What is Aromatherapy anyway?
Aromatherapy is the therapeutic use of plant-derived, aromatic essential oils to promote physical and psychological well-being. It is sometimes used in combination with massage and other therapeutic techniques as part of a holistic treatment approach.
Some different techniques that you could use are; diffusing, direct inhalation, compress, or bath, just to name a few. You never want to heat the essential oil, because the therapeutic benefit will then be gone.
If you love the plug in's around the house, and scented candles... you should try diffusing with essential oils! You will not only get clean(not full of harmful chemicals) wonderfully smelling air, you will also permeate the health and wellness benefits to whatever oil you are diffusing. So for instance, around this time of year I tend to diffuse an immune support blend around the house, just to keep cold/flu at a minimum with my family. In my bedroom, at night, I also like to diffuse lavender, or a stress free blend to aid in a well rested sleep. I even have a small one that I use in the car! Once you start to diffuse pure essential oils, and realize the benefits, you will wonder why it took you so long to find it! If you are looking for a diffuser, I have put a few options for you below, to check out.
I can not stress enough about the safety when using essential oils, for aromatherapy. My teacher once said that, "Just because its natural, doesn't make it safe, too much of a good thing is not always safe either". So, when you want to use an oil, how do we know if its safe for us, our family, & pets? You have to check a reliable resource and do your homework. There is a wonderful small guide to essential aromatherapy that it very reasonably priced, (I will include the link below) I would suggest you look into it if you are wanting to learn more about essential oils, the properties, benefits, and safety precautions. They really are an amazing addition to a daily health routine, but you have to know what is safe, when and how to use them, and what to avoid if you have certain issues, or are taking certain medicines.
Thanks for taking the time to read a little about aromatherapy, if you have any questions please feel free to ask!
Janice Robinson, CCHC