The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy

The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy

Whether it’s used topically, internally, or infused into the air and drawn in externally, practicing aromatherapy is a magnificent way to relax and relieve stress.

Aromatherapy is the practice of using extracted oils from flowers, fruits, leaves, roots, seeds, and twigs, to improve health and wellness, and there a number of benefits.

The Benefits of Aromatherapy

  • Relaxation
  • Stress relief
  • Improving a person’s mood, balance, and well-being
  • Improving a person’s immune system
  • Improving a person’s respiratory system
  • Improving a person’s circulatory health

Before practicing any form of aromatherapy on yourself, there are a few things you should consider. For starters, if you have any allergies or sensitivities, consult the essential oils ingredients before usage. If, however, you don’t have any allergies, consider the potency, purity and personal preference of each oil, and the best practice of diluting the oils.

To help, consult the following list if you plan on diluting your essential oils with bath oils, hand and body lotions, massage lotions, shower gels, decorations, or even appliances!

How Much Oil to Use and When

  • Bath: 8-10 drops in bath water
  • Massage: 5 drops per tsp. of base oil or lotion
  • Facial: 2-3 drops in base product
  • Foot Bath: 8 drops in bowl of water
  • Sauna:  2 drops to 2 ½ cups water
  • Facial Sauna: 10 drops in bowl of water
  • Body:  5-15 drops in base product
  • Chest Rub: 10-20 drops to 1 oz of carrier oil
  • Inhalation: 1-2 drops in boiling water or on a tissue
  • Light Bulb Ring:1-2 drops
  • Cleanser:  20 drops in 4 ounces of base product
  • Washing Machine: 10-20 drops per load
  • Vacuum Cleaner: 5-10 drops
  • Auto Vent Outlet: 2-3 drops

My Favourite Essential Oils

While the types of oils you choose to use in your aromatherapy Is entirely up to you, I suggest the following blends.

By blending oils, you get a more potent and effective essential oil, which delivers a superior aromatherapy experience. If, however, you prefer something simple, try the following:

Common Essential Oils

  • Eucalyptus Oil: Purifies and invigorates the body.
  • Ginger Oil: Stimulates your appetite.
  • Juniper Berry Oil: Restores the mind and body.
  • Lavender Oil: Popular in baths, lavender is great for calming and relaxing the body.
  • Lemon Oil: While it’s very refreshing, it should be diluted if you’re applying Lemon oils to your skin.
  • Peppermint Oil: Refreshing and cooling.
  • Rosemary Oil: Very common, purifying household scent.
  • Sage Oil: Very warming.
  • Spearmint Oil: Refreshing and cooling, perfect for baths.
  • Tea Tree Oil: Highly beneficial to your immune system.
  • Ylang Ylang Oil: Perfect for relaxing the mind and body.

What’s your aromatherapy experience been like? Do you prefer something simple, or a blend? What technique do you normally follow? Let me know!

Until Next Time,

Miss Body and Mind

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