If one seeks professional massage therapy, it can only be found from the hands of an experienced therapist, but using aromatherapy massage at home for aromatherapy purposes only is as simple as using a body lotion (though aromatherapy oils bring more benefits). Apart from a physical effect that causes chemical changes in your body’s systems (the endocrine system, the lymphatic system, the circulatory system, and the nervous system), there is also an immediate psychological effect when you inhale the fragrance. To enhance it further, remember to breathe in deeply and enjoy the aromatic moments as much as you can. To gain the maximum benefit from an aromatherapy massage, do not shower or bathe for 8 hours after the massage and drink plenty of water to flush away toxins.
Aromatherapy General Precautions
Aromatherapy is a very safe and easy therapy to use, but keep in mind that there are certain precautions:
– Remember to wash your hands after applying aromatherapy massage;
– Do not apply the essential oils in their pure form as they may cause an allergic reaction. Instead, use blends that contain 2-5% essential oils diluted in good-quality cold-pressed oil;
– Do not apply oils after surgery (unless you have consulted with a doctor) or on open wounds or rashes of unknown origin;
– Do not use the oils after chemotherapy (unless suggested by a doctor);
– Keep the oils away from the eyes and mucus membranes;
– Use the oils only topically (unless you have consulted with an aromatherapist who specializes in phytoaromatherapy);
– Avoid rosemary, thyme, Spanish and common sage, fennel and hyssop if you suffer from high blood pressure;
– Do not apply the treatments on babies or infants. It doesn’t mean that aromatherapy can never be used on babies and infants, but extremely low concentrations should be used. Always consult with a medical or naturopathy doctor first;
– After an aromatherapy massage always remember to wash your hands;
– Make sure that you research the brand, read safety instructions for each individual oil you buy/use and check the expiration date;
– Store your blends in dark glass bottles, preferably in a cool, dry and dark place and remember to use within a maximum of one month after mixing.
The basic rules to keep in mind are the following proportions:
-For 15ml of vegetable oil (table spoon) add 5- 7 drops of essential oil.
-For 2ml of vegetable oil add 1 drop of essential oil.
If you are working on the face, use weaker concentrations, especially if you have sensitive skin:
For 30ml of a vegetable oil (or cream) use 1- 2 drops of essential oil.
If you wish to perform a facial treatment with aromatherapy oil, first apply the blend to the wrists to ensure that there is no allergic reaction. Avoid using oils like clove, cinnamon, oregano, rosemary and thyme if you have a sensitive skin that goes red easily. There are many vegetable oils that you can use as carrier oils for your blends: sweet almond oil, grape seed oil, hazelnut oil, olive oil, and avocado oil are the most popular for massage.