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Essentials on Oils
Healing Properties of Essential Oils
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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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Aromatherapy Basics
Essential oils are the highly concentrated essences of aromatic plants. Aromatherapy is the art of using these oils to promote healing of the body and the mind.

 

Aromatherapy is the practice of utilizing aroma to enhance feelings of well being, which can provide relief from stress, anger, frustration and depression, as well as cleans and tighten the skin, warm or cool the body, disinfect and clear the sinuses and refresh and inspire the soul. Aromatherapy utilizes essential oils extracted from barks, flowers, leaves, fruits and other plant material to restore and enhance health and beauty. 100% Pure Essential Oil products contain the only the highest herbal energy available.

Psychological benefits
Aromatherapy can help balance the mind, and provide uplifting, inspiring, heartening feelings. Essential oils make therapeutic, natural home remedies.

Medicinal benefits
Aromatherapy can help stimulate the body's nervous, circulatory, and digestive systems as well as heal and repair the body.

Skincare benefits
Aromatherapy can be an antiseptic, purifying, cleansing, toning and tightening process, helping to bring a youthful glow to the skin.
 

Basics of Aromatherapy:
 

Each of the essential oils used in Aromatherapy can be used either alone or in combinations to create a desired effect. Before using essential oils as part of an Aromatherapy treatment, it is important to understand the effect that the oil(s) have, and how it works.

The oils are found in different parts of the plant such as the flowers, twigs, leaves and bark, or in the rind of fruit. For example, in roses it is found in the flowers, in basil it is in the leaves, in sandalwood in the wood, and so on.

The methods used to extract the oil are time consuming and expensive and require a high degree of expertise. Given that it takes in excess of 220 pounds of rose petals to produce only 4 or 5 teaspoonsful of oil, it is a process probably best left to professionals!

Due to the large quantity of plant material required, pure essential oils are expensive, but they are also highly effective - only a few drops at a time are required to achieve the desired effect.

Synthetic oils are available at a lesser price, but they simply do not have the healing power of the natural oils. Before purchasing essential oils for home use, it is always best to seek the advice of a professional /qualified aromatherapy practitioner.
 

Creating Aromatherapy Blends:
 

To create a balanced perfume, a combination of all three notes will produce the best results. It is important to state that when making Aromatherapy blends, there are no fixed rules. The more familiar you become with the fragrances and their effects, the easier it will be to create combinations that are right for you!

Be sure to visit our individual guide pages for recipes that can help you discover your favorite combinations...

 

How Essential Oils Work:
 

Essential oils have an immediate impact on our sense of smell, also known as "olfaction". When essential oils are inhaled, olfactory receptor cells are stimulated and the impulse is transmitted to the emotional center of the brain, or "limbic system".

The limbic system is connected to areas of the brain linked to memory, breathing, and blood circulation, as well as the endocrine glands which regulate hormone levels in the body. The properties of the oil, the fragrance and its effects, determine stimulation of these systems.

When used in massage, essential oils are not only inhaled, but absorbed through the skin as well. They penetrate the tissues and find their way into the bloodstream where they are transported to the organs and systems of the body.

Essential oils have differing rates of absorption, generally between 20 minutes and 2 hours, so it is probably best not to bathe or shower directly following a massage to ensure maximum effectiveness.

 
 
The "Notes" of Essential Oils:
 

Essential oils are often described by their "note". The three categories of classification are top note, middle note and base note, and these terms relate to the rate at which they evaporate - or how long the fragrance will last.

Top Notes are the most stimulating and uplifting oils. They are strongly scented, but the perfume lasts only for approximately 3 - 24 hours.

Examples of Top note oils are:

  • basil
  • bergamot
  • clary sage
  • coriander
  • eucalyptus
  • lemongrass
  • neroli
  • peppermint
  • sage
  • thyme.

Middle Notes are the next longest lasting, at about 2 - 3 days, and affect the metabolic and body functions. The perfume is less potent than that of top note oils.

Examples of Middle note oils are:

  • balm
  • chamomile
  • fennel
  • geranium
  • hyssop
  • juniper
  • lavender
  • rosemary

Base Notes are the slowest oils to evaporate, lasting up to one week. They have a sweet, soothing scent and a relaxing, comforting effect on the body.

Examples of Base note oils are:

  • cedarwood
  • clove
  • frankincense
  • ginger
  • jasmine
  • rose
  • sandalwood
 

Essential oils can be extracted using a variety of methods, although some are not commonly used today. Currently, the most popular method for extraction is steam distillation, but as technological advances are made more efficient and economical methods being developed.
 
Steam Distillation:
 

To extract the essential oil, the plant material is placed into a still (very similar to a pressure cooker) where pressurized steam passes through the plant material.

The heat from the steam causes globules of oil in the plant to burst and the oil then evaporates. The essential oil vapor and the steam then pass out the top of the still into a water cooled pipe where the vapors are condensed back to liquids. At this point, the essential oil separates from the water and floats to the top.

Now, this doesn't sound like a particularly complicated process but did you know that it takes more than 8 million Jasmine flowers to produce just 2 pounds of jasmine oil? No wonder pure essential oils are expensive!

 
 
Maceration:
 

Maceration actually creates more of an "infused oil" rather than an "essential oil". The plant matter is soaked in vegetable oil, heated and strained at which point it can be used for massage.

 
 
Cold Pressing:
 

Cold pressing is used to extract the essential oils from citrus rinds such as orange, lemon, grapefruit and bergamot. The rinds are separated from the fruit, are ground or chopped and are then pressed. The result is a watery mixture of essential oil and liquid which will separate given time.

It is important to note that oils extracted using this method have a relatively short shelf life, so make or purchase only what you will be using within the next six months.

Solvent Extraction:
 

A hydrocarbon solvent is added to the plant material to help dissolve the essential oil. When the solution is filtered and concentrated by distillation, a substance containing resin (resinoid), or a combination of wax and essential oil (known as concrete) remains.

From the concentrate, pure alcohol is used to extract the oil. When the alcohol evaporates, the oil is left behind.

This is not considered the best method for extraction as the solvents can leave a small amount of residue behind which could cause allergies and effect the immune system.

Solvent Extraction:
 

Only recently developed, this method uses Carbon Dioxide to extract the essential oil from the plant when liquefied under pressure.

Once the liquid depressurizes, the carbon dioxide returns to a gaseous state, and only pure essential oil remains.

 

The A World of Aromatherapy Top Ten List:
 
Chamomile calming
useful for premenstrual pain/tension, indigestion, mildly antiallergenic, rhinitis, acne, excema, and other sensitive skin conditions.
Eucalyptus antiseptic
useful for coughs and colds, bronchitis, viral infections, muscular aches, rheumatic conditions.
Geranium mildly astringent
useful for cuts, sores, fungal infections, as an insect repellant, soothing skin problems, eczema, bruises, mildly diuretic, anti-depressant.
Lavender mildly analgesic
useful for headaches, wounds, bruises, antiseptic, insect bites, oily skin, acne, swelling, calming insomnia, mild depression.
Rose antiseptic
useful for sore throat and sinus, congestion, puffiness, mildly sedative, insomnia, premenstrual tension/pain, menopause, reduced libido.
Rosemary mild stimulant
useful for physical and mental fatigue, forgetfulness, respiratory problems, asthma, rheumatic aches and pains.
Sandalwood antiseptic
useful for dry, cracked, or chapped skin, acne, calming relaxation during meditation, aphrodisiac.
Marjoram mildly analgesic
useful for menstrual pain, headache, sore throat, mildly sedative, insomnia, warming, improving circulation, acne.
Jasmine antidepressant
useful for depression, postnatal depression, strengthening contractions during labor, aphrodisiac.
Neroli mildly sedative
useful for insomnia, anxiety, nervous depression, mildly warming, improving circulation, acne, premenstrual tension/pain, backache.
 
 


 

 
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