Aromatherapy–the use of pure essential oils as a natural therapy—can be a powerful healer when used properly. It has been proven effective for many conditions, including: PMS, depression, and fatigue. But, before starting aromatherapy, it is important to know some basic guidelines. Some of the main considerations for the safe use of essential oils and aromatherapy include:
1. Oils vary greatly in therapeutic properties. Research oil purity and use only pure essential oils derived from plants, not synthetic, laboratory-made ones.
2. Do not use undiluted oils (with the exception of non-irritating oils like lavender, tea tree as a spot treatment for acne, insect bites, and burns as long a person does not have extremely sensitive skin or allergies to the oils).
3. Seek purity by using only pure essential oils and carrier oils derived from plants—no fragrance oils.
4. Watch for skin sensitivities. If there is any uncertainty conduct a skin patch test of a 2 percent dilution of the oil in the crook of the arm or on the back of the neck at the hairline. That works out to about 10 to 12 drops of essential oil per ounce of carrier oil.
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