Aromatherapy is not just a case of making the room smell nice or playing with sweet smelling oils. Aromatherapy is a method of enlisting one of our most powerful senses - the sense of smell to help alleviate illness in the body. It takes an aromatic oil four minutes to begin to work in a bath or the same amount of time if you are in a vaporized room. The treatment enlists not only one sense but the absorption through our largest organ - the skin.
Oils need to be specifically designed to meet your needs and it is not just a case of mixing a few together. They need to be balanced and often, if used incorrectly they can have reverse affects. However it is alright to experiment with them if you are careful. If you need them for specific illnesses however, it is best to consult a professional.
- When using oils always make sure they are natural as ones with a chemical base release chemicals into your bloodstream or into the air when you burn them. Natural ones will cost you more but it is worth it.
- Never use undiluted oils straight on your skin. Some may cause irritation. Dilute in a carrier oil - grapeseed, apricot, almond are a few. Follow recipes to be safe.
- Do not use Neroli or Rosemary if you are pregnant or epileptic.
- Do not use Ylang Ylang if you have LOW blood pressure.
- Less is best when mixing oils.