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How Oils Can Be Used
By James F. Balch, M.D. and Mark Stengler, N.D.

Remember when you were a child and your mother rubbed a menthol ointment on your chest to relieve chest congestion? She may also have put some of the ointment into a vaporizer to fill the room with a cloud of menthol-scented steam, to help you breathe more easily. This was a form of aromatherapy, and your mother was practicing it in different ways to maximize its healing powers. Likewise, aromatherapists not only match essential oils to particular symptoms, they also carefully choose the method of delivering aromatherapy.

There are several different ways for essential oils to be used, and different application methods are best suited to different ailments. Respiratory problems, such as sinusitis and bronchitis, respond well to steam inhalation and chest massage, while nervous complaints are best assuaged by a combination of massage, baths, and inhalation. Indigestion can be eased by directly inhaling the aroma of peppermint oil, while constipation responds to an abdominal massage with a blend of fennel and marjoram. In addition, different people respond to different oils in unique ways.

With a little practice and some common sense, you will soon learn how you can best treat yourself and your family with aromatherapy.

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