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Aromatherapy uses the sense of smell (aromas) with the sense of touch (massage) to heal the body, the mind and the spirit. A base or carrier oil is used to which the essential oil is added to heal on a holistic level with massage. The essential oil is the life-essence of the plant and can benefit the body greatly whilst being a most enjoyable experience. The oils can also be added to the bath or diffused in a burner. There are oils to stimulate and oils to relax, oils for pains and oils for pleasure – oils to work on a physical level, and oils to aid on a spiritual one – for more information on this amazing subject, see the Enlightment section for informative books and related articles – life will never be boring again.
The Green Witch range of Essential and Carrier oils are 100% Pure. I pride myself in not only the best quality oils available, but also the extent of the range and the choice in size – you can purchase from as little as 2.5 ml to 10ml or larger – as little or as much as you need. This unique service allows you to try the 2.5 ml to see if you like and , if you use it, then next time you can buy a bigger size. If there is an oil that you would like to try and it doesn’t appear on the list, then just contact me direct and if it can be obtained, I will get it for you. It might already have been added to my ever-increasing range - so just enquire.
What does What?
In this section, I will give you some insight into which oils are for what - well, what I use for what anyway. Another section where it will grow bit by bit.
What quantities do I use?
I have to say I get asked this question a lot as there are many people out there that have no idea what carrier oil is or what to do with an essential oil so here are a few pointers for you adults out there:
For massage, add 3 drops of essential oil per 5ml carrier oil
If you pour 5ml carrier oil into the cup of your hand, you will get a pointer as to how much it is in your hand and won’t need to measure all the time…
For an oil bath, run your bath first, then add 8 drops of essential oil either direct to the bath or into a tsp bath base, cheap vodka or full fat milk – the alcohol or fat helps to disperse the oil into the water which makes it more beneficial and is a must if children are involved (will cover what can be used for kids next newsletter)
If adding oils to the pillow, add 3-4 drops both sides of the pillow plus on the top edge of the duvet – it makes it that wherever you are sleeping, you will still have access to the aroma.
If adding essential oils to a vaporiser, I tend to add 8-10 drops to the water but it also depends on the size of the room too, so use your common sense.
WARNING: It isn’t so important to get exact quantities for room aromas, but when putting oils onto the body, never overdose as you can overload the liver, so never, ever add more than the massage amount indicated unless you are an experienced aromatherapist and know what you are doing. Never put neat essential oils on the skin either – always dilute except in emergency when lavender and tea tree only can be applied to cuts, burns etc
Essential oils and Pregnancy…I am going to rant for a moment! How did any of us have a successful pregnancy? Every year, something else is taken off the list of can and can’t haves, and do’s and don’ts whilst expecting. What has made me write this was a pregnant girl who asked if she was safe in my shop inhaling the smell of the place, as she had been told to stay away from aromatic oils. Now, if you know me, you can imagine my face! I laughed and made some smart comment about pregnant women and perfume counters!! After a conversation, I then found out that she was using “plug-ins” in the home and chemical foam baths for her soaks instead….now, is it me?? So, thought I would set a few things straight on this subject for all those expectant ladies. Firstly, if inhaling aromas was dangerous, we couldn’t step outside without masks on, in case we smelt tar off the road or newly mown grass. I know I’m being extreme, but a couple of drops lavender on the pillow or a tissue to help you relax and sleep is going to be better for you than the chemicals you will be inhaling from air fresheners and plug-ins (and the fact anyone invented putting plastic and liquid into electricity is beyond me…but that’s another rant!!), so here are some basic rules on oils during pregnancy now I have calmed down and got off my soapbox again…No essential oils should be added to your bath or to the body for the first 13 weeks (1st Trimester). So, during early pregnancy, inhaling oils direct from a tissue is fine, as is having oils in a vaporiser, but avoid the body.In the 2nd and 3rd trimester, I would use the following oils, but as needed & well diluted: only add 3-4 drops oil in the bath (half the normal dose for an adult) and only 1-2 drops to 5-10ml carrier oil for massage. Chamomile, lavender, Ylang Ylang and geranium and wonderful and relaxing, whereas Bergamot, Grapefruit and Mandarin are all energising, for when tiredness strikes or you need a little lift (footbaths are great). If you get a cold, use tea tree or Niaouli to fight the virus. The more expensive oils are fantastic in pregnancy: Rose, Neroli and Frankincense are wonderful and a must at the final stages of pregnancy, if you can afford them. Use only good quality carrier oils for massage (not cooking oils from Supermarkets – you would be surprised!!) Indulge in jojoba or Wheatgerm added to apricot kernel or sweet almond oil for your belly to avoid those stretch marks, and massage every night very carefully or better still, let your partner do it. There is a lot you can do during pregnancy to ease problems and if you avoid chemicals, you will have a healthier pregnancy.A good little book is by Francis Clifford called “Aromatherapy during your pregnancy”. It is full of little bits of help for problems that might pop up, and is a bargain at £4.
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