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Aromatherapy Bathing. What Essential Oils Can Be Used
Long before the term alternative medicine was being used, aromatherapy was
being practiced by the Egyptians for over 5,000 years. When being used by
the Egyptians oil was being extracted from the many aromatic plants around
them through infusion and then used for their not only cosmetic and
medicinal purposes but also for embalming as well. They then passed the
knowledge they had gained on to the Greeks and it served as the beginning of
their research into how to use the oils and fragrance of some flowers for
their relaxing and stimulating effects. In fact when looking back further in
history we find that ancient man depended very much on his environment for
their basic needs and to survive which led them to discover the more natural
ways of preserving food and how certain conditions could be treated using
herbs and aromatics.
by: Kerris Samson
First of all we will look at Eastern Roots. The use of aromatics are shown
in a Chinese Herbal Book by Shen Nung dated 2,700 BC and which provides
specific details on over 300 plants and how they can be used. Also the
ancient Chinese would burn incense and wood as part of their religious
beliefs and practices and even in todayís modern society many Chinese still
observe these practices today. You will also discover that the Chinese used
aromatics in relation to the acupressure, massage and other therapies that
Whilst now in modern society many people place a very high premium on their
health and well being but due to the high cost of traditional and
conventional medicines available (surgery and Medicare) more and more people
are turning to aromatherapy and essential oil therapy as well as other forms
of alternative medicine.
The basics of using essential oils in an aromatherapy bath are as follows:-
1. It facilitates equilibrium of both the physical, mental and spiritual
health of a person through natural means.
2. In some cases it has been found that alternative treatments are
considered as strong and effective as complementary treatments to regular
3. The main component of aromatherapy is the essential oils and are highly
concentrated essences which are known for their healing effects.
Essentials oils are aroma producing oils which come from flowers such as the
rose, from leaves such as basil, twig, bark, fruit rind and many other parts
of plants. Although experts say that extracting the oils can be quite time
consuming and complex and requires a large amount of patience on behalf of
the person carrying out the work the benefits at the end are great.
Certainly you need to recognize and accept that if you want to get about 5
tsp of oil from rose petals it will take about 220lbs of petals to do it and
this is why pure essential oils are so expensive. Although the effectiveness
of the oils is not comprised as it only takes a few drops to generate the
effect required. However there is a cheaper alternative namely synthetic
oil, however they do not offer the person the same healing properties as
their natural counterparts.
Essential oils work by stimulating a personís olfactory system and later on
the brain or limbic system. The fragrance along with other properties and
effects relating to the oils will determine how a personís body system and
its parts are stimulated. Whilst having a massage using these oils they are
not only absorbed by the body but are inhaled at the same time and
eventually when being absorbed through the skin they will reach the organs
and body system of the person being treated. The time it takes for the oils
to absorb through the skin can be from as little as 20 minutes and take as
long as 2 hours or more and there it is wise to avoid taking a shower or
bath straight after any massage so that the maximum effect is received from
the massage therapy.
The time that the effect lasts on a person can vary from 3-24 hours to 2-3
days or even as long as week. Oils that have a short live time span in
regard to their scent are Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Thyme and Bergamot whilst
Hyssop, Lavender, Balm and various other oils can last between 2 to 3 days.
The oils that take as long as a week to completely evaporate are Jasmine,
Sandalwood, Ginger and Cedar Wood.
Many people when using aromatherapy are looking to achieve a sense of calm
in their lives and these people will look to using a combination of three
types of oils to help with this and they will base them on how long they
last. They can be used by mixing them into a warm bath and will help the
person to become relaxed and calm, they will help to eliminate the stress
and depression that they are feeling as well as both energizing and soothing
the body of any aches that they are feeling. Certainly by using essential
oils during a massage will help increase the healing and calming effect that
the person is feeling. However any massage carried out using essential oils
must also include a carrier oil to help prevent irritation and skin
reactions on the person being treated. Such carrier oils that are used to
help dilute the essential oils are avocado oil, olive oil, sunflower oil,
wheat germ oil, almond oil, soya oil and hazelnut oil.
More Essential Oils at: Directory
of Essential Oils
of Aromatherapy In Treating Diseases/Conditions
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About The Author:
Kerris Samson a work from home mum who has carried out extensive
research in all forms of alternative medicines, treatments and therapies
over the last year. She has now set up a site dealing with all aspects
of baths and if you would like to learn more please visit
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