The Art of Fragrance: Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy

For centuries, the art of fragrance has been practiced from the Temples of Luxor in Egypt with milk and honey baths of the pharaohs and queens to the spas of today with massages and herbal wraps. Aromatherapy has been used throughout the ages to heal the body, awaken the mind, and soothe the spirit. Practitioners also consider aromatherapy to be the art of using fragrances to affect or alter a person’s mood or behavior for the better.

The most important thing to consider about aromatherapy, of course, is to determine what scents smell good to you. When choosing a fragrance, pure 100% unadulterated essential oils are best. Sample several different brands of the same fragrances to find which you like the best. Some well known and excellent brands of essential oils include Prima Fleur, Amrita, Nature’s Alchemy, and Aura Cacia.

Here are just a few of the wonderful things you could do for yourself or a loved one with aromatherapy:

    Breathe easier during a cold or flu by keeping a small bottle of Eucalyptus handy.

    Relieve sore muscles and body aches by adding Balsam Fir, Sage, or Rosemary to oil or lotion and applying the mixture along with a warm compress.

    Alleviate dry skin and heal and moisturize your hands and body by adding a few drop of Rosewood, Sandalwood, or Lemon Verbena in a good lotion or cream and applying generously.

    Relax or have a great night of romance or a dreamy night of sleep by adding a little Rose or Jasmine oil with some sea salts in your bath. (If you buy real Rose essential oil, it can get expensive.)

    Energize by using a citrus soap in the shower.

    Enhance your mood by trying scented candles or your own favorite fragrance.

Learning and working with aromatherapy is fun and fragrant, so breathe deeply and enjoy the art of fragrance.

Reference books: The Aromatherapy Book, 375 Essential Oils and Hydrosols, and
Herbal Body Book, all three by author Jeanne Rose. Also, Aromatherapy A Holistic Guide by Ann Berwick

Essential oils: Purchase at Whole Foods, most health food stores, and at Alchemy Arts (where I teach classes).

Classes: Email Deanne Lozano for more information at seekerlight@sbcglobal.net

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