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SPRING | 2017

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Being a regular practitioner and adviser of everything related to nutrition, fitness, health, and wellness, Vineetha Reddy also has begun to write and contribute to this knowledge ecosystem. She strongly believes that the organic food you find in your pantry provides the best benefits for good health. Essential Oil FAQs How are Essential Oils Made? Essential oils are either distilled or extracted. How are Essential Oils Distilled? Plants are hung over boiling water, and the steam rises, carrying the oils with it. The steam is then captured and condensed, and the oils are separated from the water. What is Expression? Expression is considered the best way of extracting essential oils. The seeds and leaves are pressed and the oil is extracted. Should Essential Oils be Inhaled, Ingested, or Rubbed On? The effects of essential oils depend on their method of application. • For aches, apply essential oils directly to the site of the pain. You can also apply a few drops to your bath water and enjoy a long soak. • If you are looking to lift your mood, then inhaling essential oils might work for you. Simply add the desired essential oils to hot water and inhale the steam. • Advice about ingesting essential oils requires the expertise of a skilled aromatherapist and is not recommended without significant product knowledge, as some oils can be dangerous if consumed internally. Should Essential Oils be Diluted Before Application? Direct application of essential oils may be too concentrated for the skin and may cause irritation. Therefore, ideally, essential oils should be diluted before being used. They are usually diluted with carrier oils, the most common of which are almond oil, sandalwood oil, lavender oil, and jojoba oil. Are There Any Cautions When Using Essential Oils? There are several things one should keep in mind before using essential oils or getting an aromatherapy massage. • First, the quality of the oil is important. Check for purity and ask what extenders (synthetic) are being used. • Next, find out which carrier oil is being used for dilution. • During the health history intake, let your practitioner know if you have any allergies. 5. Rosemary Oil Rosemary oil has a refreshing fragrance that can help you relax and address muscular pain. Its texture is watery, which makes it easy to apply, and its anti-inflammatory properties make it a great choice to help your mind and muscles relax. 6. Lavender Oil Another oil that has calming properties is lavender oil. This oil is one of the best remedies for muscle aches, and it's great for sensitive skin as well. It is very effective in soothing muscular spasms, sprains, and cramps. 7. Wintergreen Oil This is a powerful oil is effective for immediate pain relief, thanks to its cortisone-like properties. Wintergreen oil is loaded with antispasmodic properties, which makes it a great choice for muscular pain relief. It also has anti-inflammatory properties that help address cramps and spasms. While essential oils have many healing properties, remember they may also cause allergic skin reactions for some users. It's important for your therapist to know about any allergies you may have, and whether you're sensitive to strong scents, before using this health-care approach. These oils offer only a small picture of the many great benefits of aromatherapy. Try various essential oils at home and during your next massage, and see where this aromatic journey takes you next. B S

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