Natural aromatherapy is the practice of using plant oils to induce a feeling of physical or mental well being. Aromatherapy traditionally uses natural oils. It should be noted that perfume oils are not the same as essential oils. Perfume oils contain chemical additives and do not offer therapeutic benefits. There are many types of natural aromatherapy products which contain these pure oils.
Aromatherapy massage oils are very popular because of their pleasing scent and moisturizing effect upon the skin. Different oils offer various benefits such as soothing sore muscles or relaxing the mind and body. Bath oils are natural aromatherapy products which can be added to an evening bath to relax you and get you ready for a good night’s sleep, or rev you up when you use them in your morning shower. Bath and body products such as oils, lotions, and gels are often used in combination with aromatherapy oils since the oils are soothing to the skin and impart a fresh flowery scent.
Essential oils are the basis for natural aromatherapy products. These oils are derived through distillation from leaves, flowers, roots, bark, and stems of plants that are selected for a particular healing quality. These oils contain no additives and are very concentrated so only a small amount is required. A few drops are added to a carrier oil such as almond oil or grapeseed oil. This mixture is then applied to the skin. Essential oils are sometimes blended together for a combination of effects.
Lavender is a popular essential oil which is added to many natural aromatherapy products. Lavender is said to be a treatment for anxiety and helps to induce relaxation. Lavender is commonly added to body lotions and bath oils. Eucalyptus products are used to stimulate the mind and can also double as an insect repellent. Patchouli is a very popular fragrance that is commonly used in incense preparations. It is said to enhance a romantic mood. There are around 400 different essential oils to choose from although only about 40 are used the most often.
Other natural aromatherapy products include candles and room sprays that are made using essential oils. Burning an aromatherapy candle fills the room with the scent of the plant from which it was derived and is said to impart the same effect as rubbing the oil on the skin. In fact, the vapors of some essential oils can be inhaled directly to achieve the same effect.
If you are unable to locate a store that specializes in natural aromatherapy products, you can still find them at bath and body stores or natural health stores. Aromatherapy has become very popular in the past decade so it is pretty easy to find these products. Before you buy you should use a reference guide so you know what type of essential oil will work best for what you want it to do. To ensure your aromatherapy products are natural be sure to buy products made from pure essential oils or from oils that have been prepared using pure carrier oils without chemical additives.