Aren’t essential oils, and other kinds of plant resin used in aromatherapy, wonderful? It’s amazing how just the smell of something can calm a headache or change a mood. But, how do they get that powerful natural smell in such a tiny bit of liquid? And, how can you use them to your benefit?
What is Aromatherapy?
If you’re new to essential oils and plant resin used in aromatherapy, you might wonder what all the hype is about. Can smell really have that much of an impact on how I feel? In short, the answer is unequivocally, yes! Aromatherapy has been used for thousands of years as a major part of holistic healing. It is used as a form of healing for the mind and the body. Essential oils can be breathed in through the nose and mouth, applied to the skin to treat affected areas such as burns, and even ingested if they are certified as food grade. The plant resin used in aromatherapy can have many health benefits, including:
- Improved sleep quality
- Treatment for headaches, including migraines
- Stress and anxiety relief
- Pain relief, including labor pain and surgery
- Improved digestion
- Stronger immune system
Ways to Use Aromatherapy
The uses for plant resin in aromatherapy have become increasingly more convenient in recent years. You can easily find almost any scent you are looking for already pre-made and packaged in convenient little glass bottles. Just make sure you check the manufacturer to ensure you are getting the highest quality oils.
Aromatherapy is used in many lotions, shampoos, perfumes, and bath products, but one of the most popular ways to use them is with a diffuser. A diffuser is used by dispersing essential oils into the air so they can easily be inhaled and absorbed by the body. There are many different types of diffusers out there, so finding one that works with your lifestyle should be easy.
So, how do they extract the plant resin used in aromatherapy? Most essential oils, such as the pure essential oils from Aura Cacia, are put through a distillation process. Most commonly, the plant is put into a still and steam is forced through, extracting the essence to be used whichever way it’s desired. Scents can be used on their own, or mixed with others to enhance certain capabilities or to create new scents. The most common essential oils that are often used as bases for mixtures are:
- Peppermint Essential Oil – Alertness, Energy, Headaches, Flavoring for Food
- Lemon – Cleaning, Detoxing, Immunity, Flavoring for Food
- Tea Tree – Cleaning, Pain Relief, Anti-Fungal
- Lavender – Relaxation, Mood, Sleep, Skin Care
- Chamomile – Sleep, Relaxation
Once you get started using essential oils, most people find them somewhat addicting. Trying new mixtures and exploring their uses can be a lot of fun. Keep in mind though, that it is very important to follow the included directions on how to use them. Because essential oils are highly concentrated, it is often very important to dilute them properly or use a carrier oil.
How have you benefited from the plant resin used in aromatherapy? Tell us in the comments below!