Aromatherapy - does it help you?

@Bunny2 (2102)
Australia
December 30, 2006 1:21am CST
Do you use aromatic oils for healing? I have heard that people can even lose weight with the right mix of aromatic oils. I use peppermint and lavender oils for migraine and find it very effective. Do you have any other remidies that work for different ailments?
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@mystikel (577)
• Australia
16 Jan 07
I love using my oils. Have a box full that I often use. Also have a book with different blends for different ailments. Whenever something is wrong I refer to that before the chemist. I have a spray bottle with water and tea tree oil in it that I use on my kids hair once a week to try and avoid nits. I place a few drops of lemon, lime, orange or rose oil in the top of my vacuumn and as I clean it scents the room making it smell fresh. I was going to study aromatherapy awhile ago but it was just too expensive to do the course, so I am trying out new things from the book and also do searches on the net for blends.
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@Bunny2 (2102)
• Australia
21 Jan 07
Sounds like you're right into it, Mysti. I love that idea for the vacuum cleaner - it stinks normally so will do that next time! I believe that natural is best when you can.
@tigrashadow (1088)
• Australia
10 Jan 07
ive always had an interest in aromatherapy but ive never had the money to get a full wardrobe of oils nor the patience to study it...the weight loss one sonds interesting but i have known of lavender helping people relax etc and peppermint helping migranes i remember once on beyond 2000 or something that they were wanting to try putting these oils in the air vents like citrus to perk up the workers....i think its a good idea as long as its not too strong for everyone... its amazing how our body works with different things.
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@Bunny2 (2102)
• Australia
12 Jan 07
The problem of blowing aromatic oils through the vents is that there are people who are allergic to certain things and some aromas are triggers for migraines for some people (some perfumes do it to me) People with cancers and undergoing certain types of chemotherapy find all perfumes annoying. I know we've been asked at some conferences not to wear perfume at all. That's a big ask... I'd be interested in the weight loss aromatherapy too!
@meeoww (1174)
• United States
30 Dec 06
I've experimented only lightly, but I've always been very interested in it. You know what I did try, though, is one of those oxygen bars. Have you ever done that? I'm not sure if it helped, though. But I only did it for 10 minutes ($10 for 10 minutes)...it's all that I wanted to risk for something that I didn't know if it was going to do anything! The one I tried was peppermint scented, supposed to be a pick-me-up. I was on my lunch break & I figured I could use a pick me up, but 10 minutes was all that I had time for. Maybe I'll try it again sometime and give it a fair chance. Aloha!
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@Bunny2 (2102)
• Australia
4 Jan 07
I've never tried the oxygen bars. I don't think they ever took off here iN Australia. My husband's ex-boss started one but it bombed after a few weeks. I don't even know if there are any here in Melbourne. Might be worth looking into. Thanks.
• Australia
10 Jan 07
on a tv show over here they did talk about those oxygen bars and although some people found it made them feel better, there was no actual proof that it helped...id say the aromatherapy helped that and no we dont have them over here...yet...though i think they would be a lil bit of a waste of time like oxygenating your water....but if it helps you stick to it heheh
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@Bunny2 (2102)
• Australia
12 Jan 07
Sometimes it's all abot what you think will help you - and if it can't hurt, why not. Thanks for the reply Tigrashadow.
@ossie16d (11834)
• Australia
30 Dec 06
Yes I too use it from time to time Bunny2 but sparingly of course and more for refreshing than for healing properties. I will go through my box of tricks and let you know all the details later on today. :)
@ossie16d (11834)
• Australia
2 Jan 07
"Enhancing Happiness" # 1 2 drops Sandalwood 1 drop Rose 2 drops Bergamot # 2 2 drops Lemon, Orange or Bergamot 2 drops Grapefruit 1 drop Rose or Neroli To calm and relax: 1 ounce sweet almond oil 10 drops Roman Chamomile 5 drops Lavender Directions: Mix the oils well and add to a clean, air-tight dark glass container. Massage gently into the feet. Do not drive after using the Roman chamomile as it is a strong sedative. Basil - used for sharpening concentration, helps depression and said to relieve headaches. Avoid during pregnancy. Bergamot - used as an insect repellant as well as cold sores. Citronella oil - used as insect repellant. Tea Tree Oil is antibacterial, antifungal, antiseptic and disinfectant. Lavender Oil - used as an antiseptic for minor cuts and burns. Also to calm and relax as well as to sooth headaches. Yarrow oil is used to reduce joint inflammation and relieve cold and influenza symptoms. Jasmine, Rose and Sandalwood oils are used as aphrodisiacs. As promised here are a few for you to try Bunny. I do have more if you want them as well and can either post here or send you a PM with them. :)
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@Bunny2 (2102)
• Australia
4 Jan 07
Thanks for those, Ossie. I'm glad to see Bergamot in there - it's one of my favourites! (Like 4711 eau de cologne) Imight have to try some of those. Thanks again
@ossie16d (11834)
• Australia
10 Jan 07
Oops a bit slow here Bunny. Thanks so much for the best response for this discussion. :)
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@hezoid (2149)
21 Feb 07
I have a very bad cold at the moment that has made me very congested and i have bad sinus pains, so tonight i set up my electric facial steamer and had a steam inhalation using a few drops of pure eucalyptus oil, which is reputed to be really effective at fighting viruses and infections and at clearing the sinuses, and just generally good to use when you have a cold. Peppermint and Tea Tree are also good for colds too!
@Bunny2 (2102)
• Australia
23 Feb 07
I hope the eucalyptus oil works for you. It's great for clearing the sinuses. Steam is also wonderful for all types of colds and flu. I knoew about peppermint oil also being useful but didn't know that tea tree oil was good for colds. Must remember that. Hope you feel better soon!
• Philippines
9 Jan 07
aromatherapy is one pleasure in life i'm forbiden to enjoy. i have heard from my friends that it works, and i love good smells it calms my nerves. but i have chronic allergy rhinitis, my doctor has made it clear that i should not expose myself to strong smell of any kind.
@Bunny2 (2102)
• Australia
10 Jan 07
What a shame you can't use it. It's been very helpful to me and other people I know.
@freesoul (3024)
• Egypt
2 Jan 07
I kind of thought that aromatherapy is kind of gimmick that companies use to sell you their products, I use incense and other scents just for the psychological effect for relaxing, etc but I'm not sure if it can have a direct and measurable effect on medical conditions, it might be just a case of what you think will work can actually help you .. I don't know, I'm interested to read more testimonials from people who actually finds it effective.
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@maferick (1583)
• Brazil
16 Jan 07
oh yeah!i love aromatherapy,i love oils,lots of kinds and aromathic sticks too,they make me feel lots of sensations depending of the kind..
@drrahul44 (1152)
• India
30 Dec 06
i don't..but i heard that it has got plenty of side effects..
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