Free Aromatherapy Course Lesson 1 is a sample of the first lesson of the Aromatherapy Course .
What is Aromatherapy?
Aromatherapy is a type of alternative medicine which uses aromatic plant extracts known as essential oils for their healing benefits.
Where did Aromatherapy Begin?
Aromatherapy has been used by mankind for many centuries. The book of Exodus in the Bible records the instructions that God gave to Moses telling him to prepare a holy anointing oil by mixing liquid myrrh, sweet-smelling cinnamon, sweet-smelling cane, cassia and olive oil. (Exodus 30:22-25)
What are Essential Oils?
Essential oils are aromatic essences extracted from plant material.
For example the bitter orange plant Citrus aurantiumn produces orange essential oil from its fruit rind, neroli essential oil from its flowers and petitgrain essential oil from its leaves.
Other characteristics of essential oils include:
1. Essential oils are highly concentrated substances.
2. Essential oils are not greasy.
3. Essential oils mix well with vegetable oils.
Lavender Essential Oil
Name: Lavendula officinalis
Method of Extraction: Steam distilled from the flowers
Aromatic Description: Sweet, soothing, floral and fruity
Perfumery Note: Middle note
Lavender Essential Oil Safety Information
1. Do not use it/Avoid it in pregnancy especially the first 3 months.
2. Do not use it if you are breastfeeding.
3. Avoid using it if you have risk factors for breast cancer or other hormonal cancers due to its estrogenic effects.
4. Avoid using it on young children since it may cause breast development in boys (gynaecomastia) and girls (pre-pubescent breast development).
Therapeutic Uses of Lavender Essential Oil
1. Lavender has mentally calming and nervous tension relieving properties and is therefore useful for stress management, anger management and to relieve anxiety.
2. Lavender has cell regenerating properties which help the skin heal faster and with less scarring and thus it is used for minor bruises, burns and sunburns.
3. Lavender essential oil has antiseptic properties and thus is used for minor cuts and insect bites as well as acne .
4. Lavender has antifungal properties and thus it is used for athlete’s foot and other fungal infections.
What are Carrier Oils?
Carrier oils, which are also known as base oils, are the oils used to dilute essential oils before they are applied to the skin because essential oils are very concentrated substances which may cause severe reactions if applied directly to the skin.
Commonly used carrier oils include sweet almond oil, jojoba, olive oil, apricot kernel oil, sunflower oil, avocado oil, borage seed oil, cranberry seed oil, evening primrose oil, fractionated coconut oil, grapeseed oil, hazelnut oil, hempseed oil, macadamia nut oil, peanut oil, pecan oil, pomegranate seed oil, rosehip oil, sesame oil, and virgin coconut oil.
Sweet Almond Essential Oil
Botanical name: Prunus amygdalus var. dulcis
It has a sweet and nutty aroma.
It contains vitamins A, B, E, minerals and skin nourishing essential fatty acids.
Sweet Almond Oil Uses
1. Sweet almond oil is used for massage on all skin types since it is an excellent lubricant and it can be used as a 100% base. This means that it does not have to be diluted with other carrier oils.
2. Sweet almond oil is an excellent moisturizer and is thus beneficial for dry skin and mature skin.
3. Sweet almond oil calms sensitive, inflamed and itchy skin and is thus beneficial for managing eczema prone skin.
Sweet Almond Oil Safety Precautions
Do not use it if you have nut allergy.
How to Use Aromatherapy Essential Oils and Recipes
Mix 2 cups Epsom salts, 1 cup sea salt and 1 cup baking soda. Add 50 drops (2.5 ml) of lavender essential oil and a few drops of food coloring (optional) to create your own relaxing bath salts. Add one cup of these aromatic bath salts to your warm bath water for a relaxing soak.
Home Study Review Questions
1. How would you use lavender essential oil to help someone manage stress?
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This Aromatherapy Course teaches you:
* The safety information and therapeutic uses of essential oils like lavender, tea tree, eucalyptus, lemon, rosemary, geranium, peppermint, Roman chamomile, marjoram, clary sage, rose, sweet orange, ylang ylang and patchouli.
You will also learn about:
* The safety information and therapeutic uses of carrier oils like sweet almond oil, olive oil, jojoba, sunflower oil, evening primrose oil, apricot kernel oil, castor oil, virgin coconut oil, carrot seed oil, fractionated coconut oil, calendula oil, avocado oil, borage seed oil and rose hip oil.
Other topics covered in the Aromatherapy Course include:
* How to blend essential oils
* How to dilute essential oils with carrier oils
* How to administer essential oils
* How to make natural healing products from numerous aromatherapy recipes
This Aromatherapy Course will leave you with a clear understanding of how you can heal yourself, your family and clients naturally by using essentials oils even if you do not have prior training in aromatherapy.