Aromatherapy FAQ's

What is Aromatherapy?

Aromatherapy is a holistic healing way that works through essential oils. It restores and maintains balance and harmony within the body and mind. Essential oil is natural and is made from the following:
  • Herbs
  • Flowers
  • Leaves
  • Fruit
  • Bark
  • Wood
  • Seed
  • Nuts
  • Grass
Aroma –Pleasant sweet smell. Therapy – Healing treatment serving to improve or maintain health.
Aromatherapy is a kind of alternative medicine. According to doctors, with the help of aromatherapy essential oils the immune system that was damaged by the impact of pollution and the emotional background can be restored. Aromatherapy is used for pain, tiredness, anxiety, stress, skin care and overall health care and relaxation through the stimulation of the smell senses. Aromatherapy stimulates the smell senses. It is used freely in homes, clinics and hospitals. Doctors find that life without your smell senses may lead to psychiatric problems like anxiety and depression.

What is Essential Oil?

Essential oils, or aromatherapy oils, are the fragrant essence of a plant. These highly concentrated liquid oils are the foundation of aromatherapy, which is based on the idea that the aromatic oil from a plant has healing properties. In a plant’s life cycle the oils are involved in growth and reproduction, attracting pollinating insects, repelling predators and protecting against disease. The quality and the exact chemical content of the essential oil are affected by how and where it is grown and by the way in which it was extracted. For the best results, essential oil should be grown organically and extracted without the addition of other chemicals.

How old is Aromatherapy?

The term “Aromatherapy” was first used in 1928 by a French chemist, Rene-Maurice Gattefosse, to describe the therapeutic action of aromatic plant essence. The origins of Aromatherapy can be traced through the religious, medical and social practices of all the civilizations. The value of natural plant oils has been recognized for more than 6000 years, for their healing, cleaning, preservative and mood enhancing properties, as well as the sheer pleasure of their fragrances. By around 3000 BC priests who has been using aromatherapy oils in religious ceremonies end embalming rites became aware of the usefulness of their properties for the living too. Closely guarding their secrets, they became the healers of their time, mixing and prescribing “magic” medicinal potions. With the fall of the Roman Empire, the use of Aromatherapy oils died out in Europe. Today, there is a worldwide revival in the art of aromatherapy research in beginning to understand the scientific foundation of the oils properties, and applications, discovered by the trial and error over thousands of years.

What is the history of Essential Oil?

Essential Oils were for more than 3,500 years before the birth of Christ. At festivals, the Egyptian women wore perfumed cones on their heads which would melt under the heat, releasing their fragrance. There were speculated that centuries ago, perfumery began with the resins and gums, burning, and smudging with aromatic plant material. Essential oils we use today including cinnamon, juniper, myrrh, basil, fennel, cardamom, frankincense, pine, rosemary, rose, and thyme dates back as far as about 100 AD.
The Distillation of essential oils is credited to the Persians in the 10th century, however there is evidence of distillation occurring long before it was used by other ancient cultures. In 900 AD, the famous child prodigy from Persia Avicenna wrote many documents on plants. China and India used essential oils during the same period as ancient Egypt. In 1597 Hieronymus Braunschweig, a German physician, wrote books on essential oil distillation in every European cultures.

How can I learn more about aromatherapy essential oils?

You can register at any beauty school, college, university and even salons and spas. You'll learn about essential oil safety, how essential oils are produced, and common methods of use. You'll also learn to create a more natural, healthy lifestyle with Aromatherapy. You'll learn different ways to use these oils to support physical and emotional wellbeing, creating blends for inhalation and skin application, and how to dilute them appropriately depending on the issue you're blending for. Upon completion of this course, you'll know how to:

  1. Blend safely with essential oils.
  2. Make your own delicious, nourishing, all-natural products.
  3. You'll also understand which methods of inhalation offer the most benefits.
  4. Create Aromatherapy inhalers to bring the support of essential oils with you wherever you go.
  5. Make natural aromatic massage oils to achieve different effects during a massage, such as stress relief, muscle relaxation, or immune support.
  6. Understand dilution ratios for daily use, acute issues, and people who need special consideration due to sensitivities.

What careers are there in aromatherapy?

  • Beauty Salons: Therapists will have the opportunity to practice facial and body treatments in a good beauty salon and this provides a sound base for going on to other more specialized jobs and even to consider starting their own business.
  • Health Spas: The type of work encountered at a health spa is similar to that of a beauty salon but hours can be much longer and there is more emphasis on body treatments and weight reduction.
  • Leisure Centres: The work here will involve taking exercise classes and fitness training and supervising treatments such as Massages, Saunas, Sunbeds and Steam Rooms.
  • Cruise Liners: All treatments are now available on cruise liners but therapists are normally required to gain at least 2 years’ experience before they are accepted.

What is the science behind aromatherapy?

Smell is the most powerful sense in the human body. Our sense of smell is 10,000 more powerful than any other sense and the recognition of smell is immediate. Smell is also the strongest link to the subconscious mind and also to our collective unconscious mind where memories are stored. When a person inhales an essential oil that scent is carried by olfactory nerve cells in the nose to the olfactory system which then sends the aroma to the brain, namely the limbic system, the house of emotions and emotional behavior such as intimacy, passion and sex. Immediately, and depending on the oil, you may begin to feel more alert or more relaxed. You may feel excited and aroused. You may feel the release of negative emotions and/or the soothing of muscle tension. Mood enhancers like serotonin and endorphins get released.

What are the benefits of Aromatherapy?

In some hospitals it sometimes is used as painkillers for pregnant woman. It also relieves comfortability and pain in the case of after effect of chemotherapy. They can be used to treat a variety of illnesses, conditions and complaints. Some oils have a balancing effect on the body, such as frankincense, some help the user to relax, for example lavender; whilst others like rosemary and ylang ylang has an uplifting and stimulating effect. There are several reasons why a person wants Aromatherapy:
  • Relaxation
  • Weight Problems
  • Hormonal Imbalance
  • Joint Stiffness
  • Muscular Aches and Pains
  • Slack Muscles
  • Tight or Contracted Muscles

What are the Health benefits of Essential Oil?

In some hospitals it sometimes is used as painkillers for pregnant woman. It also relieves uncomfortability and pain in the case of after effect of chemotherapy.
  • Analgesic – Relieves Pain
  • Antidepressant – Alleviates
  • Anti phlogistic – Reduces Inflammation
  • Antiseptic – Help to stop bacterial growth
  • Anti-Sudorific – Reduces Perspiration
  • Anti-toxic – Counteracts Poisons
  • Astringent – Local Constriction of Tissue
  • Bechic – Relieves Coughing
  • Carminative – Helps Flatulence and Colic
  • Cephalic – Stimulates the Brain
  • Cicatrisant – Helps formation of Scar Tissue
  • Cytophylactic – Helps Cell Growth
  • Decongestant – Relieves Catarrh
  • Diuretic – Stimulates Urine Excretion
  • Emmanagogic – Induces Menstruation
  • Febrifuge – Reduces Fever
  • Galactagogic – Stimulates Milk Production
  • Haemostatic – Stop Bleeding
  • Hepatic – Liver Tonic
  • Hypertensive – Raises Blood Preasure
  • Hypotensive – Lower Blood Pressure
  • Nervine – Nerve Tonic
  • Rubefacient – Stimulates Local Circulation
  • Sedative – Induces Sleep
  • Stimulant – Increases General Activity
  • Sudorific – Promotes Perspiration
  • Tonic – Generally or Locally Stimulating
  • Vasoconstrictor – Constricts Blood Vessels
  • Vulnary – Can help heal External Cuts etc.

What are the Contraindications of Aromatherapy and Essential Oil?

Aromatherapy and Essential Oils used in the correct way produce no side effects. They actually stimulate the body’s own self-healing powers and work holistically treating body and mind. There are very few contraindications but care must be taken in certain circumstances. Consult a doctor if you have any of the following:
  • Pregnancy
  • Cancer
  • Heart Disease
  • Migraine
  • Skin Infections
  • Inflamed Bites
  • Stings
  • Varicose Veins
  • Scar Tissue
  • Bruises
  • Acute Inflammations
  • Fever
  • Recent Inoculations
  • Homeopathic Treatment
  • After Major Surgery
  • Conditions requiring Medical Attention
  • Strong Drugs or Medication
  • Sensitization
  • High Blood Preasure
  • Epilepsy
  • Babies
  • Exposure to Ultra Violet Light
  • Circulatory Disorders
  • Lung Disease
  • Haemophilia
  • Neuritis
  • Neuralgia
  • Around Painful Joints
  • Very Thin Bony Persons
  • Very Thin Overstretched Skin

What are the different ways to use aromatherapy essential oils?

The different ways to use Aromatherapy essential oils are:
  • Body Massage
  • Heat Therapy
  • Steam Baths
  • Aromatherapy Burners
  • Candles
  • Ceramic Ring
  • Compress
  • Dry Inhalation on a handkerchief
  • Facial Steamer
  • Foot Spa
  • Fragrance Bowl
  • Hair Care Products
  • Humidifier
  • In the car
  • Inhalation
  • Ointment
  • Cream
  • Salt
  • Pot Pourri
  • Sauna
  • Skin Care Products
  • Tea Infusion
  • Hans Baths
  • Showers
  • Jacuzzi
  • Room Spray
  • Pillows
  • Pomanders
  • Handkerchief
  • Shoe Rack
  • Wood Fires
  • Body Oils
  • Facial Oils

How are essential oils made?

PRESSED EXTRACTION - The pulp from the citrus fruit was removed, with the rind and pith then soaked in warm water to soften the rind. As soon as the sponge became saturated with oil, it was squeezed and the essential oil was collected in a glass pot.

 

ENFLEURAGE EXTRACTION - A pure odourless, cold fat is placed in a thin layer on a glass frame and the flower petals are placed in layers on top. After 30 hours the fat will have absorbed the essential oils. The glass frame is then turned and new flowers take their place. Ones the fat is saturated with the essential oils it is then washed with alcohol which absorb the essential oils and finally the alcohol are evaporated off leaving pure essential oil.

 

STEAM EXTRACTION - The raw materials are collected and placed in large vats with water and then heated. The steam extracts the oil from the plant and the vapour produced is passes into a condenser and is then cooled with the essential oil separating from the flower water. When the distillation has started, the water level and pressure must be checked every few minutes. Occasionally an essential oil is heavier than water.

 

WATER EXTRACTION - The plant material comes into direct contact with the water. This method is most often done with flowers. In the manufacture of essential oils using the method of water distillation, the botanic material is completely immersed in water and the still is brought to the boil.

 

ECUELLE A PIQUER EXTRACTION - It is a process that involves a prodding, pricking and sticking action to release the essential oil. The pointed metal needles are just long enough to penetrate the epidermis of the plant. During this process, the rind of the fruit is placed in a container having spikes that will puncture the peel while the device is rotated. The puncturing of the rind will release the essential oil that is then collected in a small area below the container.

 

SOLVENT EXTRACTION - Non-volatile components of the botanical material - such as waxes and pigments are also extracted and in some cases this is then removed during a separate process. The raw materials are covered by a solvent such as ether, benzene, hexane, acetone and Petroleum then heated to extract the essential oil. This is then filtered which leaves a paste called concrete made up of wax and fragrance which is then mixed with alcohol and distilled at a low temperature, the alcohol absorbs the fragrance and when the alcohol is evaporated off an aromatic absolute remains.

 

FRACTIONAL DISTILLATION - It is a normal distillation process, but instead of the essential oil being collected continuously, it is collected in batches. Fractional distillation separates the volatile oil in different fractions or portions at various boiling points. This is used in oil refineries for distillation of petroleum products and is not suited for therapeutic grade essential oils.

 

MACERATION EXTRACTION - The flower petals are slightly ruptured and placed in warm fat. This is repeated many times until the fat becomes saturated with essential oil and is then bathed in alcohol which evaporates leaving essential oil.
How do I make sure I've bought a good quality aromatherapy essential oil?
Choose a supplier who buys raw materials from areas with the best growing conditions, such as altitude, soil, climate and time of harvesting affects the quality. Organically grown plants yield the highest quality essential oil. The more expensive oils are usually of the higher quality. Watch for blended oils that mix high quality oils with less expensive ones as the result will be to produce an inferior product which reduces the healing properties of the oil. Always buy oils which have the Latin name on the bottle as well as the common name.

Why is quality so important with essential oils?

It is very important that only the very finest quality essential oils are used at all times. Cheaper, inferior quality essential oils deliver unpredictable results meaning ultimately you will have wasted your precious money. You will not receive any benefits, and at the very worst you may have an allergic reaction to the oil and experience skin irritation, sensitisation, or other side effects. Some essential oil has been infused with a synthetic chemical component, or perhaps because it is entirely synthetic. Many people are allergic to synthetic compounds. It is also unethical and dishonest to use infused or synthetic oil on clients under the pretence that it is a pure and natural essential oil.

How are essential oils absorbed into the body?

  • Orally
  • Manually
  • By inhalation
Essential oils enter the body as a liquid or vapour. The liquid may be taken orally and absorbed through the mouth into the stomach and intestines where it will enter the bloodstream and reach all the body tissues and organs. When applied to the skin manually, the oils will be absorbed into the skin, muscular tissue, the joints and the bloodstream where it will also reach all the body tissue and organs. As vapour, oils will be inhaled through the nose and into the lungs. From the lungs it will enter the bloodstream and from the nose it will reach the brain effecting hormonal and neurochemical release which has emotional and psychological effects.
How does your sense of smell operate in aromatherapy?
  1. The Essential oil aroma is inhaled.
  2. They are dissolved in mucus surrounding the cilia.
  3. A chemical reaction takes place.
  4. The olfactory cells are stimulated into electrical activity.
  5. Messages are passed to the olfactory bulb via the sensory nerves fibres.
  6. The information is being processed.
  7. Passed along the olfactory nerves to the cerebral cortex.
  8. We then become aware of the smell.
Odour stimulates the release of neurotransmitters which in turn have a beneficial effect on the body for example, Encephalin, endorphins, serotonin and noradrenaline.
How do I create a synergistic blend?
Oils which belong to the same botanical family or share the same constituents generally blend well together. Oils can be divided into families. Oils from these families blend well together and they also blend well with the adjacent groups. For example:
  • Exotic > Floral > Citrus
  • Floral > Citrus > Herbs
  • Citrus > Herbs > Trees
  • Herbs > Trees > Spices
  • Trees > Spices > Resins
  • Spices > Resin > Exotic
  • Resin > Exotic > Floral
Remember essential oils are divided so make sure you know which oils are Top, Middle and Base notes
How long do essential oils last?
As long as you keep them. Mother Nature didn't make 'volatile' chemicals for nothing. They degrade over time, losing their scent, perhaps becoming cloudy and thicker, and even going a bit 'rancid'. Essential oils should smell divine. The hotter it is and the more sunlight about (UV rays), the quicker they go off. Base notes last longer than top notes. Top notes evaporation rate is very quick and last about 10 hours in the body. Middle notes evaporation is moderately quick and last for 24 hours in the body. Base notes evaporation is slow and can last up to 5 days in the body.
Where should I store my essential oils?
When essential oils are exposed to the air the oxygen combining with some of the constituents of the oil will cause it to oxidize and determinate. Pure essential oils should be stores:
  • In a cool dry place
  • In a dark glass bottle
  • In an airtight container
  • Out of direct sunlight
  • Out of reach of children
Do not store ready mix essential oil in carrier oil as the essential oils have a much longer shelf life when they are stored in their pure state. When using the oil for aromatherapy massage, mix only the amount you require for the treatment.
Can I make my own aromatherapy essential oils?
Yes you certainly can. But please bare in mind, that if you do not use the correct measurements it may make you ill. The oils may make you feel nauseous and some are highly toxic. Essential oils are always measured in drops because of their potency and concentration and the general rule is to add half the number of drops of essential oils to the number of millilitres of essential oil. For Example:

25 Drops of essential oil will be added to 50 ml carrier oil
5 Drops of essential oil will be added to 10 ml carrier oil
What is a carrier oil?
Carrier oils are base oils without any fragrance. When choosing a carrier oil to mix with essential oil for aromatherapy, the best quality vegetable oil should be used. There are selections of carrier oils some of which may be used for a particular purpose. Just to name a few carrier oils:
  • Grapeseed
  • Peanut
  • Sesame
  • Soya
  • Sunflower
  • Sweet Almond
  • Aloe Vera
  • Apricot Kernel
  • Avocado
  • Evening Primrose
  • Jojoba
  • Peach Kernel
  • Almond
  • Calendula
  • Olive
  • St John’s Wort
  • Technical Oil
  • Coconut
  • Hazelnut
  • Vitamin E
  • Wheat germ
Avoid the following carrier oils when allergic to nuts:
  • Peanut
  • Apricot Kernel
  • Coconut
  • Hazelnut
  • Jojoba
  • Peach Kernel
  • Sweet Almond
  • Almond
Avoid the following carrier oils when allergic to Gluten. Use Vitamin E, Technical or Soya oil instead:
  • Wheatgerm

Why do I have to dilute the oils?

Essential oils may not be applied directly on the skin but should be diluted. For your own safety. Diluted essential oils are safer to use. Many of the oils are irritants or sensitizers and can do serious damage if not used in appropriate dilution on the skin. Essential oils are precious natural resources. Using them neat is, with very rare exceptions, unnecessary. Less is more where the oils are concerned, extend them by properly diluting them. When diluting essential oils it also slows down the evaporation rate. Carrier oils can also increase the absorption of the essential oil into the skin.

What is the difference between an 'aromatherapy oil' and an 'essential oil'?

An aromatherapy oil is usually a 2% dilution of an essential oil in 98% technical or soya oil which is usually extremely poor value for money. In reality, this Aromatherapy Oil is just a massage oil presented in a 10ml bottle that looks exactly like the ones normally containing undiluted pure essential oil. Always look for labels that state Pure Essential Oil, and not a more ambiguous term such as Essential Oil or Aromatherapy Oil which leaves the door open to adulteration, dilution and deception. Look to see if it clearly specifies what is in the bottle because cleverly labelled products can be very, very misleading, and it invariably means they will turn out to be very poor value for money.

Are essential oils the same as perfume?

Essential oils should not be confused with perfumes or other fragrance oils. Essential oils are natural to the plant, whereas fragrance oils are chemically produced to mimic certain aromatic scents for perfumes, colognes, candles, etc.

 

Essential Oils

 

Essential oils are natural products extracted in a number of ways from plants; however, all plants do not contain essential oils. Essential oils extracted from plants contain aromatic properties used as remedies for a number of problems. Essential oils are used in aromatherapy practice to help ease muscle pain, emotional problems, menstrual issues, skin problems, arthritis and more.

 

Fragrance Oils

 

Fragrance oils are synthetic products and therefore do not possess the natural healing properties of essential oils. Fragrance oils are essentially a "pleasant" aroma, and many modern perfumes are created using fragrance oils. It is possible to create almost any aroma in fragrance oil, unlike an essential oil, which is extracted from a plant.
Are essential oils safe to use on babies or children?
Essential oils are very strong and some are toxic and therefore we would recommend diluting any oils you use on your children with a carrier oil. Carrier oils you could use are: Grape seed oil, Coconut oil, Olive oil or another high quality oil of your choice. The safest place for oils on children would be the bottoms of their feet. The feet are not as prone to skin irritation and it still enters the bloodstream quickly. Make sure you get the parents’ permission before treating their child or baby.
Are essential oils safe to use when pregnant?
Be very, very cautious when using oils during pregnancy. You should be extra careful during the first trimester and use extra caution at this time. It is safest to dilute the oil and place on the bottoms of your feet or you could apply directly to the problem area. For the first five months do not use:
  • Aniseed, Basil, Camphor
  • Calderwood
  • Cinnamon
  • Clove
  • Cypress
  • Fennel
  • Hyssop
  • Juniper Berry
  • Marjoram
  • Myrrh
  • Nutmeg
  • Organum
  • Parsley Seed
  • Peppermint
  • Rosemary
  • Savory
  • Sage

What is important when I blend my own oils?

  • Use the most appropriate essential oils for you or your client.
  • Use essential oils that complement each other. Some oils may inhibit each other’s effects.
  • Blend together top, middle and base note oil as they work together synergistically.
  • Base notes lasts longer so may be used in smaller quantities.
  • Ensure that you or the client likes the aroma of the blend.
  • Top notes evaporates quicker so may be used in slightly higher quantities.
  • Look at plant families.
  • Look at chemical constituents.
  • Choose the carrier oil for its effectiveness.
  • Mix the carrier oils when required.

How safe are essential oils?

Essential oils are 100% pure and natural, but even natural products can have side effects if not used properly, and some degree of care is needed when handling them. Essential oils should not, in general be used directly on the skin. Do not take essential oils internally. Essential oils should be kept away from children, pets and the eyes. Essential oils are also very volatile and, therefore flammable - keep them away from naked flames. Aromatherapy products are never to be used in place of medical treatment. If you are pregnant, epileptic, suffering from high blood pressure or already taking medication consult your medical practitioner or a qualified aromatherapist.

Can essential oils treat serious illness?

Essential oils have been called “the life blood of a plant.” They circulate through plant tissues and pass through cell walls, carrying nutrition into cells and carrying waste products out. When essential oils are applied to people, they do the same thing, carrying oxygen into cells and carrying waste products out. In fact, essential oils are one of nature’s best body cleansers. They can cleanse our cellular receptor sites of pharmaceutical drugs, petrochemicals, and other disruptors of intercellular communication. They can also chelate heavy metals and other toxins, helping to remove and flush them through the liver, colon, sweat, lungs, and kidneys. They can also increase our ability to absorb vitamins and other nutrients.

What effects can aromatherapy and essential oil have on the body?

Depending on the blend of oils chosen they can have different effects on the body.
  1. Penetrate into the dermis in approximately 6 – 8 seconds
  2. Stimulate or soothe the nervous system
  3. Promote healthy growth
  4. Can relieve aches and pains
  5. Can soothe aching muscles
  6. Can refresh the mind and increase concentration
  7. Can relieve headaches
  8. Can be antiseptic in effect
  9. Can be anti-inflammatory in effect
  10. Can be uplifting
  11. Can be balancing
  12. May have anti-viral properties
  13. Help to stimulate the body’s immune system
  14. Can be sedative in effect
  15. Kills germs and bacteria in effect
  16. Kills head lice in effect
  17. Kills worms in effect

What can essential oil do for your skin?

Essential oils will nourish, cleanse, detoxify, tighten, cleanse and calm the skin and there are many conditions which may be improved such as:
  • Acne
  • Psoriasis
  • Eczema
  • Dermatitis
  • Mature Skin
  • Sensitive Skin
  • Oily Skin
  • Dry Skin
  • Broken Capillaries
  • Sunburn
  • Inflammation
  • Bruises
  • Burns
Essential oils may be applied topically and can include the following oils:
  • Acne - Lavender, Eucalyptus, Tea Tree, Thyme, Lemon, Sandalwood, Camomile, Bergamot, Peppermint, Juniper, Rosemary, Geranium, Cypress
  • Anti-Inflammatory – Camomile, Jasmine, Lavender, Myrrh, Neroli, Frankincense, Rose
  • Antiseptic –Camomile, Lavender Tea Tree, Lemon, Pine, Thyme, Eucalyptus, Clove, Cinnamon, Bergamot
  • Antiviral – Lemon, Patchouli, Tea Tree
  • Broken Capillaries – Lemon, Camomile, Cypress, Lavender, Neroli, Rose
  • Bruises – Eucalyptus, Sage, Camomile, Camphor, Geranium, Lavender, Rosemary
  • Dry Skin – Camomile, Geranium, Lavender, Neroli, Rose, Ylang Ylang
  • Eczema – Camomile, Lavender, Geranium, Sage, Melissa
  • Fungal Infection - Lavender, Marigold, Myrrh, Tea Tree
  • Healing - Camomile, Lavender, Geranium, Frankincense, Myrrh, Benzoin
  • Mature Skin - Clary Sage, Cypress, Lavender
  • Oily Skin – Camphor, Lavender, Bergamot, Lemon, Cypress, Geranium, Cederwood, Ylang Ylang
  • Psoriasis –Bergamot, Lavender
  • Sensitive Skin –Jasmine, Neroli, Rose
  • Sunburn - Lavender

What essential oils should never be used?

There are many occasions that oils causes toxicity, so great care must be taken in the use of essential oils. Avoid those that are known to be toxic and use the correct dilutions so there is not a built up in the body and do not treat too often. The effect of the oil’s toxicity will vary from individuals depending on their size and age.
The following oils should never be used:

 

  • Bitter Almond
  • Boldo Leaf
  • Calamus
  • Camphor - Yellow and Brown
  • Horseradish
  • Jaborandi Leaf
  • Mugwort
  • Mustard
  • Pennyroyal
  • Rue
  • Sassafras
  • Savin
  • Southernwood
  • Tansy
  • Thuja
  • Wintergreen
  • Wormseed
  • Wormwood

What aftercare advice can you give a client after an aromatherapy session?

Once your client has had their aromatherapy massage you may give them advice about homecare. This will reinforce the treatment and encourage clients to continue benefitting from the effects of aromatherapy.
  1. The client should relax after the treatment and if possible not drive.
  2. Do not take a bath or shower for 8 hours after treatment.
  3. Drink plenty of water or herbal teas.
  4. Do not during alcohol for 24 hours.
  5. Do not eat straight away.
  6. Do not use a sunbed or go into direct sunlight for 24 hours.
  7. Recommend essential oils to use at home.
  8. Advise clients about the different methods of application available to them.

What is the general routine for an aromatherapy massage?

Aromatherapy must always be tailored to suit the needs of the client but in general a full body massage, excluding the face and head, should last approximately sixty minutes and should include:
  1. Both arms
  2. Neck and Chest
  3. Abdomen
  4. Buttocks
  5. Back, Neck and Shoulders
  6. Both Legs
It is important to maintain continuity, keeping one hand in contact with the client at all times and the rate of movement should be moderate unless the condition requires movements to be speeded up. The flow of the movement should be even and consistent.
What is the difference between an absolute and an essential oil?
Absolutes are a little similar to essential oils. They are also extracted from plants. There is a difference between absolutes and essential oils in terms of the method that is commonly implement during the extraction process.

Essential oil is an aromatic liquid compound which extracted from parts of the plants - leaves, wood, barks, seed, flower and even peel. And mostly they are extracted using steam distillation process.

Absolutes sometimes tend to carry a more true to nature fragrance than Essential Oils. This is because they contain many of the non-volatile constituents of the plant such as tannins and pigments that are not made available by distillation means. Rose Absolute is a great example of this, displaying its vivid colour and exquisite fragrance.

What is the difference between Solvent Extraction and Essential Oil?

Solvent extraction is very gentle. It is a procedure by which aromatic compounds are drawn out of the plant material using volatile solvents such as petroleum, ether, benzene, resulting in a concentrate called “essence concrete”. The solvents are separated from the concrete and the remaining solvent mixed with alcohol and heated to undergo a filtering process in which the waxes and alcohol are removed. But some of waxes cannot be removed. This final end product is called absolute. While essential oils are pure oils, when in steam distillation process, there is no contact with any contaminants, so essential oils can be used for therapeutic purposes.

What is the difference between a synergy blend and anointing oil?

The word synergy– “Syn” means together and “ergon” means work. The definition for “synergy” as used in aromatherapy is the working together of two essential oils that result in an effect greater than the sum of their individual effects. Synergy blends have been created in order to promote specific benefits such as for relaxing, sensual, alertness, respiratory or applications for use in pain.
Anointing oil, on the other hand has a totally different meaning. To be “anointed” is to be made sacred. Only the finest of spices are used for this Holy oil:
  • Myrrh
  • Frankincense
  • Hyssop
  • Cedars of Lebanon
  • Pomegranate
  • Spikenard
  • Rose of Sharon
  • Cassia
  • Covenant

What does aromatherapy do for woman’s health?

Many women’s health problems can be readily improved with aromatherapy. These include menstrual problems, thrush and menopausal problems. There are also oils that can help during pregnancy, labor and postnatally. When pregnant, a regular massage can help you adapt to your changing shape. Some oils will also help for nausea in the first few months. During labor, your partner can rub the lower of your back and tummy with a chamomile, sandalwood and mandarin blend. Postnatally, a blend of cypress and lavender can be added to a bath to ease bruising that were developed during labor.

Which essential oils are a must for a First Aid Kit?

Several oils deserve a place in everyone’s medical cupboard:
  • Lavender -Minor Burns: Apply a small amount of lavender neat to gain extra relieve, Bruises, Cuts, Grazes: Wounds should be cleaned with fresh, cool water but a cold compress with lavender is very soothing afterwards, Jetlag, Insomnia; Drop a drop of lavender oil on your pillow or a tissue, Headaches: Try massaging a few drops of lavender oil into your temples to relieve headache.
  • Tea Tree: Chilblains: Apply a drop of neat tea tree to the affected area, Cold Sores: Dilute the tea tree in a carrier oil and dab it on the affected areas, Earache: Dilute the oil in a carrier oil and massage around your ear and jaw Bruises, Cuts, Grazes: Wounds should be cleaned with fresh, cool water but a cold compress with tea tree is very soothing afterwards, Insect Bites and Stings: Apply one drop of tea tree to the affected area
  • Peppermint - Flagging Concentration: Try either a drop on a tissue to sniff or add peppermint to an essence burner for an instant pick me up.

Was aromatherapy researched professionally?

For such a popular therapy, there is surprisingly little research supporting the therapeutic claims of aromatherapy. Aromatherapy, like so many other complementary therapies, is founded on a body of knowledge built up over time. Aromatherapy practitioners, using essential oils every day of their working lives, have a great deal of experience to draw on. Although a therapist may not be able to prove that a particular essential oil or combination of oils will help the problem you have brought to them, it does not mean that the treatment will not work. It simply means that you have to take it on trust.

Are essential oils the same as perfume?

Asking about the difference between pure essential oils and fragrance oils is a little like asking what the difference is between natural and synthetic products. Both may have their uses and drawbacks. Synthetic products can be cheaper to produce and more convenient (for example polyester fabric) but may have drawbacks such as added chemicals and environmental hazard. Natural products might be better quality (for example wool) but harder to obtain in large quantities and not as palatable to the consumer. Essential oils should not be confused with perfumes or other fragrance oils. Essential oils are natural to the plant, whereas fragrance oils are chemically produced to mimic certain aromatic scents for perfumes, colognes, candles, etc.

How should I store my aromatherapy oils?

With the same effect as the carry cases, you get hard body cases to store your essential oils. It can store from one container to up to hundred containers. Choose your storage cases with care. Try and find a light wooden box with breathable air holes. The air holes will reduce the risk of aroma contamination, just in case one essential oil container is leaking. Essential oils should be stored in a cool, dry, dark place. Essential oils can go to freezing temperatures and will solidify and crystallize in cool temperatures. If solidified or crystallized oils are kept at room temperature for a few hours, they will liquefy with no destructive effects to the oil. Citrus oils are best kept in the fridge. If they appear cloudy when you take them from the fridge, it is just the fats and waxes precipitating out- as soon as they reach room temperature they go back in solution with no detrimental effects.

What is a Certified Organic Pure Essential Oil?

Organic Infusions is a farm direct, wholesale essential oil supplier committed to purity. During inhalation of authentic 100% pure USDA certified organic or wild crafted essential oils, you are connecting to the very life force of the plant. The energetic vibration of the plant unites with the body harmonics within each of us.

Organic Infusions understands that when aromatherapy essential oils are altered by artificial means, the precious essence of those oils is forever changed. For this reason Organic Infusions does not carry essential oils that have been diluted, altered, or synthetically modified.

How do I know what is the better essential oil to buy?

Not all essential oils are created equally, nor does more expensive necessarily mean “better.” There are certain brands I will use in a less therapeutic fashion (like for cleaning), because they’re far less expensive than their counterparts. When you see a wide fluctuation in price between, say, lavender essential oils, you can bet that the far less expensive one is likely lower in quality.

 

However, a small variation in price differences on the higher end will NOT mean a better essential oil. It will just mean a higher price. (A little birdie also told me that there are also only a handful of essential oil distilleries in the world, which means that most essential oils come from the exact same places – thus there is little difference in quality between the more “typically priced” Essential Oils.)

Which essential oils are recommended to get started?

It depends on for what it will be used for. The best essential oils for personal use are:
  • Peppermint (good for lip balms, oily/acneic skin, and cleaning products)
  • Rosemary (good for hair preparations, oily/acneic skin, and cleaning products)
  • Sweet orange (good for all skin types and very soothing in room sprays for children)
  • Rose geranium (good for all skin types, creating perfumes, and for use in homemade moisturizers)
  • Tea tree (great for healing, getting rid of dandruff, oily/acneic skin, and cleaning products)
  • Lavender (great for all skin types, for relaxation, hair preparations, and cleaning products)
  • Lemon (great for lifting moods, cleaning preparations, and sparingly in toners and products for oily skin)

All of these essential oils also happen to be some of the least expensive and easiest to find.
How do I test essential oil to see if it is pure and how long it will last?
To test your essential oil to see how “pure” it is, put a single drop of it on a piece of construction paper. If it evaporates quickly and leaves no noticeable ring, it is pure. If you have a ring left, then it is likely diluted by the manufacturer with an oil of some sort. Essential oils will last for at least 5 years (if not 10), so one bottle could literally last you a decade. Hopefully that thought will help mitigate the cost involved in purchasing some essential oils. Because they are SO concentrated and only a tiny amount is needed in anything you do, they’ll last you a very, very long time. The only exception to this rule is citrus oils, which will see a reduction in potency after a year or two.

What equipment do I use for blending oils?

You will need:
  • 10ml Dark glass bottles with a dropper for storing essential oils
  • Pipettes or eye droppers for testing or measuring
  • Strips of blotting paper for testing the oils
  • Small funnel for pouring carrier oils into small bottles
  • Small bowl or measuring beaker to hols blend for massage
  • Glass rod for mixing
Use separate pipettes for each oil. Preferably the glass droppers to the plastic pipettes. When you are done blending, soak them in vodka or grain alcohol overnight to remove any essential oil residue before reusing them.
I have read that some essential oils have a low therapeutic margin. What is it?
What we mean by therapeutic margin is the dividing line between toxicity and non-toxicity. If an oil or herb has a low therapeutic margin, you have to be aware of its toxic effect because the difference between a beneficial dose and a toxic dose is very tiny. Remember to read what toxic ingredients is in that certain oil.

Why are some oils so much more expensive than others?

Essential oils are aromatic extracts from specific plant parts such as petal, heartwood, peel, stem etc.…. There is only a very small amount of oil in the plant part from which the oil is taken. Some oils such as Eucalyptus produce a high yield of oil whereas Rosa Damascena (Rose) requires 30 rose heads to produce 1 drop of pure essential oil. Hence the cost of pure Rose makes it an investment and a worthwhile one at that. Other factors which contribute to the final delivery and price of pure essential oils include cultivation, farming methods, distillation and finally storage.

How do I test essential oil to see if it is pure and how long it will last?

To test your essential oil to see how “pure” it is, put a single drop of it on a piece of construction paper. If it evaporates quickly and leaves no noticeable ring, it is pure. If you have a ring left, then it is likely diluted by the manufacturer with an oil of some sort. Essential oils will last for at least 5 years so one bottle could literally last you a decade. Hopefully that thought will help mitigate the cost involved in purchasing some essential oils. Because they are concentrated and only a tiny amount is needed in anything you do, they’ll last you a very, very long time. The only exception to this rule is citrus oils, which will see a reduction in potency after a year or two.