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Essential oils – Where they come from and common aromatherapy uses

Monday, May 3rd, 2010

Essentials oils are, in a word, essential to the practice of aromatherapy. They are great for helping heal ailments and can be used to relax and refresh the body. But where do these oils come from and what gives them their therapeutic qualities?

Aromatherapy Essential Oils

Aromatherapy Essential Oils

Essential oils are man-made substances that are produced from taking the volatile oils (essences) of plants and exposing them to extraction processes that alter the chemical composition such as steam distillation and solvent extraction. These essences are produced within a plant as a reaction to sunlight – more specifically, the process of photosynthesis. During photosynthesis, plants absorb sunlight and convert it into light energy (glucose). Plant essences are produced when this stored sunlight energy is released. They are called the “life blood” of plants because they perform many important biological functions such as pollination, insect deterrence, and protection from rival plants.

Here’s a list of some essential oils and their therapeutic qualities:

  • Bergamot is refreshing and uplifting with a sweet and spicy scent. It is used in treating acne, boils, chicken pox, colds, cold sores, cystitis, loss of appetite, mouth infections and sore throat.
  • Jasmine is used for treating anxiety, cough, depression, headache, mental tension and sensitive or dry skin. It has relaxing and soothing effects with a warm, floral scent.
  • Rose has a warm and floral scent and is an effective all-purpose oil. It can be used to fight depression, grief, and fear. It is also good for the heart, digestive system, and for treating PMS symptoms. In addition, Rose is one of the best oils to use on dry and sensitive skin.
  • Tea tree is one of the most used essentials oils because of its ability to stimulate the immune system. It fights infections of all kinds, including viruses, bacteria and fungi. It can also help clear the skin. Tea tree has a spicy and pungent smell.
  • Rosemary has a pronounced effect on the brain and central nervous system. It used for stimulating the brain, improving memory and increasing mental awareness. It has a refreshing, woody, herbal scent.
  • Lavender is a calming and relaxing oil and is effective in times of stress and crisis. It relieves tension, depression and nervous exhaustion. Lavender has a floral, sweet, woody and herbal scent.

To learn more about essential oils and aromatherapy simply visit our Aromatherapy Section!

Making your own Body Care Treatments

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

With home spas increasing in popularity many more people are learning how to create their own body care treatments with blends of essential and precious aroma therapy oils. These oils are key to creating body care products that will: Detoxify,Relax, Energize and reduce Cellulite. Here are the essential oils that will help you with these treatments:

Detoxify – Tea Tree, Lavender, Eucalyptus
Relax – Lavender
Energize – Peppermint, Basil, Grapefruit, Lemon, Rosemary
Cellulite Atlas cedar, Lavender, Juniper, Rosemary, Fennel, Rose Geranium, Grapefruit

One body care treatment that is very popular is Regenerative Facial Oil. To make this oil simply add Carrot seed, Helichrysum, Lavender,  Frankincense, Rose Otto, Neroli, Blue chamomile, Roman chamomile & Rose-hip seed oil. Once you mix the ingredients apply to the face generously.

Here are some more recipes for body care products:

Body care Product Additional Ingredients Essential Oil Blend Choices # Drops
Bath and Body Oil Sunflower Oil Relax/Detoxify Mix
(Cellulite and Energize Blends -apply on legs only)
Body Polish Sunflower Oil/Sea Salt Relax/Detoxify Mix
(Cellulite and Energize Blends -apply on legs only)
Sea Salt Bath Sea Salt Only Relax/Detoxify Mix
(Cellulite and Energize Blends -apply on legs only)
Air Deodorizer – Use in spray bottle Vodka, water Orange Essential Oil 30-60
Energize/mental clarity/ sinus relief Energize Blend Energize Blend 5-15

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