THE ART AND SCIENCE OF USING ESSENTIAL OILS
Aromatherapy has been around and been practiced in one form or another since the beginning of civilization. It is the art, and science, of using oils extracted from aromatic plants to enhance health and beauty. Apart from the physical benefits, essential oils can have subtle effects on the mind and emotions. The essential oils taken from plants and used in Aromatherapy have been described as their “life force” – they are essential to the plants biological process, as well as being the substance which gives them their scent.
MODERN SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH HAS PROVEN THAT
Essential oils are extracted from flowers, fruits, herbs, spices, woods, and fibers – usually by distillation, expression and solvent extraction. Solvent extraction is only acceptable for aromatherapy if the solvent used, is completely removed after the manufacturing process.
Essential oils and Aromatherapy are one of the great untapped resources of the world. It is a system of natural help, that is far more than a system of medicine that can prevent illness and alleviate symptoms. Essential Oils are in high demand for medicinal purposes for both humans and animals.
However, not all natural plants or plant products are beneficial to health. Be warned that there are some essential oils that should NOT be used under any circumstances.
Aromatherapy is used in cosmetics, hair, beauty products, and are the fragrances of many perfumes and colognes. Essential Oils can also be found in the flavoring for foods and preservatives, household cleaners and air freshening materials. Pest deterrents, fungicides, and plant foods also contain these oils.
Essential oils and aromatherapy are in harmony with people and the planet alike. By taking essential oils into our lives, we find a way to provide our family and home with the protection and pleasure they need, without polluting ourselves or our environment with chemicals. They are a convenient, practical, and pleasant solution.
Inspire calm, energize or relax, heal and repair – aromatherapy may be the missing link in your quest to achieve total wellness.
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Some Words of Caution
When used intelligently, essential oils, are far less likely to cause side effects than most over-the-counter drugs. But experts still advise proceeding with caution. In general, people with fair or freckled skin are more likely to experience skin irritation from essential oils, says Los Angeles aromatic consultant John Steele.
He advises all first-time users to perform a simple skin test to avoid allergic reactions: Place a drop of the oil on a cotton swab and apply it to the inside of the wrist or to the inner elbow. Cover with a bandage and don’t wash the area for 24 hours. If no itching or redness occurs, the oil should be safe for external use.
Pregnant women should take particular care in using essential oils. The essential oils calamus, mugwort, pennyroyal, sage and wintergreen can induce miscarriage when taken internally, but even inhalation and topical application are strongly discouraged. Basil, hyssop, myrrh, marjoram and thyme can also cause adverse reactions and should be avoided as well.
Refer to the chart below for other essential oils that should not be used.
ESSENTIAL OILS THAT SHOULD NOT BE USED:
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ESSENTIAL OILS THAT SHOULD NOT BE USED WHEN PREGNANT:
ESSENTIAL OILS THAT SHOULD NOT BE USED IF YOU HAVE EPILEPSY: