The term “aromatherapie” was coined by chemist and perfumer, Rene Maurice Gattefosse in 1937 in what was probably the very first book published on the subject.
Aromatherapy combines both art and science for the utilization of concentrated, extracted plant oils for the therapeutic use in holistic healing of mind, body and spirit. These essential oils are distilled, or expressed from a wide variety of plants, each one consisting of numerous (sometimes upwards of 200 !) chemical components which work synergistically creating not only unique and wonderful aromas, but marvelous therapeutic properties. Each plant is different, and thus each oil is different providing many unique healing benefits.
Methods of Application
Inhalation: 10-20 drops of oil on a cotton dispenser. Aromatherapy inhalers can be purchased which contain small cotton inserts, or simply cotton balls can be used for short term benefits.
Massage: 2% - 5% dilution rate (10-25 drops) per ounce of carrier oil such as almond oil, or coconut oil.
Diffuser: amount depends upon type of diffuser, use diffuser instructions
Steam: 5 – 10 drops in a small bowl of warm water, a towel can be used to place over the head and the bowl. Use caution and monitor for heat and take breaks when needed.
Spritzers: 10-20 drops / ounce of water, must shake to disperse before use.
Creams / lotions / gels: 2% - 5% dilution rate (10-25 drops) / ounce of carrier.
Bath: 2-10 drops / bath depending upon which oils are used. Must be mixed in a dispersing agent such as almond oil (1 tsp) or a cup of bath salt base. Mix a small amount of almond oil in the bath salts to prevent oils from burning the skin.