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Saturday, February 23, 2008


What is Aromatherapy?

Aromatherapy is the art and science of healing and therapy through the use of plant-extracts, known as essential oils – to promote balance in the mind and body.

Your sense of smell is the most powerful sense you have. A single whiff of an aroma can evoke feelings and memories long forgotten.

Aromatherapy is a way of treating emotional and physical imbalances through inhalation and the external application of essential oils in massage, baths etc.


The following lists of used are suggestions only. Always consult a doctor if you suspect a serious illness. Do not use undiluted essential oils on the skin.


Always dilute oils before applying them to the skin. Use carrier oil such as Apricot Kernel Oil. Sweet Almond Oil, Jojoba oil or any other pure, unblended vegetable oil. Do not use “ baby oil” as this is a mineral oil and unlike vegetable oils will not be absorbed by the skin.

1% dilution: 5-6 drops essential oil per ounce of carrier oil. 2 % dilution: 10-12 drops essential oil per ounce of carrier] oil. 3 % dilution: 15-18 drops essential oil per ounce of carrier oil.


Add up to a maximum of 15 drops of pure essential oil, to a bath full of warm (not hot) water. Float the oil on the surface and stir with your hand before relaxing in the bath for 10/15 minutes. For a hand or foot soak use 2 to 3 drops in a bowl of warm water.


Add 3 – 5 drops of essential oil to a bowl or hot water and cover your head with a towel and inhale the fragrant steam.

In a room burner/Diffuser

Use 2 to 3 drops of essential oil in water in the reservoir of your oil burner. Since most burners rely on a lighted candle for heat, never leave the unattended or where children can reach them.


Float 2 to 5 drops of essential oil on a saucer of water (warm or cold as appropriate). Pick up the film of oil by laying the compress material across the surface of the water. Apply to the affected part and cover with cling film. This may be left in place overnight.

Foot Bath

Add 6-10 drops into a bowl of warm water, stir water to spread oils evenly throughout and use as a foot soak, an excellent way to invigorate tired aching feet


Add an essential oil or your blend of choice to a base oil and apply to the skin

Light Bulb Ring

Place 2-4 drops of essential oils in a cool light bulb ring and attach to a light bulb. The heat of the light bulb gently releases the aroma into the environment

Oil Burner

Burners have a lower compartment to hold a candle and an upper basin to fill with water and mix in 4-6 drops of essential oil. As the water is heated by the warmth of the candle and the scent is released into the air.

A great way to disinfect a room during the cold or flu season, or to gently release a tranquil aroma into a room.

Boiling Water

In a pot of boiling water on the stove, add in 6-10 drops of essential oil; as the water boils, the steam containing the aroma of the oils will scent the house. Sauna Place 6-10 drops of essential oil on sauna rocks and inhale the steam.

Essential oils

Essential oils are the highly concentrated extracts from plants, herbs and flowers. They are used singularly or in combination to bring about restorative and curative processes in the mind and boy, offering a gentle alternative to medicinal drugs.

They are 75-1000 times more potent than dried herbs and should be used with care. They are also sensitive to sunlight and should be stored in dark bottles and in a cool area.

Essential Oil Name:

  • Basil Oil (Tulsi) (Ocimum Sanctum)
  • Bay Leaf Oil (Pimento Racemosa)
  • Bergamot Oil (Citrus Bergamia)
  • Black Pepper oil (Piper Nigrum)
  • Cardamomum oil (Ellettaria Cardamomum)
  • Cedar wood oil (Cedrus Deodara)
  • Chamomile oil (Matricaria Recutica)
  • Cinnamon Leaf oil (Cinnamomum Zeylanicum)
  • Citriodora Oil (Eucalyptus Citriodora)
  • Citronella Oil (Cymbopogan Nardus)
  • Clary Sage Oil (Salvia Sclarea)
  • Clove Bud Oil (Eugenia Caryophyllata)
  • Coriander Oil (Coriandrum sativum)
  • Cypress Oil (Cupressus Sempervirens)
  • Davana Oil (Artemesia Pallens)
  • Dill Oil (Anethum Graveolens)
  • Eucalyptus Oil (Eucalyptus Globules)
  • FENNEL OIL {Foeniculum Vulgare}
  • FRANKINCENSE OIL {Boswellia Carterii}
  • GERANIUM OIL {Pelargonium Graveolens}
  • GINGER OIL (Zingiber Officinale)
  • GRAPEFRUIT OIL (Citrus Paradisi)
  • JASMINE OIL (Jasminum Officinale)
  • JATAMANSI OIL (Spikenard) (Nardostachys Jatamansi)
  • JUNIPER BERRY OIL (Juniperus Communis)
  • LAVENDER OIL (Lavendula Officinalis)
  • LEMON OIL (Citrus Limonum)
  • LEMON VERBENA OIL (Aloysia Triphylla)
  • LEMONGRASS OIL (Cymbopogen Citratus)
  • MYRRH OIL (commiphora Myrrha)
  • NEEM OIL (Azadirachta Indica)
  • NEROLI OIL (Citrus Aurantium)
  • NUTMEG OIL (Myrishtica Fragrans)
  • ORANGE OIL (Citrus Sinesis)
  • PALMROSA OIL (Cymbopogan Martinii)
  • PATCHOULY OIL (Pogostemon Cablin)
  • PEPPERMINT OIL (Mentha Piperata)
  • PETITGRAIN OIL (Citrus Aurantium)
  • ROSE OIL (Rosa Damascene)
  • ROSEMARY OIL (Rosemarinus Officinalis)
  • SANDALWOOD OIL (Santalum Album)
  • SPEARMINT OIL (Mentha Spicata)
  • TAGETES OIL (Tagetes Minuta)
  • TEA-TREE OIL (Melaleuca Alternifolia)
  • THYME OIL (Thymus Vulgaris)
  • VALERIAN OIL (Valarina Officinalis)
  • VETIVERT OIL (Vetiveria Zizanoides)
  • WINTERGREEN OIL (Gaultheria Procumbens)
  • YLANG-YLANG OIL (Cananga Odorata)
Carrier oils

Carrier oils facilitate the penetration of essential oils into the body. They are rich in natural fatty acids and can contain a number of vitamins including A and E which help keep the skin supple, regenerated and nourished. The nut oils generally contain potassium and magnesium while sesame seeds are a source of calcium.

Carrier Oil Name:
  • SWEETALMOND OIL (Prunus Amygoalus)
  • APRICOT KERNAL OIL (Prunus Armeniacas)
  • AVACADO OIL (Persea Americana)
  • EVENING PRIMROSE OIL (Oenothers Biennis)
  • GRAPESEED OIL ( Vitus Vinifera)
  • JOJOBA OIL (Simmondsia Chinensis)
  • SESAME SEED OIL (sesamum Indicum)
  • WALNUT OIL (Juglans Regia)
  • WHEATGERM OIL (Triticum Vulgare)

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