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Of the different natural and holistic health practices, aromatherapy is definitely at the top of the list. It is easy to do, provides a relaxing approach you can do every day, and is something most people find more accessible. If you need a bit of history on aromatherapy, I have just the article, The History of Aromatherapy.
The Use of Steam Inhalation
When you inhale the oils, they evaporate into the air, so you are not inhaling oils directly but through the vaporized oil in the air.
The benefits come from the oils and why you need to use pure, authentic essential oils. Make sure they say 100% pure essential oils, never fragrance oils. Fragrance oils are scented and have no health benefits; with aromatherapy, the oils stimulate the part of your brain connected to your smell, plus the molecules can enter your lungs and get into your body, which is where you get many health benefits from using them.
Steam Inhalation is the primary way to inhale essential oils and get the most from them. You will use the steam inhalation method, similar to any other type you use. The only difference is that oils are added to the pot of boiling water.
For steam inhalation, you want to boil a pot of water, then add between 3 and 6 drops of your oils or blends. Using more than one oil, use just 1 or 2 drops each. Remove the pot from the stove, set it on a pot holder on your table, and sit with your face over the pot (carefully!) and a damp towel over your neck and head. Inhale deeply for several minutes. Want to learn more see; Precisely what IS Aromatherapy?
How it Works with Topical Application
Another method we will go further into is topical application. The pure essential oil is applied directly to your skin for even more health benefits. The method you choose often depends on preference and what is available to you. When applied to your skin, they help in a few different ways. First, topical application of specific oils allows for skin conditions like eczema, rosacea, acne, burns, cuts, scrapes, and other skin wounds. It can also help when the oils are absorbed into your skin and enter your bloodstream. Finally, they can help with different things, from improving your memory to helping with organ systems, and why using a wide variety of oils for additional benefits is the way to go.
The main areas you can heal with aromatherapy.
- Reduce pain from headaches and migraines
- Get help with other types of chronic pain, including neck, back, and joint pain.
- Relieve stress and anxiety
- Reduce symptoms of depression
- Get more energy when the correct oils are used
- Help you get a better sleep when using them before bed
- Boost memory and brain function
- Get a healthy boost to your immune system
Where to Put the Oils
After correctly diluting your essential oils, you must decide where to put them. You might have one area of your skin you prefer or one with ailments like skin conditions or joint pain, so naturally, you know the location. These locations have important pulse points in your body, so you will benefit the most from these areas.
- On your temples
- Behind your ears
- On your upper and lower back
- On top of your head or forehead
- On your abdomen
- At your neck
- On your collarbone
- Underneath your nose
To learn more about Essential Oils, here is a great article that explains just that; An Overview of all Things Essential Oil.
They Are Easy to Use
The first benefit of aromatherapy with essential oils? It is easy to use! Something everyone can do with minimal effort. With so many different methods of doing aromatherapy, both topical and inhalation, you will find a way that works best for you.
Perhaps you want to do steam inhalation, use a diffuser, or find direct application best. Try different methods until you figure out the easiest and most convenient way to reap the benefits of aromatherapy.
You Can Use Aromatherapy Anywhere
You can also do aromatherapy just about anywhere, with multiple methods and pre-made essential oil blends to purchase. Here are some different places you can do aromatherapy:
- Steam inhalation in your kitchen
- Taking a relaxing aromatherapy bath while on vacation
- Turning on a diffuser with oils in any room, including when you are at work
On Your Pillow
A more straightforward method is to add oils to a spray bottle with distilled water and carrier oil, then spray it onto your pillow. Then, when you go to bed, you have the spritzed oils you will inhale as you sleep soundly. Using scents like lavender and rose is excellent when you have insomnia.
Using a Diffuser
Why diffuse it? Because pure essential oils are much too potent for direct skin contact. They can cause burning and irritation, depending on your skin’s sensitivity. It isn’t worth the risk since you use it to help, not hurt.
They are convenient, easy to use, and don’t require carrier oils. With a diffuser, you place a few drops of your oils or blends on top of the diffuser bowl, turn it on, and inhale deeply. You can sit as close to it as you want or use it for regular use, put it in any room of your house, and go about your business.
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It doesn’t necessarily replace medical intervention but can help reduce some appointments and medications. As always, please consult your doctor before starting any new health regimen.