By Steven Horne, RH (AHG) & Kimberly Balas, ND
Aromatherapy is a term coined by the French cosmetic
chemist Rene-Maurice Gattefosse in 1937. After an explosion in his laboratory, Gattefosse inserted his painfully
burned arm into a nearby vat of lavender oil. He was amazed
at the miraculous way the lavender oil instantly relieved the
pain and began an immediate process of healing. The arm
subsequently healed quickly and without scarring.
Today, aromatherapy is the use of essential oils for mental,
emotional and physical healing. Essential oils are volatile
compounds found in plants. They are responsible for the
aroma or smell of the plant. These non-fatty oils are distilled
or expressed from herbs, flowers and trees.
Although individual essential oils have their own qualities, in general essential oils are antibacterial, antiviral and
antifungal. They tend to stimulate circulation, boost immune responses, increase blood oxygen levels and stimulate
cellular growth and repair. They also have strong effects on
the nerves and endocrine glands because the sense of smell
directly affects the hypothalamus, which regulates the pituitary and acts as the switching station for the brain. This
means that essential oils can also help enhance a person's
mood, soothe stress, calm negative emotions, and enhance
Here are a few of the major ways essential oils can be used:
A simple and easy way to introduce oils to
your senses is to take the lid off the bottle and breath deeply.
It is very effective and you can use it anytime and anywhere
A safe and effective way to use EOS is to diffuse them inro the air. NSP sells both a Plug-in Diffuser and
a Nebulizing Diffuser, which can be used to disperse essential oils into the air. This can help to freshen the air, enhance
mood and/or kill airborne microbes to promote healing and
prevent the spread of infection.
One can also get the benefit of EOs by using them as perfumes. Add 10-15 drops of an EO to a 1/4
ounce of a massage oil
and place in one of NSP's clear
to apply topically.
Create a natural air freshener by adding 40-50
drops of your favorite oil or oil blend to a 2 ounce bottle of
water with a spray mister
. This is great for home, work or Car. Shake well before each use. Store in a glass container.
The term neat is used for oils that can be
applied topically in an undiluted form. Oils that are too irritating to be used neat should be diluted as described in the
next paragraph. People with sensitive skin may want to
dilute even neat oils at least 1:1 (equal parts).
Essential Oils should never be used on or around the eyes. If eye contact occurs, the most effective method of flushing is to use a
fatty substance that will absorb the oil. Using water will just spread the oil onto the mucous membrane lining of the
eye and cause additional irritation. Some examples of
substances to use include butter, cold milk or vegetable oil.
After applying the fatty substance, wash thoroughly with
water for five minutes. This also works for spills on the skin.
EOS can be diluted with a fixed vegetable
(like almond or olive oil) or a natural soap or lotion. NSP sells
a Massage Oil
blend that can be used as a base for EO blends for topical EOS. It can also be added to Sunshine
. Generally, you want the finished product to 2-3% esscntial oils. For easy reference, use about
7-8 drops of essential Oil(s) per tablespoon of Oil, soap or lotion, or about 15 drops per ounce.
Create your own massage oil by adding 12-18
drops of an essential oil per one ounce of pure massage Oil.
For children, reduce by half. Use for a full or spot massage at pressure points for a quick effect.
Add 6 drops of an essential oil to a bowl of hot or cold water. Submerse a cloth in the water, wring it out and place it on the area needing healing. Hot compresses
are useful for muscular pain and cramp relief, and cold compresses are useful for swelling or headache.
Baths and Soaks
To disperse EOs into a bath first add 8-15 drops of the oil(s) to a Tablespoon of Sunshine Concentrate
. Hold this mixture under the faucet while drawing the
bath. This will disperse the EOs into the bath water. For
a foot or hand soak use about 4 drops in a teaspoon of
Sunshine Concentrate and add it to a container of water.
EOs that are GRAS (generally recognized
as safe) can be used internally. but they should be well diluted
to avoid irritation. EOs that are not GRAS should never be
used internally as they can have harmful effects when ingested. When using EOs internally, you should always dilute them. Add 1-2 drops of EO to one or two teaspoons
of honey or to four to eight ounces of a beverage that will
emulsify (dissolve) the oil, such as almond or coconut milk.
EOs can also be mixed with water, but they will rapidly
evaparate and float on top of the water. You can also dilute
EOs in olive oil (see dilution above) and take 1-3 drops of
the mixture. With the exception of peppermint and possibly
lemon oill, do not take oils internally more than twice daily
and for no longer than two weeks unless directed otherwise
by a skilled practitioner.
Essential oils are highly concentrated substances. Overuse
and excess dosages can lead to skin irritation, headaches,
nausea and a feeling of unease. Always use a more diluted
amount with children. As with any concentrated substance,
keep essential oils out of the reach of children and do not
leave a bottle of oil, which has no orifice reducer, where a
child could take off the cap and consume its contents.
Below is a list of suggested products.
For details and ordering simply copy a product's name in the search box above.
Aromatherapy helps deal with Mental and
Emotional Stress and Physical Trauma, two of the root
Causes of disease.
Bergamot, Breathe Free, Cellu-Tone, Cinnamon, Clary Sage, Clove Bud, Deep Relief Oil, Eucalyptus, Frankincense, Geranium, Guardian, Helichrysum,
Jasmine Absolute, Lavender, Lemon. Myrrh. Neroli,
Patchouli, Peppermint, Pine Needle, Pink Grapefruit,
Red Mandarin, Roman Chamomile, Rose Bulgaria,
Rosemary, Sandalwood, Sweet Marjoram, Tea Tree Oil,
Tei Fu, Thyme, Wild Oregano and Ylang Ylang.