What do you need for aromatherapy?

Aromatherapy is a treatment by aromatic essences designed to prevent or relieve different health conditions especially stress, cold, pains and aches and various skin and digestive disorders.

The main force of aromatherapy are essential oils extracted from various parts of the organically or wild grown plants. Essential oils are also called the ‘life force’ of the plants. Essential oils are ‘essential’ for the biological processes in the plants and they are also the source of the scent. Essential oils can play an essential role in helping to maintain our good health and prevent illnesses.

To practice aromatherapy, you need pure essential oils, empty glass bottles and an aromatherapy guide.

Only pure essential oils of therapeutic grade are suitable for aromatherapy treatments. Essential oils are very potent essences, they consist of up to 300 constituents. According to their constituents they are grouped into therapeutic families and then used in treatments to relieve conditions such as headaches, colds, cuts and bruises, wounds, eczema, digestive disorders and much more.

Every essential oil is a synergy in its own right, it contains different constituents that can treat different symptoms. For example, lavender. Lavender can treat small wounds, cuts, insect bites, burns, colds, headaches, insomnia, dry skin, muscular pain, and digestive disorders to name a few.

To prevent symptoms, you need a few essential oils as a first aid kit to keep at home to begin with. They are lavender, lemon, rosemary, peppermint.

Lavender is cleansing and calming, balancing for the nervous system.

Lemon stimulates the immune system, relieves coughs, colds, and pain.

Rosemary clears headaches, relieves pain, useful with water retention.

Peppermint is excellent for digestive disorders, eases headaches.

The application could be topical, such as massage, inhalation through steam or diffusing, or taking a bath. For inhalation you only need essential oil/s to add to water. For massage and bath, you need carrier oils to mix essential oils in. For skin care, essential oils are added to a base.

So, basically, to practice aromatherapy you need essential oils, carrier or base oils and an aromatherapy guide. A nice wooden box to keep oils in and a diffuser might be a useful option.

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