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For centuries, healing, beauty treatment and body care has made use of aromatherapy. Essential oils are the most concentrated form of any botanical, providing a concentrated dose of nature's vast pharmacological ingredients in a single drop.
I believe that, like homeopathy, aromatherapy works primarily on an energetic level—especially when they are used as a scent only, rather than applied directly to the skin.
If you are using them in an energy healing practice, I recommend that you only use them environmentally (in the air). Applying them to the skin carries too much risk of allergic reactions, and since in an energy medicine context the effect is vibrational rather than chemical, why take that risk? Smelling them will do just as much good as applying them to the skin.
Using aromatherapy/essential oils environmentally is easy.
A couple of cautionary notes: Remember to get consent to use aromatherapy. Not everyone likes scent. And in any case, use a light hand. Even used environmentally, essential oils when overused can give people a headache.
One of the best and most reliable things energy healing can do for people is help them relax and relieve anxiety and stress. Because of that, I think you'll get the most bang for your buck by concentrating on aromatherapy/essential oils for relaxation.
Here are some of the best for reducing stress and relaxing. If you are purchasing them, make sure that they are true essential oils and not perfume oils (which are artificial).
Reduces stress response; anti-depressant; calming; helps with insomnia; relaxing. Strongly anti-inflammatory & antiseptic; also an immune stimulant and helps with headaches.
Calms nervous system; uplifting; balancing; good for managing stress and relaxing.
Balances stress; helps with insomnia; relaxing; restorative when you’re feeling “wiped out." Cheering and anti-depressant. Balances nervous system. Note: Stay out of the sun if you use this topically.
Soothing, relaxing de-stressing, somewhat euphoric. Helps when you’re feeling over-loaded.
Very relaxing and grounding. Helps manage stress. Antidepressant.
Helps with stress and anxiety, as well as depression, migraine and, fatigue. It aids creativity. It helps balance all female hormonal imbalances and is especially good for relieving post-partum depression. It is mildly intoxicating and euphoric (therefore don't overuse and don't use while driving). Note: Do not use during pregnancy.
If you try only one EO, make it lavender. It has a multitude of uses and benefits, is affordable, is readily available at many stores, and is marvelous for helping you relax.
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