Aromatherapy & Steam Inhalation

Breathe in……

When we breathe in essential oils, some of it’s molecules travel to the lungs, pass through the lining and into the bloodstream, where they travel around the body. Other molecules take an upward route to the brain, which receives a healing message – to relax or energize, for example – and transmits the appropriate “signal” along the nerve channels of the body.

Inhilation is the quickest way for essential oils to enter the body, and is the most effective way to deal with fragile emotions, and negative states of mind such as stress and depression. On an physical level, it is very useful for respiratory conditions, headaches, and sinus congestion.

Although essential oils may be inhaled directly from the bottle, other alternative methods are available.

Steam Inhalation

*Fill a small to medium size bowl with hot water (not boiling) and add no more than 2-3 drops of essential oil.

*Keeping your eyes closed, bend over the bowl; cover your head with a towel, and breathe deeply for a few minutes.

Some Suggested Essential Oils

Roman Chamomile

*Sedative, immunostimulant, antidepressant

Cypress

*Calmative, restorative, respiratory tonic

Frankincense

*Energizing, expectorant, immunostimulant

Pine

*Stimulant, expectorant, restorative

Geranium

*Regenerative, antidepressant, balances nervous system

Cedarwood

*Bronchial congestion, expectorant, emotionally grounding

Caution Care

*Use only pure essential oils.

*For external use only.

*Do not use steam inhalation if you are asthmatic (steam will aggravate this condition).

*Keep your eyes closed when using this method.

*Do not use this method on babies.

When used with care and respect, essential oils are a powerful tool that can support our total wellness – Mind, Body & Spirit.

Nature has giving us a precious and valuable gift.

So breath in….and enjoy!

Be well

Portions of this post gratefully supplied by: “Aromatherapy for the Soul” – Valerie Ann Worwood