How to Choose An Aromatherapy Oil
The first step in choosing an aromatherapy oil is to ensure the quality and that you understand that essential oil is not fragrance oil. Even if the words “natural fragrance” appear on an oil that is not an essential oil, it’s not the same thing and you won’t gain the benefits we’ll list below. It takes a lot of plant material to make essential oil; it’s said that 4000 pounds of roses go into 1 lb of oil alone. Lavender, by comparison, takes 100 lbs of plant material to make 1 lb of oil. No matter which oil you choose, a lot of material has gone into it, and the process by which the oil is extracted is volatile and takes precision and skill to execute.
Aromatherapy has been used for thousands of years for a variety of purposes. The Greeks, Romans and Egyptians all used oils and aromatherapy for health and even simple enjoyment. With the advent of diffusers, more and more people are enjoying all of the benefits an essential oil has to offer. A diffuser can make your home smell wonderful, whether it’s room to room or whether you place a diffuser on each level. It can also disperse tiny droplets of your oil into the environment along with the water, and clean the air. Many people notice that the use of a diffuser with certain oils has lessened allergy symptoms and helped lower stress levels. Different oils serve different purposes, but here are a few great ones to start with;
Peppermint essential oil. This scent is a great energizer, so if you’re feeling a little low or sluggish, even a dab behind your ears can have an immediate effect and the smell will travel with you all day long. This oil leaves a cooling sensation (although some describe it as a pleasant heat) and it is wonderful when applied to sore and aching muscles and joints. Peppermint also helps to freshen bad breath and can help soothe an upset belly; a bit of peppermint is a great aid for digestion. You can also inhale peppermint oil to help relieve plugged sinuses.
Sweet Orange essential oil. As one of the citrus family, orange is also energizing and in a diffuser with leave a light, fresh scent to permeate your home. The scent comes from the use of the outer peel of an orange, and is known for lifting spirits, and as an antidepressant. If you add a few drops of sweet orange oil to your natural home cleaning recipe, it will not only smell wonderful but also is an antiseptic.
Rose geranium essential oil. This oil is said to balance hormones, improve circulation and relieve stress. You can certainly use it in your diffuser, or apply topically (usually as a compress). You can also add a few drops to your bath, or inhale it from the bottle, or once a few drops are placed in a clean cloth. In facial creams it will help alleviate clogged pores and help to balance oily skin.
Tea tree essential oil. You’ve no doubt heard about the healing properties of tea tree oil. This oil can be applied directly to your skin without the use of a carrier oil to help heal and disinfect cuts and scrapes, and it goes straight to work attacking fungi, and, added to your household cleaner, will keep your home bacteria free. Some have noticed an improvement with their dandruff after regular applications to their scalp. Keep in mind that overuse of tea tree oil can leave you with dry, itchy skin.
Lavender essential oil. If you have a stocked cabinet of essential oils, I’m willing to bet that lavender is one of them. This lovely oil will make your home smell wonderful and it helps to relax and de stress those who inhale it. It’s the perfect way of helping you to fall asleep at night; added to your bath, your pillow, or in a diffuser by your bed. Lavender oil is also known to relieve nervous tension, treat respiratory problems, and disinfect scalp and your skin.
Lemon essential oil. If you’re looking for an aromatherapy scent that is uplifting, it’s hard to beat the smell of lemons. The scent alone makes us feel as if we’re in a clean environment, and this is indeed one of the best oils to add to your cleaning products for around the house.
Experiment with a variety of oils in your aromatherapy treatments. You can benefit from aromatherapy in many ways; whether you use a diffuser, apply oil directly to your skin (through the use of massage or just dabbing wrists and behind your ears) or apply droplets onto linens or as part of your recipe for household cleaners. Increase health, reduce allergy symptoms, clean using natural products, and balance your hormones and moods. Try mixing a few different oils and see what blends you can create; this is a great way to combine the benefits of several oils at once and create some new favourites!
This article was written by Sam Socorro from Steam Shower Store. She has over 10 years’ experience in writing health related topics and specializes in the health benefits of saunas and hydrotherapy.