What are Essentail Oils
An Essential oil is a liquid that is generally distilled (most frequently by steam or water) from the leaves, stems, flowers, bark, roots, or other elements of a plant. Essential oils, contrary to the use of the word "oil" are not really oily-feeling at all. Most essential oils are clear, but some oils such as patchouli, orange and lemongrass are amber or yellow in color. Essential oils, the pure essence of a plant, have been found to provide both psychological and physical benefits when used correctly and safely.
Essential oils contain the true essence of the plant it was derived from. Essential oils are highly concentrated and a little goes a long way.
Essential oils are not the same as perfume or fragrance oils. Where essential oils are derived from the true plants, perfume oils are artificially created fragrances or contain artificial substances and do not offer the therapeutic benefits that essential oils offer.
What are Aromatherapy Oils
The Benefit of Physical Application Essential oils that are applied to the skin can be absorbed into the bloodstream.
The constituents of essential oils can aid in health, beauty and hygiene conditions. Since essential oils are so powerful and concentrated, they should never be applied to the skin in their undiluted form. To apply essential oils to the skin, essential oils are typically diluted into a carrier such as a cold pressed vegetable oil, also known as a carrier oil.Common carrier oils include sweet almond oil, apricot kernel oil and grapeseed oil.
Aromatherapy is the practice of using volatile plant oils, including essential oils, for psychological and physical well-being.Essential oils that are inhaled into the lungs offer both psychological and physical benefits. Not only does the aroma of the natural essential oil stimulate the brain to trigger a reaction, but when inhaled into the lungs, the natural constituents (naturally occurring chemicals) can supply therapeutic benefit. Diffusing eucalyptus essential oil to help ease congestion is a prominent example.
How to Massage
Learning how to massage, is a reative easy and relaxing skill. One of the first positions is to kneel down by the bed, leaning forward into the mattress, and just allowing the bed to support you. As long as you are able to allow your full weight to rest against the bed, this position will allow the muscles in your shoulders and back to relax. It will also make it much easier to get to all of the back, shoulders, and even sides (if your not too ticklish!) and do a really good job of it. Make sure you put a couple of really soft towels or even a pillow under their knees and ankles.