Aromatherapy utilizes special essential oils as its agents for healing. These essential oils are volatile parts of leaves, roots, cortex, seeds and fruits of various flowers, plants and trees.Since these oils are extracted from vital parts of herbs, agrarian plants and scented flowers, aroma therapists have rightly deemed them to be the ‘soul’ of plants.
Naturally, these oils have therapeutic properties. In order to conserve the most volatile substances, plants containing aromatherapy oils should be picked at a particular hour of the day and during specific season of the year. Aromatherapy oils are produced with techniques of infusion, expression and distillation.
The first step in essential oil preparation at home is providing for storage in the form of clean, sterilized and preferably glass containers. You must have at least one standard cup full of plant material ready.
If it is your first attempt at preparing homemade aromatherapy oils, it is advisable to use strong aromatics like rose petals, lavender or, rosemary. The oil from these plants will offer multipurpose uses at home.
The oil to be used should relate to your purpose. For instance, baby oil or almond oil is apt for cosmetics, safflower or canolas are general purpose oils and olive oil is best suited for cooking.
Steps To Prepare Aromatherapy Oils At Home
• Place the plant material in the glass container which can be a jar or a bottle. If it’s a bottle, plant stems can be pushed into it.
• Now pour the oil over the plant material till the point the jar or bottle is full.
• As a prudent convention, use 2 cups of oil for 1 cup of plant material.
• Now cap the bottle tightly and place in a warm spot. Warm spot can be an indoor place too, like a warm cupboard.
• Leave alone the oil for a few days to permit infusion or wait till plant material starts browning.
• Uncap the bottle/jar and take a sniff. If the flavor is not according to your liking, strain the oil and, refill the jar with fresh plant material.Then pour back the oil. Repeat this cycle until the desired aroma is achieved.
Here are some other essential oils and their uses.Peppermint essential oil finds its use in asthma, colic, exhaustion, fever, flatulence, headache, nausea, scabies, sinusitis and vertigo.
Sandalwood oil is used in the treatment of both somatic and mental disorders. Frankincense oil is used in treatment of skin diseases, respiratory and urinary tract infections, rheumatism, and even syphilis.