Aromatherapy is the practice of using essential oils
for psychological and physical well-being.
Clients learn to apply aromatherapy oils to specific areas of the body to release blocked emotions. Aromatherapy oils such as sandalwood and frankincense applied to the lower back help release fear. Other aromatherapy oils are suggested to release emotions such as guilt, shame, anger, sadness and grief. The use of aromatherapy oils is taught according to each client’s emotional and healing needs. Aromatherapy essential oils, the pure essence of a plant, have been found to provide both psychological and physical benefits when used correctly and safely.
Aromatherapy, in addition to essential oils, encourages the use of other complementary natural ingredients including cold pressed vegetable oils, jojoba (a liquid wax), hydrosols, herbs, milk powders, sea salts, sugars (an exfoliant), clays and muds. Products that include synthetic ingredients are frowned upon in holistic aromatherapy. It is important to note that aromatherapy perfume oils also known as fragrance oils (and usually listed as “fragrance” on an ingredient label) are not the same as essential oils. Fragrance oils and perfume oils contain synthetic chemicals and do not provide the therapeutic benefits of essential oils.
The benefits of physical application: Aromatherapy essential oils that are applied to the skin can be absorbed into the bloodstream. The constituents of essential oils can aid in health, beauty and hygiene conditions. Since essential oils are so powerful and concentrated, they should never be applied to the skin in their undiluted form. To apply aromatherapy essential oils to the skin, essential oils are typically diluted into a carrier such as a cold pressed vegetable oil, also known as carrier oil. Common carrier oils include sweet almond oil, apricot kernel oil and grape seed oil.
Essential oil blends: Aromatherapy essential oils can be blended together to create appealing and complex aromas. Essential oils can also be blended for a specific therapeutic application. Essential oils that are carefully blended with a specific therapeutic purpose in mind may be referred to as an essential oil synergy. A synergistic aromatherapy essential oil blend is considered to be greater in total action than each oil working independently.
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