Friday, October 31, 2014

Aromatherapy in the Home and Office

I've just added cold diffuser aromatherapy to the therapy office. It's been known for years that aromas can affect mood, energy, and thinking. Gone are the candles, wax warmers, and sprays.

Aromatherapy is a form of alternative medicine that uses plant materials and aromatic plant oils, including essential oils, and other aromatic compounds for the purpose of altering one's mood, cognitive, psychological or physical wellbeing.Aromatherapists, who specialise in the practice of aromatherapy, utilise blends of therapeutic essential oils that can be issued through topical application, massage, inhalation or water immersion to stimulate a desired response.
Some essential oils such as tea tree have demonstrated anti-microbial effects, but there is still a lack of clinical evidence demonstrating efficacy against bacterial, fungal, or viral infections. Evidence for the efficacy of aromatherapy in treating medical conditions remains poor, with a particular lack of studies employing rigorous methodology,[3] but some evidence exists that essential oils may have therapeutic potential.[4]    (see the rest of the article at Wikipedia)

Here is a recommended cold aromatherapy diffuser:  This is a large model containing 1.5 liters of water and will diffuse for about 2 days. These are like the cold humidifiers you use during the flu season. As with those: 
a. clean as recommended or weekly so no mold or mildew collects. You certainly don't want that or bacteria to grow, then diffuse that into the air you breathe!  I would recommend a few drops of bleach or better yet, vinegar, to clean this out. 

There are added benefits of adding the moisture to the air, and this particular diffuser puts out as much mist as a small home humidifier. If you want one small or more attractive, they are there and inexpensive. But, you will have to refill the water tank more often. This particular one is even used in spas and businesses.





click here for Aromatherapy Humidifiers at Ebay


You can use "essential oils" which are pure oils. Watch out for fakes in stores and online. Amazon.com seems to offer some trustworthy essential oils at a low price. Local health food stores also stock essential oils, such as Whole Foods. 
Essential oils can include: fir needle oil, pepper oil, orange oil, and so on. Dozens of varieties are offered:

 click here for Essential Oils at Amazon.com


 


Because they are the "real McCoy" extracted from plants, prices will vary from $5 to $20 per ounce. A one ounce size is a good trial size, though larger sizes are available also. 

Frangrance Oils are different. They may or may not have essential or real oils in them. Still, they can be considered because:
they are cheaper
they come in dozens of fragrances ranging from "tequila sunrise" to "autumn falling leaves". This company has good reviews and 20 one ounce fragrances can be tried and would cost under $30 for the fragrances and the shipping. 

Well, they have a fragrance available for every person:

 A-Z Fragrance Oil List - http://goo.gl/s2Reej




If you have ideas or reviews of oils, fragrances, or diffusers, please comment below for others to read. Thanks. Dr. Bunch