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What is Aromatherapy?

Aromatherapy is a holistic healing treatment that uses natural plant extracts to promote health and well-being, also called essential oil therapy. Aromatherapy uses aromatic essential oils medicinally to improve the health of the body, mind and spirit. It is thought to enhance both physical and emotional health.

Ancient cultures in China, India, Egypt and elsewhere incorporated aromatic plant components in resins, balms and oils. These natural substances were used for medical and religious purposes. They were also known to have both physical and psychological benefits.

Aromatherapy works through the sense of smell and skin absorption using products such as:

  • diffusers

  • aromatic spritzers

  • inhalers

  • bath salts

  • body oils, creams, or lotions for massage or topical application

  • facial steamers

  • hot and cold compresses

  • clay masks

Essential oils can be used alone or in any combination. There are nearly 100 types of essential oils available. Essential oils are available online, in health food stores and in some regular supermarkets. It’s important to buy from a reputable producer to ensure you’re buying a quality product that is 100 percent natural. Uplift Yoga highly recommends DoTerra.  

Each essential oil has an array of unique healing properties, uses, and effects. Combining essential oils to create a synergistic blend creates even more benefits.

These are just a a few of the benefits aromatherapy may produce:

  • manage pain

  • improve overall wellbeing

  • improve sleep quality

  • reduce stress, agitation, and anxiety

  • soothe sore joints

  • boost immunity

You can use essential oils in any number of ways. For example, add them to body lotions or carrier oils, and then apply them topically. Try enhancing a facial toner, shampoo, or conditioner with essential oils. Or, incorporate them into liquid soap, toothpaste or mouthwash. You can also diffuse or spritz the oils throughout a room or pour them into a bath.

Side effects

Most essential oils are safe to use. But there are some precautions you should take when using them, as well as side effects you should be aware of, especially if you take any prescription medications.

Don’t apply essential oils directly to your skin. Always use a carrier oil to dilute the oils. Remember to do a skin patch test before using essential oils. Since citrus essential oils may make your skin more sensitive to the sun, these oils should be avoided if you’ll be exposed to sunlight.

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