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THE ANCIENT ART OF AROMATHERAPY

Each oil has been studied to determine what powerful attribute it can helpbring into your life. To give you an idea, lavender is usually used forrelaxation, bergamot (a wonderful scent) is uplifting, geranium is good fordepression, peppermint is awakening, basil is good for concentration, rose isgood for love! But each of these oils has many other uses.

There are many different ways to use the oils -- most people add a few dropsto a diffuser (a special unit used with a candle to bring the aroma into aroom's atmosphere), in the bath, or the oils can be applied to the skin aslong as they are diluted in what is termed a carrier oil (an unscented baseoil such as sweet almond oil or jojoba oil). There are now many blendsavailable already mixed which should instruct you how to utilize them.

The quality of the oils is of the utmost importance. For better or worse,when something becomes popular and moves into the mainstream, it leavesitself open for imitators. The better the quality of the oils, the betterthey can impact your life. Some essential oils are "cut" with chemicals oraren't really natural essential oils at all but synthetic fragrances. Inorder to get the best possible result, remember aromatherapy originates fromthe beauty of a flower or an herb or a plant, this natural resource is thengiving your body something via its most pure state and you want it to be inits most natural, unadulterated state when you use it. So look for the term-- essential oil -- not fragrance... make sure there are no otheringredients or chemicals listed and just follow your intuition. When you arefirst starting out, it may be harder to discern. You may want to beginutilizing blends of the oils and then see if you are ready to studyaromatherapy on your own!

Most of all, experiment and have fun. This ancient art of aromatherapy isbecoming quite the rage and rightly so. We all need different ways ofbringing healthy holistic living into our lives but let's have some fun whilewe do it. And try envisioning that wonderful garden outside your door...

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Written by: Cathryn Swan


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