Getting Started with Aromatherapy

Getting Started with AromatherapyAromatherapy is a complementary therapy based on the systematic use of volatile plant oils (Essential Oils) for the prevention or treatment of disease. Aromatherapy is a holistic approach, designed to treat the whole person and not just the specific symptom(s). The human body has a fantastic ability to regulate, heal and maintain itself – aromatherapy is simply to assist with these processes!

How it works
The essential oils mentioned above contain aromatic molecules which, during aromatherapy, are absorbed via the skin and lungs – they then enter the bloodstream and are free to move around the body where they can utilise and deliver their healing properties. It’s that simple!

Using these oils can be done in many ways, but the most common (and simple) methods are:

  • Scenting a room – add a few drops into a fragrancer or oil burner
  • Massage – the oils can be blended with a carrier oil (5% essential oil, 95% carrier oil) and massaged into the skin
  • Bathing – a few drops into the bath (after it has been run) gives the best of both, as there is contact with the skin and also some molecules in the air

Battling Stress
As we’re sure you know, stress accounts for a huge amount of illness all over the world. Aromatherapy can be the best method for combating this – and all without the need to rely on drugs. It has been known for many years that emotions can have a physical effect on the human body – positive emotions have a positive effect and negative emotions have, as you’d expect, the opposite effect. The holistic approach of aromatherapy can assist with promoting positive emotions and reducing negative emotions, so of course this then benefits your health.

How to get started
If you’ve now decided that it’s time to get involved with aromatherapy, then it couldn’t be easier to get started. Simply choose oils that are recommended to assist with any specific issues or illnesses that you would like to treat, then use them in one of the three methods mentioned above.