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Table of Contents
Chapter 1. What is Aromatherapy?
Chapter 2. What are Essential Oils?
Chapter 3. How do Essential Oils Work?
Chapter 4. Chamomile (Roman) Essential Oil
Chapter 5. Clary Sage Essential Oil
Chapter 6. Eucalyptus Essential Oil
Chapter 7. Geranium Essential Oil
Chapter 8. Lavender Essential Oil
Chapter 9. Lemon Essential Oil
Chapter 10. Marjoram Essential Oil
Chapter 11. Peppermint Essential Oil
Chapter 12. Rosemary Essential Oil
Chapter 13. Tea Tree Essential Oil
Chapter 14. Ylang ylang Essential Oil
Chapter 15. How Do You Blend Essential Oils?
Chapter 16. What are Carrier Oils?
Chapter 17. Apricot Kernel Oil
Chapter 18. Avocado Oil
Chapter 19. Evening Primrose Oil
Chapter 20. Fractionated Coconut Oil
Chapter 21. Jojoba
Chapter 22. Olive Oil
Chapter 23. Rosehip Oil
Chapter 24. Sunflower Oil
Chapter 25. Sweet Almond Oil
Chapter 26. Virgin Coconut Oil
Chapter 27. How Do You Dilute Essential Oils with Carrier Oils?
Chapter 28. How Do You Use Essential Oils?
Chapter 29. What are the Cautionary Measures for Aromatherapy?
WHAT IS AROMATHERAPY?
Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils for their healing benefits.
WHERE DID AROMATHERAPY BEGIN?
Aromatherapy has been used by mankind for many centuries. The book of Exodus in the Bible records the instructions that God gave to Moses telling him to prepare a holy anointing oil by mixing liquid myrrh, sweet-smelling cinnamon, sweet-smelling cane, cassia and olive oil. (Exodus 30:22-25)
WHAT ARE ESSENTIAL OILS (EOs)?
The characteristics of essential oils include:
1. Essential oils are essences extracted from plant material. For example lavender essential oil is extracted from the flowering tops of the lavender plant. Rose essential oil is extracted from the rose flower, eucalyptus from the leaves, ginger from the roots, sandalwood from wood, orange from the fruit, celery from the seeds, cinammon from the bark, frankincense from the gum.
HOW ARE ESSENTIAL OILS EXTRACTED?
Several methods are used to extract essential oils from plant material. These include:
1. Steam distillation. This involves passing high pressure steam through the plant material to evaporate the oils. The steam is then collected and condensed and the water and essential oil separated. Essential oils extracted by steam distillation include lavender, rose and ylang ylang.
WHAT ARE THE CAUTIONARY MEASURES WHEN USING ESSENTIAL OILS?
To get the best results from essential oils and to avoid developing hazardous side effects you should:
1. Always conduct a skin patch test before using a new essential oil.
Do this by applying the essential oil that has been diluted with a carrier oil on the inner aspect of your elbow, bandage it and wait for 24 hours to see if you will develop rashes or itchiness or swelling or any other sign of an allergic reaction.