Aromatherapy involves the use of essential oils to affect emotional states. A shift in mood is noticed quite rapidly as the scent reaches the nostrils and works with the amygdala and limbic system. Think Cinnabon and you know what I mean about instantaneous pleasure.
Oils generally do two main things, calm and relax or stimulate and uplift. There are several oils that have antibacterial, antiviral or antifungal properties and in diluted form can be used topically as well as through inhalation. However please note that some oils may be toxic to animals. This applies in particular to cats and most especially with the use of citrus (lemon) and pine oils.
The most common applications for aromatherapy oils:
- Open the bottle and inhale
- Use in a diffuser for constant and gentle release in the air
- Add essential oils to a bath
- Use with massage oils or skin care products
And my favorite…
- Hydrosol sprays – a blend of essential oils, water and flower essences to clear and enhance the aura and environment. These formulas contain just a hint of the oils and are safer to use around animals