Learning to use aromatherapy is a great way to relax, unwind, rejuvenate and uplift your spirits. It can also be a good way to start a romantic evening with that special person. If you are a beginner to aromatherapy the aromatherapy guide below will help you to uncover basic, introductory information in the practice of aromatherapy.
It is also important to learn how to store and care for your essential oils properly. A good aromatherapy guide will instruct you to store your oils in dark glass, such as cobalt blue or amber, bottles only. These bottles should then be kept in a cool, dark location. A wooden box is a good location and also portable.
When selecting and purchasing essential oils for aromatherapy, purity is key. Opt for a local health shop rather than a cosmetics store and check the labels to avoid chemical copies and reconstituted products.
The best essential oils have essences that have been extracted using steam distillation, expression, solvent extraction, maceration or effleurage. How do you know you have the good stuff?
Aromas have a way of releasing certain chemicals in our body which in turn give rise to many emotions. Chemicals like endorphins, enkephalin and serotonin are released by the introduction of various aromas. These chemicals released in the body make us relax, reduce pain and give us a sense of wellbeing. The olfactory nerves transfer the smells to the limbic system in our brain immediately. That is why aromatherapy has an immediate effect on us.
An aromatherapy massage is a great way to relieve stress and show someone how much you care about them. In order to ensure an aromatherapy massage provides physical and emotional benefits without causing potential injury; however, it is important to follow safety guidelines.
First, always keep in mind that the oils used in aromatherapy are flammable, so use care when using near open flame.
It is also important to remember that you should never using painful or hard pressure during an aromatherapy massage. While hard pressure may feel good if the person is particularly tense, the best method is to use gentle movements in order to avoid possible injury.
In addition, avoiding directly massaging bones during an aromatherapy massage as this can cause injury. If an area has been fractured, always avoid this area to avoid possible re-injury. It is also important to avoid any areas that are infected.
How Does Aromatherapy Work?
Various essential oils have different uses. If you have ever walked through a pine forest you will know that the aroma from the trees is very refreshing. If it was a holiday experience you might consider how marvelous it would be, if you could bottle that wondrous smell and take it home! You can do just that because that is what aromatherapy is partly about. Bottling nature so you can take it home, add a few drops to your bath water, sit back and create a holiday experience in the privacy of your own home. Using aromatherapy in this way is doubly effective as you derive benefit from inhalation, and through the skin.