Before doctors and pharmaceuticals, we relied on community healers who had a knowledge of local plant medicines. This knowledge was passed down through generations of empirical study. Today, many people find relief from illness using plant medicines when pharmaceuticals are insufficient, too expensive, or simply not available.
Essential oils used in aromatherapy have a sophisticated combination of chemical constituents. These chemical constituents have different actions on the body (i.e., antibiotic, anti-inflammatory, antidepressant, anti-anxiety, etc.). Aromatherapy can be used in sexual health to ease labour pains, menstrual cramps, stimulate arousal, and many other contexts. As an aromatherapist, I incorporate this tool into my work as a doula and councelor when applicable. I also offer custom blending and aromatherapy products for sexual health here.
Custom blends and custom massage oils can also be purchased outside of my services for $20/10ml bottle. Blends can be created for postpartum depression, sexual anxiety, yeast infections, menstrual cramps, increase blood flow, or encourage sexual expression. Contact myself directly to create a custom blend: Tynan Rhea (@) gmail .com
You can review some of my premade aromatherapy products in my online store.
how to use essential oils
Smelling. Essential oils can be diffused into the air to address airborne infections, respiratory conditions, and psychological needs. You can also purchase terra cotta pendants or felt necklaces to place a drop of an oil or blend for smelling.
On the skin. Essential oils can also be diluted into a vegetable oil and used on the skin in a bath, cream, lotion, or balm to treat skin that is dry, flakey, inflamed, itchy, oily, or to soothe muscle aches, cramping, cuts, scars, etc. Some practitioners like to combine aromatherapy with massage or acupuncture. If a practitioner asks if you’d like aromatherapy incorporated into your treatment, be sure to ask where they received their aromatherapy training and why they feel this will benefit your treatment.
essential oil safety 101
Never consume essential oils. Essential oils are highly concentrated herbal medicines. The same companies that will tell you one drop of peppermint oil is equivalent to 28 cups of peppermint tea will tell you essential oils are safe for consumption disregarding the potency of such highly concentrated substances. There are very rare situations when some essential oils can be taken orally, however, this should never be attempted without the guidance of a highly trained aromatherapist. Some essential oils are so poisonous when consumed it can kill a grown adult with just three drops. Other essential oils, like oregano oil, are not indicated for internal use because its antibiotic properties will destroy the healthy gut bacteria you need for proper digestion (like any other pharmaceutical antibiotic). If you want to use an essential oil for a viral infection, simply smelling an antiviral oil from the bottle or diffusing it into the air will allow the essential oil molecules to travel through your respiratory system and heal the infection. That way, if the oil has any antibiotic actions it won’t destroy the bacterial culture in your gut.
Always dilute essential oils into a vegetable oil before using on the skin or in the bath (1-5%). Since essential oils are so powerful, putting oils directly on our skin can often cause irritation or sensitivity/allergies over time. Generally, 1-2% essential oil in a vegetable oil (i.e., 20-40 drops in 100ml of vegetable oil) will give you a nice scent and have psychological effect. 3-5% essential oil in a vegetable oil will have a strong scent and medicinal effect on the mind and body.
Aromatherapy bottle image created by Pelin Kahraman taken from the NounProject.com with modification.