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Healing Power Of Aromatherapy » Happy Pretty Life
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September 17, 2008

Healing Power Of Aromatherapy

Imagine walking through a field of lavender after a stressful day and inhaling the tranquil scent of the flowers. A feeling of peace washes over you with every breath… your mind is calm… your body is relaxed… your spirit is free.

You have just experienced the joy of aromatherapy as Mother Nature intended. How lovely to be able to enhance your life naturally without the use of toxic chemicals and artificial ingredients. The use of aromatic oils to restore balance to the mind, body, and spirit dates back to pre-Egyptian times. Many cultures throughout the centuries used essential oils to improve the quality of life.

The healing properties of essential oils were discovered by French perfumist Dr. Rene-Maurice Gattefosse in 1910 during a lab accident while creating a new perfume. His arm caught fire and he immersed it into a vat of pure lavender essential oil that he thought was water. Immediately the pain stopped and the skin began to heal. This inspired Dr. Gattefosse to explore the healing properties of essential oils and his theories were documented by easing the pains of battles experienced by soldiers at war.

Essential oils are highly concentrated and should be used with a carrier oil such as jojoba or grape seed oil before applying to the skin. Although some oils such as lavender and tea tree are safe to use directly on the skin, I follow the “Less is More” rule and always use a carrier oil.

 

 

 

Less Is More

 

4-5 drops essential oil

 

1 tsp carrier oil (jojoba, grape seed)

 

 

 

Aromatherapy is used today to enhance moods, sanitize, promote healing, and add harmony to all areas of life. You can incorporate aromatherapy into every area of your life for pennies a day. With so many oils to choose from, I recommend Lavender, Tea Tree and Peppermint for the beginner aromatherapist.

Lavender is known for being soothing to the senses and bringing on a feeling of peace and tranquility. It also is great for calming irritated skin, relieving headaches, and eases nausea.
Tea Tree Oil is from the melaleuca plant in Australia and is considered a miracle oil by many. It has anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties and assists in healing cuts, insect bites, and rashes. Peppermint is an uplifting and energizing oil. The warming effect of the oil increases blood flow to promote healing, while the cooling effect is analgesic. It is great for nausea and headaches. Peppermint oil should not be used on the elderly or pregnant women. These oils all complement each other and are great when used together.

 

Calming Irritated Skin

 

5 drops Lavender

 

5 drops Tea Tree

 

2 Tsp Carrier Oil

 

Apply to irritated skin

 

 

 

Nausea/Headaches

 

5 drops Lavender

 

5 drops Peppermint

 

2 Tsp Carrier Oil

 

Massage onto stomach for nausea.

 

Apply to temples, back of neck and forehead for headaches

 

Many personal care and household products are scented with lavender and other aromas that are synthetic and artificially manufactured. To enjoy the wonderful benefits of aromatherapy naturally, you can add pure essential oils to products you already have in your home. Transform your bathroom into your private spa by adding lavender to your shampoo, conditioner or body wash. Daily chores become a pleasure when you add lavender to your dish soap.

 

 

 

Recipes:

 

Relaxing Home Spa

 

10 drops Lavender

 

8 ounces shampoo, conditioner or body wash

 

 

 

Happy Cleaning

 

10 drops Lavender

 

5 drops Tea Tree oil

 

8 ounces dish soap

 

 

 

Calming & Uplifting Air Freshener

 

10 drops Lavender

 

5 drops Peppermint

 

8 ounces water

 

Mix in spray bottle and spritz home, car & office

 

 

 

Enjoy living naturally with the use of essential oils. Write Annie for questions about aromatherapy and living natural, email HappyPrettyYou@yahoo.com

 

It is important to be aware that complementary and alternative therapies are not substitutes for diagnosis and/or treatment by a doctor, or for orthodox medication. They may, however, support any form of therapy and the natural healing process.

 

Annie Willow is the owner of Happy Pretty You! Reiki Salon & Spa. A holistic oasis to set your inner beauty free while restoring peace to your mind, body, and spirit. 409-765-5502 www.HappyPrettyYou.com

 


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Annie Willow
Annie Willow
Annie Willow lives in the moment as an Islander By Choice, is passionate about spreading happy thoughts, and the grateful owner of Happy Pretty You! Reiki Salon & Spa – Voted as Best Hair Salon & Holistic Business by The Islander Magazine. HappyPrettyYou.com – 409-765-5502

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