What magic does fragrance possess? It can move our souls, bring back memories, calm our minds, and set the stage for romance. Perhaps the secret lies deep in the most ancient core of our brain- the limbic system. It processes our sense of smell, and also controls our "autonomic" nervous system- our breath, our heartbeat. Scent can affect the autonomic nervous system, causing the breath to deepen and slow, which in turn, calms the heart.
Many illnesses begin in the mind, and the benefit of aromatherapy is that it helps ease the unconscious causes of distress. Aromatherapy utilizes essential oils to stimulate both psychological and physical benefits. Essential oils are not perfume or frangrance oils- they are literally the pure "essence" of a plant, and are unadulterated by any artificial or chemical ingredients. Not all ready made aromatherapy products labeled with the word "aromatherapy" are pure and natural. Avoid products which use "fragrances" or chemical ingredients. True aromatherapy products will contain only essential oils, and other natural ingredients.
Essential oils have a rich, natural aroma, which can offer either relaxing or stimulating psychological benefits by triggering the brain (perhaps in the same way phermones do, by stimulating the release of subtle hormones.) The components of the oils also enter the lungs, and oils applied to the skin absorb into the bloodstream, providing actual physical benefits. But essential oils must be used with care- they are very concentrated, and in pure form, can irritate the skin. They are commonly diluted with "carrier" oils such as sweet almond, apricot kernal, grapeseed, or jojoba, and stored in brown or blue glass bottles to protect potency.
Essential oils are often blended together to form "synergies". Properly blended in the right proportions, synergies can be of greater benefit than the individual oils used seperately. That is the art of an aromatherapist, and their special blends are often closely guarded professional secrets.
Experimenting with aromatherapy can be a fun way to add a rich, calming sense of beauty to your life!
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List of 35 Essential Oils
ANGELICASkin irritation, congested skin, psoriasis, flatulance, anemia, detoxifying rheumatism, gout, fatigue and stress relief, insight, mediation and Angels.
ANISEAids digestion, antiseptic, eases headaches and respiratory problems, muscle relaxant. Stimulating and uplifitng, balancing, clears the mind.
BERGAMOTClears oily skin and acne, dermatitis, antiseptic, soothes cold sores, aids digestion, cold, flu, antiseptic, immune system booster. An uplifiting fragrance, anti-depressant.
CARROT SEEDExcellent for wrinkle smoothing, revitalizing mature skin, healing eczema, psoriasis. Contains Vitamins A, C, B1, B2. Mood stabilizing and vitalizing, uplifting.
CEDARWOODBalances combination and oily skin, heals acne, rashes, excellent hair and scalp tonic. Eases coughs and bronchitis. Good for grounding, sedating, relaxing, and balancing.
CHAMOMILESoothing acne, sensitive and delicate skin, eczema, heals wounds and burns, eases muscle pain, anti-inflammatory. The fragrance is calming and sleep inducing.
CINNAMONStrong antiseptic, aids poor circulation, muscle aches, colds, flu, etc. A male aphrodisiac. Stimulating and warming, psychic powers and protection.
CLOVEAntiseptic, treats colds and flus and anusea. Use to relieve tooth and gum pain. Useful with acne and bruises. Wear to attract the opposite sex, or to repel negativity.
CORIANDERbeneficial for acne, psoriasis, and dermatitis, digestion and circulation. Calming, soothing, and warm.
CYPRESSAstringent and antiseptic for oily, skin, tonic. Helps break up cellulite, aids circulation. Excellent for relaxing, tension and anger reduction, assists life transitions.
EUCALYPTUSTreats fungal infections, cleans wounds, antiseptic, anti-viral, bactericidal, colds, flu, fever. Strengthening, invigorating and uplifting.
FENNELTreats bruises, cellulite, cellulitis, asthma. Detoxifying and antiseptic. Courage, strength, and energy, uplifting and cheerful.
FRANKINCENSEHeals dry and mature skin tonic, scars, antiseptic, very rejuvinating. Aids digestive, diuretic, tonic, astringent. Meditative and calming, sedative, aids inner guidance.
GRAPEFRUITTissue toning, treats congested skin, cellulitis, diuretic, digestive, antiseptic, liver tonic. Relieves nervous exhaustion and stress, joyful and energizing.
HYSSOPVery emollient, softens scars. Antirheumatic, hypotension, diuretic. Stimulates lymphatic system, helps relieve emotional grief.
JASMINEAntiseptic,very hydrating t dry and sensitive skin, softens scars. Aphrodisiac, emotionally warming and balancing.
JUNIPERSkin toning, antispetic, clears oily complexion. Detoxifying, diuretic, arthritis, flatulence, strengthens immune system. Relieves nervous tension, strengthening and expansive.
LAVENDERAntispetic, bactericidal, heals burns, scars and wounds, cold sores. Analgesic, antibiotic, eases headaches, decongestant, PMS. Balancing, purifying, uplifting, aids intuition.
LEMONBlood purifier, antispetic, immune system stimulant. Brings solar vitality and energy, purifying mental clarity.
LIMEAstringent, tonic, restorative, emollient, anti-viral, detoxifies, eases rheumatism. Stimulating, cheefrful anti-depressant fragrance>
LINDEN BLOSSOMMild astringent, emollient, tonic, antispasmodic, diuretic. Sweetly sedative and calming, nerve regulator.
ORANGEHeals stretch marks, digestive aid, gentle tonic, detoxifying to stomach and liver. Hypnotic, Connects to the inner child, lightening to the heart and mind.
MYRRHAntiseptic, astringent, disinfectant, revitalizes the skin. Bronchitis, candida, digestive, wounds, flatulence. Energizes the crown chakra, sacred connections.
NEROLIrevitalizes mature skin, rejuvinating. Antispasmodic, antiseptic, digestive aid. Sedative, anti-depressant, creativity and love.
PATCHOULIChapped skin, wrinkes, oily hair and skin. Diahrea, vomiting, stomach pain, headaches and flu. Frees the spirit and creativity, grounding, aphrodisiac.
PINEStimulating and refreshing, muscle relaxant, antispetic, circulation, eases aches. Sedative, comforting and calming.
PEPPERMINTIndegestion and nausea, colds and sore throat, tooth aches, colic and mental fatigue. Promotes visionary dreams.
ROSEAntiseptic, tonic, good for wrinkles and dry skin, cell regenerator. Aphrodisiac, connects to the heart chakra, draws romantic love.
ROSEMARYAcne, oily skin, scalp, thinning hair, wounds, antiseptic, rheumatism, sore muscles, bronchitis, colds and headache. Stimulating for body and mind, strengthening mental clarity and awareness, strengthens nervous system.
ROSEWOODTissue regenerator, sensitive skin, tonic, antiseptic, analgesic, calming. Balancing and anti-depressant.
SANDALWOODAstringent, dry skin, dry eczema, irritation, antispasmodic, antiseptic, antiinflammatory, diuretic. Sedative, meditative, aphrodisiac, elevating and spiritual.
TEA TREEAcne, cold sores, antibiotic, insect bites, anti-viral, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial. Revitalizes mind, after shock.
TUBEROSESensuality, fragrant, softening, relaxing, and euphoric, centers emotions.
VERBENAAntiseptic, emollient, reduces skin swelling, antispasmodic, detoxifying. Sedating and spirit lifting.
YLANG YLANGSedative, relieves PMS, aphrodisiac, exotic, sensual. Positively mood altering, reduces stress.
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