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Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy

 

Aromatherapy is an ancient healing practice using essential oils derived from plants. It can be used to treat both the mind and body in order to promote health and well being. It is important to use a completely pure essential oil rather than a synthetic or perfume based oil in order to achieve any benefit.

 

 

Different oils have different properties such as relaxation, increasing energy or anti-bacterial. Aromatherapy is thought to work by stimulating receptors in the nose, which then send signals to the nervous systems and areas of the brain responsible for our emotions.

 

 

Techniques
There are a number of ways that aromatherapy can be used. Ensure that essential oils are used only as directed and seek the advice of a qualified Aromatherapist if unsure.

  • Massage - Essential oils are added to a carrier oil such as sweet almond oil and then applied to the skin. Massage not only helps relieve muscular tension but the essential oil is also absorbed through the skin where it can enter the blood stream.
  • Compress - Essential oils can be used in hot and cold compresses and then applied to the skin in order to treat conditions such as migraines, varicose veins and skin concerns.
  • Inhalation - Essential oils can be inhaled in order to stimulate the lungs and brain. Lavender oil is often used for relaxation, eucalyptus oil is often used for relieving nasal congestion and basil oil can be used to increase mental clarity.
  • Ointments & Creams - Essential oils can also be added to ointments and creams and may be used to treat skin conditions such as eczema and ageing skin.

 

 

Safety
Essential oils are highly concentrated and should be treated as medicine. Care should be taken to:

  • never apply directly to the skin,
  • ensure the correct dosage,
  • not take internally, and
  • test beforehand in case of allergic reaction.

 


Disclaimer
The content displayed on this webpage is intended for informational purposes and is a guide only. It does not replace or substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

Information contained on this webpage must be discussed with an appropriate healthcare professional before making any decisions or taking any action based on the content of this webpage.

 

Sources

http://www.iaama.org.au/files/u5/ARO_aware2008_fsheet1.pdf
http://www.iaama.org.au/files/u5/ARO_aware2008_fsheet5.pdf

 

 

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