In this part I will be discussing the storage, uses of essential oils in aromatherapy and effect of essential oils on the users.
Storage and use of essential oils
Essential oils are highiy concentraled, volatile and aromatic. They readily evaporale and change and deteriorate if exposed to light, heat and air. Hence pure oils need to be stored carefully brown glass bottles at a moderate temperature away from direct light. They can be stored for one or two years in this way. For most purposes in aromatherapy, essential oils are used in a dilute form, being added either to water or to another oil, called the base or carrier.
The base is often a vegetable oil such as olive or salflower, which both have nutrient and beneficial properties. An essential or carrier oil mixture has a short useful life of two or three months and so they are usually mixed at the time of use and in small amounts.
Techniques used in aromatherapy
There are four techniques used in aromatherapy and these are bathing, massage, inhalation and compresses.
Bathing most people have expericnced the benefits of relaxing in riher ot Dath to which a proprietary pertumed preparation has been ho ddcd. Most of these preparations contain cssential oils used in aromatherapy. The addition of a number of drops of an essential to the bath water can have great beneficial effects. lt is soothing and relaxing, casing aches and pains, and can also have a stimulating effect, banishing tiredness and restoning energy, depending. upon the type of oil that is used. In addition, there is the added benefit of inhaling the vapours of the oil as they evaporate from the hot water.
Massage is the most familiar method of treatment associated with aromatherapy. Essential oils are able to penetrate through the skin and are taken into the body, exerting healing and beneficial influences on internal tissues and organs. The oils used for massage are trst diluted by being mixed with a base and should never be applied directly to the skin in their pure form in case of an adverse allergic recaction.
Inhalation is thought to be the most direct and rapid means of treatment. This is because the moleculess of the volatile essential oil act directly on the olfactory organ and are immediately perceived by the brain, A popular method is the time-honoured one of steam inhalation, in which a few drops of essential oil are added to hot water in a bowl. The person sits with his or her face above the mixture and covers the head, face and bowl with towel so that the vapour do not escape, this can be repeated up to three times a day but should not be undertaken by people suffering from asthma. Some essential oils can be applied directly to handkerchief or onto pillow and the vapours inhaled in this way.
Compresses to prepare a compress in aromatherapy, of essential a few oil drops are added the to a proportion then of hot a cloth or cold is soaked water in the mixture. The cloth is wrung out, (although kept fairly wet) and applied to the the painful part, and is tied in place with clingfilm and a bandage. The compress needs to be left in place to for two be hours before being changed. Usually, hot compresses are applied to chronic persistent pain. For conditions which there in is heat, inflammation, swelling and fever, a cold compress is generally indicated.
Essential oils may also be diluted with water and used in hand and foot baths if only a small area of the body needs to be treated. Some are appropriate for use as gargles and mouth washes, and are helpful in clearing up infections such as mouth ulcers. However, they should never be swallowed. Essential oils can be used effectively in the home by adding a few drops into a bowl of water or potpourri and leaving to stand in a room.
Action Of Essential Oils On The Users
Although the subject of a great deal of research, there is a lack of knowledge about how essential oils work in the body to produce their therapeutic effects. It is known that individual essential oils possess antiseptic, antibiotic, sedative, tonic and stimulating properties, and it is believed that they act in harmony with the nature defences of the body such as the immune system. Some oil such as eucalyptus and rosemary, act as natural decongestant whereas others, such as sage, have a beneficial eftect upon the blood circulation.
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