Aromatherapy - Tips for self-therapy

Helping people help themselves

Baths, massages and inhalations with essential oils are effective and enjoyable forms of self-therapy. They strengthen the immune system and improve the general well-being.

However, to be therapeutically effective, essential oils must be of the highest quality: pure, unadulterated and preferably from the harvest of wild or cultivated plants, unfertilized with natural organic growth conditions, so that no chemicals can penetrate the distillation.

Absorption through the nose and skin

That which the human feels comfortable can be explained medically. When the essence particles enter through the nose, the aroma information is picked up by the tiny cilia of each olfactory cell and transmitted to the central brain. There the electrochemical messages are sent to the olfactory center.

Neurochemicals are released which have either a cushioning, relaxing, stimulating or euphoric effect. Other messages reach other parts of the body where the physical effects of the fragrances are felt.

If the essential oils are rubbed into the skin with a carrier substance, the tiny molecules of the essential oil can, as it were, "get under the skin". Through the pores and hair follicles they penetrate into the blood-carrying capillaries. Once they have entered the bloodstream, they are carried throughout the body. The mucous membranes also absorb essential oils.

Practical and fast: inhale essential oils

Through inhalation, a quick effect can be achieved: drizzle about six to eight drops of an essence or mixture on a cloth and inhale deeply three times.

It is also possible to put three to four drops in hot water, cover with a towel the head over the water bowl and breathe deeply several times. However, this method is not suitable for asthmatics.

Relaxation baths with essential oils

For essential oil baths, six to eight drops of the essence or mixture are sufficient. But watch out: too hot water makes the essence evaporate faster than desired. Those who suffer from dry skin can dilute the essence with two teaspoons of a carrier oil. The bath time should be 10 to 20 minutes.

Further applications for essential oils

In addition, there are other ways to use essential oils:

  • Three drops of oil on a glass of water are good for mouthwash and gargling.
  • For the treatment of many skin problems and as an alternative to massage, rubbings with essences diluted in vehicle are recommended.
  • Compresses with essential oils relieve pain, sprains and swelling.
  • Massage is used as a means of transport, but also to enhance the healing effect.

Essential oils enliven all senses, and with regular use, they can increase the vitality considerably.

Tips for dealing with essential oils

We have compiled some important tips for using essential oils for you:

  • Essential oils are concentrates and should never be used undiluted as they may otherwise irritate eyes and mucous membranes.
  • Oils should be protected from light, cool and out of the reach of children.
  • Used in the fragrance lamp, the water-oil mixture must never get hot. The essential oil should evaporate slowly and never evaporate. If after 15 minutes the feeling occurs, the fragrance intensity would subside, this is usually only a deception.
  • Bathing in essential oils is one of the most beautiful applications of aromatherapy. Since oils can not be mixed with water, a skin-friendly cream bath can be prepared by yourself: mix 5 to 10 drops of essential oil in 2 to 3 tablespoons of cream and pour into the bath water. The natural emulsifier cream serves as a moisturizer and prevents the skin from drying out.
  • For the massage, high quality fatty oils can be enriched with essential oils. Suitable carrier oils are above all unrefined, cold-pressed oils such as almond oil, hazelnut oil, jojoba oil, wheat germ oil, St. John's Wort oil or aloe oil.
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