What is Aromatherapy and how does it work?
Authentic Aromatherapy is the application of 100% pure essential oils to enhance healthy body process. It is so called Aroma - therapy because of the oils' aromatic vapors that contain the desired medicinal qualities. It is the molecules in the extract and its vapor that interact with the receptors in our body systems - most importantly those connected to the endocrine and nervous systems which together regulate almost all physiological processes.
We can absorb these molecules into the blood stream directly through our skin, or through our lungs from breathing in the invisible vapors. And the beneficial molecular properties can also be integrated via smell (known as olfaction).
Contrary to popular belief, the receptors that receive the molecular information for scent are not in the nose but at the part of the brain that meets the inner workings of the nose. This is why aroma can have such a powerful impact on body balance; it provides a direct channel to the part of the brain that receives information for emotional, physical and mental processes.
Absolutes, CO2s and Hydrosols are other plant extractions that feature in aromatherapy. Plus complementary natural ingredients such as virgin cold pressed plant oils, Jojoba wax, Aloe Vera gel and high quality clays.
To really achieve a medicinal benefit with plant extracts the raw materials must be organically pure. Pesticides, fertilizers and processing chemicals will leave a residual presence in the plant essence.
The word aromatherapy has been used very broadly and with little standard control so it pays to check ingredient listings and research a company well before purchasing any so called aromatherapy products.
The beauty of pure therapeutic plant oils is that they integrate seamlessly with the body to benefit the natural dynamic therein.
The existing energetic, healing and restorative processes are therefore encouraged to develop towards a stronger, more efficient realization of their natural healthy capacity.
How do I use my essential oils?
Essential oils are wonderfully versatile and it takes very little time to learn how to use them.
Diffusion is the method of warming your essential oils to allow the natural release of therapeutic vapors into the surrounding air. There are many different kinds of diffusers available. At Absolute Essential we have two simple ceramic units that maintain a constant low-warm temperature for very safe efficient diffusion, the plug in Aromastone and the tea light Aromalight. You can use up to 10 drops of essential oil, hourly. Diffusion allows you to create a therapeutic atmosphere to benefit a group of people. (At work, school, home, clinic…)
Inhalation and Steam Inhalation are very straightforward practices. 2-6 drops on a tissue held close to the nose for inhalation (start with 1 drop for caution to sensitivity). Or 2-5 drops to two cups of bowling water and lean over to inhale the vapors. (Again a note of caution to sensitivity, use a smaller amount for first time use). Inhalation is particularly beneficial for upper respiratory conditions such as sinusitis or hay fever.
Massage Therapy is a great way to get the best out of your essential oils. Invest in a pure quality carrier oil such as organic Avocado oil and blend 1 drop to 1ml of carrier for direct body application. You can either add a single essential oil - Lavender alone will give you a blend for relaxation, aches and pains, and respiratory support - or utilize one of Absolute Essential's many professional Pure Blends such as Muscle Tonic or Stress Less. As you become more proficient with your own oils, you will be able to create bespoke massage blends to suit your individual therapeutic needs. (Click here for e-consult).
Bath creates a lovely sense of ritual and relaxation for essential oil therapy. Add 6-10 drops of essential oil/s or Pure Blend to a half cup of milk/soya milk, (add if you like 2 tablespoons of Epsom salt), mix well into bath water. This preparatory blending offers a cautionary measure against sensitivity, assists the absorption of essential oils into your body, and improves oil dispersion in water. Always read the specific directions for your chosen essential oil, and be aware that 15 minutes is the maximum recommended soaking time, before released toxins begin to be reabsorbed by the body.
We have a whole host of helpful tips on how to get the best of your essential oils with safe, easy directions for when, what and how. Click this link to find essential oil tips that cover your bases from domestic solutions and natural repellents, to first aid and family care.
What is the best way to keep my essential oils and blends?
You can considerably extend the life of your essential oils if you keep them in the fridge; a cool, dark place. In general you will maintain their continuous quality by keeping them in the box supplied, with lids closed well and away from direct sunlight and fluctuating temperatures.
Essential oils are flammable substances and should be kept in a safe place, away from children.
I have heard that if I do not like the smell I should not use it, as it is not the right oil for me. Is this true?
Yes and No. Scent is very difficult to hide when we dislike it. It is the aromatherapist's art of blending scents that can help you to appreciate the qualities that are beneficial for you.
After how much time will I see an improvement?
Most people notice a change within 1-2 hours, some react immediately for first aid applications e.g. headache, sore tummy etc.
Of course products applied for something such as a skin condition, might take much longer for a change to be appreciated.
When do I know I can stop using Aromatherapy products?
When symptoms ease, it is good to reduce the use slowly.