The following content was written as a project by one of our senior instructors, Sharon Babbert, but does not necessarily reflect the opinions of our school. It is part of a six part series. Links to the other parts will be available at the bottom of this article.*
Aromatherapy is a form of herbal medicine that has existed for thousands of years and incorporates Essential Oils. People have used Aromatherapy to help cope with stress and psychological problems or as a cure for pain and disease.
Aromatherapy can help achieve balance by:
Promoting physical healing by fighting bacteria on the skin and easing some of the side effects of cancer treatments like nausea and pain
- Stimulating mental processes by reducing stress, anxiety and depression
- Working on emotional harmony by boosting feelings of relaxation and improving sleep
- Inspiring spirituality
Aromatherapy is often used to help out in areas involving fear, anxiety, stress, the immune system, the respiratory system, energy, the digestive system, skin blemishes, cuts, arthritis and other pains. It is not effective as a cure for major health issues. It is important to note that everyone is different in his or her attitudes, stress levels and bodies. Just because an oil seems to help one person with a problem, others may see little benefit after using that oil for the same problem.
Some countries include essential oils in their pharmacopoeias. Aromatherapy as science, has never been recognized as a valid branch of medicine in the United States, Russia or Germany. EOs are not regulated by the FDA, which means that unlike drugs, the agency doesn’t check to see if they’re safe or work the way they are supposed to.
While Aromatherapy is generally safe, essential oils can cause side effects. Some can irritate the eyes, skin, or mucous membranes of the nose or cause mild allergic reactions. Research shows that Aromatherapy can have health benefits for some conditions. However, it should not be used instead of regular medical treatment.
- 2 oz. Safflower or Sunflower oil
- 5 Drops Sweet Orange or Tangerine
- 5 Drops Cedar
- 3-5 Drops Peppermint
Blend the EOs together then add to the Safflower or Sunflower oil. Mix well and store in an airtight container away from heat and light. Do Not Refrigerate!
- What is Aromatherapy?
- Essential Oils (EOs) Are Essential to Aromatherapy
- Making Scents of Essential Oils
- Carrier Oils
- Customized Applications
- Free Radicals vs. Antioxidants
*Recipes and information and instruction contained in this article are the sole recommendations of the author. Attempt at your own risk.