Topical Aromatherapy

Essential oils
Are soluble with the lipids (fat) in the skin, so they are readily absorbed into the bloodstream. As a rule, since essential oils are one of nature’s most concentrated and potent extracts, dilution with a carrier oil is a must. Typically, the essential oil will range from 1%-%5 concentration in the carrier oil; or base.

Topical application of aromatic oils
May exert antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and analgesic effects. Therefore, desired effects can be targeted. Digestive upset may be relieved by massaging Peppermint essential oil diluted in the carrier base into the abdomen. Massaging Chamomile essential oil in carrier base or Lavender essential oil in carrier base into the solar plexus may help relieve tension.

Lavender and Chamomile essential oils may also be applied “neat”
Or without dilution in a carrier base. However, because allergic reactions can occur, Waterland Wellness Massage does not apply any essential oils in “neat” form.  Topical aromatherapy considers the negative indications described by the client and uses specific layers of essential oils to achieve the desired positive healing outcome. Topical application involves applying small amounts of diluted essential oils in key areas on the body.

Key areas for topical application are:

  • Crown of head
  • Temples
  • Behind ears
  • Neck
  • Upper back
  • Abdomen
  • At organs
  • Soles and tops of feet
  • Ankles

Some topical aromatherapy benefits that are more commonly known include:

  • Relief of minor discomforts
  • Boost the immune, respiratory and circulatory systems
  • Heal wounds
  • Ease addiction withdrawal
  • Improve skin tone
  • Regulate hormones
  • Reduce inflammation
  • Relieve menstrual cramps
  • Kill fungal & bacterial infections
  • Decrease congestion
  • Aid digestion
  • Relieve tension headaches
  • Aid blood circulation

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Waterland Wellness
22014 7th Avenue South, Suite 105
Des Moines, WA 98198

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(206) 824-1441 Office

Leanne Kuhlman, Licensed Massage Practitioner, Reiki Master / Teacher

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