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Aromatherapy
Aromatherapy Basics
Aromatherapy Recipe for Massage
Essentials on Oils
Healing Properties of Essential Oils
Basic Recipes
Aphrodisiacs
Basil Oil Details
Benzoin Oil Details
Bergamot Oil Details
Ylang Ylang Oil Details


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Aromatherapy
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 Massage Therapy

 Being a Male Therapist

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 730 Hour Certification

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Many occupational hazards of adult life will be greatly alleviated by massage:

  • aching back and shoulder after a long office stint
  • exhaustion or overstrained muscles from physical labor or excessive exercise
  • circulatory problems from too little exercise by sedentary workers.
Massage can benefit you right down to the cellular level!

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Basic Aromatherapy Recipe for Use in Massage
This is enough information to give you an understanding of how to blend a massage oil

 
Who doesn't love a massage?

The use of essential oils in massage is a fantastic way to maximize the healing power of the massage itself. When combined with essential oils, a massage can have a powerful calming or energizing effect, depending on the oil chosen and the strokes of the masseur (quick movements will stimulate and slow movements relax).

When using essential oils in massage, always dilute the oils in a carrier oil prior to application to the skin. As we've said before, essential oils are very powerful concentrates, and unless indicated otherwise, should not be directly applied to the skin or irritation can result.

The Carrier Oil:

Carrier oils are just that. They are the oils that carry the essential oil. There are a wide variety available including the following:

  • Almond Oil - very easily absorbed by the skin, is very smooth, has little smell, keeps well, contains vitamin D and has beneficial effects on hair, dry skin and brittle nails
  • Apricot kernel Oil - light, contains Vitamin A, particularly good for use on the face if the skin is dry or aging
  • Avocado Oil - heavy, rich in nutrients, very good for dry aging and sensitive skins Evening Primrose Oil - helpful for skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis, only keeps for about 2 months after opening
  • Grapeseed Oil - light, good for oily skin, one of the least expensive oils
  • Hazelnut Oil - penetrates the skin very easily and is deeply nourishing Jojoba Oil - light, rich in vitamin E, beneficial for spots, acne, dandruff and dry scalp
  • Olive Oil - can be used in a pinch, but has a strong smell which may compete with the essential oil
  • Peach Kernel Oil - light, contains vitamins A & E, very good for the face
  • Soya Oil - easily absorbed, rich in vitamin E
  • Sunflower Oil - contains essential fatty acids, rich in vitamin E, has a slightly nutty smell
  • Wheatgerm Oil - contains vitamins A, B, C and E, firms and tones the skin, reduces blemishes, can help to reduce scar tissue and stretch marks, has a strong smell
The Massage:
 

When combining oils to be used in massage, have the proper supplies on hand. Dark bottles (brown, blue, etc.) in a 2oz size work very well, and can be obtained with relative ease.

Using a small funnel, fill the container half full until you have about 1oz of carrier oil. To the carrier oil, add 12-15 drops of essential oil and place the lid on the container. Shake well (the container - not you!!).

You can use only one essential oil or combine up to three of your choice to comprise the 12-15 drops. And there you have it! Your very own blend of massage oil!

Tip: Make small quantities as outlined above or you may end up with leftovers - blended oils will turn rancid fairly quickly. Store in a cool dark place with the lid tightly closed and they will last up to three months. Let your nose be your guide - if the blend no longer smells good, consider a fresh mix!

In the Bath:
 
Run a warm bath and ensure the door and windows are closed. When the tub is sufficiently filled, add up to 10 drops of essential oil to the water, circulating it throughout. As the oil is moved, the scent will rise with the steam of the water.

Now get in, take your time, and enjoy the wonderful aroma while you soak!

Recipe for a Relaxing and Calming Bath:

  • 2 drops Lavender
  • 2 drops Bergamot
  • 2 drops Cedarwood

Recipe to relieve Nervousness:

  • 6 drops Geranium
  • 4 drops Basil

Recipe for Insomnia:

  • 4 drops Chamomile
  • 2 drops Lavender
  • 2 drops Neroli
  • 2 drops Marjoram

Recipe for an Energizing Bath:

  • 3 drops Rosemary
  • 2 drops Lemon
  • 2 drops Frankincense
 
 
A Soothing Foot Bath:
 
 For tired, sore, worn out feet, the aromatherapy foot bath provides great relief! Fill a container (big enough to house both of your feet) with very warm water and add a few drops of essential oil.

Sit back, relax and give those barking dogs a rest!

Recipe for aching feet

  • 3 drops Peppermint
Essential oils can play a significant role in skin and hair care. Their natural healing properties allow them to effectively assist in treatment for everything from bruises to dandruff.
Essential Oils and Skin Care:
 
When using essential oils to moisturize the skin, simply add to a carrier oil such as Jojoba. Another good tip is to purchase fragrance and lanolin free creams or lotions, from which you can create your own skin care products by adding a few drops of your favorite essential oil.

The key to developing your own products is to determine what you want them to do. Are you trying to fight cellulite? Then add some Lemon oil to your cream. Are you trying to minimize the appearance of scar tissue? Patchouli is your answer here. See our for the body listings to find out more about the properties and effects of each essential oil.

 
 
Essential Oils and Hair Care:
 
Essential oils can also add to the appearance of your hair. For fair hair, add a few drops of Chamomile to a pitcher of warm water and use as a final rinse. If your hair is dark, do the same, but with Rosemary instead. If you are looking for a natural conditioner, see our recipe below:

Light conditioner:

  • 1 Tbsp Lanolin
  • 1 Tbsp Glycerine
  • 1 Tbsp Almond Oil
  • 3 drops Rosemary (for dark hair) OR Chamomile (light hair)
  • 1 egg

Combine the first four ingredients, mixing thoroughly. Warm the mixture slightly. Beat in the egg. (Remember only warm the mixture slightly or you will end up with scrambled eggs on your head!) Once the egg is well mixed witht the other ingredients, massage the mixture into the hair and scalp. Place either a bath cap or a towel over your hair and allow the conditioner to penetrate for about 10 minutes. Finally, rinse your hair thoroughly and the beautiful lustre will be revealed!

For more healing recipes to treat other skin and hair concerns, please see the Ailments page.

 

In the Air:
 
 There are a variety of ways to fill your surroundings with the pleasant aromas of essential oils.

They can be added to humidifiers, vaporisers, the molten wax of a candle, the dish of a diffuser (mixed with water), or even combined with water in a spray bottle.

Simply add a few drops of your favorite oil, or see our recipes below for some helpful suggestions:

Recipe for a fresh, clean smell in the air:

  • 1 drop Cedarwood
  • 3 drops Pine
  • 2 drops Rosemary

Recipe to induce Sleep:

  • 2 drops Chamomile
  • 2 drops Lavender
  • 2 drops Neroli

Recipe for a Spicy aroma:

  • 4 drops Bergamot
  • 2 drops Clove

Romance is in the air:

  • 2 drops Geranium
  • 2 drops Orange
  • 2 drops Ylang Ylang
Steam Inhalation (not recommended for asthmatics):
 
Place a few drops of essential oil into a bowl of very hot water. Lean over the bowl (approximately 8 inches from the water, or choose a comfortable distance for you), and drape a towel over your head.

Inhale the steam deeply for 5-10 minutes, (again, the length of time should be determined by your comfort level), remove the towel from your head, and blot the moisture from your face.

Hint: Once you are finished, leaving the bowl and its contents out in the open will continue to release the healing steam and aromas into the air, so don't be so quick to dump it down the sink!

Recipe for Cold & Flu using Steam Inhalation:

  • 3 drops Eucalyptus
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