The ancient science of aromatherapy, involving the use of essential oils derived from blossoms, trees, herbs and resins, dates back over sixty centuries. Besides boasting healing and cleansing characteristics, the oils are pleasantly fragrant and mood-enhancing.
The ills of contemporary society – fast food diets, toxic pollutants, stress, hectic schedules and lack of adequate physical activity – all impact our physical and mental states negatively. In recent times, many people are going back to good old, time-tested ways to regain equilibrium.
Aromatherapy, which uses essential oils, is often used to treat various skin problems. While practicing aromatherapy skin care the basic thing to be borne in mind is never to apply essential oils to any part of skin without diluting, even while inhaling. The following aromatherapy skin care exercises will be helpful for cleansing and cellular renewal of skin. If you would like to create formula for a facial skin deep cleanser, combine 3 to 5 drops of essential oil with a teaspoon of either milk or honey and a pint of hot water. Once the hot mixture is placed in a mixing bowl, the resulting steam from it should reach the face and be inhaled by leaning over the bowl with your head covered with a towel. This is known as a ‘Facial Steam’. Along with deep-cleaning the skin on your face, inhaling the steam in this fashion has a soothing effect.
An additional aromatherapy skin care technique, called “Facial Masque” is beneficial for maintaining the tone, freshness and hydration of facial skin. To create this mixture, add 2 or 3 drops of essential oils with moistened clay, honey, mashed avocado or egg white. Moisten your face before applying this mixture. Once the masque starts to dry and harden (ten to fifteen minutes) then the masque is completely cleaned off with lukewarm water.
The carrier oil is mixed with approximately 10 drops of the essential oil, which allows it to bring nourishment and healing to the skin on your face. Depending on your type of skin, German oils like chamomile, joboba and Frankincense are widely used. Place this combination directly on the affected areas to maximize the positive effects. This procedure is identified as ‘Facial Oil Blend’.
‘Skin Brushing’, another aspect of organic skin care, keeps the skin refreshed and stimulates the lymphatic system. Using a skin brush made with natural bristles, apply a tablespoon of honey blended with a drop of essential oil.
Essential oils, when used correctly and carefully, are safe and effective at revitalizing the body and spirit, even when other methods have been unsuccessful. A regimen of aromatherapy has been found to be effective with cases involving trauma. But, one needs to determine the quality since many inexpensive artificial replicas of essential oils are offered for sale as well.