How Does Aromatherapy Work? Can it work for me?

Many people who believe that aromatherapy works to decrease symptoms of depression, anxiety, and related issues, believe that it works in a very superficial way: essential oils make us feel better because they smell good. Although even that would be good enough for some, there is so much more to it than that! The tiny molecules of the plant oils are absorbed easily into the skin or through the nasal membranes and go to work immediately! This is because the molecules are able to be absorbed directly into the bloodstream and do not need to go through the digestive tract to be absorbed.

It is said that Essential Oils are sometimes 50-70% stronger than ingesting dried herbs. Don’t get me wrong, I still think that herbal supplements are great! I highly recommend healing and balancing the body with food and herbal supplements. Feeding the body rather than medicating the body is alway preferable.

In the late ninety’s after being certified as herbalist for a few years, I began to study Aromatherapy and decided to become a Certified Aromatherapist through the Pacific Institute of Aromatherapy in Northern CA. I had already been working a as a bodyworker and energy healer for 3 or 4 years at this time and I had been using Essential Oils in a number of ways but I wanted to learn the scientific side of the art so that I could really understand what the oils were about.

What I learned was that these amazing concentrated oils held the magical power of nature itself! I hope that you will fall in love with the oils and be amazed by their chemical constituents and magical healing properties! Essential oils have been used in therapeutic ways for thousands of years in many cultures. They offer numerous healing benefits. There’s is a lot of buzz around aromatherapy, especially in the natural wellness and holistic medicine communities.

Essential oils are therapeutic grade oils extracted from various botanicals including, barks, leaves, grasses, flowers, fruit rinds etc. They offer many benefits, each dependent on the plant they are derived from as well as the part of the plant that the oil is made from. One prolific example of this is the Orange. Offerings from the orange tree include: Neroli from its blossoms, Bergamot from the bark, Petitgrain from the leaves, and Sweet Orange from the fruit.

So, you’ve heard about the many great benefits that essential oils could have for you; congratulations, you’re well on your way to a better you. Now, you just need to figure out the best application process for you.

How to apply the oils or use them in your daily routine  varies based on the type of oil, what it’s being used to treat, and the tools you have available to you. In this article, I’ll walk you through a couple different essential oil applications to help you figure out how to use your essential oils to get the most out of them.

Aromatically

Essential oils can be “absorbed into the bloodstream when inhaled,” which is done through the blood vessels located in the sinuses, the airways and the lungs. A diffuser is a good option for aromatically absorbing essential oils. You can diffuse any of your essential oils and receive their many benefits like reduced stress, improved mood, better focus, and much more by adding 7-10 drops to a special aromatic diffuser (I recommend using an ultrasonic misting one rather than one that is heated by a candle because the heat compromises the chemical constituents of the oils and although it creates a nice ambiance, it will not have the same healing properties).

Ingestion

Ingestion is another good option for absorbing your essential oils, however, you must be sure to do your research first. Certain essential oils, like oregano and clove, shouldn’t be taken orally like this for more than a week and should be diluted before ingestion, but oils like lemon and peppermint are fine to be taken as one to three drops in water. You can put a 1-2 drops into a gelatin capsule and easily take them with meals or other supplements. You can use them in your cooking and in dressings or sauces. DoTerra Essential Oil line actually has small capsules that you can swallow or bite. I love these little buggers for fresh breath and warding off seasonal bugs.

Homemade Items

It’s becoming fairly trendy to make your own items containing essential oils to reap their benefits in your own way. For example, you could make candles or bar soap containing a combination of essential oils and other good things and reap the benefits when you use the soap, absorbing the oils in your skin, or burn the candle and inhale. You could also make shampoos, toothpastes, household cleaners, body butters, bug spray, lip balm, and more. DoTerra offers some of these products as well as some supplies for your own DIY oil blends.

Topically

Essential oils can be absorbed through the skin and enter the bloodstream for you to reap their many healing benefits. You can either rub the essential oils yourself on the affected area or, if you’d prefer, there are many massage oils, lotions, body washes, and shampoos made with essential oils in them that you could use as well. You want to check labels for pure therapeutic grade essential oils to get the healing properties.

You could also put essential oils in your bath by dropping them on a sponge and placing the sponge in the bath water with you. Be sure to only use the essential oils as indicated by the bottle, as over using could become a problem.

Many essential oils must be diluted with a carrier oil, such as Jojoba, olive, avocado, almond or walnut oil before applying them to the skin. These nut or vegetable oils have much larger fattier molecules and slow down the absorption rate of the volatile essential oil into the pores of the body.

If you’re applying essential oils topically, you should test first, by applying a small amount of the diluted oil on your wrist to test for any adverse reaction. This is especially important for those with highly sensitive skin. Lemon oil is one of the oils that should be used with a carrier oil or it may cause impurities in the tissue to come to the surface in the form of a rash. Oregano is an example of an oil that has a warming or hotness and should be diluted so as not to burn the skin.

Benefits of Essential Oils

Essential oils have a world of various benefits they can offer their users. For instance, lavender oil can help to relax you, peppermint oil can help you focus, and rosemary oil can help to minimize hair loss.

There are a wide variety of essential oils that offer several healing benefits each. Each essential oil is different, however, and has unique properties; many have specific ways they need to be applied or taken and certain limitations. You need to do your research before consuming the essential oils. Consult a trained Aromatherapist or do research with reputable companies like DoTerra or Young Living Essential Oils.

Essential oils can offer many healing benefits that can improve the health and appearance of your skin and hair, your digestion, treat your pain, help with inflammation, and even reduce the frequency and intensity of your headaches.

There are many ways from which you can choose to apply or take your essential oils. As we’ve shown, this choice depends on the type of essential oil your using and the benefit you’re hoping to receive from it.

How Does Aromatherapy Work?

Many people who believe that aromatherapy works to decrease symptoms of depression, anxiety, and related issues, believe that it works in a very superficial way: essential oils make us feel better because they smell good. Although even that would be good enough for some, there is so much more to it than that! The tiny molecules of the plant oils are absorbed easily into the skin or through the nasal membranes and go to work immediately! This is because the molecules are able to be absorbed directly into the bloodstream and do not need to go through the digestive tract to be absorbed.

It is said that Essential Oils are sometimes 50-70% stronger than ingesting dried herbs. Don’t get me wrong, I still think that herbal supplements are great! I highly recommend healing and balancing the body with food and herbal supplements. Feeding the body rather than medicating the body is alway preferable.

Whether you are interested in Aromatherapy for emotional healing, mental clarity or digestive wellness Essential Oils can be added to your regular routine and instantly raise the vibration and vitality of your world.

If you have any questions about oils or their healing properties I would love to be of assistance. Don’t hesitate to reach out or sign up for one of my upcoming classes.

 

 

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