Aromatherapy oils smell great as well as being beneficial for your health. They can help you to relax after a stressful day or help calm you if you suffer from anxiety or panic attacks. Aromatherapy oils can be used as massage oils or burned in an oil burner to fill the air in a room. When looking at the different oils it is important to know that if the base ingredient in the oils is chemical you will be absorbing those chemicals into your blood stream as well as the aromatherapy oil. It is important to only use natural based oils. If making a base for a massage oil you can use sweet almond, grapeseed or jojoba as carrier oils which are more easily washed out of sheets and absorbed easily by the skin.
When mixing oils, you only need to mix a few at a time. Use those that you like and smell good but there are a few rules you need to follow. If you are pregnant or suffer with epilepsy stay away from oils such as Neroli and Rosemary as they can cause early contractions or increase blood pressure and bring on seizers. If you have low blood pressure you also need to avoid Ylang Ylang.
If you suffer with panic attacks or are feeling anxious try Geranium, Lavender, Frankincense, Neroli, Rose Chamomile or Sweet Orange oil. However, don’t use them all together, just choose a few to put in a carrier oil. Geranium and Rose can help balance hormones. You can put the oils on a tissue or in an oil burner and they will have a calming effect.
Having trouble sleeping? Try some lavender, chamomile and a little eucalyptus, or if you are unwell with the flu, use pine instead. These will help you get a better night’s sleep.
Cyprus, Fennel, Geranium, Juniper, Orange, Rosemary or sage will help you with fluid retention if you get puffiness anywhere in your body. Vitamin B6 is a good supplement to use for this as well. It is important to remember we need to drink at least 2 litres of water a day to keep our kidneys working properly. You can use the oils either in a bath or as a massage oil but you must always mix oils with a carrier oil if you use them in this way.
Aromatherapy oils can also help with a body detox. Oils that are effective for detoxing include Rosemary, Tea Tree and Juniper Berry. An easy and effective recipe using these is in a carrier oil of grapeseed or sweet almond (50ml) use 4 drops Juniper, 5 Rosemary, 3 Tea Tree and 8 Lemon but make sure they are the pure essential oil.
If you suffer with eczema use avocado, bergamot, chamomile, evening primrose, geranium, jojoba, lavender, melissa and orange oils which may offer some temporary relief from symptoms.
Aromatherapy oils are effective when used correctly however you must be mindful of what you can and can’t use if you are pregnant or suffer with pre-existing health issues such as high or low blood pressure, kidney or urinary disorders or epilepsy. It is always good to consult a natural therapist or Aromatherapist who can help you get the recipes right.