Aromatherapy is a wonderfully simple and pleasant method of easing pains and minor health problems. It uses natural etheric oils for massage sessions, aromatic baths and by inhaling them when infused in the room.
Throughout ages people have been using etheric oils for many purposes, aromatherapy being the most important one. The bible, ancient Indian books, Egyptian papyruses and ancient Chinese prescriptions all mention descriptions of use of etheric oils. Among many interesting stories, worth noting is practice used by Cleopatra. She suffered from insomnia, and to ensure good night sleep and beautiful dreams she used to sleep on pillows filled with rose petals. Recent research has proved that rose oil works well as relaxing and sleeping aid. Many traditional healing methods directly or indirectly use etheric oils. It is known that during the great epidemics, glovers were immune to them. This is because, especially in medieval times it was common to use a lot of perfume for treating the leather used for making gloves. There is also a story about a little medieval English town, which escaped from an epidemic, because its people used to grow and distil lavender.
Many years later a Frenchman, called Gatefosse proved antiseptic effects of lavender oil, through healing soldiers wounded during WW1. Gatefosse introduced term aromatherapy and wrote the first book on the subject.
Classic aromatherapy uses etheric oils for massage, baths and inhalation.
AROMATHERAPEUTIC MASSAGE is an all body massage or, depending on individual needs partial massage. In any case a mixture of natural herbal oil and etheric oil. It is advisable to use oils beneficial for skin or popular edible oils. Oils have to be fresh and most importantly scentless. For massaging purposes we use a mixture of 15-30 drops of etheric oil and about 50 mils. For one massage we use about 2-3 drops of etheric oil mixed in a tablespoon of vegetable oil.
AROMATHERAPEUTIC BATH lasts about 15-30 minutes. We soak in warm water with 10 drops of etheric oil per bath. When we soak only feet or hands, the amount of etheric oil should be proportionally smaller. After soaking, we should not rinse skin, but only dry it with a towel. A form of partial aromatherapeutic bath is AROMATHERAPEUTIC COMPRESS. A towel or cotton wool soaked in diluted etheric oils (5-10 drops per glass of warm water) is applied to a part of the body we want to treat.
Aromatherapy can be also used as classic inhalation or diffusing oils in the room. For AROMATHERAPEUTIC INHALATIONS we can either use a container of warm water with 5-10 drops of etheric oils, or by inhaling the same amount of oil from a cloth. Typical AROMATHERPY consists on diffusing etheric oils into air through oil burners. Depending on the size of the room we use up to 10 drops of etheric oil per session (preferably twice a day, in the morning and in the evening).