Tuesday, 2 April 2013

The benefits of aromatherapy

Aromatherapy oils can be used for a variety of different purposes, ranging from restoring body and mind to repelling insects. There are a wide range of oils and many different ways they can be used. They can be combined, diluted, warmed or used just as they are. Pay attention to the instructions on the bottles to ensure you use the oils correctly.

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Top 10 benefits of aromatherapy:

1 Aromatherapy is a great stress reliever. Many oils can combat stress but Lavender is one of the more popular for this purpose. Lavender calms, refreshes and lifts the spirits. Add a couple of drops to your handkerchief and breathe in the aroma when stressed.

2 Essential oils may be used to make your own beauty products. This will save you money and allow you to choose oils which suit your skin type. A variety of oils can be used for beauty products including Geranium, Jasmine, Lavender and many more.

3 You can use oils in the bath to relax or invigorate. For relaxation try Lavender and Geranium. Place 10 drops in warm water and you will feel the benefit in a few minutes. For the opposite effect, Lemon, Peppermint and Rosemary.

4 Oils can be warmed in special burners to freshen any room. Choose an oil to suit your mood.

5 Tea Tree, Lemon, Lavender are a few of the many oils which have disinfectant properties. These can be used for cleaning kitchen and bathroom surfaces.

6 Citronella is an effective mosquito repellent. Tea Tree and Thyme may be used to repel most insects.

7 A soothing body, foot or back massage can be given with essential oils. Try different combinations to suit.

8 Lavender can be used on burns and insect bites to speed up the healing process and reduce itching.

9 Oils can soothe the symptoms of a cold such as high temperature, sore throat, sneezing and runny nose. Eucalyptus, Lemon, Marjoram and Lavender can be used as decongestants.

10 Lavender oil is great for soothing a headache. Apply a couple of drops to your temples or add a couple of drops to a warn bowl of water, place a towel over your head and the bowl and inhale for a few minutes.

Aromatherapy has many benefits. Mixing and matching oil combinations can be lots of fun, but be sure to read the warning labels before experimenting. Some oils are to be avoided during pregnancy and others can irritate skin if undiluted or if skin is exposed to sun.

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