Articles & Guides By Laurie Bowman
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The same essential oils used in aromatherapy are used in high-end skin and body care products around the world. You’ll find lavender, chamomile, tea tree and more in many “common” products, and essential oils like helichrysum in high end “boutique” products. Now, advances in technology are producing a sort of “super” essential oil. You can buy these yourself and create incredible, high end skin and body care products for a fraction of the cost of the boutique brands.
Practitioners of yoga asana, of any style, are likely to be tuned into the world of alternative medicine. While many may have heard of aromatherapy and essential oils however, few are aware of what a fantastic healing synergy the oils have for the yogi’s body and mind. From relieving superficial soreness and healing deeper injuries, to boosting immune system function and warding off illness, to more esoteric actions of releasing emotional blocks and even stimulating the “third eye” — essential oils truly have much to offer the yogi of the West. In this first of a two part series, we’ll look at effectively managing pain and injuries to the soft tissues of the body.
Aromatherapy has long played an important role in athletics for both the weekend warrior and the seasoned competitor in the form of sports massage. Massage is used both pre-and post workout and competition, to improve performance, speed recovery, and lessen chance of injury. Perhaps only a few athletes have known these massages are wonderful form of employing essential oils; the classic massage blends contain essential oils such as Eucalyptus, Rosemary, Lavender, Marjoram and others depending on the application. For athletes, essential oils can enhance circulation, open breathing passages, reduce inflammation, and encourage healing of chronic and acute injuries seen in sport. Here we’ll have a look at several popular sports massage blends, as well as other healing recipes for the healthy athlete.
Online shopping for essential oils has opened up a whole new world for the aromatherapy practitioner. Where in our local health markets, we’ll typically only find the “standard” selection of steam distilled oils, online we now have an array of oils produced by carbon dioxide distillation. Are these oils better? Are they the right choice for your application? Here’s a guide as to the great differences between the two processes, intended to help you make the best choice for your aromatic and therapeutic applications.
The beautiful reddish-orange liquid of Rosehip seed oil is becoming well-known as useful skin and beauty product around the world, as scientific study has recently validated it’s positive effects on many types of skin conditions. The pure oil has produced miraculous results for some, useful for a great myriad of conditions from premature aging and over-exposure to the sun, to lessening the appearance of many types of scarring. Where does this luscious oil come from, how does it work, and perhaps of greatest interest, can it work for you?
The wonderful therapeutic values of essential oils are many: they have science-proven antibacterial, antiviral, and anticancer effects. On a psychological and emotional level, oils have demonstrated anti-anxiety and anti-depressant action in placebo-controlled research. And so, what about one of the greatest therapeutic challenges of our times: the ability to get a good night’s rest? Well, the data is in! A number of studies have shown essential oils to be able to improve both the quality and the duration of sleep. This is crucial for those who have difficulty getting this rest, as it is so important to both our physical and mental health. Would you like to give essential oils a try? Here’s a look at which oils might work best for you, and how you can most effectively apply them.
The roses has been an enduring symbol of love and beauty throughout history. The flower itself is beautifully complex, with deep hues, luxuriant petals, and an Absolutely wonderful aroma. This same beauty is found in the aromatic oils made from rose flowers. Not only is the smell sweet, rich and distinctive, but it so happens that rose oil has the most diverse healing applications of any essential oil used in aromatherapy today. The oil is considered a supreme healer of both the body and soul, and it is very easy to use with basic natural healing techniques.
As aromatherapy practitioners (or aromatherapy beginners), we have so many far-out oils available to us, getting the most exotic oils in the world shipped to us in days via internet shopping. All these fancy sounding oils easily lure our attention, and we sometime forget the gems available in simple oils like Lemon. Cold pressed lemon essential oil is inexpensive, readily available, and has an amazing array of truly therapeutic uses, with science to back them up. Here’s a wrap up of this wonderful oil, and how you can easily make use of it.