June 30, 2007 7:10am CST
Natural aromatic oils have been around for thousands of years and used to relieve pain, care for the skin, alleviate tension and fatigue and invigorate the entire body. Essential oils work on the body on several different levels. The most obvious is by stimulating the powerful sense of smell. Even medical research has uncovered that the odors we smell have a significant impact on the way we feel. Smells act directly on the brain like a drug. Scientific research supports the fact that particular odors has a direct effect on brain activity. For example: LAVANDER increases alpha waves in the back of the head, which are associated with relaxation. JASMINE increases beta waves in front of the head, which are associated with a more alert state. Experiencing the mood altering power of scent can be as simple as adding several drops of essential oil to your bath or placing a couple of drops of essential oil on a scent ring, which sits on a warm light bulb. Or even now they are so readily available for use in many convent forms such as diffusers and warmers. But don't be put off by the confusing array of essential oils available from dealers. You can begin to explore the benefits of aromatherapy with only a handful of inexpensive oils. You can try some of the these for their safety, versatility and value: CITRUS OILS: Great for dispelling a somber mood, citrus works well in a difuser and create a bright, uplifting atmosphere. FLORAL OILS are best for stress relief and best work well when mixing them with unscented lotions or carrier oils for a soothing massage. PEPPERMINT. This is a great mental stimulant and by adding a drop to an unscented facial lotion and applying the lotion under the nose or behind the ears. LAVENDER, This is one oil no home should be without, it can be added to your usual bath oil for a relaxing stress relieving soak. ROSEMARY can be used when you're having a low energy day, it works well in an aroma lamp or a diffuser. You can also inhale right from the bottle. You should also note that light can damage essential oils and it is recommended using tinted glass bottles for storing them in a cool, dark place. Please share on what your favorite aromatherapy scents are and how do you use them?