Aromatherapy can help soothe, relax and rejuvenate your body, soul and mind.
Aromatherapy is a form of alternative medicine, which is primarily used by alternative medical practitioners. The medical properties of essential oils have been applied in folk medicine since the beginning of times and still widely used today.
Our fascination with fragrance must have started with our response to the aromas and odors of our natural environment. Some flowers produce heady scents to attract pollinating insects. Others to depend themselves against predator and diseases, some plant deploy a chemical defenses. Essential oils are part of this chemical arsenal.
Most essentials oils found in rinds of fruit, leaves, and seeds deter insects and herbivores from eating them. While the essential oil found in bark and heartwood of trees are probably used as protection against fungal or bacterial infection. Us humans have found ways of using these bioactive essential oils to deal with similar problems of defense against disease.
The term aromatherapy was first used in France in the 1930s, when Dr. Marguerite Maury began her health and beauty treatments with essential oils.
There are 90 widely known essential oils that are commonly used for general candles, massage oil, therapeutic skin care, diffusers and spa products.
Some essential oils can help to alleviate pain and inflammation, and promote rapid healing of the skin.
Therapeutic Skin Care Oils
Oils often used for skin ailments are:
Lavender Oil Anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and skin-regenerative properties.
German Chamomile Oil : Excellent for reducing pain and inflammation.
Tea Tree Oil: Prevention and cure bacterial infection.
Myrrh : Anti-inflammatory, promotes skin repair.
Insect bites, stings, small burns, cuts and abrasions
If need immediate treatment. The oils can be applied directly to the skin without diluting in vegetable oil. In case you happen to be allergic to them, in which case try Sandalwood.
Itch dry skin also respond well to the anti-inflammatory oils mentioned above. You may want to consult with your dermatologist if you have eczema, dermatitis, or psoriasis.
Allergic Reactions : Do a test patch first when using oils directly on the skin. If you experience any irritation, wipe off with vegetable oil and flush the area with cold running water.
Regardless of use, always keep safety in mind. Always strictly follow the manufacturer’s use and safety instructions.
If a cut or burn is larger than 1-2cm long, seek medical advice rather than treating the condition yourself.