Friday, January 05, 2007

Theraputic Oils - Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy combines the physical and emotional effects of gentle massage with the medical and psychotherapeutic properties of essential oils. It not only alleviates stress and improves mood but it also is a successful treatment for many minor disorders. Additionally, by rubbing a drop or two of essential oils in the palms of the hands, aromatherapy can also be used to heighten your yogic experience during practice when focusing on pranayama or breathing exercises.

Aromatherapy stimulates the immune system, strengthens resistance to disease and helps to combat infections. It is especially helpful for women's problems - PMS, menopausal distress. It aids digestion - eases constipation and abdominal spasm - and optimizes the functioning of respiratory system - helps with coughs, tonsillitis, and sinusitis. It eases muscular aches and pains and promotes muscle relaxation and tone. By improving circulation and lymphatic drainage it helps to eliminate cellulite and toxins from the body. Aromatherapy can lower blood pressure, reduces stress level, will combat insomnia and other stress related disorders. It can alleviate tension headaches and helps to deal with different emotions, such as anxiety, mild depression, grief, etc.

Aromatherapy is also extremely useful as a first aid measure for all the little accidents most likely to happen at home - minor burns and cuts - and common problems like sore throat, and blocked or stuffy nose.

There is so much to be said for the comprehensive benefits of essential oils, impacting all aspects of your life. Physical, mental and spiritual health can be affected by the use of what naturally occurrs in nature. Here is just a small sampling:

Lavender

Antidepressant, antiseptic, calming, balancing, sedative
Lavendar may calm and balance strong emotions such as frustration, irritability, nervous anxiety, panic, hysteria and insomnia. It appears to cleanse and soothe the heart, allowing for a release of anger, the emotion which so often a cause for severe depression.

It has long been associated with spiritual love which encourages forgiveness and compassion, allowing for the full creative composure and expression of ones individual self. Lavender's nature is to heal and release all discord which may arise in our physical, emotional and spiritual lives.

Peppermint
Headaches, nausea, colds, urinary sensitivity
Peppermint stimulates and counters shock, mental fogginess, and lack of focus. It has a dualistic action which can stimulate the mind and calm the nerves making it ideal as a physical tonic and emotional soother. Peppermint's nature is energetic and awakens our innate intelligence.

Rosemary
Stimulating aroma may improve confidence, perception & creativity
It is thought to calm nightmares and can help you remember good dreams. It is good for mental strain, exhaustion, fatigued muscles, pain and lethargy. .Rosemary's nature is to offer reassurance and strength.

Patchouli
Meditation, spiritual, warming, aphrodisiac, sedative, soothing
Strong earthy aroma may counter nervousness and depression by putting problems into perspective and releasing pent-up emotions. Its warmth may act to sedate and calm. Its nature is to ground and integrate the needs of both physical and spiritual paths.

Jasmine
Aphrodisiac, antidepressant, sedative
Jasmine's nature is to assist each individual's awareness of their unique passions and desires.
Jasmine is a valuable remedy in cases of severe depression and soothes the nerves, producing a feeling of confidence, optimism and euphoria, while revitalizing and restoring energy.

Jasmine oil facilitates delivery in childbirth: it hastens the birth by strengthening the contractions and at the same time relieves pain. It is effective in post-natal depression and promotes the flow of breast milk.
Because of its deeply soothing and calming nature, jasmine oil helps with sexual problems such as impotence, premature ejaculation and frigidity. It has a very beneficial effect on the respiratory system, by soothing irritating coughs and helping with hoarseness and laryngitis. It furthermore helps with muscle pain, sprains, and stiff limbs. Jasmine oil tones dry, greasy, irritated and sensitive skin, increases elasticity and is often used to assist with stretch marks and to reduce scarring.

Rose
Warming, uplifting, anti-depressant, sedative, aphrodisiac
Its sweet, gentle aroma brings warmth to the soul, healing our emotional wounds and restoring the trust that makes it possible to love ourselves and others once again. Its joy is tireless in relieving melancholy, sadness, disappointment, sorrow, heartache and depression. It is representative of faith, hope, and love -- each of what rose oil seeks to restore to the center of one's being. Rose's nature is to comfort and remind each of us of the unique perfection of our soul.

Sandalwood
Opening and grounding effect on the psyche
Sandalwood has traditionally been used as an aid in meditation and spiritual practices, and in association with the third eye chakra. States of obsessive worry, high expectation, neurotic need for security, and nervous exhaustion are sometimes stilled.

Mandarin
Comforting, refreshing, sedative, soothing, uplifting
Mandarin may be a beneficial nerve tonic which could be particularly supportive for the hard-working, over-achieving perfectionist. Its exquisite uplifting aroma mist helps to dispel depression, intolerance and anxiety. Often referred to as the "little heart of the sun", it is thought to shed light on the drudgeries of everyday tasks and routines. Reawakening our sense of joy. Mandarin's nature is to instill our sense of respect for ourselves and all life forms.

Chamomile
Sedating, nurturing, soothing, calming, reassuring
Chamomile's nature is to help us let go of expectations and calmly acknowledge our own limitations.

Eucalyptus
Increased cardiac action
Eucalyptus Oil is used for aches, pains, sinusitis. It is also used for purposes of inhalation, for asthma, diphtheria, sore throat, ulcers and sores, scarlet fever, typhoid and intermittent fever, as a stimulant and antiseptic gargle, etc.

Lime
Cooling, deep relaxant
Refreshing and rejuvenating. Its aroma inspires and brings fresh energy, clears the mind. Citrus oils help to eliminate emotional confusion and increase ones sense of humor and well-being

Key Lime
Cleansing citrus
Light and fresh, Strong citrusy scent, sharp and slightly spicy.

Lemon
Cellulite, anti-septic
Lemon oil helps the body face physical and psychological weariness, most strongly influencing the mind by supporting concentration and the ability to memorize. Lemon Essential Oil is a powerful antiseptic, antibacterial and antiviral effect attributable to its limonene content. Lemon Essential Oil also contains antifungal compounds.

Tea Tree
Anti-infectant, warts, sores, nail fungus
In addition to opening closed respiratory passages, it helps kill the microbes that infect the throat, tonsils, sinuses and lungs. Tee tree oil is antiviral, antifungal an anti-inflamatory; many of its attributes, including its immunostimulant effects, are no doubt due to its extremely powerful bactericidal properties.

Ylang-Ylang
Aphrodisiac, euphoric
Anxiety, depression, frigidity, hypertension, palpitations, stress. Believed to stimulate hair growth; antidepressant, aphrodisiac, sedative. It is known in Asia as an antidepressant, relaxing to body, mind and spirit, as well as an aphrodisiac.

It is said to calm anger, release tension, lift depression and generally stabilize mood swings. Recommended for frustration borne of anger

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