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Aromatherapies - Face Creams, Oils & Lotions
Aromatherapies for the face should be prepared in much the same way as oils are prepared for Aromatherapy massage. The base oils that should be used must be nourishing essential oils such as avocado or apricot kernel oil. It is appropriate that essential oils be added to plain unperfumed cold creams for use on poor complexions.
Most essential oils are antiseptic and can be applied to skin infections. Dry and cracked skin may be treated by the addition of avocado and / or wheatgerm. Aromatherapies such as neorli and rose are soothing and can be used to reduce inflammation. Minor broken veins can be treated by sandalwood oil.
When applying these aromatherapies the finger tips should work in a mild circular motion avoiding any stretching of the skin around the eyes. Aromatherapies enhance the skin by encouraging cell regeneration, reducing toxins, and improving circulation.
Flower Water Aromatherapy
For the treatment of acne and eczema flower waters aromatherapies offer a refreshing and soothing treatment. Twenty drops of essential oil should be added to 100 mls of spring water in an amber glass bottle. The bottle should be left in a dark place for at least three days. Then the water should be passed through a filter paper and the filtered water should be applied to the problem areas with cotton wool.
Infected gums, mouth ulcers and oral thrush can all be treated by aromatherapies. Very careful attention must be paid to the dilution levels of aromatherapy mouthwashes and under no circumstances should the solution be swallowed.
Neat and Internal Use of Aromatherapies
As a rule neat or undiluted essential oils should not be applied directly to the skin as they can create irritation. Exceptions to this rule are lemon oil which can be applied directly to warts and lavender which can be applied directly to stings, insect bites, burns and cuts. Tea tree oil may be applied to spots. Many essential oils are toxic and therefore must NEVER be swallowed.
Aromatherapies for Hands
A few drops of patchouli or rose oil added to a bowl of warm water is excellent at soothing dry and chapped skin on the hands.
Foot Bath Aromatherapies
Adding a few drops of lavender, thyme, rosemary or peppermint to a hot foot bath will relieve tired and swollen feet.
For conditions such as cystitis, thrush and haemorrhoids can be successfully treated by adding the appropriate essential oil to a shallow or sitz bath.
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