The concept of aromatherapy is one that has been around for thousands of years along with the knowledge of essential oils. The fact is that we have just rediscovered the hidden health benefits of using certain essential oils as part of our aromatherapy session. There are quite a few essential oils that you can use for your aromatherapy session, from Rosemary, Lavender, Chamomile, Ylang-Ylang, and more. Essential oils used in an aromatherapy session can help you relax and even help your circulatory system; they can also enable you to get a good night’s sleep and much more. So if you are planning to go to the local spa for an aromatherapy session, then there are a few tips that you may want to consider.
- Helps bring down that anxiety:
If you happen to suffer from frequent anxiety attacks, then an aromatherapy session at a local spa could well help you deal with the same effect. You can try using lavender or peppermint and even rose water in your aromatherapy session and this would basically let you calm down. It should help you relax and in the process should bring down your anxiety to normal levels.
- Do not ingest:
While not everyone does this, there are a few that do and it is vital that you remember that the essential oils are meant to be rubbed on your skin, your legs and massaged all over your body. You can also inhale the perfume as that should work wonders in helping you relax. But essential oils are NOT meant to be digested or swallowed as they can make you sick.
- Check the labels:
If you are purchasing essential oils for use at home, then try to get the same brand that you had used at the spa since your body’s already used to that brand. Using something new can cause you to experience some mild allergic reaction, but that’s not the case always. It depends on the manufacturer and what oil they used as a binding agent for the essential oil. If you have purchased it anew, then try a few drops on your elbow and see how your body reacts to the same as that should help clue you in.
- Toss out the old:
If you have bought an essential oil a while back and it is way past its expiry date, then it goes without saying that you need to toss it out right away. Using old oils, especially ones past their expiry date is no good and can cause you to experience severe allergic reactions.
- Don’t use edible oil in your aromatherapy:
Edible oils are the sort that you use in your food to aid in its preparation. And if you want to try out some of these edible oils in your next aromatherapy session, then you should know that it is not a good idea. For example, if you used Cumin oil on your skin, then you may develop blisters as a result.
- Inform your doctor:
You could be hypersensitive to a few essential oils or you may develop a severe allergic reaction to the same. So it only makes sense that you would want to inform your doctor about the same and he can run an allergy panel test and check out whether you are allergic to the same or not.
- Dilute the essential oils:
When you purchase essential oils from your local herbalist, then you should know that you are purchasing them in a concentrated form. You need to dilute them before use, with one exception – you can add a few drops to your bath water for a very satisfying soak. Usually, you can dilute them with creams or edible oils but ensure that the strength of the essential oil ranges between 1% to 5% and not more.
- Wounds or bruises:
If you have cuts, wounds or bruises on your skin, then it goes without saying that you need to keep essential oils well away from the damaged part of your body. While essential oils, used in your aromatherapy session are generally considered to be good, the fact is that some of them may further inflame the wound on direct contact. And given this, it only makes sense that you keep these oils well away from your wounds.
- The young & the elderly:
When it comes to aromatherapy, you should know that both the young and the elderly happen to be quite sensitive to the same. So, if you plan to take your toddler and your grandmother for an aromatherapy session at the local spa, then make sure that the people at the spa use less concentrated forms of essential oils during the session.
- Store your oils safely:
You would want to have easy access to these essential oils, especially for your aromatherapy session. Chances are that you would probably use your bathtub for the same, so it only makes sense that you would want to store all your essential oils and other aromatherapy materials on a counter in the bathroom. That’s fine and in fact, when it comes to essential oils, it is important that you store them away from direct sunlight as direct exposure can damage the oil and reduce its efficacy. But make sure that you store them safely on a counter placed at a certain height level and one that cannot easily be accessed by children. Kids are known to be curious about most things, therefore it is in your interest to ensure that the essential oils and other supplies are safely locked away and well out of their reach.
These are some of the tips that you would want to review before you head to the local spa for an aromatherapy session or plan to have one at home. The fact is that an aromatherapy session can help you relax, can help you de-stress and can even bring down your anxiety to normal levels and that’s why it is all the more essential.