Aromatherapy...the beginning

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I have read so many posts online about essential oils where the therapeutic effect and their beautiful fragrances are being described including oral ingestion, but I also seen many complaints from people who apply essential oils in a wrong manner and so called “therapists”  advising people to ingest essential oils for health reasons and use them neat on their skin.

Yes, essential oils are something we all love, especially the fragrance they create when combined in a candle or a skincare, haircare or a spa product and they are openly available to be bought by anyone online or in a shop down the street.

Unfortunately, I have not come across so many books or posts online which will describe the danger the essential oils might create to people's health when wrongly used. That’s why in my opinion these organic chemical substances should be used only under a professionals supervision and advise.

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To understand how to use essential oils we should be able to understand: What are essential oils?

First, we should be clear that there are unaltered essential oils which are organic compounds of a botanical plant and synthetic, semisynthetic or nature identical essential oils. The value of the therapeutic effect of essential oils is based on the value of one identified part of the plant or by creating so called synergistic effects which the so-called nature identical essential oils (synthetical or semi synthetical) are not able to provide in full. So, the value of the essential oil, Lavender for example will be much higher if it is a plant derived product than a so-called nature identical essential oil. The same goes for the value of cosmetic products where the essential oils are used as part of the product’s formula. There is a therapeutic value as well as a financial one. Cosmetic products which have botanically derived essential oils as part of their formula will never be cheap products to buy.

Plants are synthesizing two types of oils: essential oils (or volatile oils) and fixed oils (we also call them carrier oils). The fixed oils contain fatty acids and esters of glycerol, while essential oils consist of volatile compounds which originate from a botanical part of the plant and contribute to the fragrance and flavour of the plant.

Essential oils consist of dozens of patterns with a distinct chemical structure. Each of these have their own characteristic scents and effects on the body. So before using any essential oils we should know exactly what we are dealing with, what dosage that must be used, the purpose and for who in order to avoid creating toxicity of any type: dermal, inhalation or oral, as well as a disturbing effect on your vital systems, especially: nervous system. This is a must to be aware of.

I would like to stop for a second and talk about oral use of essential oils which in my opinion is very important and lots of misinformation is available online about it. I would recommend staying away from ingesting essential oils of any type and in any dosage as it is very toxic to the internal organs of the body, especially when taking advise from an unqualified person who is making a living by acting as a sales agent or from posts online.

There are two sciences which deal with the study and usage of essential oils: Aromatherapy holistic therapeutic application of the essential oils (homeopathic) and Aromatic Medicine where practitioners must train at a higher recognition level before permitted to prescribe the essential oils for internal use.

When we buy an essential oil, the storage and conditions the oil is kept at is very important for our own safety. Essential oils are organic materials and as such all of them tend to degrade. The degradation can be prolonged to months or years but in poor conditions it might happen in days or weeks. Three factors which are very important for the safe storage of the essential oils are: Heat, Light and Oxygen. That’s why when you buy an essential oil it must be only in a dark glass bottle, kept in dark, cool conditions and not exposed to the air so it must be kept in a sealed container at all times. Same goes for the readymade cosmetic products which contain essential oils.

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Our focus will be mainly on the usage of essential oils in skincare, haircare and spa products as well as inhalers

There is a general rule in Aromatherapy that when used in a cosmetic product the essential oil must be diluted in a carrier oil consisting an amount no larger than 2% of the entire formula. For pregnant women, not over 1% and kids from 0.2% - 0.5%. However, when creating a cosmetic product on a professional level, to be sold on the market we look at each essential oil individually with its own toxicity level, chemical consistence and dosage of use. I will be giving them at https://www.facebook.com/toriasclub for those who would like to learn about cosmetic products and fragrances handcrafting in more details.

I would also like to mention the dilution process of essential oils and how to do it safe. Never pour essential oils directly into your bath as there is a danger of getting burned as well wasting the product without getting benefits out of it. Why? Because essential oils do not dilute in water and as a result they do not penetrate through your skin and into your blood stream. Before using them in your bath always dilute the essential oils in: a carrier oil (sunflower, olive oil, etc.) or any dairy product or alcohol (vodka).

As well as that, do not have a shower up to 12 hours after getting an Aromatherapy massage for the oils to work at their best and get into your system. It is also a good idea to regularly give your furniture a quick wipe after using an essential oil burner as essential oils tend to stain and destroy it in time.

It doesn’t matter what you intend to use the essential oils for. To obtain a verifiable therapeutic effect you should know how to combine the essential oils to create a synergy effect based on the chemical components found within the oils. Every time when essential oils (always dilute them, never apply neat to the skin) are applied to the skin or used in a diffuser there is a presence of the chemical compounds in the blood. So, do not overdose yourself and never use essential oils during first trimester of pregnancy or when taking medication as some essential oils interfere with it such Grapefruit for example.  Applied on the skin, the role of essential oils is: to prevent and treat microbial contamination, heal wounds, reduce odour, reduce scarring, facilitate collagen formation, reduce inflammation etc. However, it shouldn’t be used directly, undiluted on open wounds and cuts.  Also, to be taken into consideration is that some essential oils are skin irritants and do react. These include: Basil, Benzoin, Black pepper, Cinnamon, Clove, Ginger, Lemon, Lemongrass, Melissa, Orange, Oregano, Peppermint, Pine, Thyme, Tea Tree.

 Another fact to be taken into consideration is the phototoxicity ? of essential oils if you do not want to be burned, especially citric ones, such as: Bergamot, Lime, Lemon, Lemongrass, Mandarin, Orange, Grapefruit and psychophysiological effect of aroma which can be caused by essential oil inhalation. Aromas can improve sleep patterns, change mood positively, control stress and anxiety, alleviate heart beating, recall information during exams. For instance, Ylang Ylang can be used to slow down your heartbeat and relax.

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We will talk about each oil individually and its effect on the body and it will continue in the next articles.

Commiphora Myrrha ( Myrrh)

It is highly antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, great for mature skin, one of the best in wound healing, for fungal infections, athlete’s foot, chapped skin, cooling and toning, helps reduce scarring, for joint problems, as an aroma in moments of grief, lack of motivation and general lethargy, relieves thrush, good for mouth and gum problems and especially bacteriostatic for Staphylococcus aureus, one of the biggest wound invaders. Myrrh can truly be called a Healer. It corrects severe intestinal disorders such as dysentery and deflates sexual overexcitation. Not recommended during pregnancy and lactation. It blends well with Frankincense, Sandalwood, Benzoin, Oakmoss, Cypress, Juniper, Mandarin, Geranium, Patchouli, Thyme, Mints, Lavender, Pine, Nutmeg, Clove, Cardamom.

 Abies Balsamea (Canadian Balsam/Balsam Fir)

It is helpful for depression, nervous tension and stress related conditions, especially antiseptic against Staphylococcus and E.coli. If you do not have Myrrh you can easily grab Canadian Balsam. It is non-toxic and non-irritating. It blends well with Pine, Cedarwood, Cypress, Sandalwood, Juniper, Benzoin.

Citrus Limon (Lemon)

Lemon is found to be specifically good for debriding and decloughing wounds, reduces body odour and is mood uplifting, also very good for hair. Great for acne, circulatory problems, arthritis, rheumatism, colds, flu, immune system, lowers blood pressure, it is refreshing and stimulating, strengthens capillaries. Avoid direct sunlight or UV for at least 12 hours following application when using Lemon essential oil as it is highly photosensitizing. It blends well with Lavander, Neroli, Ylang Ylang, Rose, Sandalwood, Olibanum, Chamomile, Benzoin, Fennel, Geranium, Eucalyptus, Juniper, Oakmoss, Lavandin, Elemi, Labdanum.

Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender)

It is highly cicatrizing, effective cell regenerator, with strong bacterial and decongestant properties. Good for stress relief, relaxation, insomnia, circulation, nervous system, relaxing. It blends well with most oils, especially citrus and florals, Cedarwood, Clove, Clary Sage, Pine, Geranium, Labdanum, Oakmoss, Vetiver, Patchouli.

Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree)

Tea Tree is active against a wide range of bacteria and fungi, being proven a great antibacterial agent, antiseptic, good for anxiety, it is warming, cystitis, colds, flu, coughs, bladder infection, athlete’s foot, candida overgrowth. It blends well with Lavandin, Lavender, Clary Sage, Rosemary, Oakmoss, Pine, Cananga, Geranium, Marjoram, Clove, Nutmeg.

Eucalyptus Radiata (Eucalyptus)

It has strong antibacterial, antiviral and expectorant properties. It is generally being used in chest balms, as cold remedy in syrups, in inhalations and topically for bronchitis, flu, sinusitis, headaches, decongestant, stress, dandruff, herpes, scabs, insect repellent, chickenpox.  May cause seizures, so not recommended for those with epilepsy. Used in soaps, deodorants, mouthwash, disinfectants.

Matricaria Recutita (German Chamomile)

It is one of the best in wound healing being invaluable with its excellent anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and cicatrizing properties, it calms gastritis and stomach ulcers, stress, insomnia, skin conditions, stimulant of leucocyte production, vermifuge. It blends well with Geranium, Lavender, Patchouli, Rose, Benzoin, Neroli, Bergamot, Marjoram, Lemon, Ylang Ylang, Jasmine, Clary Sage, Labdanum.

Never forget that with the vast number of essential oils available there are some which are highly toxic and should be completely avoided. These are: Aniseed, Arnica, Bitter Almond, Boldo, Broom, Buchu, Calamus, Camphor, Cassia, Horseradish, Jaborandi, Mugwort, Pennyroyal, Rue, Sassafras, Savin, Savory, Tansy, Thuja, Tonka, Wintergreen, Wormseed, Wormwood.

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Today’s recipe will be related to essential oils and Nervous System, especially such a huge problem in our modern society as Insomnia.

Essential oils which are great for calming and relaxing the nervous system: Chamomile Roman, Chamomile German, Peppermint, Lavender, Valerian, Nutmeg, Hops, Clary Sage, Benzoin, Marjoram, Jasmine, Juniper, Geranium, Frankincense, Eucalyptus, Cedarwood Atlas, Mandarin, Neroli, Orange (bitter), Orange (sweet), Patchouli, Petitgrain, Rose (cabbage), Rose (damask), Sandalwood, Tea Tree, Thyme, Vetiver, Ylang Ylang.

You can drop few drops, about 1 of each type on the pillow before retiring to bed: Chamomile Roman, Peppermint, Lavender it will help you fall asleep fast and have a peaceful, healthy night.

If you remember from previous article I was talking about how we make a blend that we always create our formula based on percentage and weight.

This mix of essential oils may be used in the essential oil burner preferably before bed time. Do not forget to wet wipe your furniture the next day.

We will create 10ml of the Insomnia mix.

10ml =10g equals 100%

1ml equals 20 drops

Recipe for Insomnia

TOP NOTES 25% = 2.5 ml = 50 drops

 10% Peppermint – 20 drops

                                            15% Ylang Ylang -  30 drops                                      

MIDDLE NOTES 50% = 5ml = 100 drops

10% Chamomile Roman – 20 drops

10% Lavender – 20 drops

15% Mandarin - 30 drops

5% Marjoram – 10 drops

10% Petitgrain - 20 drops

BASE NOTES 25% = 2.5ml = 50 drops

10% Frankincense – 20 drops

5% Vetiver – 10 drops 

10% Sandalwood – 20 drops

 

Hope you enjoyed today’s article and I would love to hear about the blends you created and the results you have.

Enjoy…

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TORIA

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