Tips and Use for Aromatherapy @ Home
Aromatherapy can be used in many different ways, the most common and popular being aromatherapy massage, but you can also use essential oils in warm baths, or in a diffuser (more of that later). You can use hot water to disperse the oils into the air by putting a few drops into your bath or a bowl of hot water, this is ideal for using on babies and young children with coughs and colds – but do keep the hot water out of reach!
Using a Diffuser
This method uses a heat source to disperse the oil into the air, you can use a special diffusing ring sitting on a light bulb (table lamp) to which the oils are added and as they heat they evaporate and are dispersed into the room. You can use a similar arrangement using a special candle holder with an inbuilt bowl above, these come in lots of different styles to suit and use a simple and safe tealight as the heat source, once lite the oils in the bowl above slowly evaporate. This has the added benefit of relaxing by candle light.
Massage can be undertaken alone, with a partner or by going to a masseur. Whatever course you take the benefits are well worth the effort, it can help you recover from sports or muscle related injuries, stress relief, detoxification or just for the pleasure of it!
There are several different types of massage that can be used depending on the circumstances and what you are trying to achieve. We will be republishing our Free Massage Guide shortly which will give greater detail of massage types and oils to use.
Whilst massage can be undertaken without the use of oil it helps if the skin is lubricated. This can be with a simple vegetable oil, (Grapeseed, Sweet Almond, Peach Kernel etc) that can give particular benefit apart from lubricating the skin. Some oils contain, higher levels of vitamins and minerals, vitamin E is particularly good for skin.
Essential Oils in Aromatherapy
Essential oils are used for aromatherapy and added to massage oils, they are a natural product that have been used over hundreds of years by many cultures. Essential oils can be used for cosmetic or medicinal purposes, never orally and usually diluted with a carrier oil. Whatever your reasons for using these oils you can be sure of one thing, they enter and leave the body cleanly and effectively without leaving toxins behind. This means essential oils are a good alternative remedy in many cases having no side effects if used correctly unlike many of today’s pharmaceuticals.
In our next article we will explore what oils could be used to treat minor ailments.