How to use Organic Therapeutic Essential Oils
Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils for therapeutic purposes. Essential oils are extracted from aromatic plants such as lavender and tea tree. Each plant has its own therapeutic properties, e.g. antiseptic, anti-bacterial or anti-inflammatory. It is widely known and accepted that aromatherapy is beneficial. Many people visit massage therapists to receive aromatherapy massages using therapeutic grade essential oils. It is less known however, that essential oils can be used daily to help with a wide variety of challenges.
Here are just a few uses for therapeutic grade essential oils:
1. Inhalation: Essential oils can be inhaled for therapeutic purposes. The aromatherapy will reach the nervous system directly and trigger the desired effect of the oil. For optimal results, place a few drops of oil on a tissue or cotton pad and hold it near your nose (it is recommended that first-timers use only 1 drop). Alternatively, place 10 drops of essential oil in a bowl of boiling water and inhale the steam. Aromatherapy oil diffusers, burners, mist and atomizers are extremely beneficial.
2. Bug Repellent: Some essential oils, such as extracts from peppermint and citronella, are natural bug repellents. These oils could be placed outdoors to deter bugs. Simply soak a cotton ball in the oil and place it in entryways.
3. Air Freshener: Essential oils can be used to freshen up air indoors. This will not only create a pleasant smell in your home or work environment, it will also brighten the mood of the occupants due to the therapeutic grade aromatherapy. To achieve this pour a few drops of the appropriate oil into a bowl of boiling water. This will humidify the oil and spread the scent throughout the area. You can also mix the essential oils in a spray bottle with purified water and use it as a natural alternative to a spray or aerosol air freshener.
4. Massage: Using essential oils for massage will help to alleviate muscle cramps, arthritis or muscle pains, depending on the oil selected. Full strength essential oils should not be used directly on the skin without being blended with a carrier oil such as grape seed or jojoba oil for a moisturizing massage.
5. Humidifier: This can be especially useful for using essential oils to help clear your sinuses. Add a few drops to the water in your cool mist humidifier or in the medicine cup of a steam humidifier.
6. Soak: Add a few drops of a relaxing or stress reducing essential oil to your bath and enjoy.
7. Compress: This is a great way to apply pain relieving essential oils to an injury or strained muscle. Add several drops of oil to warm water and then dip a cloth in the surface of the water wring out excess and hold against your skin.
8. Fresh Laundry: Try adding a few drops of lavender or other favorite oil to a cloth and then adding it to the dryer with your wet clothing. It will come out smelling wonderful.
9. Better Tea: Use a drop of healthy citrus oil to flavour your tea.
If you are serious about gaining the benefits of aromatherapy you should always use all-natural or organic therapeutic grade aromatherapy oils. By using certified pure therapeutic grade essential oils you ensure that the oil will be of high quality and maximize the benefits. High quality oils have much stronger, more complex aromas. The delicate chemistry of the oil is preserved, and it’s void of potentially harmful and irritating chemicals. These factors contribute to the effectiveness of the essential oil when used in aromatherapy.
It can be difficult to find organic aromatherapy oils. It’s unlikely you’ll be able to find them at your local grocery store; very few health food stores even carry them. We have a wide variety of our very own exclusive DISCOVER Massage organic therapeutic essential oils available online or at our Traverse City massage clinic.