THE BENEFITS OF AROMATHERAPY
Some of today’s most serious health concerns such as heart disease, anxiety disorders, depression, obesity and immunity disorders, are caused by or are related to stress. Both conventional and non-conventional health professionals agree that lifestyle changes and stress management are essential to improving and maintaining our overall health.
Sensory input can stimulate our emotional and physiological responses. In today’s world we are constantly receiving sensory stimuli. On any given day, our eyes are overworked by computer screens, fluorescent light, television images and late-night driving. Our ears are stimulated by loud machines, the hum of a computer or refrigerator, television, a blaring radio, telephone conversation, sometimes all in the same room. Even our taste buds are overworked by the types of foods we eat. Likewise, our noses are bombarded with automobile exhaust, cleaning products and toxic chemicals.
Believe it or not, these types of stress affect our nervous system and result in physical disorders. The best way to relieve stresses and bring your body back into balance is through natural therapies such as Aromatherapy and Reiki.
Of the five senses, our sense of smell is the most primitive and most closely associated with our emotions and how our body respond to them. Together with a balanced diet, nutrition, adequate exercise and water, Aromatherapy can help you achieve a healthier, more balanced lifestyle. It can become a part of your daily routine.
Essential oils are the volatile oils found in the seeds, roots, resins, flowers, trees, stems, bark and fruit of plants. These oils are the life force of the plants and have many beneficial and protective properties. Many oils have antiviral, antibacterial or antifungal properties. Some may also soothe inflamation, relax tense muscles or enhance breathing.
Essential oils are being used to treat physical, psychological and energetic imbalances and they have become very popular as interest in self-care and natural products.
In Japan workers exposed to jasmine, lavender and lemon fragrances seem happier and make fewer keyboard errors. New York medical researchers gave MRI patients vanilla fragrance - a comfort aroma- during their scans. They were feeling significantly less anxious. In Australia tea tree oil was used as a effective first aid treatment and used in medical treatments.
Blending essential oils is a form of art. The best way to learn is to practice. Choose a few oils that mach your physical and emotional needs and start blending!
Many home and beauty products contain harmful chemical that may damage our health when used long-term. You can even make your own natural products using essential oils which is not only fun, but safer for your health and environment.
Some applications of Essential Oils
* Diffusions - the easiest way to benefit from aromas of essential oils in your home or office. A few drop can also be added to a potpourri of dried flowers.
* Mists - uplifting or calming body mist or a refreshing room fragrance.
* Massage - diluted with massage oil you can experience the therapeutic benefits of essential oils, which can be made for aches and pains, chest congestion, immune stimulation or simply for relaxation.
*Baths - are the most versatile and pleasurable ways to enjoy aromatherapy.
*Soaps - indulge yourself with your home made luxurious soap bars or give them as unique gifts.
*Body care - benefits for the entire body include weight management, detoxification, improved circulation, enhanced skin care, reduction of the appearance of cellulite.
*Facial care, Pedicures, Hair care, Perfumery..
Base (Root) Chakra : Patchuli, cedarwood, sandalwood, vetiver
Second (Sexual) Chakra: Rose, rosemary, ylang-ylang, juniper, sandalwood, jasmine
Third (Solar plexus) Chakra: Juniper, lavender, bergamot, rosemary, vetiver
Fourth (Heart) Chakra: Cedarwood, rose, sandalwood
Fifth (Throat) Chakra: Lavender, patchuli
Sixth (Third eye) Chakra: Geranium, lavender, rosemary, spearmint
Seventh (Crown) Chakra: jasmin, frankincense
Here is one blend for your Solar plexus and Heart Chakra:
In a 10-ml bottle, add the following essential oils with Jojoba Oil: 8 drops Sandalwood, 1 drop Roman Chamomile, 3 drops Jasmine.
Massage your solar plexus and heart Chakra with this blend. Pour a few drops into your palm and inhale deeply.