Saturday, December 18, 2010

Various kinds of aromatherapy oils and its benefits to your emotional health



These few primary skin care oils include the following: Helichrysum italicum – the oil of this flower is one of the most highly regarded in aromatherapy for it's great versatility. Lavender oil – 'true' or 'French' Lavender is the most used oil in aromatherapy today because of it's great multitude of effects. Palmarosa essential oil is included in many blends for it's gentle cleansing and antiseptic properties. And last but not least, Carrot Seed oil is the premier oil for regenerating tired, lifeless skin – often a result from too much stress or high levels of pollutant exposure.

With research, you can find essential oils that will address particular skin conditions that are not covered here. The essential oils are almost never applied to the skin undiluted (Lavender is a rare exception). Diluting the essential oil in carrier not only stretches your dollar, but the oils actually are more effective this way! Research has shown that most essential oils have the most dramatic therapeutic effects at concentrations of less than 5% of the total blend.

And the carriers have their own positive effects; besides helping your skin absorb the essential oils, they provide nutrients such as essential fatty acids, and vitamin compounds which enhance the skin's health.

Some of the more commonly used carrier oils in skin care are as follows: First is Hazelnut oil – pressed from, obviously, Hazelnuts. This is considered the most gentle of the carrier oils, suitable for all skin types.

Next is Rosehip seed oil, pressed from Rosehip seeds grown in the mountains of South America. Looking for that perfect skin product? Essential oils are widely used in natural medicine, and some are well-known for their skin rejuvenating effects.

Lavender oil - 'true' or 'French' Lavender is the most used oil in aromatherapy today because of it's great multitude of effects. Palmarosa essential oil is included in many blends for it's gentle cleansing and antiseptic properties. And last but not least, Carrot Seed oil is the premier oil for regenerating tired, lifeless skin - often a result from too much stress or high levels of pollutant exposure.

With research, you can find essential oils that will address particular skin conditions that are not covered here. The essential oils are almost never applied to the skin undiluted (Lavender is a rare exception). Diluting the essential oil in carrier not only stretches your dollar, but the oils actually are more effective this way! Research has shown that most essential oils have the most dramatic therapeutic effects at concentrations of less than 5% of the total blend. And the carriers have their own positive effects; besides helping your skin absorb the essential oils, they provide nutrients such as essential fatty acids, and vitamin compounds which enhance the skin's health.

Some of the more commonly used carrier oils in skin care are as follows: First is Hazelnut oil - pressed from, obviously, Hazelnuts. This is considered the most gentle of the carrier oils, suitable for all skin types. Next is Rosehip seed oil, pressed from Rosehip seeds grown in the mountains of South America. For clearing excessively oily and acne-prone skin, to one oz. of Hazelnut oil, add fifteen drops each of Myrtle essential oil (use the green, rather than red, variety), Eucalyptus Dives, Spike Lavender, and Rosemary verbenone. For aging skin needing firming that can be used around the eyes - try this more gentle variety: Mix in five ounces of Hazelnut oil and one ounce of Rosehip seed oil, add fifteen drops of each of Myrtle essential oil (green), Cistus or Rock Rose and Rosemary.

What's making this oil so popular? Here's a look at the marvel of healing found in the chemistry of this important essential oil.

Essential oils are naturally made up of many chemicals -- one oil can have more than a hundred identifiable molecules. Helichrysum has the properties of being anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic and regenerative all in the same oil. The anti-inflammatory effects can be attributed to the "curcumenes" present in the oil. The di-ketone level is especially high in oils from plants grown and distilled around the Mediterranean, where levels of these di-ketones can exceed 11% of the total makeup of the essential oil.

I have gathered some of popular essential oils used in aromatherapy and emotional well-being.

Depression Reducing

Bergamot, Clary Sage, Frankincense, Geranium, Grapefruit, Helichrysum, Jasmine, Lavender, Lemon, Mandarin, Neroli, Orange, Roman Chamomile, Rose, Sandalwood, Tangerine, Ylang Ylang

Grief Easing

Cypress, Frankincense, Helichrysum, Neroli, Rose, Sandalwood, Vetiver

Insecurity Reducing

Bergamot, Cedarwood, Frankincense, Jasmine, Sandalwood, Vetiver

Irritability Reducing

Lavender, Mandarin, Neroli, Roman Chamomile, Sandalwood

Loneliness Easing

Bergamot, Clary Sage, Frankincense, Helichrysum, Roman Chamomile, Rose

Stress Reducing

Benzoin, Bergamot, Clary Sage, Frankincense, Geranium, Grapefruit, Jasmine, Lavender, Mandarin, Neroli, Patchouli, Roman Chamomile, Rose, Sandalwood, Vetiver, Ylang Ylang













1 comments:

Clarice said...

French Lavender is used the most for aromatherapy because it's the most soothing. Usually, alternatives only have about half the power of what Lavender usually does (Promotes sleep, removes stress, etc).

Clarice Fullington

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