Aromatherapy & Massage
Aromatherapy is the art and science of using essential oils for improvement of physical and emotional well-being. Incorporating this treatment into a massage session is a wonderful way to enhance the benefits. Diffusers or atomizers may be used to scent the room, and specific essential oils are used on the client’s skin during massage. Because each oil has unique properties, the choice of oils are customized to the client’s needs and emotional state.
More About Essential Oils
Essential oils are the purest essence of a flower, herb, root, fruit, or tree resin. The essences are extracted most commonly by steam distillation or by expression. There are around 300 essential oils in use by professional practitioners; however, for individual use only 5-10 oils are needed. In your home they can be used in a variety of ways from treating wounds, to cleaning your house, body care, aiding in relaxation, and even warding off pests. For those trying to eliminate toxins in their home, essential oils can safely replace chemicals that are found in common household products. Whether inhaled or applied topically, aromatherapy requires an understanding of how each essential oil interacts with the body, as well as the mind. Many pure essential oils need to be diluted, as they can cause irritation when applied directly to the skin, and study of these oils is recommended for safety and correct usage.
The “Essential” Essential Oils for Daily Use
Eucalyptus- Antiseptic, Antiviral, Analgesic, Decongestant, Invigorating
Lemon- Antiseptic, Astringent, Insecticidal, Nerve Tonic, Refreshing, Stimulant
Lavender- Antidepressant, Antiseptic, Analgesic, Decongestant, Insecticidal, Sedative
Peppermint- Analgesic, Antiseptic, Cooling, Decongestant, Insecticidal, Stimulant
Rosemary- Analgesic, Antidepressant, Antispasmodic, Purifying, Refreshing, Stimulant
Tea Tree- Anti-inflammatory, Antiviral, Fungicidal, Insecticidal, Strengthen Immunity