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What is aromatherapy?
Aromatherapy is the art and science of using pure essential oils from plants to bring about healing and to enhance our physical, mental and emotional well-being.

What are essential oils?
Essential oils are pure plant extracts obtained from the flowers, leaves, fruit, wood, bark, seeds and roots of aromatic plants. Essential oils are complex mixtures of chemical constituents, the precise nature and proportion of which determine their therapeutic and fragrant properties.

What can aromatherapy do for me?
Aromatherapy is considered one of the best ways of treating and preventing stress. As well as creating calm and tranquillity in our lives it is used to relieve menstrual disorders, lift depression, assist our body's detoxification processes, improve our energy levels, relieve respiratory disorders, alleviate skin conditions and treat muscle and joint problems.

How can aromatherapy be used?
There are many ways in which you can incorporate the benefits of aromatherapy into your daily life through the use of essential oils:

Get a massage. This is perhaps the oldest and simplest of all medical treatments. The human touch has long been reputed as a source of healing on its own. Combine this with the therapeutic powers of nature through the many therapeutic properties of essential oils to deliver that relief of aching shoulders and a tired soul. Do dilute pure essential oils in a carrier base oil or use infused oils or a prepared massage oil blend. Alternatively, you may wish to experience a professional massage by a spa that uses Perfect Potion's range of oils.

Instructions for dilution: Use approximately 2.5 to 3% of pure essential oil. This is equal to about 5 drops for every 10ml of carrier oil (for a full body massage, the average amount of carrier oil that needs to be used is around 25ml).

Soak in a bath. The Romans love this and so do the Japanese. In fact, many civilisations have long been aware of the circulatory goodness of a warm soak. Soaking in a bath melts your stress and detoxify the body.
Instructions for dilution: Using 5 drops of essential oil in a tub, relax till you feel sufficiently warmed. For an enhanced detoxifying effect and where space permits, alternate between a warm soak and a cold shower to stimulate your body's natural detoxifying process.
For individuals with known heart ailments and blood pressure issues, care is required when engaging in baths.
Essential oil soaks for the feet and hands can be prepared by adding 2-3 drops of essential oil to a foot soak tray or bowl. Should you feel the need to disperse the essential oil throughout the water, use Perfect Potion's Dispersing Bath Oil Base. Dilute as per the instruction above.

Make a compress. These are highly beneficial for temporary, topical relief of skin problems, bruises and muscular aches as well as from painful periods. Use 5 drops of essential oil in 200ml of water hot or cold. Soak a clean 100% cotton face or hand towel in it and wring out before laying it over the affected area. Re-apply when desired.

Breathe it in. Add 5-10 drops of essential oil to a bowl of hot water with visible steam. Place a towel over your head to create a cocoon around the bowl and take slow, deep breathes for instant relief of respiratory difficulties such as asthma, catarrh and the cold. Keep your eyes closed. Ensure that the water level gives sufficient clearance for the tip of your nostrils. For parents of young children, ensure constant supervision when giving them this relief. You can also try direct inhalation by applying 1-2 drops of essential oil on a clean sheet of tissue or handkerchief and bring it close to the nose for a few moments as and when required. Recommended oils for this activity: eucalyptus, ginger, lavender, tea tree, manuka, rosemary or thyme. Try Perfect Potion's Breathe Easy blend.


Treating common ailments

Acne
Related essential oils: bergamot | geranium | grapefruit | lavender | juniper berry | petitgrain | tea tree
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Aging Skin
Related essential oils:frankincense | geranium | lavender | patchouli
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Arthritis
Related essential oils:pepper, black | chamomile, German | ginger | lavender | juniper berry | marjoram, sweet | pine | rosemary
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Broken Capillaries
Related essential oils:chamomile, German | cypress | geranium

Bruises
Related essential oils:pepper, black | fennel, sweet | geranium | lavender | marjoram, sweet
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Catarrh
Related essential oils:Cedarwood | chamomile, German | eucalyptus | frankincense | ginger | lavender | marjoram, sweet | peppermint | pine | tea tree
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Chapped Skin
Related essential oils:calendula infused oil | lavender | sandalwood | sweet almond oil
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Chilblain
Related essential oils:pepper, black | lavender | marjoram, sweet | rosemary

Circulation, Peripheral
Related essential oils:pepper, black | eucalyptus | ginger | lemon | marjoram, sweet | nutmeg | pine | rosemary

Cold Sores
Related essential oils:bergamot | chamomile, German | lavender | tea tree
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Colds & Flues
Related essential oils:eucalyptus | ginger | lavender | lemon | peppermint | pine | tea tree
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Congested Skin
Related essential oils:geranium | juniper berry | lavender
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Coughs
Related essential oils:cedarwood, atlas | clary sage | eucalyptus | frankincense | ginger | pine
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Cracked Skin
Related essential oils:calendula infused oil | patchouli
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Cuts & Abrasions
Related essential oils:calendula infused oil | lavender | lemon | tea tree
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Dermatitis
Related essential oils:bergamot | carrot seed | calendula infused oil | chamomile, German | chamomile, Roman | juniper berry | lavender | patchouli
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Eczema
Related essential oils:bergamot | calendula infused oil | chamomile, German | chamomile, Roman | juniper berry | lavender | patchouli
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Fever
Related essential oils:eucalyptus | ginger | peppermint
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Flatulence
Related essential oils:pepper, black | chamomile, German | chamomile, Roman | fennel, sweet | ginger | mandarin | orange, sweet | peppermint

Fluid Retention
Related essential oils:cypress | fennel, sweet | grapefruit | juniper berry | mandarin | orange, sweet | rosemary
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Headache
Related essential oils:chamomile, German | chamomile, Roman | eucalyptus | lavender | marjoram, sweet | peppermint | rosemary
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Indigestion
Related essential oils:pepper, black | chamomile, German | chamomile, Roman | fennel, sweet | ginger | mandarin | orange, sweet | peppermint | rosemary

Insomnia
Related essential oils:chamomile, Roman | lavender | marjoram, sweet | neroli | orange, sweet | petitgrain
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Jet Lag
Related essential oils:peppermint | geranium | lemon
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Menstrual Pain
Related essential oils:chamomile, German | chamomile, Roman | clary sage | lavender | marjoram, sweet

Muscular Aches & Pains
Related essential oils:pepper, black | eucalyptus | ginger | lavender | juniper berry | marjoram, sweet | peppermint | pine | rosemary
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Oily Skin
Related essential oils:bergamot | cypress | geranium | juniper berry | lavender | lemon | may chang | mandarin | palmarosa | patchouli | petitgrain | rosemary | tea tree | ylang ylang
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Pre-menstrual Tension
Related essential oils:bergamot | chamomile, German | chamomile, Roman | clary sage | Evening Primrose Oil | geranium | lavender | marjoram, sweet | neroli
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Psoriasis
Related essential oils:carrot seed | chamomile, German | chamomile, Roman | Evening Primrose Oil | lavender | jojoba oil
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Rashes
Related essential oils:calendula infused oil | chamomile, German | chamomile, Roman | lavender
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Rheumatism
Related essential oils:pepper, black | clove bud | chamomile, German | ginger | juniper berry | lavender | marjoram, sweet | peppermint | pine | rosemary
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Sensitive Skin
Related essential oils:apricot kernel oil | calendula infused oil | chamomile, German | chamomile, Roman | jojoba oil | evening primrose oil | lavender | neroli | sandalwood | sweet almond oil
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Sinusitis
Related essential oils:cedarwood, atlas | eucalyptus | ginger | peppermint | pine
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Sprains
Related essential oils:pepper, black | eucalyptus | marjoram, sweet
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Stress & Tension
Related essential oils:basil, sweet | bergamot | cedarwood, atlas | chamomile, Roman | clary sage | frankincense | geranium | lavender | neroli | orange, sweet | patchouli | petitgrain | sandalwood | vetiver | ylang ylang
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Sunburn
Related essential oils:chamomile, German | lavender | peppermint
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Tinea
Related essential oils:tea tree
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Tired & Aching Muscles
Related essential oils:pepper, black | ginger | lavender | lemongrass | rosemary
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Wounds
Related essential oils:calendula infused oil | lavender | lemon | tea tree
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