Essential Oils are the basis of Aromatherapy treatment to diseases in a patient. Essential Oils are used to alter or enhance the emotional state of mind to achieve goals. The connection of mind with body is a powerful force and Essential Oils are used to make use of this force in their way to providing treatment to a patient. Aromatherapy is a branch in herbal medicine that makes use of the medicinal properties of herbs and plants.
Aromatherapy consists of two words Aroma and Therapy where the word aroma refers to the fragrance or smells a group of chemical compounds, wines, flowers from which essential oils are extracted and therapy refers to any of measures adopted for treatment of disability or disease, it is a generic term to use and describe any psychological or medical system of treatment designed to promote the physical health and mental well being of a person. It is the attempted recovery from any of health problem.
Presence of Aroma
The aroma you can find everywhere in all your surroundings. You can find aromas in fruits, plants, barks, roots, roses in gardens, tangy limes, lavender and lemons. Soaps and shampoos include essences of plants, fruits and flowers.
Aromatherapy requires the use of pure essential oils. Since some Essential oils are toxic so they must be utilized carefully with attention to receive benefits of this natural gift. The Essential Oil obtained after distillation from essences of plants, flower and fruits is highly concentrated so it must be first diluted with the carrier oil. Carrier Oil allows Essential Oil to slowly penetrate through the skin and prevents from any inflammation. The most common types of carrier oils used are jojoba, sweet diamond, rosehip, olive, sunflower, sesame, safflower, hazelnut etc.
Storing of Essential Oils
Essential Oils should be stored in jars or glass vials and plastic containers should be avoided for this purpose. These bottles should be coloured cobalt or amber. Store these Essential Oils in a cool and dry place. Generally, Essential Oils lasts from 1 to 3 years but few are exceptions like Citrus Oil which last in 6 months to 1 year.
Multi purpose Essential oils are Lavender, Rosemary, Tea tree, Chamomile, Eucalyptus, Rose, Pine, Sandalwood, Peppermint and Lemon.