Monday, October 6, 2008

Essential Oils Guide

By Lee Dobbins

Aromatherapy uses smells for healing and is an age old way of healing. Essential oils are responsible for these smells and are oils that are extracted from certain plants. These oils have been used for healing since ancient times.

Smell is one of our strongest senses. Did you ever get a whiff of a scent that brought you back to an earlier time in your life? Perhaps the perfume of an old girlfriend or the cologne your father wore. In fact, scent forms a response in your brain and has a tight relationship with memory.

In aromatherapy, essential oils are used which are inhaled due to their scent. In addition, they can be applied to the skin for a nice scent of your body and absorption into your blood stream! Essential oils are used in many massage oil mixture, lotions and creams.

You can enjoy the benefits of aromatherapy at home. Simply purchase a diffuser and some essential oils; there are many to choose from, and you can experiment with your own scents. Aromatherapy is healthy and will help you relax and ease daily tension.

Aromatherapy can even be an alternative to prescription medicines when used along with your doctors permission. They are typically safe although if you are allergic to a certain plant you will probably be allergic to the essential oils from that plant. Also since essential oils are highly concentrated you want to dilute them before using them on your skin or you could have adverse side effects from too much being absorbed into your blood at once, conjunction with your doctors advice of course.

You can treat minor health problems with essential oils, and they may even help your immune system. Use aromatherapy to alleviate joint pain, cramps, insomnia, headache, and to improve skin health by increasing circulation and tone.

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