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  1. Aromatherapy Awareness Week: Ways to Use Essential Oils

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    Aromatherapy Awareness Week 2018

    As part of Aromatherapy Awareness week 2018 I am writing a few blog posts to give you some key information about essential oils and aromatherapy.

    Today I will share some ideas for a) how you can use essential oils and b) discuss the many holistic and beauty purposes they have.

    How can I use Essential Oils?

    • Diffuse them in an oil burner with a tee light or electric diffuser
    • Add them to unscented base products e.g. massage oils, creams, lotions, bath salts etc.
    • Apply a few drops to a tissue and inhale
    • Mix 3 drops in a tablespoon of unscented bath oil to enable the essential oil to disperse into the water. Then add to a bowl of warm water to soak your feet. 
    • For colds, headaches etc you could do the same and inhale with a towel over your head (this method is not suitable for people with respiratory conditions such as asthma or COPD).
    • You can add them to your mop bucket when cleaning.

    Once you get used to choosing and safely using essential oils, you could make other slightly more complex products such as

    • Room, Linen or Pillow Sprays
    • Diffuser Fragrances
    • Your own Perfumes and Body Mists
    • Wax Melts, Candles
    • Melt and Pour Soaps
    • Bath Bombs
    • Body Butters

    What can I use Essential oils for?

    You can use them simply for their pleasing aroma but as essential oils are so versatile you can also use them for a very wide range of health issues.  The most common physcial, psychological and emotional conditions that essential oils can help with include: stress, anxiety, low mood, PMT and menopausal emotional imbalances, coughs, colds, flu, to prevent such infections, headaches, insomnia, low energy levels and fatigue, nervous exhaustion, digestive upsets, musclar aches and pains, rheumatism, arthritis and more

    Essential oils can also be used in your skin and hair care routines. There are essential oils for all skin types: sensitive, mature, dry, oily or congested, acne, scars, dry and itchy scalp, oily scalp etc.

    In order for the essential oils to enter into your system, they will need to be either applied to your skin, scalp or inhaled.  If you use them in a wash off product e.g shower gel, they will not be on your skin long enough to be absorbed although you may inhale a little if used in a hot shower room.

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    As I mentioned in my first post, I work as an independent consultant for Neal's Yard organic and use their essential oils and base products for both professional and personal use.

    Neal's Yard have a comprehensive range of Aromatherapy products:

    Electric Diffusers to diffuse essential oils into your home or work place.  There is also the Osaka diffuser whichyou can use in the car

    Organic Essential Oils - invididual oils and blends such as Night Time (for sleep issues), Vitality (for low energy levels and mental fatigue), De-Stress, Calming, Optimism (for low mood) and Focus (useful for brain fog or lack of concentration).

    Your essential oil will come with an information leaflet which contains the correct dilutions.  If you are local to me (Stockport SK1) I also run a Level 1 Workshop in using Essential oils safely.  Neal's Yard also sell a book called Essential Oils which is a useful reference guide.

    Neal's Yard Organic also sell a fantastic range of unscented products called the Create range.  You can add your own essential oils to these products to make a unique, customsied organic products for your needs.  

    NYR Create Range Combo

    Create Organic Face and Body Lotion

    Create Organic Ointment - which is a cream texture 

    Create Organic Bath Oil

    Create Organic Hair and Body Wash - please bear in mind that if you use essential oils in a product that you apply and wash off soon after, the essential oils will not have chance to absorb into your bloodstream.

    In terms of unscented oils to use for facial or body oils, there is Almond, Grapeseed, Argan or Rosehip.  You can also use the Omega 3.6.9 and Beauty Oils which are actually an internal supplement but perfectly safe to use on the skin.

    If you live local to me I can also order the Create Unscented Massage oil  for you as this isn't available on my personalised website.  

    Ok, that is all for now, until next time

    Zoe

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  2. Aromatherapy Awareness Week: Introduction

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    Aromatherapy Awareness Week 2018

    Aromatherapy Awareness Week is an annual national campaign hosted by the International Federation of Aromatherapist (IFA)

    "to raise awareness of the clinical benefits of Aromatherapy. It seeks to educate the public about the difference Aromatherapy can make to your life."

    For those of you are new to Aromatherapy,  this is a natural therapy which uses small amounts of oily liquids extracted from herbs, flowers, plants and trees that are called essential oils.  They are natural concentrations of these fauna and flora and have very complex, chemical structures.. 

    Essential  oils are highly fragrant and very powerful and so are only used in tiny amounts in: bath and skin care products, electric diffusers or candle oil burners.

    Depending on the method used to intake the oils; they are either absorbed into our system via the Skin (massage) or our Lungs and Nasal passages (inhalation).  Note, if you use essential oils in a wash off product e.g shower gel, facial wash, soap they are not on the skin long enough to absorb fully.  You will have minimal absorption through inhalation only but not through the skin.

    NYR Essential Oil Absorption

    Each essential oil has its own unique fragrance and therapeutic properties, useful in the treatment of a wide range of physical, psychological and emotional conditions. For example, lavender essential oil can be used to treat many skin conditions, headaches, aches and pains, fatigue, flu, stress, anxiety, depression, insomnia etc 

    Essential oils are highly versatile, working both on the physical body and on our psychological and emotional natures.  I believe this makes aromatherapy one of the best treatments for holistic health in it has positive effects on all aspects of our being.

    Although essential oils are natural ingredients, they must be used safely:

    • They must never be applied neat to the skin (even Lavender and Tea Tree, which are commonly cited as being safe to apply neat.  They also should not be taken internally in the UK and elsewhere in the world, should be under the guidance of a suitably qualfied aromatherapist.
    • Essential oils need to be diluted in the correct percentage, which varies depending on the age of the person and also if they are pregnant, elderly or have a medical condition.
    • In addition to this, essential oils must be diluted and dispersed into in an appropriate base product e.g unscented cream, massage oil before being applied to the skin.
    • Care must be taken with regards to choosing and using essential oils with people with certain health conditions such as pregnancy, breastfeeding, epilepsy and so on.
    • Before you start to use essential oils, I would advise that you read a few aromatherapy books by industry leaders such as Robert Tisserand, Shirley Price etc or attend a workshop.  You would need information that covers health and safety and the properties of the most popular essential oils.   If you are local to me in Stockport, I run a Level 1 Aromatherapy Health and Safety workshop. 

    In terms of buying essential oils and unscented base products, there are many, many suppliers you can buy from.  I would exercise caution when buying cheap essential oils as they may not be pure and adulterated with other chemicals.  Personally and professionally I used Neal's Yard as their essential oils are high quality, organic and I also trust the company.  I also work as an independent consultant for them, but even if I didn't I would still trust and advocate them!

    Well that is just a brief introduction to aromatherapy for you, stay tuned during the rest of the week for more information

    Until next time

    Zoe

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