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Organic Essential Oils

Aromatherapy is part of almost every person’s life even without him or her consciously realizing it. Scents have the power to make us feel good or better – anyone who has inhaled the fresh scent of a pine forest or the heady fragrance of a bouquet of roses realizes this. Aromatherapy harnesses the healing and relaxing power of scents to enhance a person’s well being, through the use of oils, lotions, and other substances – especially organic essential oils. This is because this type of oil is all-natural and is thus more potent than those from plants grown using conventional agricultural methods.

 

Organic Essential Oils: Nature’s Best

Not all essential oils are created equal. Although all essential oils impart health benefits to some degree, aromatherapists usually prefer those that have been extracted from plants that were grown organically. This means that no pesticides were used on plants that were grown in clean soil. In addition, the medicinal plants grown have to be certified as truly organic by an authorized body, such as Nature et Progrès, ECOCERT, and Agrobio.

Using the best organic essential oils ensures a relaxing and healthful aromatherapy session. The powerful natural chemicals in the oils interact with the oils and chemicals in the human body. This is why having an aromatherapy massage is so pleasurable, in addition to being therapeutic. Various herbs and plants from which organic essential oils are derived have medicinal properties. For instance, studies show that an herb called Melissa acts as an antiviral agent and can help treat herpes virus infections. Eucalyptus radiate oil and tea tree oil, on the other hand, have been found to be effective in helping people with respiratory symptoms. Remember however, that essential oils should not be applied directly on the skin as they are too concentrated and too strong. They should be diluted in carrier oil before being used for massage.

 

Organic Essential Oils: Healthy Applications

Organic essential oils are used in aromatherapy in other ways than massage. They are often included as ingredients in soy or beeswax candles. Imagine the scent of ylang-ylang or sandalwood in a candlelit room – the ambience would certainly be influenced by the aroma. Many personal care and hygiene products also incorporate organic essential oils: lotions, soaps, shampoos, and many others. This is also a great idea since a large number of medicinal plants that have positive effects on the skin. For instance, using soap made with lavender can help relieve acne, while a body wash with oregano can help treat fungal infections.

Common ailments like coughs and colds can also be relieved by the use of organic essential oils. Drops of oil from plants like lavender, rosemary, peppermint, and eucalyptus are placed in steaming water. The steam is then inhaled deeply for a period of time for symptom relief. There is no need to worry about getting toxic chemicals into one’s lungs – as long as the essential oils being used are organic.

Organic essential oils are a major part of the practice of aromatherapy, whether used in massage, in hygiene products, or in home remedies. They not only smell good, but used wisely, can also vastly improve one’s physical health and mental and emotional well-being.

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