Aromatherapy has been used across many cultures since ancient times. Ancient Egyptians used specific aromatherapy oils as they were mummifying a body. On the heads of guests they also placed scented wax cones that would melt progressively releasing the fragrances of the essential oils. In modern-day France, famous for its high quality lavender oils, essential oils can be used internally instead of medicine by trained aromatherapists. Most countries restrict aromatherapy oils to external applications.

Aromatherapy uses the scents and chemical properties of essential oils to affect our emotions and moods as well as healing on a physical level. These are commonly used in oil burners (6 drops), massage oils (1 drop essential oil : 2 mls carrier oil), several drops in a bath or on a tissue. Use whichever oils you are drawn to or try any of the following. 2 or 3 oils may be blended together:

• Calming and Balancing
lavender, marjoram, geranium, chamomile or mandarin
• Overthinking and Worry Relief
sandalwood, frankincense, geranium, clary sage or vetiver
• Concentration and Memory Improvement
rosemary, peppermint, basil, pine or lemon
• Invigorating and Uplifting
orange, lemon, lime, grapefruit, peppermint
• Sensual and Erotic
ylang ylang, jasmine, rose, patchouli
• Tension and Frustration Relief
bergamot, orange, neroli
• Overburdened and Humourless Relief
lemon and jasmine together

Try luxuriating in a warm bath with your favourite aromatherapy essential oils for a special treat. Remember that so-called aromatherapy oils marked ‘fragrance oil’ are synthetic and do not have any of the healing properties of pure essential oils. You get what you pay for.

Despite its high price tag, pure rose oil is probably the best oil for opening the heart to love and joy. Jasmine and neroli oils also work well and are a more affordable price.

Tea-tree oil is a must have for first aid as an antiseptic, for mouth ulcers or for fungal complaints, including thrush. Remember to dilute it heavily in water first. Peppermint oil can neutralize even the strongest odours. Neat lavender oil takes the itchiness out of insect bites, provided the skin is not broken. Bergamot is extremely effective for getting rid of cold sores.

Wherever possible use essential oils like lavender, lemon, orange and peppermint to make your own cleaning agents. Aromatherapy oils can also be added to your own shampoo and cosmetic bases as well as homemade soaps. These reduce the number of toxic synthetic fragrances in your environment, lessening the burden on your immune system and assisting you in holding a higher vibration.

Author's Bio: 

Michelle Mayur is the creative Conscious Entrepreneur behind the Heal the Healer Membership and Mentoring Program. http://www.heal-the-healer.com. A published author of Angels Are Watching, she is based in Melbourne, Australia and has worked as a professional healer in private practice since 1995 at Angel Wings Healing, specializing in Spiritual Healing, Clinical Hypnotherapy and Reiki. Contact michelle@heal-the-healer.com.