Another effective way of treating with aromatherapy essential oil is to add a few drops to a warm bath.
Make sure the room temperature is adequate and that the doors and windows are closed to keep in vapours.
Immerse your body up to your head for at least ten minutes, relax and breathe deeply. Some odoriferous molecules will penetrate the skin, whilst others will stimulate the nerve endings in the nose.
These nerve endings are an extension of the portion of the brain, which is responsible for governing our feelings of pleasure, contentment and well-being, as well as our appetite, thirst and sexual behaviour.
They also connect with the part of the brain called the hypothalamus
This controls the endocrine glands in the body (the thyroid,
adrenals, ovaries, etc).
The essential oils can exert a powerful
influence over the hormonal secretions from the glands, helping to
stimulate an under active organ or soothe an agitated one to
re-establish harmonious functioning.
The vapours of essential oils are inhaled while sitting in a bath with added oils.
There are various ways of utilizing the aromatherapy essential oils:
- 6-10 drops of one or more oils are blended in a teaspoon of milk (to
gain a better "mix" between the oils and bath water) and then scattered
over the bath once the water has been turned off and some steam has been cleared.
- 6-10 drops of one or more essential oils are mixed with two
teaspoons of carrier oil and added to the bath water after the bath
has run and the steam cleared.
- 6-10 drops of one or more
essential oils are mixed with one tablespoon of shampoo or liquid soap
and poured into the bath.
After the bath, some oil remains on the
skin and it should only be patted dry to leave a lingering fragrance
on the body.