Aromatherapy means healing through the sense of smell where we use essential oils from the leaves, flowers, stalks, bark, rind or roots of a plant to benefit your body and mind. These oils are our nature’s best kept secrets and are also referred to as ‘essences’. They work through our sense of smell to transcend the conscious level and reach the subconscious level. The oils have the power to interact with the body’s hormones and enzymes and have the capacity to alter moods with their aromas as they work on our emotions, memories
Today, essential oils are collected from all over the world and science is confirming their usefulness. They can be used to treat a broad spectrum of conditions, including physical, mental and psychosomatic stress problems. Research has shown that smelling them alone has the power to alter one’s state of mind.
Essential oils for your skin
One of the most exquisite scents, jasmine is said to be the king of oils. It helps in easing anxiety, depression and nervous chills. It is often used by brides as it builds confidence and acts as an aphrodisiac. It also enhances skin elasticity.
How to use: Mix 2-3 drops of jasmine oil to the carrier oil for massages. It can also be used in a diffuser or bath water.
Tea Tree oil
Tea tree is a powerful antiseptic. It is ideal for vaporising to kill germs and is especially beneficial during the winter months. It is useful as a ‘cleansing’ agent for skin. It helps combat foot odour and dandruff and can be used as a disinfectant.
How to use: Mix 2-3 drops of tree tree oil to carrier oil for massage. It can be used in diffuser and bath water. Apply 1 drop neat on cuts, wounds and pimples. Mix 2-3 drops in foot, bath water and facial water.
A sweet smelling woody aroma, rosewood is an antiseptic regenerative, relaxant and anxiety reliever. It is excellent for dry skin.
How to use: Mix 2-3 drops of rosewood oil to carrier oil for massage. It can be used in diffuser and bath water.
This oil treats all types of skin and hair problems including alopecia, dermatitis, eczema, inflammation and psoriasis. It relieves cold, aches, pains and rheumatic conditions. It also soothes burns and sunburns and acts as an anti-depressant.
How to use: Mix 2-3 drops of lavender oil to the carrier oil for massage. Apply one drop neat on cuts, burns and insect bites. It can be used in diffuser, bath water and cold compresses.
Caution: Not to be used by patients with low BP.
A very sweet exotic scent, ylang-ylang is a reputed aphrodisiac, powerful sensual stimulant and euphoric. It rejuvenates the skin and eases palpitation, high BP and nervous tension.
How to use: Mix 2-3 drops of ylang-ylang to carrier and hair oil for massage. Mix 2 drops with 1 teaspoon water and rub it on clean hair. It can be used in diffuser and bath water.
Caution: It can cause headache and euphoria if used in excess. Not to be used by patients with low BP.