How are essential oils used?
Essential oils are liquid substances obtained from plants. Their beneficial and healing effects on body, mind, and soul have been known for centuries.
Essential oils are very rich in their respective ingredients so that even the smallest amounts per application are sufficient. They always have to be diluted; otherwise, skin irritation can occur. When washing with water when skincare with fatty vegetable oil, the dilution takes place when scenting the room with the room air.
Essential oils are so named because their molecules are so small and light that they rise into the air, sometimes at room temperature. That is why they have a high odor. Essential oils are best stored in a cool and light-protected place in the room. The lid always has to be put back on the bottle.
It is important to know that essential oils have different shelf lives. Citrus oils spoil after just twelve months. Needle oils last about two years. All herbal fragrances last two to three years; Resin, wood, and blossom oils even for five years or more.
Anyone who works with essential oils as skincare can experience that this positively affects the body. A lot of material is not required for this. With aroma care, it is more important to recognize the person’s needs and respond to them in a targeted manner. A creative approach is also essential.
Various essential oils such as arnica, eucalyptus, fennel, and ginger are used in pain relief therapy. They can be used in both lay and professional care. To avoid mistakes in handling, profound basic knowledge is essential.
The warmth from plant extracts and essential oils
Other manufacturers use anti-inflammatory, hyperaemidizing (blood circulation-promoting) and thus warming properties of plant extracts or essential oils.
In addition to essential oils from eucalyptus, spruce needles, lavender, methyl nicotinate, and the comfrey root extract known for Kytta form the active components. The contained allantoin promotes penetration into the skin’s deeper layers, methyl nicotinate, and the contained oils stimulate blood circulation. The comfrey root is also said to have anti-irritant, analgesic, and anti-inflammatory properties.
The essential oils contained have a local anesthetic and anti-inflammatory effect. They thus modulate the pain process and are also contained in various compositions in Tiger Balm Red N, horse ointments, and some other over-the-counter preparations. The use of essential oils is highly practiced by mothers who have their fair share of lower back pain.
The benefits of essential oils
Limits and Dangers
It is important for all therapeutic applications that specialists’ advice, e.g., your pharmacist, is obtained. Essential oils are, on the one hand, highly concentrated active ingredients that affect the physique and psyche. Depending on the state of health and mentality, they can have a greater or lesser effect on the physique and psyche and, in the worst case, impair them. This can be if either the “wrong” essential oil has been selected or if there is an application error.
Also, allergy sufferers should only use fragrances for therapeutic purposes, better avoid daily continuous aromatherapy.