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Wonderful World of Aromatherapy

Wonderful world of aromtherapy

How to use essential oils

1. Topical Application

Because essential oils are easily absorbed by the skin they can be safely applied topically on the skin, to the areas of concern, used in aromatherapy massage and reflexology.

The oils can be added to bathwater, personal care products such as shampoos, conditioners, natural body lotions and creams etc.

Always follow the guidelines for dosages and make sure you dilute essential oils with a carrier oil (almond, grape seed, fractionated coconut oil, jojoba etc.) according to an essential oils dilution chart.

You can download a dilution chart here: http://tisserandinstitute.org/essential-oil-dilution-chart/

2. Aromatic Inhalation

If you have ever enjoyed the scent of a rose then you’ve experienced the aromatic qualities of essential oils!

Essential oils can be diffused in the air in popular aroma diffusers, inhaled from a bottle, cupped hands or a tissue and put in a bowl of hot water and inhaled.

A few drops of essential oil in an aroma diffuser also purifies the air, eliminates unwanted odours and some airborne pathogens.

When inhaled some oils can be stimulating and uplifting (such as peppermint, eucalyptus, rosemary and citrus oils), while others can be calming and soothing (such as lavender, roman chamomile, frankincense, rose) affecting our emotions and moods.

Why diffuse essential oils?

Internal application of essential oils

Internal usage of essential oils is the most controversial topic amongst aromatherapy experts.

Even in France where aromatherapy is practiced more aggressively and essential oils are prescribed for internal use by qualified Aromatherapists, apparently more and more therapists are moving away from this method of use.

Today essential oils are widely used in the food industry, meaning we ingest them every time we consume flavoured foods and drinks. These are ‘food grade essential oils’ that don’t have the benefits of the pure medicinal therapeutic grade essential oils used for healing but rather provide the desired aroma and flavour.

Only the highest quality, pure, therapeutic grade essential oils that are free from synthetic fillers and contaminants, fertilisers and pesticides, solvents (hexane) and are purchased from a trusted company/source, should be utilised this way and even then with a caution and under the guidance of a qualified professional.

Essential Oil quality

In reality the essential oil industry is hugely unregulated resulting in the market being saturated with synthetic fragranced oils, poor quality, diluted and adulterated oils labelled and marketed as pure essential oils.

Fragranced oils are highly toxic and harmful to our health and should not be used in any form.

However most aromatherapy candles, diffuser sticks, incense, air refreshers, to name the most popular, are nothing but synthetic fragrances that can cause headaches and nausea, respiratory issues, allergies, act as hormone disruptors and are even carcinogenic.

So bear in mind, not all oils are created equally!

The purity and potency of the oil is essential in providing desired results therefore it is advisable to buy your oils from a company/source you can trust.

If the oil is going to be of a high quality and potency it very much depends on the conditions the plants were grown in, such as the soil conditions and the plants natural habitat, when and how the plants were harvested and how the plant material was processed.

A little less than two years ago I was doing more research about essential oils and came across  a company committed to deliver the highest quality oils they possibly can through ethical sourcing and multiple testing to ensure their purity and potency. That resonated with me on many levels and I’ve been using these oils with much success since.

I’m not saying there aren’t other good essential oils on the market but rather encouraging everyone to do their own research before purchasing.

About the author

Natasha Nesic-Raketic

Natasha Nesic-Raketic

Natasha is passionate and committed to helping others expand their capacity to achieve a healthy and vibrant life. She promotes natural solutions for health and wellbeing through her talks, classes and workshops and offers personal consultations and treatments to her clients.

Having worked as an aerobic instructor and fitness trainer for 9 years in leading Fitness centres in her home country Croatia, Natasha became aware how balanced diet, appropriate physical activity and effective stress management can greatly improve health and wellbeing and increase the quality of a person’s life. It further led her to embarking on a spiritual journey with Reiki and Crystal healing.

As an holistic practitioner Natasha has an understanding of physical, emotional, mental and spiritual body connection and combines Nutrition, Aromatherapy, Reiki and Crystals in her Wellbeing Therapie practice. She creates personalised programs and offers treatments that in her opinion meet a person’s specific needs best.

Natasha gained her Reiki level II certificate in 1996.

From 2007-2010 she trained with the world’s renowned teacher Jhadten Jewall of Sacred Spaces in the Art of Crystal healing.

As a busy mum of two beautiful boys she studied online at Health Science Academy, UK and in 2015 gained UK level 5 professional diploma in Nutritional therapy.

In 2016 she gained qualification in Aromatherapy from Centre of Excellence.

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