The benefits of aromatherapy has been known for ages, however, it was not given a name until the 1920's when the term aromatherapy was coined in France.
The essential oil is what is used for aromatherapy but first it must be drawn from the botanical substances by a lengthy process of distillation. What is left is a potent essential oil. The essential oil is highly fragrant and concentrated, when undiluted it can be a skin irritant, so there are many different way to use this oil.
You can use it in a bath by adding a vial of essential oil. Then swish the water and oil together, and relax and enjoy your bath. If you prefer a shower, try placing some of the essential oil at the back of the shower, furthest from the drain.
You can blend an oil or combination of oils together with a sesame or jojoba carrier oil for a great massage using aromatherapy.
Touch therapy involves using just a few drops of the essential oils and gently massaging the temples, forehead, and scalp.
For an air freshener or even in the car you can use essential oils in a misting bottle with distilled water. Just shake and mist.
There are also diffusers available.
Using aromatherapy for pregnancy and birth is also an age old process. Aromatherapy is usually done to relive tension and promote relaxation.
The most frequently used fragrances are:
restores unbalanced states to a more harmonious state, and has been said to strengthen contractions.
The "Matriarch" of oils, very gentle, soothing and calming to the mind and body. Helps calm the irritated, fretful or nervous person.
This oil may be one of the most effective anti-depressant oils, it is useful for insomnia, hysteria, anxiety and other stress-related conditions.
A "ray of sunshine." This is said to uplifting, light and refreshing.
- Clary Sage
This works well as a muscle relaxant, relieving stress and tension in the body. NOTE: Some practitioners advise that this be used during labor only. Before using this during pregnancy contact someone knowledgeable in essential oils.
These are just a few of the many oils available and other guides can help you find oils for revitalization, energy, and different mood creators. The essential oils and useful guides can be found at nearly any health food store, any store where bath supplies are sold, or sometimes by mail order.