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Essential oils and aromatherapy

December 29th, 2014 | By Deborah Giorno in Parco San Marco | No Comments »

Essential oils are the result of the distillation or expression of leaves, flowers, fruit, bark, roots or other parts of a plant. Despite their name, they do not contain any oil but the true essence of the plant they are extracted from. Their scents are wonderful and all have different and powerful healing properties, both at a physical and emotional level.

Essential oils can be used in different ways, diluted in a base oil such as grape seed or almond and used as a massage or body oil, or in a diffuser/vaporizer  so that their aroma can fill a room or an area with its natural fragrance and according to the chosen essence it can influence a mood, added to the shampoo to make hair shiny and healthy looking and they can also be used in cooking. When choosing an essential oil it is important to make sure it is organic, there a lot of essential oils on sale, but some of them are actually synthetic, so organic is a must.

Here is a small list of essential oils with some of their countless properties and uses.Lavender

Lavender essential oil is most commonly known for its relaxing effects,  its fragrance is calming and balancing  both physically and emotionally and it is said to be the most versatile of all essential oil. It can be used to cleanse cuts, and if applied immediately after a burn (just a few drops) it is absolutely magical, no blister will appear and thanks to its anesthetic effect, in a few seconds the unpleasant pain will also disappear, for this reason it is also great after insect bites to avoid itching.

Lemon  essential oil is very nourishing for the skin and it can smooth and rejuvenate cracked or dry skin by adding it in a base oil. It is perfect for oily hair, just add four to six drops to your shampoo and you will not need to wash your hair too frequently.  Used in a diffuser it will leave a fresh and merry atmosphere in your house.

ChamomileOne of the many properties of Chamomile  essential oil is its anti-inflammatory action, mixed with a base oil can be used for arthritis, rheumatism and muscle tension. It soothes  sensitive or inflamed skin. At an emotional level it calms the nervous system, because of this it is good for anxiety, irritability and insomnia, a couple of drops can be put on a corner of  the pillow just before going to sleep.

Eucalyptus essential oil is traditionally used as a respiratory system support and also to soothe muscles after a sport activity. For bronchitis, put 2 to 4 drops into a teaspoon of base oil and massage over the chest, throath and the upper back.  For sinusitis, apply it as a hot compress by adding a few drops to the water and place it around the sinuses area. You can also massage 1-2 drops directly on the sinusis reflex points of the feet (toes and pads of the feet).