Will learn a little bit about Aromatherapy basics, but mostly about the different Carrier Oils used in Aromatherapy blends.
Aromatherapy can be used for many different minor things such as Headaches, Sore Muscles, Relaxation and Dry Skin to more major things such as Infertility, Heartburn, Jaundice, Immune System and everything else in between. It can also be used in everyday household things such as carpet freshener, air freshener, bug repellent, and so on and so forth. Most blends are safe around animals and children, but the ones that are not I will give careful instructions on how to deal with those.
The first lesson you have to learn is that Aromatherapy used Essential Oils. You may ask what is that, well *Essential Oil is a liquid that is generally distilled (most frequently by steam or water) from the leaves, stems, flowers, bark, roots, or other elements of a plant. These liquids can be blended with many things such as base oils, infusers, candles, bath water, and water and so on to help someone with almost anything that is ailing them.
The second thing you need to learn about aromatherapy is the Essential Oils can not be applied directly to the skin with out being diluted first in a Ã‚Â“Base OilsÃ‚Â” also known as a Ã‚Â“Carrier OilÃ‚Â”. These oils are what you mix to help dilute the Essential Oils. There are many good Ã‚Â“Carrier OilsÃ‚Â” out there and in this lesion you will be learning about the ones used most often in Aromatherapy, but that will be in a little bit.
Third lesson to learn is the Essential Oil to Carrier Oil Ratio. Most people say it varies depending on what you are using. Also please note that you can mix two Carrier Oils together for some better blends if you do this then the combination would be 50/50. Now back to the Essential Oil to Carrier Oil Ratio, I have found though through reading and learning that a 2%-5% Ratio is good. The sample recipe below is a good example of the 2%-5% rule.
Example: You have a 25ml bottle and you want to use Rosemary, Marjoram and Cinnamon for a massage oil to help with sore muscles. Well you would fill up to 25ml bottle with your Carrier Oil (in this example we will use Vegetable Oil as our carrier oil), but no all the way. **Fill it up Ã‚Â¾ the way full and then add the following drop: Rosemary 5drops, Marjoram 5drops, and Cinnamon 3drops. Close and shake well to blend.
The fourth thing is the life span of Aromatherapy Blends are usually only about two months, so you do not want to make more than that at a time and they have to be stored in a dark location at room temperature. A good place to store then is in a cupboard and with a label stating what is in the blend, date is was made and what it is used or.
Now that you have been taught the some of the basics the next step is to learn the different Ã‚Â“Carrier OilsÃ‚Â” used in Aromatherapy and why they are used. There are a total of eight Ã‚Â“Carrier OilsÃ‚Â” used. **Vegetable Oils are good Ã‚Â“Carrier OilÃ‚Â” for Essential oils that one wants to use for body, face and hair care. The reason for this is because of its good skin penetrating qualities, which leave the skin nourished and feeling soft and supple. Vegetable Oils listed below are the most commonly used Ã‚Â“Carrier OilsÃ‚Â” in Aromatherapy blends.
Almond Oil, Sweet
Evening Primrose Oil
Almond Oil, Sweet contains Vitamin D and is good in treating dry and brittle nails as well as dry skin. It is one of the most popular and least expensive oils used in massage. Also for a richer blend it mixes well with Avocado or Jojoba.
Avocado Oil is rich in Vitamin A and D and is good nourishing oil with a rich texture. It is good for dry and dehydrated skin and has a good absorption rate. In the winter months the oil will start to solidify when this happens, just place the oil in a warm room or between your hands and it will go back to liquid form in no time.
Evening Primrose Oil helps with improving many skin problems such as rashes, dry skin, eczema, and psoriasis. It is good on its own or can be mixed with Jojoba Oil. Please note though that once Primrose Oil is opened the life span is very short (up to two months) so keep this in mind when you are buying you oil.
Grapeseed Oil has a light texture and is very popular oil used in massage. Like Almond Oil, Grape seed Oil in one of the least expensive oils to buy. For Aromatherapy purposes though mixing it with Almond, Avocado or Peach Kernel makes it a more suitable blend to be used for this purpose.
Jojoba Oil is rich in Vitamin E and is fine, penetrating, stable and long-lasting. It can be used on the face as a moisturizer or as good body massage oil. It has very close chemical composition t the skiÃ‚Â’s own sebum. It is suitable for all skin types, beneficial for spotty and acne conditions. As well as for sensitive skin and oily skin. Helps unclog pores and remove any embedded grime. It also works and restores the beauty and health of hair. Works great on dandruff and dry scalps too. I use this oil in almost all my blends. In the winter months the oil will start to solidify when this happens, just place the oil in a warm room or between your hands and it will go back to liquid form in no time.
Peach Kernal is high in Vitamin A and E. It is an excellent oil for the face, encouraging suppleness and elasticity. It can be added with Grapeseed Oil or Almond Oil to enrich your massage blend.
Wheatgerm Oil is very rich in texture and high in Vitamin E; it is used in reducing scar tissue and stretch marks. It is not good on its own however, but it is a natural anti-oxidant; adding 2%-5% of Wheatgerm Oil to your blends will help preserve them for longer periods of time.
Well this concluded this lesson. Please check back for more of my lessons on Aromatherapy. Thank you for your time and consideration. Please let me know what you thought.
* Website about Essential Oils: http://www.aromaweb.com/articles/whatare.asp
** Aromatherapy Blends and Remedies. Author: Franzesca Watson. Illustrated by: Christine Lane. Published by: Thorsons, An Imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers. Published Date: 1995