils, also have valuable therapeutic properties to help the body in the healing process.
Because of the potency and concentration of our essential oils and citrus essences, we recommend using them with care. Never apply them neat (directly onto the skin), do not take them internally (except under medical supervision), and use them in conjunction with a carrier. A carrier is a vehicle to enhance penetration of essential oils into the body.
Lavanda also offers to practitioners assortment of natural carriers, botanical oils and creams, so that they can create their own individual formulas.
Essential Oils Applications
Essential oils have been used in healing since ancient times. Egyptians used aromatic oils widely, and eventually the Romans and Greeks learned of their therapeutic value in achieving balance and harmony in the human body. Aromatherapy uses two closely related senses: TOUCH and SMELL. When the skin absorbs essential oils, nerve endings are stimulated and messages are carried to the underlying tissues: muscles, blood, lymphatic vessels and nerves; assisting the body in the process of healing.
Research has shown that our sense of smell is highly developed and that aromas can have a profound psychological and physiological effect. When inhaling aromatherapy essential oils, the nose "knows." Nerve endings inside the nose are stimulated, the odor molecules travel through the nose to the olfactory bulb and messages are carried to the glands inside the limbic system, the part of our brain that controls memory and emotional responses. Neurochemicals are released and the effects can be felt all over the body.
Skin application of essential oils is very effective to address various conditions, such as common ailments or to help promote relaxation. Add 5 drops of an essential oil to 15-ml. (1/2 oz.) of base carrier oil or cream.
Bathing was popular among the ancient cultures, for enjoyment, health or hygiene. An Aromatherapy bath is therapeutic; no soaps or gels are added to the bath water. The healing effects of water combined with the therapeutic properties of the essential oils help the body relieve stress, relax tired muscles, soothe the mind, calm the nerves, support the immune system, and energize.
Fill bathtub with water first. Add 5 to 7 drops total of the selected oil and soak for 10-15 minutes.
For children up to 12 years of age add 4 drops of the selected oil. For infants and toddlers 1-2 drops should be used.
Add 1-2 drops of the selected essential oil to 15ml (or 1/2 oz) of a base carrier oil or cream placed in a small porcelain or glass bowl. When in the shower pour the blend on the palm of the hand and apply it on localized areas, such as: back of the neck, lower back, shoulders, allowing the essential oils to deeply penetrate the skin. Let warm water run over the area and body, while inhaling the aroma. Afterwards, proceed with regular hygienic routine.
Put 2 drops on a tissue or handkerchief and take a deep breath, or add 15-20 drops in a diffuser glass nebulizer.
Safety Tips When Using Aromatherapy Essential Oil Blends
The following essential oils can cause skin pigmentation changes when exposed to sunlight: Angelica root, Lemon, Lime, Grapefruit, Orange, and Bergamot. Lavanda Aromatherapy products such as Bergamot are bergaptene free, therefore are able to be used in the sun.
Avoid the use of the following essential oils on children under three years, and on older children with sensitive skin: Camphor (white), Citronella, Clove bud, Fennel, Hyssop, Lemongrass, Melissa, Peppermint, Sage, Thyme ct thujanol, and Thyme ct carvacrol.
During the first three months of pregnancy it is best to use essential oils through inhalations, such as peppermint and spearmint. Exercise caution when using the following oils after the first trimester: Cinnamon leaf, Fennel, Hyssop, Parsley seed, Rosemary, Spike Lavender, Sage, and Yarrow.
If there is a possibility of seizures use caution with the following oils: Camphor (white), Hyssop, Peppermint, Rosemary, Sage, Spike Lavender, and Yarrow.
During pregnancy, epilepsy, or a course of a treatment with prescribed medications, it is recommended to seek the advice of a professional Aromatherapist before using essential oils. If there is any doubt about a condition that you may have, we advise that you consult your health care practitioner.
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