What is Aromatherapy?
Most people are probably familiar with the word aromatherapy, but, what does it mean? Aromatherapy is the practice of using plant materials (in other words, essential oils) to improve overall wellbeing. The term is credited to René Gattefossé, a nineteenth century French chemist and perfumist who studied essential oils.
Aromatherapy works with your body in three main ways:
Aromatically. Any of the essential oils can be used aromatically, and there are great benefits to using them this way. Numerous studies have investigated the effect of aroma on reducing anxious feelings, alleviating stress, and improving mood.
Ways to use oils Aromatically:
- Put a few drops in a diffuser. Most diffusers at doTERRA use water and are effective at dispersing the oil into the air in a fine mist.
- Place a drop in diffuser jewelry. You can make your own jewelry using lava beads, air drying clay, or terra-cotta clay.
- Add a few drops to your palms, rub together, and cup your hands over your nose. Inhale deeply.
Topically. There are also many advantages to applying essential oils directly on your skin. Some oils can help with minor skin irritations, blemishes, and more. Essential oils can be diluted for topical use to prevent any possible irritation, and especially strong oils such as Cinnamon Bark, Oregano, or Black Pepper, which should always be diluted. Diluting essential oils reduces the concentration, but increases the absorption rate of the oil into the skin.
Ways to use oils Topically:
- Through the AromaTouch® Technique. This unique technique actually helps you both through your skin and aromatically. The therapeutic power of touch has been proven by research and studies. Using positive physical touch and the combined scent of all eight oils in the technique, the AromaTouch Technique can help the receiver relax and go from overwhelmed to refreshed.
- As part of massage. Aside from the AromaTouch Technique, the oils can also be used in traditional massage, diluted in Fractionated Coconut Oil, or by Hand & Body Lotion.
- Apply directly to pulse points, or the bottoms of your feet.
Food Additive. When used with caution, the use of essential oils as a food additive is the perfect way to receive their benefits.
Ways to use oils as a Food Additive:
- Adding it to any beverage of your choice. Water, tea, coffee, hot chocolate. You name it, essential oils can enhance it.
- Using them in your favourite recipes. Check out the recipe section on the doTERRA Blog for ideas.