Aroma implies the process of inhaling the scents
You have probably heard the term Aromatherapy and wondered what exactly that funny word, ‘aromatherapy’ actually means. It is the use of plant oils in their most essential form to promote both mental and physical well being. The use of the word aroma implies the process of inhaling the scents from these oils into your lungs for therapeutic benefit.
If you have ever used a vapor rub for a cough then you have tried aromatherapy, although not in its purest form. As a matter of fact, you probably have been using aromatherapy on yourself and your family for many years without realizing it through vapor rubs or electric vaporizers.
Brands of vapor rub use eucalyptus or menthol to clear out stuffy chests and noses. Imagine if you used the undiluted essential oil of eucalyptus how clear your lungs would feel.
History of Aromatherapy
The term aromatherapy is generally new, beginning to be used in the 20th century, but the practice has been around for thousands of years. It is believed that the Chinese were one of the first cultures to use the scents of plants to promote health through the burning of incense. Ancient Egyptians used distilled cedarwood oil mixed with clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, and myrrh to embalm the deceased. The Egyptians also used oils to perfume both men and women.
Moving forward through later centuries a growth in books about the use of oils in healing grew.
The Greek alchemist, Paracelcus, used the term “essence” and focused study on the use of plants for healing purposes.
While the use of essential oils for perfume continued to grow throughout the ages its’ use for medicinal purposes declined slightly until around 1928.
It was at that time that a French chemist named Rene-Maurice Gattefosse accidentally discovered the use of lavender essential oil to heal wounds.
The story is told that he burned his forearm and reflexively placed it in the closest liquid he saw, which was lavender essential oil. He was surprised to find that the burn healed rapidly and left no scar. It was then that he began using the term aromatherapy and wrote about the powers of essential oils.
Today, many people are trying to get back to nature. People have seen first- hand the dangerous effects of synthetic chemicals and processed medications.
The use of all natural essential oils for medicinal, cosmetic and therapy purposes continues to grow. Many people have found the results of using aromatherapy to be far greater than manmade medications and with far fewer negative side effects.
Aromatherapy can be used by itself or in conjunction with typical medical treatments. For example, you may use aromatherapy to ease pain after a surgical procedure. You still get the benefit of the surgery but do not have to take the powerful and often dangerous pain medications that a doctor prescribes.
Down through the century, aromatherapy has been used as a remedy to soothe the body and mind. This remedy was said to relieve symptoms coming from a variety of diseases. In addition, aromatherapy remedies are claimed to relieve stress, anxiety, nervous tension, and related symptoms. Many people have used aromatherapy, including the French natives, Egyptians, Germans, Brazilians, Europeans, Indians, Canadians, Americans, people in the Mediterranean lands, and so on. Essential oils each have its purpose for healing the body and mind. Before using the oils, be sure to read all available instructions. Essential oils are aromatherapy oils, which come from living plants.
Essential oils are used to heal the body and mind by relaxing your soul and relieving stress. Some essential oils are produced for a romantic mood by massaging the oils into the skin.
A masseuse once stated that many of her clients complained, that the oils made them feel drowsy, or put them to sleep. Subsequently, she explained that the oils must work to relax the body and mind; therefore the person will feel drowsy or sleep when the oils are burning. The masseuse also mentioned that green essential oils were prone to relax the body and mind, more so than other scents. Now, this would depend on the person and his or her level of stress.
Essential oils for creating a romantic mood
Down through the years, scented candle lit dinners, scented candle lit baths, and etc. has created a romantic mood for many. So we can assume that aromatherapy can also create a romantic mood. The romantic oils include Jasmine. Still, a selection of aromatherapy oils can work as a romantic sparker.
Aromatherapy romantic oils are essential oils. The oils work to create synchronization with the spirit, mind, and body. The oils are said to elevate moods by producing relaxation affects. The affects are said to enhance well-being, confidence, and openness. According to studies, some people using essential oils experienced a hormonal affect, which increased desire of sexuality.
Oils that promote romance
The oils available to promote romance are Patchouli oils, Ylang Ylang oils, Sandalwood, Jasmine, etc. The oils are said to deliver a strong arousing feeling. The oils work by sending odors that stimulate the moods and mind, which in turn produces an arousing sensation, as well as an awakening yearning. Aromatherapy oils with aphrodisiac ingredients are also romantic arousers. Ylang, Lemon oils, Patchouli, Rosewood, Eucalyptus, Geranium, and Rosemary are a few of aromatherapy oils, which contain aphrodisiac. Aphrodisiac Sensual oils are oil that produces a romantic mood.
Essential oils are ideal for romantic massages. However, you should dilute the oils in carrier oil. Such as:
- Sweet almond oil.
- Grape seed oil.
- Avocado oil.
- Olive oil.
- Sesame oil.
- Evening primrose.
- Canola (Rapeseed)
Essential oils, is said to affect the skin, which produces relaxation. The oils contain cedar wood, clove buds, cinnamon leaf, clary sage, orange, and chamomile.
Yohimbe oils which include the Combinations is said to work by increasing erectile capabilities, libido, and sex drives.
How do I choose the types of oils for different occasions?
You should learn more about the scents and essential oils to make your choice. Lavender oils work to balance, clarify, soothe, and normalize the body and mind. Eucalyptus oils work to purify, cool, balance, and revitalize the body and mind. Peppermint oils invigorate, refresh, cool, and promote energy whereas Rosemary revitalizes, warms, and clarifies the body and mind. Sweet Orange oils uplift your body and mind, as well as produce a cheerful and stimulating feeling. Geranium lifts, balance, stabilizes and relaxes the body and mind. Bergamot oils lift your moods, normalize your mind, and build your confidence.
Aromatherapy Bath Oil Recipe
- 2 ounces carrier oil like Jojoba
- 20 drops lilac Essential Oil or 15-20 drops of your own blend of essential oils (make sure to use EOs that are not known to be skin irritants)
Instructions: Blend the oils together and store in a glass bottle. The formula could be doubled or tripled.
To Use: don’t use all 2 ounces of bath oil in one bath. After you’ve drawn your bathwater, add about 1/4 ounce (7-8ml) of the bath oil blend to your water.
Mix well to ensure that the blend has scattered well in the tub and get on in. It’s best to add the bath oil right before getting in the tub rather than while the water is running so that the essential oils don’t vaporize before you get into the tub.
Utilizing this bath oil blend is safer than putting in pure EOs directly to the bath water. This is because pure essential oils added to bathwater may settle in one spot on your skin and cause aggravation.