Aromatherapy and Essential Oils Ultimate Guide (Boxed Set)
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Aromathery and Essential oils have a variety of positive uses. Peppermint can help with stomach issues and PMS. Clove oil is used to cure headaches. Inhaling citrus oils has been said to cure cabin fever. Other oils like mint and citrus help people relax during summer. Essential oils are organic and all-natural, so they can be used as replacements for certain harmful medicines and perfumes. Integrating essential oils into a person's routine can lead to becoming more relaxed, happy and fun to be around.

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Table of Contents
Is Aromatherapy Beneficial- How Aromatherapy Can Help Heal The Body
The Layman’s Guide to Aromatherapy
What Are Essential Oils and Aromatherapy?
Is Aromatherapy Beneficial- How Aromatherapy Can Help Heal The Body

An Inside Look At Aromatherapy

By: Alexander Brown


Chapter 1- An Introduction to Aromatherapy
As it pertains to alternative medicine, aromatherapy is one of those terms that many people have heard, but that few understand completely. Simply put, aromatherapy is the name given to using volatile plant oils, including essential oils, to boost a person’s physical, psychological and spiritual well being.
The term essential oil is come upon often in the discussion of aromatherapy, so it is important to understand just what an essential oil really is. Essential oils are the pure essence of the plant, and these oils have been determined to have benefits on both the psychological and the physical well being of patients who have tried them.It is also important to state that perfume oils, or fragrance oils, are not the same thing as essential oils.  Perfume oils and fragrance oils often contain synthetic chemicals, and they do not provide the same benefits as pure essential oils. Unfortunately, many manufacturers and retailers use the word aromatherapy when marketing products that contain chemicals and perfume oils, so it is important to read the list of ingredients when shopping for aromatherapy products.
Inhaling essential oils in the lungs is believed to provide both physical and psychological benefits. The aroma of the natural essential oils stimulates the brain, and the naturally occurring chemicals of the essential oil can provide a physical benefit as they are inhaled into the lungs.  It is important, however, to use essential oils properly and safely, as improper use can have very serious consequences.
In addition to inhalation, essential oils can also be directly applied to the skin to provide physical benefits. As these essential oils are absorbed into the bloodstream, their components are thought to provide help for a variety of beauty, hygiene and health issues. Since essential oils are so concentrated and pure, they should never be applied to the skin undiluted.  In order to apply essential oils to the skin, they should be mixed with carrier oils, which are essentially pure forms of vegetable oil used to dilute essential oils. Some oils commonly used as carrier oils include grapeseed oil, apricot kernel oil and sweet almond oil.
Essential oils can have other types of benefits in addition to those listed above. For example, some essential oils provide natural protections against insects and other pests. One example of an essential oil with this characteristic is citronella. Citronella oil is used in a variety of natural pest control products, and citronella candles are often burned at backyard get-togethers to keep mosquitoes and other flying pests at bay.
In addition to using essential oils on their own, different types of essential oils can be blended together to provide a particularly pleasant aroma and trigger a positive reaction in the body and the mind. There are a number of recipes available for such essential oil blends, and a number of readymade blends are available from health food stores and on the Internet.
When shopping for aromatherapy products, it is important to remember that not all products with the aromatherapy label are pure and beneficial.  It is important to read the list of ingredients carefully to ensure that no synthetic chemicals or fillers have been used, and that what you are buying are pure, unadulterated essential oils. It is also important to read the instructions for use carefully, and to use all aromatherapy products safely and in accordance with the directions of the manufacturer.

Chapter 2- A Guide to Essential Oils
Essential oils are generally extracted by distillation. The oil is derived from a single part of a plant, or in the case of some oils, from several parts of a plant. Because of their concentrated nature, essential oils should always be handled with care. As a general rule, they should not be applied directly to the skin, although there are a small number of oils that can be.
Before use, however, it’s always prudent to check your individual sensitivity to any oil by placing a smear on the underside of your forearm and if any reaction develops, wash it off immediately. There are many uses for oils, and they are most often blended with a “carrier” oil (also known as a “base” oil), such as olive or grapeseed when used on the skin. Anyone suffering from serious skin allergies or in the first months of pregnancy should also avoid using essential oils.


Bergamot (Citrus bergamia)
Bergamot has a delicate, clean, and slightly floral scent, and is reported to help relieve anxiety, stress, and loss of appetite. It is believed to have uplifting properties, and is used to create a relaxed feeling, dispelling anxiety and depression. Bergamot has antiseptic properties, and is recommended for the treatment of psoriasis, acne, and cold sores.
Cardamom (Elletaria cardamomum)
Cardamom’s fragrance is sweet and spicy. Its reported properties are stimulating and uplifting. Cardamom is believed to have aphrodisiac properties, and to help with digestion and combat nausea. Cardamom is recommended for sensitive skins, and in the treatment of eczema and psoriasis.
Clary sage (Salvia sclarea)
Clary sage has a musky, sweet, nutty scent with floral notes. It is reported to be a good relaxant, and to help with easing depression, and nervous exhaustion. It is also reported to be very beneficial to women in easing menstrual cramps, and helping with pre-menstrual syndrome. It is recommended for skin and hair treatments, as it is reported to have cell regenerating properties, as well as being a natural antiseptic and deodorizer.
Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus)
The scent of Eucalyptus is sharp and clear. It is believed to help strengthen the nervous system, and have cleansing qualities. It has strong antiseptic and antifungal properties, and is recommended for relief from catarrh, respiratory ailments, acne and facial blemishes.
Frankincense (Boswellia carterii)
Frankincense has a spicy, woody fragrance. It is reported to have a soothing and comforting effect on the mind, easing anxiety and nervous tension. With antiseptic and revitalizing qualities, it is good for oily or aging skin, scars, and stretch marks. It also has anti-inflammatory properties.
Geranium (Pelargonium roseum)
Geranium has a sweet, heady fragrance. It is reported to have anti-depressant qualities, and to balance the mind and spirit. It is also reported to help boost the immune system, and heal wounds, chilblains, and skin disorders. It is recommended for relief from eczema and dermatitis.
Ginger (Zingiber officinale)
Ginger’s scent is spicy, sharp and citrus. Ginger is reported to have analgesic qualities, so aids headaches, and aching muscles. It is also reported to help combat nausea, and to have aphrodisiac properties. It has antiseptic qualities and can help with poor circulation.
Jasmine (Jasminum grandiflorum)
Jasmine has an exotic, sweet fragrance. It is reported to have relaxing properties, and to combat depression, and help boost self-confidence. It is believed Jasmine can ease childbirth pain, and help tone and improve the skin, and reduce the appearance of stretch marks and scars. Jasmine is good for dry, oily and irritated skin, and can help treat dermatitis.
Lavender (Lavandula officinalis)
With its flowery, woody, slightly spicy fragrance, lavender is one of the most versatile of all essential oils. If you buy just one oil then make it this one. Its reported properties are calming, balancing, and relaxing, and as such lavender is reported to help with insomnia. Lavender has antiseptic and antibiotic qualities, and is recommended for greasy and sensitive skin. It gives soothing relief from burns, including sunburn, and from insect bites. Lavender can also act as an effective insect repellent.
Lemon (Citrus limonum)
Lemon has a clear, sharp, and tangy fragrance. It is reported to improve concentration and aid clarity of mind. It has anti-fungal and astringent qualities, and is good for greasy skin. It can also help with weak nails, chilblains, athlete’s foot, and varicose veins. This oil is a photosensitizer, and should not be used before exposure to the sun, as it will make the skin more sensitive.
Marjoram (Origanum marjorana)
Marjoram’s scent is warm, peppery, and slightly sweet. It is reported to have calming properties, and to help when suffering from grief or loneliness. Marjoram is good for greasy skins due to its antiseptic qualities, and is reported to help with muscle aches and sprains, arthritis, and rheumatism.
Patchouli (Pogostemon cablin)
Patchouli’s fragrance is probably easily recognized by anyone over the age of 40! It has a warm, earthy, smoky fragrance. It is reported to be beneficial in combating fatigue, and calming anxiety. It is also reported to have sedative, pain relieving properties, and to help with headaches. Patchouli’s antiseptic qualities are recommended for relief from acne, eczema, and chapped skin. It is also reported to be good for combating dandruff, and fungal infections.
Peppermint (Mentha piperita)
Peppermint has a sharp, menthol aroma. It is reported to act as a mental stimulant, clearing the head. It’s also reported to aid mental fatigue, and help with memory lapses. Peppermint has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory qualities, and acts as a good insect repellent. It can also help with oily skin and hair.
Pine (Pinus sylvestris)
Pine has a fresh, woody fragrance. It is reported to help combat mental, physical, or sexual fatigue. It can clear a tired and overworked mind. Pine can improve circulation, and is good for sore muscles, and stiff joints. It also acts as a flea repellent, and is recommended for psoriasis and skin irritations.
Sandalwood (Santalum album)
Sandalwood’s scent is warm and woody. It is reported to lift depression and ease stress, aid the respiratory system, and help with urinary tract infections. With its antiseptic and astringent qualities, it is good for both oily and dry skins, and is recommended for skin irritations and inflammations.
Tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia)
Tea tree’s scent is sharp, and somewhat medicinal. This is the oil found in most home medicine cabinets. It is refreshing and vitalizing, and is reported to help with shock, and nervous exhaustion. It has antiseptic and cleansing qualities, and helps combat spots, blemishes, acne, itchy skin, insect bites, and athlete’s foot. It is also reported to have a stimulating effect on the immune system.
Ylang ylang (Canananga odoratum)
Ylang ylang has a sweet, heady scent. It is reported to have a calming effect on the mind, alleviating stress, and to help with pre-menstrual tension due to its ability to help balance hormones. It has antiseptic properties, and is good for insect bites. Ylang ylang is recommended for all skin types, especially oily, and is reported to promote hair growth.

Chapter 3- Aromatherapy, How Can It Help Me
Scent is perhaps the strongest and the most important of our five senses. The right scent can bring back our fondest memories and help us relive our most special moments. For instance, walking by a bakery and smelling chocolate chip cookies can take you back to your childhood, when you helped your mother get ready for the holiday season and spent many happy days baking batch after batch of the tasty treats. The smell of the air after a summer rain can trigger memories of your first walk in the woods, or your most recent camping adventure.


The scent based science known as aromatherapy builds on the power of scent, but aromatherapy takes things a step further. The science of aromatherapy uses the volatile oils contained in plants, including essential oils and plant extracts, to promote both physical and psychological well being. Those who are well versed in the science of aromatherapy have a deep understanding of which scents can be used to treat which conditions, and they use that knowledge to create a detailed treatment plan for those in their care.
Aromatherapy can be used in other ways as well, and there are a number of ways an individual can use scents to feel better. Consumers can buy a number of aromatherapy products at their local stores and over the Internet, and they can use those products to promote overall well being, reduce stress and gain a better mind/body connection. These aromatherapy items include everything from bath oils and scented bath beads to body scrubs, shampoos and soaps.
It is important for consumers to make a distinction between true aromatherapy and cheaper but less effective fragrance oils. Fragrance oils are often marketed as aromatherapy agents, but they do not have the same impact or the same value as the true essential oils and volatile compounds found in true aromatherapy agents.
If you want to learn more about aromatherapy and what it can do, there are a number of ways to go about it. One of the most effective ways to learn about aromatherapy is to speak to a current practitioner. People who are into aromatherapy love to talk about it, and you can learn a lot simply by picking the brains of those who have been using essential oils for a number of years.
You can also do your own experiments with various scents and essential oils. This is a less scientific way to learn about aromatherapy, but it can be more fun and just as effective. Start with a few of your favorite aromas and see how they impact your mood and your outlook. At the same time, you can research the world of aromatherapy and use your knowledge to discover new scents and new ways to improve your physical and psychological well being.
The great thing is that the information is now much more accessible as more and more individuals become aware of the intrinsic benefits that they can accrue from the use of aromatherapy essential oils. This increased level of awareness id due to the fact that more individuals are seeking natural ways in which they can deal with simple aches and pains as well as certain illnesses.
Chapter 4- Using Cypress Essential Oil
A beautiful woody scent that has soothing and relaxing properties, Cypress oil is an important part of the home-medicine chest. This fluid helps a myriad of conditions, and its calming influence is a perfect antidote to the stress buildup that occurs with the general rushing around that all of us experience as we progress through our busy lives.


Pure Versus Diluted
In order to truly benefit from all Cypress oil has to offer, you must be aware of some facts. This pure essential oil is extracted from the leaves and twigs of the Cypress tree. The liquid from this extraction is bottled. It is a costly exercise. The product is then labeled ‘Pure Essential Oil’.
To keep costs down some manufacturers then dilute the pure oil with cheaper oils or mix it with synthetic oil. Once this is done however they cannot label it as pure. As a consumer you must watch out for these inferior blends. If the bottle reads ‘Cypress oil’ or ‘Cypress essential oil’ - beware. No doubt it contains some essential oil. Your first red flag will be price. This weakened product sells for much less - synthetic oil costs a few cents. You may think you are purchasing a bargain, but it is this lack of information regarding purity that companies take advantage of. Pure essential oil contains healing and health-giving properties. Synthetic oils do nothing for your body. It is of great importance that you purchase the pure oil that has not been tampered with.
As most pure oils cannot be used directly on the skin, aromatherapists dilute the oils using a base or carrier oil. A carrier oil is a plant extract, usually with its own inherent benefits.
Aromatherapists will dilute the pure oil just before they use it and their carrier oil will never be synthetic. Purchase your Cypress oil from a health shop or directly from a reputable supplier. Corporations selling high-grade oils go to great lengths to provide you with the information needed to make the correct decision.
Uses of Cypress Oil
Soothing and calming, Cypress is particularly good if you work in an environment where numerous things are going on throughout the day. A call centre for example, where the telephone never stops ringing. The hospitality industry is another. Here you are constantly problem solving for guests who are in a strange place - lots of thinking on your feet. You’re dealing with many changing situations - a pressure-pot setting where stability and a cool head are required. Carry some oil on a tissue in a sealed little bag and at lunch or dinner break unzip the bag and inhale deeply. Leave the bag open while you eat your food. The fragrance will fill the air with its warm, woody scent - calming and restoring you.
If your job demands that you stand a great deal, Cypress is the ideal oil to soak tired, swollen feet. Just fill a deep bowl with water at the temperature that is comfortable to you. Add a teaspoon full of liquid bubble bath - it makes the water prettily foamy - then place three or four drops of Cypress oil into the basin. Steep your feet for fifteen minutes. You will notice how quickly you begin perking up. Get into the habit of snatching a few moments to do this after work. It will better equip you to cope with your evening chores.
Bacterial infections produce dense mucus. If you are feeling congested, this oil is excellent as an expectorant. Cypress and water vapour create a powerful combination when dealing with respiratory trouble of this nature. Hold your head over a bowl of steaming water, use a towel to create a tent and place a single drop of Cypress into the water. Breathe as strongly as you can without causing further discomfort to your lungs. Keep at it until the water cools and the steam abates.
While running your bath, place up to five drops of Cypress into the warm water. Soak for at least ten minutes, longer if you can. Inhale the steam. When your ablutions are over, squeeze out some body lotion. Then add a drop or two of Cypress. Rub the mixture over your chest and upper body - including your back. The oil will slowly soak into your skin and you’ll breathe the fragrance as you move around. Besides loosening the mucus, being enfolded in a woodland-like perfume, when you’re feeling a bit off color, very soon lifts drained spirits.
Drench some tissues with Cypress, when you are about to depart on holiday, and seal in a bag. The last minute hectic racing around that families engage in just before going on leave usually creates tension. Squabbles erupt. Tempers sizzle. When everyone has finally piled into the car, remove a Cypress tissue and place it in the air vent. The vehicle is immediately flooded by the calming scent, putting all concerned into a more relaxed mood. Encourage the group to breathe deeply!
Care of the Oil
Store your Cypress oil in its original container in a cool dark environment; the ‘fridge is best. Keep the bottle tightly sealed - pure essential oil begins to evaporate upon exposure to oxygen.

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