What is aromatherapy?
Aromatherapy is the art of using essential oils to maintain and improve health. Known to mankind for thousands of years, it has made a fresh comeback as an efficient tool for self-care, disease prevention and also healing health problems.
What is an essential oil?
An essential oil is the product of distillation of an aromatic plant. Its efficiency depends on its quality. The best essential oils are those extracted from wild or organically grown plants. Watch out for synthetic aromas and choose only certified-organic essential oils.
What are the properties of essential oils?
Since most essential oils are antiseptic, detoxifying and revitalizing. Also all essential oils have elective properties. You can also combine essential oils to increase their powerful effects. For example, lavender to improve sleep, clove, fir tree, niaouli and eucalyptus for avoiding coughs; or basil, marjoram and mandarin to uplift mood.
How can you benefit from essential oils?
There are several ways you can benefit from essential oils:
- Breathing them in by using an aromatherapy diffuser.
- Blending them with a carrier oil (for example almond, sesame or jojoba oil) and rubbing them on your skin.
- Drinking them in a grog or aromatic cocktail, or adding a few drops to a salad (make sure you use food-grade organic essential oils).
- Adding them to a hot bath.
What is a hydrosol?
Hydrosol is the first 20 liters of floral water resulting from the distillation of organically grown plants with pure spring water. This is an excellent beverage to detoxify, cleanse and revitalize your body—simply add 4 to 5 tablespoons to 1,5 liters of water and drink throughout the day.
How to use an aromatherapy diffuser:
Simply add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to your diffuser and switch it on for an hour in the morning to help you wake up; and an hour in the evening to help you relax. Choose uplifting scents like rosemary, pine or geranium for the morning, and relaxing scents such as lavender or chamomile for the evening.
Put 20 drops of a combination of essential oils in the palm of your hand and gently rub this on your thorax and plexus, on the back of your neck, the base of your spine and the soles of your feet. Do this morning and evening to improve your health and boost your energy. If the smell is too strong, you can take a shower around 20 minutes after the application. Take a look at Nelly’s website www.biossentiel.com for friction oil blends.
Using oils in your bath:
You will need to dilute 5 to 10 drops of essential oils in a natural foaming base or carrier oil such as almond, wheatgerm or jojoba. You can then add this to your bath. For children, it is best to use hydrosol (1/2 cup per bath).
How to prepare an aromatic grog:
Choose 1 or 2 essential oils such as orange, lemon, mint, marjoram, pine, or fir-tree. Mix 5 to 6 drops in a teaspoon of honey and hot water (make sure the water is not boiling).
How to use essential oils in cooking:
Use 1 drop for raw food (for 4 people) and 4 drops for cooked food. Basil, tarragon, mint and coriander work well in savory dishes, while orange, mandarin, bergamot, cinnamon and mint work well with mixed fruit desserts. You can also add 100 drops of food grade basil essential oil to olive oil to make a delicious oil for tomato salads!
Nelly’s aromatherapy tips:
- Eat more raw foods and sprouted seeds. If you struggle to digest raw vegetables, start with fresh vegetable juices! Raw food is living food!
- Chemicals used to preserve essential oil can disrupt hormones and lower your body’s resistance to disease. Always select the most natural, certified-organic products.
- Practice conscious breathing for three minutes morning and evening to enliven and relax.
- Smile to your life. Every morning is an opportunity for a wonderful new day.
- Avoid sugar, excess dairy and processed foods.
- Add aromatic grogs to your daily routine. They’re a delicious way to include more beneficial essential oils. Replace your coffee break with an aromatic grog!
- Try new seasonings like tamari, tahini, sesame seeds, brewer’s yeast, seaweed and fresh lemon juice to replace shop bought sauces and oils…
- Dedicate one day a week to eating only fruits and vegetables. You’ll help your body detoxify, and feel lighter.
- Start every meal with a big glass of fresh vegetable juice. This will help you add lots of nutrients to your body, help you lose weight, and nourish your cells.
In conclusion, aromatherapy is part of holistic medicine that can help heal your body through conscious breathing, healthy nutrition and a gentle way of life. Furthermore, practice it for a few days and you will feel the difference! Also open yourself up to a world of true wellbeing.
Want to learn more? Read Nelly Grosjean’s amazing essential oil book Aromatherapy: Health and Healing Through Essential Oils; packed with helpful information about the best essential oils and how you can include them into your life. Available at www.nellygrosjean.com, www.biossentiel.com, www.vetoaromatic.com.
With a long family tradition of naturopathic medicine, Dr.Nelly Grosjean has shared her love of plants and her passion for healing essential oils for nearly four decades. A naturopathic doctor specializing in aromatherapy, and founder of the Musée des Arômes et du Parfum at Graveson-en-Provence, France , the Moulin de Vies in Switzerland and of the School of Aromatherapy in Tokyo, Nelly has written over 20 books on essential oils and holistic health. She is an internationally acclaimed speaker, and joyfully dedicates herself to the promotion of the thousands of benefits of organic essential oils, the secrets of which she shares with humor and simplicity. Discover more at www.nellygrosjean.com and moulindevies.com.