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Secrets Of Aromatherapy Part I - Physical Remedies

Aromatherapy can be used to relieve the discomfort of awide range of minor physical complaints including burns,colds, flu, sinus problems, cold sores, eczema, headache,indigestion, menopause, menstrual irregularities, muscleaches, nausea and toothaches.

Diluted in healing carrier oil such as aloe vera,essential oils can relieve the pain of minor burns. Justadd a few drops of chamomile, geranium, lavender, neroli orpeppermint oil to eight ounces of aloe vera to make yourown healing salve. Of course if you are suffering from aserious third degree burn that exposes blisters, pus or redand raw bleeding skin you should immediately take yourselfto a hospital!

Aromatherapy can also be used to ease the discomfort ofsuffering from colds and flus. Oils such as peppermint,eucalyptus, ginger, clove, juniper and rosemary can helprelieve congestion. Warming oils such as clove,frankincense and pine can help relieve aches and pains.Diffusing lavender or eucalyptus through the air can helppurify the sick room of any viruses as well as soothe soresinuses.

Mixing a few drops of geranium, lavender or tea tree oilin healing carrier oil such as jojoba or aloe vera can alsohelp remoisturize dry cracked lips and heal annoying coldsores. Applied to the face the same oils can help clear upacne and blackheads.

If eczema is a problem then gently applying a couple ofdrops each of any combination of chamomile, geranium,lavender, neroli, patchouli or tea tree oil can help soothethe pain as well as reduce the angry red appearance of theskin.

Aromatherapy has proved to be so effective at relievingheadaches that there are now many commercial aromatherapypreparations on the market concocted especially for thispurpose. Applying oils such as basil, eucalyptus, lavender,linden blossom or peppermint (in a commercial cream basedmixture or prepared yourself in eight ounces of a carrieroil) is thought to be as effective as aspirin and anti-inflammatories at relieving a headache.

If nausea or indigestion is a problem you can try rubbinga blend of orange, ginger or peppermint oils (in a carrieroil) with a circular motion onto your stomach or you canput a few drops on your pulse points or a hanky and inhalewhenever your tummy feels cranky.

If irregular periods or cramps are a problem theinhalation or application of the following oils may provideyou with some relief: chamomile, clary sage, jasmine,lavender, neroli, rose, sandalwood, tangerine, ylang ylangand peppermint. Geranium is thought to be particularlysoothing for women going through menopause as it canrelieve hot flashes.

If you need an oil to relieve the discomfort of muscleaches and pains try rubbing a lotion made of arnica oil,almond oil or jojoba oil and a few drops of any of thefollowing essential oils: balsam fir, clove, ginger,chamomile, peppermint or rosemary.

One of the best kept secrets of aromatherapy is using adab of clove oil to relieve a toothache. Apply the oildirectly to the affected tooth and it will be numbed anddisinfected until you have time to book that all-importantappointment to the dentist!

*******(c) 2005 Liz Santher - All Rights Reserved

Liz Santher is a aromatherapy enthusiast and freelanceauthor.*******

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