While essential oils have plenty of benefits, they must be handled appropriately. Essential oils are highly concentrated substances that can cause harm to the body if not used properly. If you have never used essential oils on your skin, it is advisable to perform a skin-patch test to check for any allergic reaction.
To make a warm compress, add 4 to 6 drops of your choice of essential oil in a 500 ml of warm water. Then soak your folded piece of material, bandage or small towel, on top of the water. Judiciously apply the compress on the body area being treated. This enables an increase blood flow and promotes healing.
Essential Oils & Aromatherapy
Essential oils are volatile substances produced from various plant parts such as: seeds, leaves, fruits, flowers, resins, and woods. A certain oil is called "essential" in the sense that it holds the essence of the plant's fragrance and flavour from which it is obtained. These oils are mainly produced through distillation. They have therapeutic and healing properties which make them vital in aromatherapy.
Aromatherapy is defined as the art and science of using aromatic plant compounds aimed to harmonize the physical body, mind and spirit. It is a type of alternative medicine that greatly uses varied essential oils to promote health & well being. It attempts to boost the body’s natural healing process by integrating the physiological, psychological and spiritual processes. Thereby attaining of what is called a “holistic” approach to healing or therapy.
Aromatherapy however, must be kept in mind that this form of cure to help ease medical conditions should be seen as complementary or alternative treatment to modern medicine. It is not a replacement of conventional medicine which employs the use of synthetic drugs and surgeries for treatment, unless so applied by a licensed medical practitioner.