Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Aromatherapy Oils Help You to Unwind

Oil aromatherapy is a wonderful way to relax your body and mind. There are several varieties of aromatherapy products including
aromatherapy essential oils and aromatherapy lotions. They can be used used to improve your health or to help put you in a better mood. Aromatherapy oils will make a delightfully fragrant accent to your next massage, or will add a lovely aroma to your home or bath.

Aromatherapy Essential Oils

Aromatherapy essential oils are oils derived from plants. These oils are distilled to be both highly concentrated and very pure in form, and exceptionally fragrant.

Aromatherapy oils are often used with an aromatherapy diffuser. This works by diffusing the scent of the oils into the air. Diffusers can also be used to bring a sweet smell to the interior of your car, or can be worn around your neck to scent the air closest to you. The trick to proper diffusing of the aroma into the air is by applying heat to the oil in some fashion. You will find small, personal sized electric diffusers that heat quickly and release the oil's scent. Some diffuser units not only heat the oil, but contain small fans within them to help push the fragrance out into larger rooms. Oils can also be heated by using candles. Typically the candle rests below a small dish that holds the oil, and as the candle flame hits the bottom of the dish, the oil achieves the appropriate temperature to release its subtle aroma. Likely the easiest way to diffuse oils is to use a diffuser ring that fits over the top of a light bulb. These can be placed on lamps throughout your house, and with the addition of a few drops of fragrant oil, will add fragrance to the air.

These aromatic oils can also be used whenever you are ready for a massage, because a few drops can be added to any body oil to perfume your body while your muscles are moved into relaxation. Plain lotions also benefit from the addition of aromatherapy oils to smooth your skin and leave it smelling fresh.

A final favorite way to enjoy aromatherapy oils is to place a few drops in your bathtub. Imagine--a long Saturday afternoon spent in your whirlpool bathtub, with the lingering scent of lavender, rose, or any of your preferred scents found in aromatherapy oils, lulling you into relaxation.

By Anne Harvester

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