“Aromatherapy is… the skilled and controlled use of essential oils for physical and emotional health and well-being.” Valerie Cooksley
Yesterday I read an article in the New York Times about Aromatherapy Bars, In Competition for Your Nose By Jennifer A Kingson. There are not that many Aromatherapy Bars and pretty expensive. When I worked in a Spa many years ago we did mix our own essential oils for treatments. Between giving facials and body work oils were a big part of why a client came back. In makeup some of us do have cosmetic and massage licenses.We can apply spa type treatments for actors in the makeup trailer. It really is up to you. However you choose to address treatment products for your actors remember not to experiment and to be aware of any adverse reactions. Essential oils and how they work is very complex in nature. Only practiced Aromatherapists should work with certain essentials oils. Essential oils can be used alone, diluted, together with another product or inhaled. For example you can dilute oils with Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Jojoba and avocado oils. What are essential oils? They are concentrated plant extracts. Like grasses, leaves, peels of fruit, flowers, wood, and roots. Just to name a few. Essential oils should be kept away from children. Two commonly known companies that sell Essential Oils are StarWest and Aura Cacia. A few of the common Essential oils are listed here with descriptions that only pertain to Spa type treatments. Always do your research and read detailed information on any oil you are going to use. Along with any suggested use or warnings.
Common Essential Oils are:
Bergamot: Can be used to treat oily or acne prone skin types.
Cedar wood:Antibacterial, Antiseptic, Astringent, Diuretic, Stimulant,insect repellent.
Cinnamon: energizing, invigorating, and refreshing.
Clary Sage: heals most skin irritations. Works well in facial masks.
Clove: Antiseptic, disinfectant for mouth and teeth. Used often in massage oils.
Chamomile: A calming oil. Used to relax and soothe.
Eucalyptus: Antiseptic, antiviral, bactericidal, deodorant, expectorant, fungicidal, and insecticide.
Frankincense: Anti-inflammatory, Sedative, Calming and detoxifies.
Grapefruit: Antibacterial, Antiseptic, Astringent, Detoxifier, Stimulant.
Geranium: Helps to balance the skin.
Lavender: Balancing, relaxing, uplifting, skin care, and treatment for burns.
Lemon grass: Lemon grass is uplifting and often used in Massage, bath, or lotions.
Lemon: Helpful to treat wounds, infections, and uplifting.
Peppermint: treat aches and pains, digestion, indigestion, headaches and skin treatments. Sensitive skin.
Rosewood: Astringent in nature. Can be used as a deodorant, insecticide, and stimulant. Can also be used for jet lag.
Rosemary: Stimulating product. Up lifting. Good for muscle aches and tension.
Spearmint: Less strong than peppermint. Good to use for children.
Sage: Relaxing oil . Used often in massage products. Helps with aches and pains. Soothing.
Sandalwood: Aids many skin ailments, stress reducer; uplifting.
Tea Tree: Healing oil. Good for any kind of anti-fungal treatment.
Vetiver: Great for the skin. It is used to reduce wrinkles and stretch marks.Moisturizes the skin and helps to heal wounds.
Patchouli: Anti-inflammatory; cell regenerator. Alleviates depression and anxiety.Used most often in perfume, incense, massage, bath, and diffuser.
To name just a few.
Essential Oils to stay away from:
Almond Bitter: Bitter almond oil contains prussic acid, known as cyanide, and is a well-known poison
Mugwort: Contains thujone which is poisonous.
mustard: As an essential oil, mustard oil is toxic because of its high content of allyl isothiocyanate. The oil is a skin and mucus membrane irritant
Pennyroyal oil is a toxin.( pulegone content) if ingested pennyroyal oil can cause death.
Sassafras: Extremely toxic and a carcinogenic.
Wormwood: Known also as Artemisia absinthium. Contains neurotoxins that can bring on seizures.
Just to name a few. For more information about Essential Oils go to:
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