Aromatherapy

This information is educational in nature, and is not intended as medical advice nor to substitute medical care. Only your physician can provide medical care.  

Aromatherapy is the use of plant essential oils for healing purposes. Aromatherapy can affect body, mind and spirit using plant oils via inhalation, immersion, or direct application. For aromatherapy to have a true healing effect, the user must be sure that the oils they select are pure, therapeutic grade oils that are not adulterated with chemicals or diluted for mass production. In the world of essential oils, you really get what you pay for. The highest grade oils are harvested from plants that grow in their natural habitat where climate and soil conditions create optimal growing conditions. Therapeutic grade oils are extremely potent and must be used in very small quantities and diluted before applying to the skin.

The Springs offers aromatherapy consultations to assist clients in developing a personal blend to meet individual needs. A small bottle of the personal blend is provided for home use following the consultation.  Our retail store carries Oshadhi Essential Oils.  We stock several single oils and some synergistic blends. Other oils including rare and specialty oils not typically stocked can be special-ordered by request.

In addition, our therapists use Oshadhi essential oils in our spa treatments to enhance the therapeutic effects of the treatment.

 

COMMONLY USED CARRIER OILS FOR DILUTING ESSENTIAL OILS INCLUDE:

Grapeseed - Light and easily absorbed, mildly astringent to help tone and tighten skin

Apricot Kernel - Easily absorbed by the skin, rich in Vit A, helpful for dry, sensitive and mature skin

Jojoba - Penetrates the skin very easily, rich in antioxidants & Vit E, similar to our own skin’s oil

Extra Virgin Olive - Heavy & oily, excellent for retaining moisture, good skin softener

Sesame - Penetrates the skin easily, high in fatty acids, Vit A and Vit E, very stable shelf life

Sweet Almond - Good all-purpose oil, conditioning, emollient, softens and smoothes skin

Cocoa Butter - Solid at room temperature, melts easily, chocolate aroma, holds moisture in skin

Hazelnut - All-purpose oil, excellent for people with oily skin

Kukui Nut - Excellent for treating various skin conditions

Shea Butter - Solid at room temperature, extremely gentle and very moisturizing

Rose Hip Seed Oil - Excellent for skin rejuvenation, heals scars, absorbs completely leaving no residue

 

HOW TO USE THERAPEUTIC OILS

Inhalation - 1 drop on a cotton ball or tissue, inhale deeply

Diffusion - Candle warmer, vaporizer, atomizer, fan diffuser

Topical Application - Diluted in a carrier oil

First Aid - Lavender or Tea Tree may be applied directly to skin in single drop in adults

Bathing/Soaking - To assist disbursion of essential oils in bath, mix with honey

Compress

Steam

Cleaning

Commonly Used Essential Oils

Lavender
Anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, soothing, calming, soothes burns, relieves insomnia

Tea Tree
Strong anti-fungal, anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, medicinal, soothes acne, athlete's foot, candida, and bug bites

Eucalyptus
Decongesting, anti-viral, analgesic

Peppermint
Analgesic, mood brightener, relieves nausea and bloating, relieves headaches

Chamomile, wild
Relieves muscle spasms, soothes dry & sensitive skin, relieves stress & insomnia

Chamomile, Blue
Heals minor cuts, scrapes, burns, insect bites, tension headaches, insomnia, stress, allergic skin reactions, irritated or chapped skin; Excellent skin regenerator

Helichrysum (Immortelle)
Powerful skin regenerator - heals scars, inflammation, and bruises. Analgesic, decongesting, and helpful for rheumatism. Soothes emotional bruising & stress

Clove Bud
Anti-inflammatory, analgesic, insect repellant, warming & soothing

Oregano
Anti-bacterial, anti-viral, decongesting, warming

Lemon
Brightening, anti-cellulite, diuretic, cleansing, anti-bacterial, anti-viral

Grapefruit
Brightening, anti-cellulite, diuretic, relieve fatigue, anxiety & depression

Pine
Strong decongestant, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral

Vetiver
Soothes muscle pain, strengthens immune system, rejuvenates the skin, powerful for grounding & calming

Rosemary
Decongesting, increases circulation, warming, anti-bacterial & energizing

GUIDELINES

As a general rule, essential oils should never be applied “neat” or undiluted to the skin. An standard dilution is roughly 2.5%. Dilution strengths up to 5% may be used short-term for acute treatment, but should not be used long-term at that strength. For the elderly, children, and those with sensitive skin, begin experimenting at 0.5% or 1% dilution. It is not recommended to use essential oils with children under the age of 2. Some essential oils can be sensitizing and can irritate the skin. If irritation occurs, wash immediately.

20 drops per oz is a 2.5% dilution

To calculate dilution, 1 oz = 600 drops.

Divide EO drops by Carrier drops and convert to percentage.  Ex: 20 drops EO / 600 drops carrier = 0.025 ( 2.5%)

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