Essentials of Essential Oils
Aja R., lmt; edited by Raymond S. Dec 24, 2016
1. any of a class of volatile oils obtained from plants, possessing the odor and other characteristic properties 0f the plant, used chiefly in the manufacture of perfumes, flavors, and pharmaceuticals.
For an aromatherapy massage session at Elements. essential oil(s) is added to either a massage lotion, oil or cream. Aromatherapy is beneficial in so many aspects. It is a natural way to heal yourself. Whether you have a cold, anxiety, trouble falling asleep, headache, swelling or inflammation in the muscles or joints, essential oils may help. So here it is. I am going to tell you about the most commonly used essential oils, why they are great for massage, and how you can implement them in your everyday life. My goal is to help you live clean and healthy. So before diving into pharmaceuticals, or if you are already on that path, hear me out about oils. With a simple "ok" from your physician give some of these oils a try:
Lavender: is great to use during a massage because it relaxes the nervous system and it is great for my clients who have joint pain, headaches, anxiety and stress. You can use lavender to help you sleep: rub cotton ball with lavender mixed with water on the bottom of your feet; or put 1-2 drops on a cotton ball and put it inside your pillow case. Mixing a couple drops of lavender in with your body lotion will first of all smell great! More importantly though it can help with inflammation (& pain from), bruising, eczema, acne and chronic headaches. So before popping the ibuprofen next time, give lavender essential oil a try. Use topically unless otherwise directed by a physician.
Tea Tree: is a powerful antiseptic and has the ability to treat wounds. For decades it has been used in numerous medical studies to kill many strains of bacterial infections, viruses and fungi. Since this is an antiseptic it is the perfect step to take to become "green"; switch out your common house hold chemicals for the safety of children, animals and mother earth. Other traditional uses include treating acne, cystic acne, bacterial infections, chickenpox, cold sores, congestion and respiratory tract infections, earaches, head lice, dry cuticles, fungal infections (candida, jock itch, athlete's foot, toenail fungus), bad breath, psoriasis, insect bites, sunburns and boils from staph infections. Use topically unless otherwise directed by a physician.
Eucalyptus: helps cleanse your body of harmful toxins and micro-organisms that can make you feel sick. This powerful oil can help you make it through colds, the flu, sinus issues and allergies. To help ward-off dandruff and an itchy scalp and/or lice put a few drops in with your shampoo in replacement of harsh chemical treatments. Eucalyptus is great for removing grease and grime from your hands and rejuvenates sore hands and feet after a long workday. just add a couple drops to your epsom salt and water mixture. Since eucalyptus has vital anti-microbial properties it is great for at-home care such as killing odors from shoes, dog beds or just adding some to soap, laundry detergent, mop water or toilet cleaner for a nice fresh santizing smell . "These benefits and due to its ability to stimulate immunity, provide antioxidant protection and improve respiratory circulation" (Dr. Axe ). Use topically unless otherwise directed by a physician.
Lemon: has anti-infection, astringent, detoxifying, antiseptic, disinfectant, and anti-fungal properties. It is used to cleanse and purify the body, for oral health remedy and whitening teeth. It also may aid in digestion, thirst, and abdominal pain. Add three drops of lemon to a bottle of water to help combat heartburn and acid indigestion. It may calm the stomach and relieve nausea, cough and nourishes the skin. Additionally. lemon may promote weight loss and is also used as a disinfectant. Lemon essential oil is used to decrease cholesterol build-up in the blood vessels and prevent heart disease. Lemon has an invigorating scent and it can improve mood and help fight depression. Being in Wisconsin, where the winter and cold months are much longer than the warm, use lemon to help lift you up when you are in a slump or to fight through Seasonal Affect Disorder.
If you are currently taking any medications be sure to check with your doctor if there are any contraindications between the oil and the medication.
Elements Massage studios offer Aromatherapy oils in most sessions. Oils include Lavender, Eucalyptus, and two blends, Radiance and Vitality. Call or Text 414.455.2715 to make an appointment today!