How Aromatherapy Works
A lot of people these days are asking for how to use essential oils for cure of several small health issues, a most common among these is 'What Essential Oil is good for headaches'. Before we know about this, lets first get to know about what essential oils are and how you can use these to get maximum benefits for your body.
Essential oils are composed of molecules of aromatic compounds. One essential oil might contain hundreds of these aromatic compounds, which contribute to the oil's unique aroma and physiological actions. Chemists call these "volatile compounds" because their molecules easily evaporate, or volatilize, into the air. This is contrasted with fixed oils, such as cooking oils, which do not evaporate as quickly.
Essential oils can enter your body via absorption through your skin. In addition, the aromatic molecules floating around in the air enter your nose and are picked up by olfactory receptors. These transport information to the olfactory bulb located at the top of the nasal passage at the base of your brain. From there, scent information is passed on to the limbic system, a primitive part of your brain responsible for very basic body functions. The limbic system communicates with the hypothalamus and pituitary, master glands that affect and regulate fundamental body processes including the secretion of hormones and the regulation of moods, digestion, appetite, sexual arousal, and heartbeat. Aromas also stimulate the parts of your brain that control memory.
How to Use Essential Oils
Two of the most popular ways to use essential oils are by inhaling them (smelling them) and by applying them to the skin (in a massage oil or facial oil). To obtain the benefits of aromatherapy, essential oils can also be added to bathwater, skin creams, and lotions; used to scent bedding, clothing, and laundry; and incorporated into homemade air-fresheners. A diffuser (a device specially designed to disperse essential oils into the air) can be used to fill an entire room with fragrance.
Inhaling essential oils
Add a few drops of essential oil to a piece of cloth or a cotton ball. To make a steam inhalation, add three to five drops of essential oil to a pot of steaming water. Steam provides a vehicle not only for inhaling essential oils, but also for carrying the essential oils to your skin. Position your face about 12 inches over the steaming water, drape a towel over your head, and breathe the steam for a moment or two. Remove the towel and take a few breaths of fresh air. Repeat the process for a maximum of 5 to 10 minutes.
Applying essential oils to your skin
To protect your skin from irritation, always dilute essential oils in a carrier oil (a vegetable or nut oil) such as sweet almond, grapeseed, sunflower, olive, jojoba, apricot kernel, kukui nut, or hazelnut oil.
Aromatic waters are another easy and pleasant way to use essential oils on your skin. To make aromatic water, add 10 drops of essential oil to 1 ounce of water in a spray bottle. To use, thoroughly shake the mixture, then mist your body and face, being sure to close your eyes before you spray.
What Essential Oil is good for headaches
Now answer to the question 'What Essential Oil is good for headaches?'. So far, we know that there are two ways we can use essential oils, below are the list of the same that you can use to cure headaches.
Apply lavender, eucalyptus, and peppermint to your palms, rub together, and cup over nose and mouth to inhale as often as needed.
Apply peppermint, copaiba, and/or lavender to the temples, forehead, and back of the neck as often as needed.
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