Essential oils have become increasingly popular. They have been used for centuries for their remarkable healing properties, and it seems the mainstream has caught on. The practice of using essential oils, or aromatherapy, can be a great complementary treatment to using a sensory deprivation tank.
What are essential oils?
Essential oils are concentrated oils that contain the organic aromatic compounds from a plant. They are derived from a plant’s petals, stems, leaves, roots or bark. These oils are typically extracted from the plant through distillation. They are called “essential” because they contain the “essence” of the plant’s fragrance.
The benefits of essential oils
Essential oils have been used by many cultures for thousands of years. They offer a variety of valid therapeutic benefits, from decreasing inflammation to offering stress relief. Many of our sensory deprivation tank clients find using essential oils enhances the relaxation effect of floating.
Essential oils can be used to treat:
- Sore muscles
- Cold and flu symptoms
- Pain and inflammation
- Hormonal imbalance
- Digestion issues
- Nail fungus
- Skin conditions like acne and rosacea
Some popular essential oils and their uses
Lavender oil is one of the most popular essential oils. It’s well known for its calming effects, and is often used to treat anxiety and insomnia. Lavender can be used for migraines, depression and stress relief. It also works as an antiseptic and bug repellant. Lavender oil is a perfect essential oil for our sensory deprivation tank clients to start with.
Peppermint oil can be very beneficial in treating nausea and headaches. It can help to alleviate gas, indigestion and anxiety. Peppermint oil has also been used to help with irritable bowel syndrome, as it produces an antispasmodic effect. It can also be added to steaming water to ease congestion.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is an essential oil that has strong antimicrobial, antifungal and antiseptic properties. It can be used to treat cuts, skin conditions and nail fungus. It can also be used as a cleaning agent due to its antiseptic properties. You can also try tea tree oil as a natural insect repellant.
Lemon Balm Oil
Lemon balm oil, or Melissa oil, has been used for centuries to improve sleep, reduce anxiety and heal wounds. It has strong antibacterial properties and can be used to treat cold sores. Lemon balm oil has also been used to alleviate tension and promote mental clarity.
Frankincense oil is used for its calming properties, which are believed to affect the nervous system. It is often used to relieve stress and anxiety, as well as to promote sleep. Frankincense has antiseptic properties and can be used to promote oral hygiene by preventing tooth decay, bad breath and cavities. Look for natural oral care products containing frankincense oil.
Essential oils can be used safely to provide a host of health benefits. You should always follow product instructions carefully to ensure proper use. Aromatherapy and essential oils can be an excellent way to boost the benefits of flotation therapy. To inquire about purchasing essential oils or to reserve a sensory deprivation tank, call H2Om Float in Jacksonville at (904) 619-5201.