Aromatherapy is an alternative therapy that uses natural oils extracted from plants to enhance a person's psychological and physical well-being. These oils are called 'essential oils' and have a variety of uses to assist the body's own natural healing process. For centuries essential oils have been used in home remedies and by professional aromatherapists to relieve pain, enhance mood or simulate brain functions.
Suggestions for use at home:
* Massage - Blend 3 to 5 drops of essential oil with 10ml of carrier oil
* Bathing - Dilute up to 8 drops in a carrier oil or bath oil and stir into bath water (this is not recommended for people with sensitive skin)
* Vaporiser - Use 6 drops in an oil burner
* Room Spray - Add several drops of essential oil to water and shake well (avoid polished surfaces and plants)
* Sprinkle a few drops onto potpourri
* Compress - Add 4 or 5 drops to a bowl of warn or cold water, soak a clean cloth or sterile gauze in the water and apply to the desired area
* Footbath - Stir 4 to 5 drops of essential oil blend into a bowl of warn or cold water (preferably diluted in a carrier oil before being added) and soak feet for as long as you like
* Inhalation - with a towel over your head, lean over a bowl of just boiled water with up to 4 drops of essential oil blend added - breath normally for ten minutes. Use fewer drops for children or elderly.