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Aromatherapy
By: Moderator / Knowledgeable
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Disclaimer: As always, check with a medical professional before using any homeopathic remedy or herbal supplement(s)! In serious cases of illness or injury,seek proper medical attention.

What is Aromatherapy?

Aromatherapy is a form of holistic healing that utilizes the natural oils and extracts from plants to promote well-being and better health. It uses the oils to help heal both an individual's physical health amd emotional health. (Body, mind, and spirit.) Aromatherapy has been used to help with better sleep, stress relief, energy boosts, and all manner of things in between.

How does it work?

It works via the absorption of oils through the skin or by smell. It can be utilized in a few different ways such as:

  • Diffusers and spritzers
  • Bath salts and bath oils
  • Creams and lotions
  • Essential oils (on their own without being combined with one of the other methods.)
  • Compresses
  • Steamers
  • Masks

These can be combined or used as stand alone methods for the benefits of aromatherapy. When inhaled, they can help with respiratory issues (decongestant and disinfectant) and help promote psychological wellbeing. When inhaled, they stimulate our olfactory system and can have an effect on the limbic system. The limbic system has links to several things: our emotions, blood pressure, heart rate, stress levels, etc. In this way, by inhaling vapors, steam, etc we they are having a subtle, holistic healing impact on our bodies.

When applied to the skin, it is absorbed and can add to the speed of absorption and increase circulation.

Benefits:

  • Pain management
  • Quality of sleep
  • Reduction of stress and anxiety
  • Soothing of sore and painful joints
  • Alleviation of headaches and migraines
  • Fighting infections and boost the immune system
  • Ease the pain of labor and the side effects of chemotherapy
  • Improvement of digestion.

References & Resources:

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/10884.php

https://www.healthline.com/health/what-is-aromatherapy#benefits

https://www.webmd.com/balance/stress-management/aromatherapy-overview#1

http://www.aromatherapy.com/

https://naha.org/explore-aromatherapy/about-aromatherapy/what-is-aromatherapy

https://www.aromatherapyassociates.com/what-is-aromatherapy

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Re: Aromatherapy
By: / Novice
Post # 2

I love this post! Aromatherapy is something I am actually studying, slowly.

For those who are interesting in working with aromatherapy to help stress and muscle tightness, I recommend eucalyptus. It does come in essentialoil, you can put it in your air humidifier or hang a piece in the shower (with hot water) which activates the oils to help with stress, muscle tightness, and loads of others! Although hanging it from your shower it might dry out very quickly, so the most common way would be with the essential oil or buying a eucalyptus soap.

If you're looking something for skin, I do recommend rosemary it's really amazing for the skin. I buy this rosemary mist spray to help fight acne and to keep my skin not looking to dry which really does help if you're a human to gets a lot of acne I recommend rosemary!

Though, I do recommend going furtherresearch into aromatherapy and skin and making sure your skin can handle it and you're not allergic!

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Re: Aromatherapy
By: / Beginner
Post # 3

Homemade Frebreze

24 drops sweet orange essential oil

2 fluid ounces of water

Shake ingredient into in a glass mist bottle. Shake and spray.

This is a wonderful and very basic and good for the winter blues.

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Re: Aromatherapy
By: Moderator / Knowledgeable
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Soothing Spray:

In a small spray bottle (about 2-3oz is the size I use)mix the following:

  • 8 drops Lavender Essential oil
  • 8 drops Vanilla Essential oil
  • 4 drops Jasmine Essential oil

Once the essential oil has been added to the water, place the spray-cap back on and give it a gentle shake. The spray can then be used to mist bedding, pillows, etc and help promote a more peaceful and soothing environment, especially just before bed.

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