Essential Oils & Aromatherapy
General & Excellent information on essential oils.
Link to essential oils & emotions
There is an abundant supply of blood vessels in the skin, when a nutritious carrier oil is used with an essential oil on the skin, the skin absorbs the essential oil much better, and then the capillaries absorb it into the blood stream, and then onto the cells of the body.
Carrier oils play an important part of aroma therapy.
When considering an illness you could start with looking at some properties of some carrier oils.
To name a few carrier oils;
Olive Oil contains vitamins, minerals, and protein and is very nourishing and soothing to the skin. Olive Oil contains polyphenol compounds that act as antioxidants to help prevent and repair damage to the skin done by accidental sun exposure.The Spice Essential oils have an effect on the body, its functions and systems and the organs. Spice Essential oils are uplifting and stimulating, improving circulation and digestion. As a circulatory stimulant they reduce bruising. They detoxify organs and muscle tissues, and are antispasmodic and pain relieving. As a digestive stimulant, they aid in indigestion, nausea and constipation. Spice Oils are strong antiviral and antibacterial and have the ability to boost the immune system.
Sesame seed is an antifungal. The vitamin E in sesame oil make it a very good emollient and moisturizer, which, if used regularly, keeps your skin moisturized, healthy, hydrated and nourished.
Aloe Vera has all the anti properties, anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, anti-fungal, anti-septic, anti-bacterial etc.
Apricot a light nourishing oil that is quickly absorbed. Rich in essential fatty acids like oleic and linoleic acid, apricot kernel oil is high in vitamin A. Since it easily penetrates the skin, it is good oil for prematurely aged, dry or irritated skin. The excellent softening and moisturizing properties is great for face, hands and hair. Vitamins A & C are good for mature dry or sensitive skin. The apricot kernel oil helps skin retain elasticity, clarity, and suppleness. Crushed Apricot Kernels are commonly used as a facial mask to soften the skin.
In addition, Apricot Kernel Oil is used as an antitussive, anti-asthmatic and to treat tumors in traditional Chinese medicine. It helps to calm the inflammation / irritation of eczema and dermatitis. When combined with an equal amount of St. John's Wort Oil, it is acts as anti-inflammatory and has a cooling effect.
Almond oil does not go rancid quickly and is nourishing. Good for prematurely aged skin. It is further a great moisturizer, suitable for all skin types, helps relieve irritation, inflammation and itching, and is greatly lubricating.
Evening Primrose growth of cell tissues. Evening primrose oil have also been studied for treating acne, eczema, psoriasis, and other skin conditions. When used as a topical application on the skin, evening primrose oil has moisturizing and softening effects.
Grapeseed antioxidant. Using the grapeseed oil in skin care products, helps to tone and tighten the skin. Grapeseed oil contains a high amount of linoleic acid, which is a fatty acid essential for the health of the skin and cell membranes, and is the reason it makes such a wonderful moisturizer, as it really nourishes your skin helping to keep it smooth and subtle. Grapeseed oil contains polyphenols, which are antioxidants. These polyphenols can help slow the process of aging, as well as having anti inflammatory and anti oxidant properties, which makes it great for helping clear up acne.
Carrot Cell regenerating and rejuvenating, promotes healing and reduces scar tissue.
Walnut stops itching, softening, anti-perspiring.
Wheatgerm contains vitamin E, clears up complexion. When applied on the skin, it improves the circulation of blood and also helps to repair the skin cells destroyed by the scorching heat of sun. It keeps away the symptoms of dermatitis, thereby preventing the skin from being victimized by various kinds of problems. Thick in consistency, its independent use for massaging the body is not usually preferred. Since it has exceptional nourishing qualities, it is used in lesser quantities for preparing the carrier oil blend.
Jojoba is actually a liquid wax which is very similar to human sebum It aids in the healing process. is a fungicide, and can be used for controlling mildew.
Coconut oil/butter Among the most stable of all oils, coconut oil is slow to oxidize and thus resistant to rancidity. Coconut oil therefore is a safe solution for preventing dryness and flaking of skin. It also delays wrinkles, and sagging of skin which normally become prominent with age. Coconut oil also helps in treating various skin problems including psoriasis, dermatitis, eczema and other skin problems.
Research shows that replacing other cooking oils with virgin coconut oil generally creates a more favorable HDL/LDL ratio. This oil has antiviral, antibacterial, antimicrobial, and antiprotozoal properties.
Fractionated Coconut oil It is a distilled coconut oil which has one of the longest shelf lives.
Shea Butter Natural sun block and natural skin moisturizer.
Black Pepper, Caraway, Cinnamon, Clove, Ginger, Juniper, Nutmeg.
Herb Essential Oils work on the mind and induce deep relaxation. Uplifting and stimulating. They are excellent for stress related to mental and emotional trauma. Oils such as Marjoram, Melissa and Clary Sage are deeply sedating and act as a nerve tonic. Peppermint is warming in winter, and cooling in summer. Basil, Peppermint and Rosemary are strong cephalic stimulators. Rosemary, Sage and Thyme are excellent for hair growth, dandruff and other hair and scalp disorders.
Basil, Clary Sage, Fennel, Garlic, Hyssop, Marjoram, Melissa, Oregano, Patchouli, Peppermint, Rosemary, Sage, Thyme.
Flower Essential Oils work on the spirit and are relaxing, soothing and tranquillizing. Ideal for stress. Neroli and Chamomile (Roman) are ideal for teenagers battling to cope. These oils are also aphrodisiacs and ideal for imbalances related reproductive system.
Chamomile, Geranium, Jasmine, Lavender, Neroli, Rose, Ylang ylang.
Citrus Essential Oils are antiseptic and excellent for infections, which range from urinary tract to respiratory(colds, flu, bronchitis, pneumonia, etc.). Citrus oils are relaxing and relieve stress. Suitable for children and pregnant women. They are cleansing oils, detoxifying the body and reducing weight, while dealing with cellulite as well. They have a cleansing effect on the digestive system and its organs. Good for skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, etc. and blend well with tree oils for these conditions.
Bergamot, Grapefruit, Lemon, Lime, Mandarin, Orange, Tangerine.
Tree Essential Oils are high in antifungal, antiseptic, antiviral constituents so are ideal for fungal, viral and infection related conditions. Like athletes foot, candida, ringworm, etc. to respiratory infections such as the common cold, influenza and pneumonia. They are excellent in treating any infection involving other systems of the body e.g. cystitis or nephritis (the urinary system); meningitis or the nervous system; colitis or pancreatitis (the digestive system). They are good at getting stagnant things moving i.e. constipation, hemorrhoids, varicose veins, mucolytic. Good for chronic and acute allergy related conditions such as asthma, bronchitis, sinusitis, hayfever, eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, etc. They are mild pain relievers and blend well with spice oils which are pain relievers as well.
Cajeput, Camphor, Cassia, Cedarwood, Cinnamon, Clove, Cypress, Eucalyptus, Niaouli, Petitgrain, Pine, Rosewood, Sandalwood, Tea Tree.
Come from trees and therefore have the same properties as tree oils - antifungal, antiseptic, antiviral. They are cell rejuvenations and beneficial in the treatment of wrinkles for mature skins. Gum oils blend well with tree and citrus oils in the treatment of respiratory and skin infections or inflammation. Benzoin, Frankincense, Myrrh.
They are insect repellent. These oils tone the skin. These oils blend well with citrus and flower oils to aid stretch marks. They are relaxing, soothing and toning. Citronella, Lemongrass, Palmarosa.
Information by Cecelia
This is a Quick Reference guide for Emotions.
In Aromatherapy, use of essential oils, may assist, sometimes greatly, with particular emotional issues. Additionally, the proper use of essential oils may enhance your emotional outlook and provide support and help balance your emotions during the day. The use of essential oils for emotional well-being is what is often first thought of when someone thinks of the term "aromatherapy."
"The inhalation of certain essential oils has been associated with the release of brain chemicals that stimulate various emotions. For example, lavender oil has the ability to evoke and increase the release of serotonin, thus producing a calming effect on the body."
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In a bath: Hopping into a warm bath at the end of a long day is one of life's most blissful moments. Add 5 to 8 drops of a blend of 3 oils before you climb into the bath. Agitate the water. Submerge your body to prepare yourself for the night ahead -- whether you're staying at home for a quiet and relaxing time, going to a party, or spending a romantic evening with your lover. You can also use essential oils in the morning to invigorate and refresh you for the day ahead.
In a vaporizer: You can use a vaporizer at home or work to uplift or relax you. Vaporizers are used to fill the atmosphere with essential oils. Add 8 drops in total of your chosen combination of oils to the shallow dish filled with water at the top of the unit. You can choose oils to freshen the air, to assist with breathing, to aid concentration, or during a romantic interlude.
Massage: Massage is already a popular and highly respected way of loving and healing the body. Combine this with the use of essential oils, and you have a recipe for divine relaxation. A massage oil is a combination of essential oils added to a base oil. You can use massage oils to promote circulation, stimulate the release of toxins from the body, or uplift the senses -- the list is endless. To every 10 milliliters (ml) of base oil, add 5 drops of essential oil (a 10:1 ratio).
Body rub: You can begin every day with energy and vitality by indulging in a two-minute body rub after your shower. When the body is warm, it absorbs oil quickly. Choose 3 essential oils to add to your base oil, and blend in a small bowl. Smooth the oil over the entire body to stimulate circulation and protect you during the day to come.
Inhalation: To help balance physical disorders and release emotions, you can inhale oils directly by adding 3 to 5 drops to a stainless steel or glass bowl, filled with boiling water. Add the drops of essential oils to the water (agitate to release the vapors). Place a towel over your head, and breathe deeply. For maximum benefit, keep your head over the bowl for 10 minutes. Remember to protect the sensitive eye area.
Diffusor: Follow directions that come with diffusor. Do not run 24 hours a day. Only run approx. 15 to 30 minutes at a time.
Compresses: Use a compress for facial skin care-- it's useful for softening the skin and promoting cell regeneration -- or for first aid to help relieve pain and swelling and reduce inflammation. Hot compresses are generally used to alleviate chronic pain, while cold compresses are ideal for acute pain and injury
To make your compress, add 5 drops in total of your chosen 3 essential oils to a basin of hot or cold water. Fold a piece of gauze or a small towel, and soak it in the water. Squeeze out the excess water from the cloth, and apply it to the skin after the cloth has absorbed as much of the oil as possible from the surface of the water.
Cotton balls or fabric made with
natural fibers (no polyester or synthetic balls as
they will melt with most oils) are great to put in
front of fans or hang anywhere, especially where
there is moving air. Also a good way to use
Neem oil in pantries to get rid of pantry moths.
Spritzer: Ideal for summer, a spritzer hydrates and re-energizes the skin. This is a bottle with a nozzle that sprays water in a mist-like form. You can also use a spritzer to apply essential oils to wounds or burns. Using 90 ml of water, add 5 drops of a combination of 3 essential oils to a spritzer bottle and shake often as oils and water do not readily mix..
Health - Apply to bottom of feet as that takes the oils immediately to the rest of the body. The cells on the bottom of the feet are some of the largest cells in the body. Also all the electrical meridians go through the feet. (Our bodies are electrical) Energy (acupressure) points are also great places to put oils. I also like over the tonsils on the throat or main lymphatic points.
Put a drop or two on your palm, rub your hands together a few times and then cup your hands over your nose and breathe in the delightful fragrance. Great way to use the oils in public as the nose has large blood vessels that gather the oil and take it directly into the blood stream.
To repel insects we use either Catnip essential oil or Pest Away and apply a drop on the back of the hands, top of feet, forehead or any other exposed area. It just takes a drop and should be used with a carrier oil (vegetable oil) especially if you are red headed or very blond with sensitive skin.