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A Fragrant Way to Detox

A Fragrant Way to Detox

Aromatherapy has been used to increase physical and emotional well-being at least since the time of the ancient Egyptians. While this therapy has a wide variety of uses, including relieving pain, nausea, colds, skin problems and other conditions, its stress-relieving qualities are also used in detoxification.

Aromatherapy uses plants’ essential oils, which have been chemically extracted from aromatic flowers, herbs and, even, woods. Each essential oil has its own characteristic aroma and therapeutic effect. There are oils to soothe, to invigorate and to relieve negative emotions, such as depression, stress and anxiety. Still other essential oils are believed to battle bacteria and fungi and reduce inflammation.

Essential oils are used in many different ways, including massage, inhalation, aromatic baths, compresses and vaporization. Some of the oils commonly used for detoxification purposes include angelica root, fennel, grapefruit and juniper berry.

Essential oils are very concentrated, so never apply them directly to your skin. Before you use them, you must dilute them in a pure, natural “carrier oil, such as sweet almond oil, apricot oil or grape seed oil. Aromatherapy isn’t for everyone. Avoid it if you have asthma, high blood pressure, cancer, sensitive skin, allergies, or if you are pregnant. Also, avoid using essential oils on babies and children.

Read more: Alternative Therapies, Beauty, Health, Holistic Beauty

Adapted from The Purification Plan: Clear Your Body of the Toxins That Contribute to Weight Gain, Fatigue, and Chronic Illness, from the editors of Rodale Health Books (Rodale, 2005).

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Melissa Breyer

Melissa Breyer is a writer and editor with a background in sustainable living, specializing in food, science and design. She is the co-author of True Food (National Geographic) and has edited and written for regional and international books and periodicals, including The New York Times Magazine. Melissa lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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1:21PM PDT on Mar 16, 2013

thanks

11:01AM PST on Mar 8, 2013

thx for info:)

6:23PM PST on Feb 3, 2013

good tips

3:18AM PDT on Sep 18, 2012

For me best thing for detoxification is a green clay.I tried several times and I have not regretted it, I recommend to everyone.

1:01AM PDT on Jun 17, 2012

thanks for sharing.

9:16AM PST on Mar 8, 2012

Thanks for the info and the cautions.

2:11PM PST on Feb 3, 2012

interesting

4:54PM PST on Dec 12, 2011

Thanks Melissa.

12:23AM PDT on Oct 13, 2011

Thank you

11:08AM PDT on Aug 6, 2011

thanks

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