How many times have you smelled a
particular aroma, or blend of aromas and instantly have a flood of memories wash over you because it triggered a long forgotten
time in your life? Who amongst us hasn't smelled chocolate chip cookies baking and not been transported back in time to a
place in our childhood when life was sweet and simple, and our only worry of the day was if that cute little curly haired
boy in our class liked us? (and in case you're wondering..... no..... I don't have chocolate chip cookie essential oil!! lol)
The power of aroma is something that
cannot be denied, but a lot of the time it is something that many of us seem to not take notice of during the course of our
busy lives. We're so wrapped up in all the worries and necessities of daily life that we quite literally forget to stop along
the way and smell the roses. If we only knew the soothing properties that actually comes from the scent of a rose, perhaps
we wouldn't walk past them in such a hurry.
Whether you are aware of it or not,
or even if you just plain ol' don't believe, I want to help you see that certain smells have the ability to promote healing
of our body, mind and spirit and also to help improve the general well being of our mental outlook on life. Not only do the
scents themselves help promote healing of our minds, but certain oils applied to our skin have the powers to heal and improve
it's appearance. Think about it....... what did our ancestors use before all of these chemical based products came onto the
market? They used plants and trees. They used the leaves, bark, pulp and the oils that came from them. Why reach for a spray
can of chemicals to soothe that sunburn when all natural lavender oil and aloe gel can do a better job? The lavender oil and
aloe will actually HEAL the sunburn, and be honest, wouldn't the wonderful aroma of the lavender make you feel better while
it's healing? In this case it serves a double purpose, because it heals the skin and relaxes our mind at the same time.
Would like to share with you some
of the many wonderful properties I have learned about the wonderful art of aromatherapy. will attempt to give you a basic
working knowledge of which oils blend well with others, and which ones clash and cause an upheaval in our senses. I will share
some of my own personal "recipes" for several blends of oils that can help in a myriad of daily uses, from anything such as
deterring and banishing pesky head lice (yuck!) to other things like soothing a burn; uplifting depression; skin care; home
environment and also a sexy blend of my own favorite "love potion". :)
Aromatherapy has long been a passion
of mine, and I am never without my trusty tried and true oils. I'm sure that at times I must sound like a broken record when
someone asks me "What should I use for _______ ?" (fill in the blank) because a lot of the time my answer is "Lavender oil".
I was pleasantly surprised that lavender has so many healing properties, not to mention that it just smells heavenly.
Of course I absolutely love patchouli oil too, and a lot of people don't like the smell of it, so as with anything, it's all
a matter of personal likes and dislikes.
However, I hope that you won't avoid a certain oil just because you don't like
the scent of it, because to do so would be to deny yourself something that can actually heal your body. If you are looking
for scents that simply are pleasing to the nose, then of course stay away from the ones you find offensive. But, be informed...
there is a big difference in essential oils and fragrance oils.
Essential oils are made from the flowers,
leaves, bark and resins of plants and trees. Fragrance oils usually contain little to no essential oils at all (and sometimes
contain lots of chemicals), and won't give you the same benefits as pure essential oils . Rest assured though that any fragrance
oils you purchase from The Celtic Connection are of the highest quality, and the same goes for our essential oils.
So, with my brief (???) introduction
written and out of the way, won't you please stay around and join me on the wonderful journey that I call "The Magick of Aromatherapy"?
You've read this up to this point, so what's a few more paragraphs? :)
Before beginning, perhaps now is the
time for a few basic definitions of some words or phrases you may come across several times.
ESSENTIAL OIL: An essential oil is
extracted from certain species of flowers, grasses, fruits, leaves, bark, resins, roots and trees. Do not be fooled by "perfume"
or "fragrance" oils, as these are usually man-made and contain little to no actual oils of whatever it is supposed to smell
AROMATHERAPY: A method by which the
use of certain essential oils are either combined or used alone to promote healing & well being by applying the oils directly
to our body or by inhalation.
SYNERGY: Combining two or more oils
to bring about a more powerful effect than using just one oil. Mixing them together creates a chemical compound that is different
from the lone oil itself. An increased potency can be attained with a synergistic blend without increasing the dosage.
CARRIER OIL or BASE OIL: An oil that
has basically no aroma and can be used to dilute the highly concentrated essential oils, so as to use them for massage. For
example: You may only need one drop of a particular essential oil for a particular treatment. Obviously, one drop won't go
very far, so it is mixed with a carrier (base) oil to cover a larger area. Base oils are vegetable, nut or seed, many of which
have therapeutic properties of their own.
The following is a list of some oils
that can be used as a carrier oil, and some of their uses, depending on which particular problem you are trying to address:
- Sweet Almond: good for all skin types. Helps relieve itching, soreness
dryness and inflammation.
- Apricot kernel: all skins types, especially prematurely
aged, sensitive, inflamed and dry
- Carrot: premature aging, itching, dryness,
psoriasis, eczema. Reduces scarring. Corn: soothing on all skins
Primrose: multiple sclerosis, menopausal problems, heart disease. Excellent for treating psoriasis and eczema. Helps prevent
- Grapeseed: all skins types
- Hazelnut: slight astringent action; good for all skin types
Jojoba: inflamed skin, psoriasis, eczema, acne, hair care, all skin types; highly penetrative
- Olive: rheumatic conditions, hair care, cosmetics; soothing
Peanut: all skin types
- Safflower: all skin types
- Sesame: psoriasis, eczema, rheumatism, arthritis; all skin types
Sunflower: all skin types
Wheat germ: eczema, psoriasis, prematurely aging skin; all skin types.
I realize that several
of the oils I have listed above are useful for a lot of the same things, but not all oils are available in all places, so
I wanted to make sure you had a lot to choose from. However, most of these shouldn't be too hard to find, with some of them
being available in most grocery stores.
When shopping for essential oils,
look for shops that cater to natural and health concerns like a health food store or a shop that deals strictly in essential
oils. Stay away from stores that are only concerned with perfuming the air and body. Essential oils are PURE plant oils; perfume
oils are primarily man-made and contain little to no natural oils at all.
Always make sure when you are buying
oils, that you are getting the actual oil and not just a cheap imitation. Price is usually a good indicator............ REAL
oils aren't cheap. However, don't let yourself be ripped off by some unscrupulous dealer who is only interested in one thing,
which is parting you from large sums of your ca$h!
Familiarize yourself with your local
vendors. Ask questions.... lots of them! Anyone who truly knows their oils will gladly answer them. Shop around. Buy several
different brands and experiment to see which ones give you the best results. There are different "grades" of oils. The finest quality
being more expensive than a much lesser quality. The rarest oils will undoubtedly fetch a handsome price. Keep in mind that
no reputable dealer will sell all essential oils for the same price. Unfortunately, I can't really give you a reliable price
guide since prices fluctuate with the availability of the oils.