Aromatherapy
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Aromatherapy

What Is Aromatherapy?

Aromatherapy, sometimes also referred to as aromatic or scent medicine, is the art of healing the body using naturally distilled essences from different parts of plant to improve and enhance your everyday emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being.
These essences are known as essential oils.

What Are Essential Oils?

These oils are the concentrated essences of the aromatic plant. They can be used as an analgesic (to alleviate pain), an anti-inflammatory (to reduce swelling), an anti-bacterial, an anti fungal, an anti viral (to prevent infections).
Since scent stimulates the part of the brain that effects your emotions, essential oils can also soothe and calm.... or energize and arouse.
These essential oils are highly concentrated and are measured in drops. They should be housed in dark coloured air tight bottles in a cool area, out of direct light. Unless noted, they should not be applied directly to the skin, but instead placed in a carrier oil such as almond oil, so as to avoid irritation.

How Does Aromatherapy Work?

Our sense of smell is about 10,000 times stronger than our sense of taste, but it is truly under appreciated.
The olfactory system of your brain has a memory of scents and the longest recall of all the senses.
Just think... does the smell of baking bread bring back vivid memories of visits with a relative in your childhood.. ever catch a whiff of the cologne/perfume of an old lover? Memories that are attached to sent are stronger!!!!
Scent also stimulates the limbic system of the brain which responds by releasing neuro-chemicals. Such as Seratonin and Endorphins. These chemicals calm us.. arouse us... alleviate discomfort.

How Can I Use Essential Oils?

BATH: Swish 10-12 drops of a single oil or a blend into your bath water. Close your bathroom door to help retain all the scent, sink into your bath inhale and relax......

INHALATION: Place 3-5 drops of essential oil on a tissue. Breathe Deeply!

DIFFUSION: Replace those aerosol air freshener's. A few drops in a diffuser, you can buy electric devices, candle warmed, ceramic rings to place on lightbulbs, or just use a bowl of warm water. A few drops is all you need.

COMPRESS: Place 3-5 drops of essential oil into a basin of water. Dip a clean folded facecloth into the water, squeeze and gently apply.

MASSAGE: Blend 15 drops of essential oil per ounce of carrier oil (Almond, Apricot, Jojoba) and indulge in the power of touch.

OTHER USES: Facial steams, foot soaks, insect repellent, household cleaning.... and much more... use
your imagination.  Always decrease the drop amount when using Lemon or Peppermint in any application.

SAFETY: Since essential oils are 100 times more potent than their plant sources, care must be taken in how and when they are used. Do not ingest oils by mouth Keep out of eyes. Most essential oils cannot be applied directly to the skin Research any essential oil in reference books, for specific precautions, warnings, etc. As with any natural substance, the possibility exists for allergy... start with very small amounts and watch for reactions, then increase dosage, within the given guidelines.

PREGNANCY: The following oils should be avoided during pregnancy: basil, birch, cedar, clove bud, clary sage, cypress, fennel, jasmine, juniper marjoram, peppermint, rosemary, sage, thyme.

SKIN IRRITANTS: These oils may irritate the skin, and should be diluted in a carrier oil before applying to the skin or used in a bath : basil, cinnamon, clove bud, fennel, Siberian fir, lemon, lemon grass, melissa, peppermint, thyme, tea tree, verbena.

PHOTOSENSITIVITY: These oils can cause skin sensitivity in the presence of ultraviolet light and should NOT
be used before exposure to direct sunlight: angelica, bergamot, mandarin, lemon, lime, petitgrain, St. John's Wort, verbena.

HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE: The following oils should not be used by anyone with high blood pressure: hyssop,
rosemary, sage, thyme.

SKIN ALLERGIES: If one is suffering from dermatitis or other allergic skin conditions then these oils should be avoided: benzoin, rose geranium, jasmine, pine, ylang ylang.

TOXIC OILS: These oils should be avoided: bitter almond, mugwort, mustard, pennyroyal, rue, sassafrass, southernwood, tansy, wintergreen.

The Essential Oils

KEY TO SYMBOLS

P - Avoid during pregnancy
S - May irritate sun-exposed skin
SS - May irritate sensitive skin

BASIL: (P, SS) Eases mental fatigue, stimulates poor memory and enhances alertness.... beneficial as a digestive aid.... relieves headache pain.

BERGAMOT: (SS, S) Great for nervous/depressed emotions.... antiseptic for skin conditions... regulates
appetite... assists convalescence.

CEDAR: (P, SS) A very calming oil... eases bronchitis and respiratory ailments... combats cellulite Camomile, Aids skin conditions... eases migraines... relieves insomnia.. soothing.. anti-inflammatory use as a compress for ear-aches.

CLARY SAGE: (P) Avoid if epileptic avoid alcohol, it may exaggerate the effects Produces vivid dreams... eases migraines balances female hormones.... eases menstrual discomfort/PMS/menopause... retards excessive perspiration.

EUCALYPTUS: (P)
Stimulating... anti-viral.. eases respiratory ailments... soothes sore muscles and sunburn pain... anti-bacterial properties inhibit spread of infection when used in a diffuser.

FRANKINCENSE: Meditative.. tightens and tones skin... anti-aging.. stimulates cell regeneration... soothes and calms nerves... treats urinary tract infection.. anti-bacterial.

GERANIUM, ROSE: Regenerates and rejuvenates skin cells and tissue.. anti-cellulite.... eases stress.. balances
hormone problems during menopause.. relieves PMS.

GINGER: (SS) Relief from arthritis pain, sprains, muscle aches and pains... keeps sport muscles supple... eases motion sickness, hangovers, jet lag... sexual tonic.

GRAPEFRUIT: (S) Reduces cellulite & water retention ... helps obesity.... relieves hot flashes and PMS
...antidepressant.

JASMINE ABSOLUTE: (P) Aphrodisiac.. long-lasting scent.. elevates spirits.. decreases depression/nervous
tension.. strengthens male reproductive system ... aids impotency... physically/emotionally relaxing.

LAVENDER: Treats insomnia... anti-bacterial for skin rashes and burns.. eases pain of insect bites and stings... relieves headaches and migraines.. calming .. mild enough for children.

LEMON: (S) Refreshing stimulant.. astringent and anti-septic.. tonic to the lymphatic and digestive systems... conditions skin and nails... anti-aging agent.

LEMONGRASS: (SS) Energizes... great for exhaustion.. beneficial in treating digestion and stomach gas..
good for stimulating, deodorizing foot baths .. insect repellent.

NEROLI: Anti-anxiety.. antidepressant... gentle sedative for insomnia... eases palpitaions... hypnotic/euphoric.. smoothes skin, stretch marks and scar tissue.. anti wrinkle... antispasmodic.

ORANGE: (SS, S) mild sedative for anxiety and depression... plumps up ageing and dry skin.. calming to
overcome sadness...

PATCHOULI: Sensual rejuvenator.. prevents wrinkles and chapped skin .. anti-aging.. curbs appetite.. anti-bacterial.

PEPPERMINT: (P, SS) Do not use before bedtime very awakening and stimulating... treats nausea and
indigestion... eases travel sickness.

ROSE ABSOLUTE: Heart warming aphrodisiac... relieves sexual debility's.. frigidity/impotency.. treats anorexia.. elevating to the mind.. confidence improving.. creates a sense of peaceful well-being.

ROSEMARY: Increases sensitivity... increases creativity.. lifts exhaustion... awakens your heart.

SANDALWOOD: Aphrodisiac... aids awareness and meditation... peaceful and inspiring.

TEA TREE: (SS) Strengthens the immune system... powerful anti viral.. anti-bacterial.. anti fungal.

VETIVER: Good for stress and nervous tension... calming and balancing... treats dry, mature, irritated skin... aids in rheumatism... circulation tonic.

YLANG YLANG: (SS) Most euphoric aphrodisiac.. sexual energy .. relaxes body, mind and spirit... anti depressant... relieves palpitations and anxiety.
 


Magickal Uses For Aromatherapy

COURAGE: Cedar.... Rose Geranium

COURAGE: Basil

HEALING: Eucalyptus... Rosemary... Sandalwood...

LOVE: Jasmine.... Rose

MAGNETIC: (Attracts Men) Ginger... Jasmine.. Lavender... Neroli

MAGNETIC: (Attracts Women) Patchouli... Vetivert

MEDITATION: Jasmine

MENTAL POWERS: Rosemary

MONEY: Bergamot... Mint... Patchouli

PEACE: Rose

POWER: Rosemary

PROTECTION: Patchouli... Rose Geranium... Rosemary

PSYCHIC POWER: Lemongrass.. Sandalwood

PURIFICATION: Jasmine... Lavendar... Sandalwood

SLEEP: Lavender...

SPIRITUALITY: Sandalwood

VITALITY: Rosemary