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Archive for August 2013

Live a Life of Good Health with Aromatherapy Benefits

Do you wish understanding the way aromatherapy works in treating a number of physical, psychological, emotional, and mental problems. Do you wish deriving a deep knowledge about the essential oils and their therapeutic benefits? Do you feel like picking up the secrets of blending the formulations or creating your own beauty care product? If yes, then you must consider attending aromatherapy workshops that are often conducted by certified and professional therapists in small batches. After all, there is no harm in picking up the nuances of the natural healing therapy.

The form of alternative medicine, which makes use of oils extracted from various parts of the plant usually helps altering the mood and mind of a person alongside promoting cognitive function benefitting psychological and physical well-being. At times, the natural healing therapy is also used combining it with therapeutic technique and massage as an element of holistic treatment. It is said that the significant aroma can stimulate brain functioning largely.

Aromatherapy and its Benefits

When blended properly and applied right, this form of alternative medicine is known to spell wonders on your mind and body. The essential oils are known to support well-being and good health with their wonderful soothing and cleansing properties. Here is a quick look at the top benefits of the natural healing therapy:

  1. Enhances skin rejuvenation with the help of the essential oils that are usually absorbed by the skin thereby, improving blood flow.

  2. Restricts the attack of a range of diseases into the body through its antibacterial properties.

  3. Reduces stress and tension largely calming the mind and balancing the mood and mind aptly.

  4. Provides a relaxation touch and comfort following the inhalation of the aromatic essential oils.

  5. Helps regularizing the metabolism and increases vitality making a person physically active.

  6. Balances and regulates the body thereby, stimulating the procedure of the therapy.

How Does Attending Workshops Help?

Attending aromatherapy workshops holds various benefits.

  • Firstly, it helps you understand the basics of the natural healing therapy and its therapeutic benefits.

  • Secondly, it offers a complete overview of the essential oil blends and the way they help heal a particular physical or emotional problem.

  • Thirdly, it also guides the beginners towards effective understanding of aromatherapy and things to remember while using the essential blends.

Some Basic Dont’s

  • Do not buy perfume oils mistaking them as essential oils.

  • Do not buy aromatic formulations that come with droppers of rubber glass

  • Do not buy the oils from fairs, craft shows, or other events that are organized for limited time

Some Basic Do’s

 

  • Always be aware of aromatherapy and its therapeutic benefits. It pays to have a better understanding of the natural healing therapy.

  • Always make a careful purchase of the formulations

  • Always compare between the blends available in the market

  • Always take advice of certified and professional aroma therapist, prior to making your choice

  • Store the blends in a dark glace and keep them in dark and cool places

 

Indulge in the blissful experiencing of adding a touch of fragrance into your lifestyle through aromatherapy and feel the difference it brings into your life.
 

 

Do You Know The Thyme?

I still mention and will always mention my unsafe use of essential oils before being properly trained.  I want to educate others about some of the choices we make when we purchase essential oils.  So do not worry because essential oil usage is relatively safe when used properly.  I am not stating that everyone that uses essential oils must go through extensive training but a little knowledge is key.  I will not cover every aspect of safety for this particular post.  I will stress knowing what you are using.  You must know your essential oils.  When I first started purchasing essential oils I shopped according to price.  I was looking for the best deal that I could find.  After research, I was made aware about adulteration.  So at this point I looked for what I felt were better suppliers and even contacted some of them.  I am not implying that a high price tag is a better oil.

Here are some helpful hints when purchasing your essential oils.  The label.  That is right.  Labeling is not the only part but it is a very important part of using essential oils safely.  So now you might ask the million dollar question.  What should I look for in a label or and what information should be located on the website.  Here is a list below.

  • Name of essential Oil (Ex: Thyme ct linalool)
  • Latin Name or botanical name (Thymus vulgaris ct linalool)
  • Plant part used
  • Safety information

When I first started purchasing essential oils, some of the companies did not provide all of the listed information.  I believe it is a requirement now to have the above information listed.

The reason for this post is to let you know that even though a plant such as thyme may look the same; the chemical composition may be different.  Essential oils are very special because a few factors affect the outcome of the oil.  I will list a few below:

  • Climate
  • Soil
  • Altitude
  • Rainfall
  • Demographics

Due to some of the above factors, chemotypes are developed within certain aromatic plants.  The aromatic plant will still have the same outward appearance but internally they are different.   Thyme (Thymus vulgaris) may be assigned to one of seven different chemotypes based on the dominant component.  For example you have Thymus vulgaris ct linalool, Thymus vulgaris ct thymol, Thymus vulgaris ct carvacrol to name a few.

I will explain the difference between the chemotype thymol and linalool.  Try not to get confused by the chemistry but this is just to show the vast difference in the two oils of the same genus and species.  Thymus vulgaris ct thymol is usually mostly comprised of monoterpenes and phenols.  Monoterpenes and phenols are chemical families.  This essential oil is very supportive for the cold and flu and is highly anti-infectious to name a few of its properties.  Because of the presence of phenols it makes this oil have certain safety precautions.  Thymus vulgaris ct thymol should be used with awareness because it can be very irritating to the skin and mucous membranes.  This oils should be very well diluted and used for a short amount of time.  A patch test should be conducted upon first use of this oil.  This oil should not be used in inhalers, for baths or in diffusers.  This is a very powerful and stimulating oil but you must utilize safety.

Thyme vulgaris ct linalool is also very supportive of the immune system and anti-infectious.  Unlike thymus vulgaris ct thymol, this oil can be used for a longer period of time.  This oils belongs to the monoterpene and monoterpenol family.  Essential oils high in monoterpenols are generally regarded as safe and healing for the skin.

To summarize I purchased a bottle of thyme essential oil many years ago and used it in a steam blend.  The only problem is that I did not know which thyme I was using.  I did not even realize that chemotypes existed.  I must also admit that I used too many drops for the blend and it was not pleasant.  I write this post in an effort to keep my readers informed and sharing is caring.

 

References:

Wikipedia  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chemotype

*Please note:  This information is not to replace physician advice or to be used as treatment or diagnose of a disease.

*Image courtesy of Jade Shutes/EWSAS  (www.theida.com)

 

Indulge in the Delightful Experience of Aromatherapy

Are you game for introducing the magic of aromatherapy into your lifestyle? If yes, then it is advisable that you obtain a clear insight about the therapeutic benefits and the way essential oils help spelling wonders in your life both physically, psychologically, emotionally, and mentally. Well, enrolling for aromatherapy education online conducted by certified and professional aroma therapist is a great way of learning about the blends and formulations. However, being aware of the natural healing therapy and its therapeutic benefits always helps in picking up the nuances of the alternative medicine form.

Usually, the aromatherapy classes online offers hands on experience and practical training of creating your own formulations and essential blends. From offering a better understanding of the natural healing therapy to the ways of using the essential oils, the classes and workshops focus on it all.

Do you wish to know about the uses and application of the essential oils? Well, you can have a look at the guidelines mentioned below to start with the process. However, it is always advisable to enroll for aromatherapy classes or seek aromatherapy consultation online or offline for availing better therapeutic benefits. Additionally, it also helps you get accustomed to the safety guidelines and precautions in respect to each blend.  

1. Easy Inhalation – Take 3-4 drops of the formulation in a tissue, place it near your nose and slowly inhale. However, during first time use, you must remember to take just a drop to check the sensitivity or reaction of the same following the application.

2. Steam Inhalation – Boil some water (preferably 2 cups) and add around 1-3 drops of a particular formulation into the same. Now, start inhaling the steam placing your nose around 12’’ away from the bowl. Avoid inhaling the steam continuously and stop immediately, if you experience any kind of irritation or discomfort. This particular therapy helps dealing with cold and influenza alongside energizing you for the day.

3. Room Freshening – You can also use the essential oil blends as room freshener. All you need to do is pour the solution in a lamp scent ring or aromatherapy diffuser available in the market for optimum benefit. In case of blends with strong aroma, using fewer drops is always advisable.

4. General Domestic Freshening – Adding a few drops of oil to the filter of the vacuum bag, drain, trashcan, and laundry wash helps keeping the house clean and fresh alongside smelling great. You can also consider taking a few drops on a tissue and placing it in your drawers for the fragrance.

5. Aromatherapy Massage – This is considered as one of the most wonderful application of aromatherapy. Just add around 12 drops of a particular essential oil to 1 ounce of carrier oil like almond oil and use it for massaging body. However, you must remember to avoid using the oil in its pure and concentrated form directly onto the skin.

6. Bath – The essential oils also works wonderfully oil as a common ingredient for bath. All you need to do is add few drops of the formulation to carrier oil (1 ounce) and mix it in your bath water for enjoying a refreshing and relaxing bath.

Essential oils also act as a beneficial ingredient for manufacturing natural skin care and body care products.  However, attending or enrolling for aromatherapy education online is necessary as it helps you understand the characteristics of each formulation alongside enlightening you about the safety guidelines and other exclusive properties of the same.

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