Aromatherapy is the art and practice of using essential oils extracted from aromatic plants and herbs to restore or enhance health and well being.

Inhaling the fragrance of certain essential oils can help clear sinuses or free congestion in the chest, as well as alter the chemistry of the brain to produce changes in mental and emotional behavior.

Even aromas too subtle to be consciously detected can have significant effects on central nervous system activity.



Inhalation
Probably the simplest form of diffusion is to put 2 or 3 drops of essential oil onto a handkerchief or tissue and hold under the nose, in the way posies of old were used. Breathing the oils will stimulate your body to create antibodies, endorphins and neurotransmitters, all vital to building good health and a strong immune system.

Aroma Lamps
Warm a mixture of water and essential oil over a candle or electric heat source to diffuse the aroma into the room. Most aroma lamps hold about 1/4 cup of water, start with 10 to 15 drops of essential oil, add more if needed. But careful, more is not always better, some oils such as lavender, sedating at low levels are stimulating at high dilution.

Atomizer Spray
Use a blend of 20 drops essential oil to 4oz of water, shake as you spray into the room, the oil and water do not usually mix and stays in suspension for only a short time. This method will act quickly to purify and freshen the whole house.
See:  Body Mist

Topically
Very few essential oils can be applied directly to the skin, and I recommend that a test with a diluted sample be tried first. (See: safety precautions). If you have no reaction, try one or two drops of essential oil to two or three locations on the body, inside the elbow and ear lobes are amongst the favorite spots, gently massage in. The best way to apply essential oils directly to the skin is in a dilution of vegetable oil, body lotion, or cream.
See: 
Body Oil   |   Hand & Body Lotion   |   Massage Oil   |   Moisturizing Cream

Bath
Try 5 to 15 drops added after your bath is drawn, gently stir to disperse the oil, soak and enjoy.
See: 
Bath Oil   |   Bath & Spa Salts

Food Supplements
It is not my policy to advise on food supplements, and suggest that only essential oils approved for food use be taken internally.

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