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Aromatherapy 101

By Dana Jean Costantino

Aromatherapy 101Aromatherapy is a practice of using various essential oils to promote balance, health, wellness, relaxation and to aid in ridding the body of disease and distress. Aromatherapy has gained popularity over the last decade and there has become a wider base of people understanding that scent and the essential oils which contain these scents can be powerful in aiding in the curing of what ails us, mind – body – soul.

Where To Begin
The challenge for some can be in understanding where to begin with aromatherapy. Another challenge can be in deciding how to integrate aromatherapy into a traditional western medicine practice. The truth is, you do not have to trade one for the other. Aromatherapy can be used in conjunction with your current routine or you can decide to try aromatherapy first and then move on to integrating other medicines and treatments into your essential oil routine. The key is to find the right balance that works for you and to find healthcare professionals who understand your mission and your desires when beginning or continuing an aromatherapy practice.

The first thing to do is to take a moment to understand what you want to work on within you the most. Is it a health issue? A mental issue? A spiritual issue? All of the above? From there you can begin the process of selecting oils and a practice that will help in forward progress on those issues.

Commonly Used Essential Oils
Some of the most commonly used essential oils are Lavender, Lemon, Patchouli and Peppermint.

Lavender is a wonderful essential oil for calming. Often you will hear of people using Lavender essential oil as a sleep aid. If you sprinkle some drops of Lavender on your pillow at night or spray your room with Lavender room spray, the aroma will help with getting you into a zone of calm. Lavender is also a great essential oil for kids who have hyper-activity issues and for people with anxiety.

Lemon is one of the best oils for home care. It is a pure way to clean your home and leave it with a fresh and lively scent. Lemon essential oil can be added to cleaning products that you already have in your home or you can make your own home care products from scratch. A great room spray can be created by adding water, twenty drops of lemon essential oil and a lemon rind into a spray bottle and misting throughout your home. It will bring good vibes and positive energy to your day. Lemon is a happy scent and the color of lemon, being as bright as it is, does wonders for the mind.

Peppermint is wonderful at helping with feelings of nausea and can also be an energizing essential oil. Peppermint tea is also a great way to soothe your system and relieve feelings of sickness from within. Peppermint is a stronger essential oil and is not recommended for children under the age of three years old.

Patchouli acts as an anti-depressant and anti-inflammatory and provides soothing vibes to an ailing soul.

Essential oil is mostly for external use. Before you begin with essential oils, make sure you are using the right quantities and taking steps to learn what works best for your individual self.

I wish you a great journey down the road of aromatherapy and hope you begin to find the results you are looking for. If we never try, we never know. If you are ready to take the step into soothing yourself with an aromatherapy practice, then you are already in a great mindset for a new beginning.

To learn more or to schedule an appointment, please email or call 917-693-4234. Many blessings!


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