All About Aromatherapy
Essential Oils vs. Fragrance Oils
There is one key difference between essential and fragrance oils - namely essential oils are naturally derived and fragrance oils are artificial. Artificial oils do not offer the therapeutic benefits of essential oils, but can be used to fill a room with a stimulating and enticing aroma.
For over 6000 years we have used the oils distilled from plants and other aromatic compounds to create an aroma that has a positive effect on a person's health. The ancient Greeks, Romans and Egyptians all used aromatic oils when bathing and massaging, noting that different scents has markedly different effects on the body and mind. Perfumer Rene-Maurice Gattefosse devoted his life to researching the medicinal properties of essential oils after an accident at his laboratory where he plunged his arm into a vat of lavender oil after it was set alight. He noted the immediate pain relief and accelerated healing time, coming to the conclusion that it was the essential oil that was responsible. The pioneering work of Gattefosse was continued by Jean Galet, who used essential oils during World War II to treat gangrene in wounded soldiers.
Modes of Application
There are three main modes of application of essential aromatherapy oils:
Aromatherapy Tips for Beginners
It can be a little daunting to start using aromatherapy oils as there are so many available...
Most essential oils need to be diluted with a carrier oil before used, as the concentration...
What effect can aromatherapy have on the body?
Different oils have different effects, and research has proven that specific uses can be attributed to certain oils...
Use of Essential Oils
Mix essential oils with carrier oils in the following dilutions...
What are the uses of the most popular oils?
Whilst many oils share properties, certain oils are used specifically for certain treatments...