Use pure essential oils to imbibe the subtle energy of plants

Use pure essential oils to imbibe the subtle energy of plants, says Sonia Sharma, co-founder, Quinta Essentia Organic

“The way to health is to have an aromatic bath and scented massage every day,” said Hippocrates, the father of western medicine. In fact, as far back as the 4th century BC it was noted that burning certain aromatic substances offered protection against contagious diseases. Archaeologists have found communal baths along with wells in every house in the ancient city of Mohenjodaro and concluded that this oldest civilisation was ‘obsessed with cleanliness’.

Essential oils have been known to mankind since time immemorial. Even today, they are used extensively in pharmaceutical, perfumery and cosmetic industry. However, in search of cheaper options these industries developed artificial and synthetic replicas, which can never match the original efficacy of essential oils. The benefits of pure essential oils go well beyond the sheer pleasure of their aroma.

In my experience, these oils when used in any way, such as massages, inhalation or in skincare products go in the deeper layers of the body and help remove toxins from the digestive tracts, kidneys, blood etc, leaving the mind, body and soul uplifted. Of course, one must understand the correct way and dosage of using essential oils as they are very potent. Pregnant ladies and people with epilepsy and similar conditions should avoid using essential oils for this very reason.

The easiest way to introduce Essential oils in your lifestyle is to choose toiletries and skincare products which are not artificially fragranced. Artificial fragrances are nothing but chemicals and then the body has to work hard to expel such chemicals out of the body; leading to hormonal imbalances, slowing down of the metabolic system and eventually numerous ailments as a result.

There are endless ways of using essential oils for common ailments, skincare and beauty. Below are some commonly used oils with their uses:

Oil : Therapeutic Use
Lavender: De-stress, Insomnia, Jet Lag
Tea Tree: Anti-viral, Anti-fungal, Antiseptic
Bergamot: Nerve Tonic
Rose: Anti-depressant, Aphrodisiac
Sandalwood: Calming, Soothing
Eucalyptus: Antispectic, Decongestant
Geranium: Relaxation, Calming, Nervine

For Easy home use, you can try the following blends of Massage oils:

Focus the Mind
An excellent aid to concentration and memory
Cedarwood Oil - 4 drops
Clove Essential Oil - 1 drop
Frankincence - 6 drops
Lemon - 2 drops
Orange - 2 drops
Rosemary - 2 drops
Almond Oil - 30 ml

Detox Blend
Will help stimulate the lymphatic system and break down Cellulite
Black Pepper - 2 drops
Cypress - 2 drops
Frankincence - 2 drops
Geranium - 6 drops
Grapefruit - 2 drops
Juniper - 4 drops
Almond Oil - 30 ml

Constipation Blend
Will stimulate the gut and relieve occasional constipation
Black Pepper - 2 drops
Fennel - 2 drops
Geranium - 2 drops
Grapefruit - 3 drops
Orange - 3 drops
Olive Oil - 30 ml

Caution: Aromatherapy is complex and proper knowledge of use, contraindication of oils and medical history of a person are important factors before blending oils at home.

Note: Always use natural, good quality, ideally organic oils for maximum benefit.


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