Guest Post: A Beginners Guide to Aromatherapy
According to WebMD.com, aromatherapy is the fastest growing area of complementary medicine in United States. Aromatherapy can also be used to treat some physical and mental conditions such as infections, burns, insomnia, high blood pressure, and depression. Keep in mind that aromatherapy is not a replacement for modern medication because it does not cure major illnesses but it is very effective at relieving us of many of bodily discomforts associated with said illnesses.
Essential Oils therapy, commonly known as Aromatherapy has been in practice for a very long time. This form of therapy uses plant’s aroma-producing oils to support overall health and well-being. Essential oils derived from a plant’s leaves, stalks, bark, flowers, or roots are mixed with denser substances such as lotion, alcohol, or oil then put on the skin or sprayed in the air to be inhaled. These oils can also be massaged into our skins or poured into bath water.
Essential oils interact with our body’s hormones and enzymes causing changes in our overall body functions. One key sense that Aromatherapy impacts directly in human bodies is our sense of smell – our sense of smells is so powerful that it has a great impact on our feelings. Depending on the types of oil used, fragrances from these oils sends impulses to a part of our brains that control memory and emotions thus relieving us of stress and promoting calmness and relaxation.
Aside from appealing smells derived from aromatherapy, health benefits include;
1. Mood enhancement
2. Boosting our immune, respiratory, and circulatory systems
3. Relieves a human body of minor discomforts
Benefits of Diffusing Essential Oils aka Aromatherapy
The most effective way to use essential oils in your home is through a diffuser. Say goodbye to artificially scented candles. When you start using essential oil diffusers, you will no longer have a tolerance for artificial fragrances. A diffuser simply evaporates essential oils much faster bringing a therapeutic atmosphere into your living or office space. Particles are dispersed in the air and remain there for several hours depending on how long your diffuser was on and how much oil was used.
There are many varieties of air diffusers available in the current markets. Through these diffusers, essential oils are able to disperse and penetrate all corners of a room from just a few drops. A diffuser disperses these essential oils throughout your home creating calmness, and relaxation throughout the environment.
Essential oil diffusers disperse oils as a fine mist in the air, which our bodies then absorb through our respiratory system. There are many types of diffusers to choose from, ranging from manual essential oil diffusers such as lamp rings, candle burners, to electric essential oil diffusers such as heat diffusers and ultrasonic/ humidifying diffusers. You can choose single essential oils for a desired effect and benefits, or you can mix up several oils in the air diffuser to create a unique aroma with multiple therapeutic benefits.
Aside from the above mentioned benefits, diffusing essential oils react quickly to help with the following:
Less Known Benefits of Aromatherapy
Protection from infectious diseases
The essential oils that evaporate from an aromatherapy candle are just not enough to disinfect the air in your surroundings. There are countless products such as a nebulizing air diffuser which have the ability to turn essential oils into very fine mist, which quickly and easily evaporates, eradicating harmful pollens from the air.
Remedy to Restlessness
Using your air diffuser in the bedroom for 15 minutes before bedtime will allow you to have a peaceful, restful sleep. Lavender is one of the best essential oils for relaxation. Some diffusers available are designed with automatic settings that can turn off a diffuser after a present time. Others can deliver short bursts of vapour at intervals throughout the night.
Relieves from Colds
Adding thyme, rosemary, or eucalyptus essential oils to your diffuser will help rid you of a nasty cold and flu. There are other essential oils such as Manuka or ravintsara, which can be used to derive of you of same symptoms. Clove and cinnamon with a dash of orange essential oils work perfectly for preventing colds and flu as well.
For air purification, essential oils such as tea tree, lemongrass etc. can be used in an air diffuser to help clear the air for a refreshing aroma.
Essential oils such as lavender, sandalwood, Melissa, jasmine, and many more can be used to enhance your mood. Adding some of these essential oils in your air diffuser will have a soothing, calm effect to you and your family.
However, if you are not quite ready to splurge on a diffuser, there are many manual essential oils diffuser that you can use to help achieve same benefits. We offer buyers a variety of manual essential oil diffusers ranging from essential oil reef diffusers to oil burners.
If you have never used such items before, a reed diffuser is very easy to use and should be your top pick. Simply drop a few of the sticks into the diffuser liquid, sit back, and enjoy the erotic smells. The reeds draw the fragrance right up to their tips and then disperse it to the surrounding areas for maximum effects. These reeds can be cut into half if necessary. The other half can be put back into a re-sealable wrapping for safekeeping until next usage.
Other manual options you can choose from include ceramic oil burners. These burners allow you to purchase essential oil candles and place them in a ceramic burner for a unified outburst of fragrances into your surroundings. Ceramic burners are available in multiple shapes and sizes suitable for any house hold décor. Please leave us a comment below if you wish to learn more about these burners and discover a variety of more manual essential oil burner options.
The most effective way to use essential oils is by the use of essential oil diffusers. Yes, they are a bit pricy but we guarantee that they are worth every penny. There are many types of diffusers on the current market
Types of Aromatherapy Diffusers
1. Ultrasonic/Humidifying diffusers
2. Heat diffusers
3. Evaporative diffusers
4. Cold air diffuser
This type uses electronic frequencies to create vibrations that are then carried to the surface where the oils are floating. These vibrations vaporize your oil into fine mist and disperse it into the air. It does not use any heat. These devices double as a humidifier meaning they can be beneficial during winter times. It is not recommended to use citrus essential oils with these devices because citrus can cause its parts to erode.
Cold Air Diffusers
These devices use a room’s temperature air to blow oil into a nebulizer where it is then vaporized. A user is able to enjoy hours of fresh air when their device is turned on.
Compared to an ultrasonic diffuser, it is a very basic device. It uses a fan to blow air through a filter where the oil is situated and then vaporizes it.
These devices use a heat source to disperse essential oils into surrounding environment.
Aromatherapy as you can see have tons of benefits for a humans body. Personally, I would promote having essential oil diffusers in all your environments – in your home, your office space, or even in your car. But do use your intuition when it comes to selecting which fragrance suits you best. If you plan to use it in your home, be mindful of your home décor as you do not want to purchase something that will clash with it. From first time aromatherapy essential oil diffusers to experts, there are many available options available to suit your specific needs. If you are a first time user, we would love to help you figure out what you should buy and why in order to ensure you make the most of your venture into aromatherapy. Happy buying and see you on the happier side of life!