In the world of cosmetics, essential oil is not a unknown stuff. Lets discuss about the chemistry, essential oil is a concentrated hydrophobic liquid containing volatile aroma compounds from plants. These oils are generally extracted by distillation,solvent extraction,absolute oil extraction,resin tapping and cold pressing. Using essential oils for healing purposes is often called AROMATHERAPY,which is a holistic treatment seeking to improve physical, mental and emotional health.
They are often used for relaxation, beauty care, home cleaning and most often used as natural medicine. They are highly concentrated oils that have a strong aroma. To get a picture of how powerful essential oils are consider this example. It requires 1,400,000 handpicked roses to produce a litre of ROSE ESSENTIAL OIL. In Chinese terms,essential oils in general are medicines for the Shen, the spiritual essence that resides in the heart and governs consciousness. In Ayurveda ,they enhance the flow of prana (life form),nourish ojas (nutritional/immunological essence) and brightens tejas (mental luminosity).
THE USES OF ESSENTIAL OILS
2.INHALATIONS:-For direct inhalation, simply open a bottle, place it below your nose and inhale deeply. For palm inhalations, add a drop or two in your hand cream and massage your palm
3.MASSAGE:-Pure essential oils are many times more concentrated than the whole plant, which is why aroma therapist recommend diluting before applying them to skin
For adults-a 2.5% dilution(15 drops per oz. carrier oil) is recommended. For children under 12 -1%(6 drops per oz. carrier oil) is generally safe
List of carrier oils you can use for dilution
JOJOBA,MARULA,COCONUT,OLIVE,ARGAN AND TAMANU.
4.FACIAL STEM:-Add 1-5 drops of essential oil to a pot of hot water. Cover head with a towel and allow steam to circulate inside the towel. This practice is excellent for opening sinuses, easing tension and invigorating the skin.
5.BATH/SPA:-An aromatic bath is a luxurious way to relax, pamper the skin or feel better when unwell or tired. Add your favorite oil in your bath tub after diluting the oil in carrier oil and feel the heaven and health. A general safe dose is 5-10 drops mixed with 1 cup of salt or emulsifier.
6.COMPRESSES:-Compresses are great way to apply essential oils to bruises, aches and pains or skin problem. Mix 10 drops of essential oil in 4 oz hot water. Soak a clean cloth and wrap the area to be treated. Leave the compress on for 10-20 mins.
LIST OF POPULAR ESSENTIAL OILS +HEALTH BENEFITS
1.TEA TREE OIL-Natural anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, reduces bad odors and can help stimulate the immune system
2.PEPPERMINT-Support digestion, improves focus, boosts energy, fever reducer, headaches and muscle pain relief.
3.ROSE:-Incredible for reducing skin inflammation and great for creating glowing skin. Add a few drops in your face cream and enjoy the essence of beauty.
4.ROSEMARY:-Can naturally thickens hair so it is great to add to homemade shampoos. Also it improves brain function and memory so it’s great to used when working ,reading or studying.
5.LAVENDER:-Helps with relaxation, improves mood and heal burns and cut.
Essential oil can be very useful and beneficial. But one must consult a aroma therapist/doctor before using essential oils for long time. Being a part of alternative medicine, essential oils are widely accepted for their uses in various areas of our life.
Dr.Shireesha Maddali AROMATHERAPIST