Aromatherapy Massage Oils And Their Uses

By Patricia | March 10, 2009
Six Main Aromatherapy Oils

Aromatherapy massage oils an integral part of Yoga

Yoga recommends the use of Aromatherapy, but in consultation with a qualified, experienced Ayurvaid. Traditionally, India has been using aromatherapy; again for over a thousand years; correctively, restoratively, remedially, and sometimes even curatively in Ayurvedic medicine for more than 3,000 years. In the West too, aromatherapy has been used, to care for their skin, relieve aches and pains, ease fatigue and tension, refresh and revitalize the whole body. This is an ancient system of caring for ones body through the use of botanical oils like lemon, rose, peppermint and lavender.

You can either massage aromatic oils directly into your skin, add them to your bath, inhale or diffuse them to add fragrance to a room, as these natural, aromatic oils have a very powerful aroma. Aromatic massage happens to be one of the main aspects of Aromatherapy. When the Spanish conquistadors invaded South America, it resulted in the discovery of many more aromatic oils and herbal plants because the Aztecs were already renowned for their herbal remedies. The Spanish were both astounded as well as impressed by the abundance of medicinal plants to be found in the botanical gardens of Montezuma. In the 19th century, Europe and British scientists started research into the effects of aromatherapy on human beings. Aromatherapy is used in the following ways:

  1. Vaporization
  2. Perfumes
  3. Massage
  4. Inhalation
  5. Compresses
  6. Baths

The six main aromatherapy oils and their uses are:

Citrus oils: Very good for getting rid of somber moods; here citrus oils work well as a diffuser and helps create a clear, elevating experience.

Floral oils: These are best for those seeking relief from stress. If you add Floral oils to unscented bath oils and lotions or mix them with carrier oils you get a very soothing massage.

Lavender: They say every home should have lavender, as it is first-rate, first-aid oil. Lavender helps to soothe bruises, cuts and insect bites. You can also add it to your usual bath oil for a soothing, calming and comforting bath.

Peppermint: This is an excellent mental stimulant. If you add a drop to any unscented facial lotion and apply it under your nose or behind your ears, the results are almost instantaneous. It even helps in stomach upsets.

Rosemary: This is an extremely refreshing and stimulating oil for people who feel low on energy. It works wonderfully in a diffuser or an aroma lamp.

Tea tree: This is probably the most versatile oil that is used as an antiseptic since it is extremely gentle on the skin. If you apply even a single drop directly on your skin you will help speed the healing of pimples and cuts.

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