Aromatherapy For Dummies Cheat Sheet - dummies
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Aromatherapy For Dummies Cheat Sheet

From Aromatherapy For Dummies

By Kathi Keville

Aromatherapy is built around the healing properties of essential oils to help treat minor — and even more severe — ailments, enhancing relaxation, and boosting your mental acuity. Buying the right type of oil is important to realize the full benefits of aromatherapy.

Benefits of Essential Aromatherapy Oils

Essential oils enhance both the health and beauty of skin, hair, and nails. Aromatherapy puts these oils to use for their healing benefits for your body and mind. As an added bonus, they smell wonderful when applied to the body!

The following list shows the most important properties found most often in essential oils:

Kill bacterial, viral, and fungal infections Repel bugs
seal wounds Attract a mate
Reduce inflammation Heat the skin in a liniment
Regulate hormones Aid blood circulation and digestion
Tone and moisturize skin Decrease sinus and lung congestion
Stimulate the immune system

Advantages of Using Medical Aromatherapy

Turn to aromatherapy as a natural alternative instead of using an over-the-counter drug to ease a cold, headache, indigestion, or bee sting — the simple complaints that you already take care of yourself without consulting your doctor. After all, that’s what aromatherapy is — a healing therapy. The aroma part of the word refers is to the aromatic plants that are used in this therapy. The following list shows some of the advantages of aromatherapy:

Inexpensive Work quickly once they’re there
Compact to carry Can use with drugs
Work with, not against you Leave your body quickly without residues
Go directly to the affliction Have few side effects

Having the Scents to Relax with Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy is a relaxing therapy. Relaxing fragrances help you deal better with stress and tend to produce slower frequency brain waves. You may not need it, but scents, including those in the following list, additionally have antidepressant properties when you smell them.

Bergamot Neroli
Chamomile Petitgrain
Frankincense Rose
Geranium Sandalwood
Lavender Ylang ylang

Aromatherapy Scents to Help You Think Better

The same essential aromatherapy oils that pep you up and reduce your drowsiness also decrease the likelihood of becoming irritable or of getting headaches. The following list shows the mind-stimulating scents.

Angelica Clove
Basil Ginger
Cardamom Peppermint
Cinnamon Sage

How to Buy Essential Aromatherapy Oils

To gain the myriad benefits of aromatherapy, you have to buy the essential oils. Your shopping days will be much easier if you follow these simple tips when choosing which essential oils to buy:

  • Buy oils from companies who have an established reputation.

  • Ask: Are they pure? Where do they originate? What are the botanical names?

  • Be on the look out for synthetic essential oils such as carnation, lilac, strawberry, rain, or cucumber. If so, all the oils in that line may be synthetics.

  • Check for purity. Put a drop of essential oil on a piece of paper. It should quickly evaporate, leaving no oily mark (an oily mark indicates it’s cut with vegetable oil).

  • Check for quality. Sniff out fuller and rounder scents. A little should go a long way.

  • Purchase only a small amount of essential oil from a company you haven’t tried before to test their quality.