Twenty years ago I ran a health food shop and diet advisory centre here in Ireland and we sold essential oils for aromatherapy. I thought that I should learn more about it and took a course on the subject. It is not something that I have covered here on the blog, and I am looking forward to refreshing my memory from my course notes. and introducing you to this relaxing therapy at the same time.
What is Aromatherapy?
Aromatherapy uses essential oils which have been extracted from specific sweet smelling plants for therapeutic massage. They are blended with specialised carrier oils to ensure that they are used in a diluted form and are easily absorbed by the skin. The oils can also be used to add these therapeutic aromas to our environment as well with the use of burners.
This week I am going to be covering one of the most common essential oils in use. Lavender Oil is found in skincare products, perfumes and also contains some pretty impressive natural healing properties.
Lavender from Tasmania, England and France uses the flowers.
- Scent: Floral
- Usage: Inhalation, Bath, Skincare, Massage
- Note: Middle
- Mood: Soothing
- Safety: None indicated.
The essential oil that we use today is usually from the common lavender (lavendula officinalis or Lavendula augustifolia). There are other varieties of lavender such as spike lavender that has a different effect on the body and mind. Check with your supplier and avoid any essential oils that are not made from the common variety as they are not usually suitable for home use and are used in commercial preparations.