Today, when people are getting more concerned about their health and when healthy life style is in fashion, natural health and beauty products are gaining popularity. Natural beauty and health supplies are widely used in aromatherapy. Aromatherapy mainly uses volatile plant oils, including essential oils through massage, bath or inhalation for psychological and physical well-being.
An essential oil is a liquid that is distilled (most frequently by steam or water) from the leaves, bark, stems, flowers, roots, or other elements of plants and trees. Essential oils, contrary to their name, don't really feel oily. Most essential oils are clear, however some oils such as orange and lemongrass can have a yellowish color. Essential oils contain the authentic essence of the plant they were derived from. Essential oils are highly concentrated. They are usually sold in small bottles and are used in very small doses.
Most essential oils for aromatherapy can be found in health stores, natural beauty supply stores, or ordered via Internet. Essential oils can differ in quality and price. Some of the factors that influence the quality and price of the oil are the rarity of the plant, region and conditions that the plant was grown, quality norms used by the distiller, and how much oil the plant produces.
Let's look at some popular essential oils that can be used for a variety of purposes.
Bitter Orange Oil has a warm, sweet, sensuous, and citrus scent. Try is as an emotionally balancing remedy for calming problems of the nervous system. It is used for shock, fear of the future, hopelessness and depression.
Keep Eucalyptus Oil handy as a traditional household treatment for respiratory diseases, such as bronchitis and croup. It can be used to cure feverish conditions such as malaria, cholera etc., and skin ailments like burns, ulcers and wounds.
Try rubbing Lavender Oil on temples for depression and headaches. Lavender oil has powerful anti-septic and germicidal qualities. It is used as a pain relief for sores, burns, bruising, bites, aches, and pains. Use a drop of Lavender Oil on your pillow for a soothing night's rest and a relaxing beauty sleep.
Rosemary is one of the most ancient aromatherapy oils. It is used for a wide range of symptoms, including respiratory and circulation disorders; liver congestion; digestive and nervous complaints; muscular and rheumatic pain; as well as skin and hair problems.
Peppermint is considered a great mental stimulant by rousing the senses, clearing the head, and enhancing self-confidence. Due to its penetrating and calming properties it is used for massage (with a carrier oil). It also helps relieve cramping muscles. Peppermint oil is good for headaches, fevers, dizziness, nausea and motion sickness.
The properties of the Tea Tree Oil are outstanding. It is a natural antibiotic, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-inflammatory remedy and a natural solvent. It cures everything from acne to head lice, from cold sores to infections. Tea Tree oil is a must for every home medicine cabinet.
When using essential oils for the first time it is safer to consult a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. A skin patch test is highly recommended prior to using oils that you've never used before.