Aromatherapy is the controlled use of essential oils in order to balance and improve the health of the body, mind, and spirit. It provides the ability to maintain psychic balance in a completely natural way through plant extracts, strengthen the immune system, release tension, balance and calm emotions.
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How does it work?
Even if it is lavender, orange blossoms or pine, the scents not only have memories but also have a positive effect on our physical as well as our mental and emotional health.
The olfactory molecules of the oil are arranged in such a way that they fit like pieces of a puzzle into specific places on the receptor cells of our olfactory membrane. The moment we opened the bottle of essential oil and smelled it, the fragrant molecules immediately reached our brains and already started acting on our body, whether we were aware of it or not. And just as these aromatic substances that the plant produces serve the plant itself as a protective mechanism for survival, so too are essential plant substances an invaluable gift, which nature unselfishly makes available to us, for the advancement of our overall health.
Depending on which part of the plant the aromatic substances are more concentrated, the leaves or flowers of the plant, bark, root, seed or resin are used to produce the oil. There are different methods of obtaining essential oils, differing in the suitability of individual plants, and some give by-products also used in aromatherapy or in the perfumery industry. So we have oils obtained by cold or steam distillation, pressing, extraction, maceration.
Therapy that uses essential oils in a controlled and targeted manner to improve and maintain overall health is called aromatherapy. The most common aromatherapy treatments are massages with essential oils. Aromatherapy involves a much wider use of essential oils. In this way, oils can be used as baths, teas, liners, compressors, in the aroma kitchen, cosmetics, inhalations, with the help of a space freshener. Due to their small molecular structures, essential oils can easily get into the tissues of our cells through the skin, lungs or stomach.
How to fill your home with fragrances?
Aromatherapy is in our hands. To fill a home with pleasant scents, someone uses scented sticks and some expensive sprays. But the pleasant aroma of your home can be achieved by other means, easy to prepare.
How to make some of these we will explain to you, first we want to remind you that different rooms need different scent. In the kitchen – pleasant aroma of spices, coffee and fruit. The bedroom requires a relaxing scent of apple, lavender, rose or jasmine. There are refreshing aromas that are suitable for all rooms, these are the essential oils of bergamot, lemon, orange.
So, we move on to creating our own unique flavors.
Quality of essential oils
Essential oils are often corrupted with synthetic compounds, more expensive oils are mixed with cheaper similar scents, various chemical additives are added to them, or they undergo additional chemical processes (deterpenization, peroxidation …).
The label “100% pure essential oil” does not guarantee quality at all.
One reliable way to determine if it is quality oil is to check what the label on the bottle contains (or the certificate that a seller or supplier of essential oils should have). If the essential oil is of aromatherapy quality, it shall bear the following on the bottle or certificate:
- The Latin name of the genus and species of the plant from which the oil was obtained is important to know the exact species from which the oil was obtained because there are multiple species.
- The part of the plant from which the oil is obtained from different parts of the same species can be obtained from oils of different composition and activity, for example bitter orange oil, petit grain and neroli are obtained from the same citrus species but from different parts.
- The way to get it
- Major chemical constituents obtained from the same species may have different chemical composition depending on habitat, microclimate and other factors
- The land where the plant grew
- Method of cultivation: biodynamic, organic, conventional, traditional, wild growth… indicates the quality of the plant itself and the possible contamination with pesticides and organic fertilizers.
Those lacking such precision on the label or certificate are of dubious quality and it is best not to use them on the body or for aromatherapy purposes.
Now let’s introduce you how to do it yourself for different purposes. We will use the abbreviations e.o and b. o for essential and base oils
Stress at work
- 8 drops of geranium essential oil
- 8 drops e.o. lemon
- 2 drops e.o. jasmine
Mix it all in one bottle and spray it into the face, hands. The spray will result in better concentration, will eliminate the fear of loneliness, depression and the inability to show emotions and interest in life.
What else can you use to alleviate stress: lavender, basil, cedar, sage, tangerine, incense, neroli, sandalwood, jasmine, roman chamomile and the like.
- Apricot Base Oil – 15ml
- Black cumin – 15ml
- Chamomile oil in lavender – 1 drop
Massage in a clockwise circular motion on the baby’s tummy and place something warm over the tummy.
The productive cough oil blend is rubbed onto the skin in the chest and back area.+
- black cumin – 20ml
- b. o. sesame -10ml
- e. o. eucalyptus -7 drops
- e. o. peppermint – 7 drops
- e. o. geranium – 5 drops
For the flu
- e. o. eucalyptus – 10 drops
- e. o. cinnamon – 10 drops
- e. o. thyme – 5 drops
- e. o. clove – 5 drops
- e. o. laurel – 10 drops
- Apricot base o.
Shake it all over and massage it 5 to 6 times a day for 3 days.
- Lavender – Calms down and relaxes, reducing stress, depression, anxiety and nervous disorders. Used to combat headaches and insomnia. Some find it good to use it before giving birth and keep it in the room and bathroom all the time.
- Citrus fruits (grapefruit, lemon, oranges, etc.) – strengthens and refreshes, raising the level of positive energy in the room. It helps with concentration. Studies show that the smell of lemon made the respondents make only minimal mistakes when typing on the keyboard.
- Vanilla – this sweet scent is a well-known natural aphrodisiac. It warms up and calms down. It brings back happy childhood memories and a grandmother’s kitchen full of cakes.
- Cinnamon- Helps with exhaustion and fatigue. It has a positive effect on your nerves and makes you calm and aware.
- Jasmine – a deep smell of sensualism
- Rose – Has the ability to relax a person. It helps women create hormone balance.
- Sandalwood – Contains soothing abilities. It relieves irritation and removes depression. It is highly recommended during meditation.
- Lilac – Helps to make decisions and improves memory.
With these simple procedures, you can refresh your home with unique aromas, pleasant scents that are better than chemical products in any case. You can of course choose the flavors to your liking.