Aromatherapy, or essential oil therapy, uses naturally extracted aromatic essences of plants, herbs, and trees to promote a healthy body and mind.
The reason these oils are so powerful is that they are the essence of a plant, herb, or tree’s nutrients, only concentrated. Popular essential oils include lavender, eucalyptus, peppermint, lemon balm, jasmine and tea tree.
Essential oils’ molecules are extremely small so they pass through the skin and into the body very easily. You can keep the oils on your skin for longer by mixing them with carrier oils. Carrier oils have larger molecules. Dilution of essential oils with carrier oils increases the surface area of absorption. Common carrier oils include avocado, coconut, and olive oil.
It is best to seek advice from a medical professional before using essential oils if you have preexisting ailments. Essential oils can affect a person’s physical, mental, and emotional state. Some are energizing and others are calming. Diffusion is one of the simplest ways to use essential oils aromatically. Another way is to place the oil directly onto the skin. As we know, essential oils are easily absorbed but a light massage can help increase blood flow to the area. Combining your essential oil with carrier oil helps with absorption and moisturizing dry or flaky skin.
So, which essential oils do what?
Lavender oil can help improve sleep and promote concentration.
Eucalyptus oil kills insects, ticks, and mites, and is antibacterial.
Peppermint oil can help alleviate nausea, headaches, and indigestion.
Lemon balm oil can help with the symptoms of menopause.
Jasmine oil can increase alertness and may promote a better sense of wellbeing.
Tea tree oil is antibacterial.
If you have any questions about using essential oils speak with Dr. Bryne or our in-house masseuse Emily.