Aromatherapy has been around longer than most people would expect, with the word first being coined in 1928 by a French chemist called RenÃ©-Maurice GattefossÃ© when he discovered the effects of putting his burning arm in some lavender oil during an accident at a lab in which he was working. However, it's only in recent years that oils like eucalyptus have really been catching on with aromatherapists. There are a few reasons why eucalyptus aromatherapy is starting to become so popular. But, before going too much further, here's a brief definition of what aromatherapy is all about: it's a holistic approach to treating spiritual, physical, and physiological problems through the external use of essential oils. This could include adding them to a warm bath, applying directly to the body through massage, or breathing in the vapors. As you can see there are a number of ways that it can be applied. Eucalyptus aromatherapy has an advantage over the other more traditional forms of aromatherapy in as much as it's already recognized as having beneficial properties. In its undiluted oil state, eucalyptus is currently being used to help with joint and muscular pains, sprains, poor circulation, rheumatoid arthritis, and sinus problems. With those credentials, it's easy to see how eucalyptus could have a number benefits over other oils being used in aromatherapy. Eucalyptus is also widely used in many decongestive medicines, so it makes it a must if you're looking for an oil that you can vaporize in order to inhale it and clear your hay fever, sneezing attacks, respiratory problems, flu, and headaches. The easiest way to vaporize and inhale the eucalyptus is to take a bowl of boiling water, add two drops of eucalyptus oil, and then cover your head and the bowl with a towel and inhale the vapors - but remember to keep your eyes shut while you're doing it. Eucalyptus, while being nontoxic, can be an irritant, so you don't want to get any undiluted eucalyptus oil on your skin, and you certainly don't want to open your eyes when doing your eucalyptus aromatherapy inhalation because it will have a burning sensation on them. There are many forms of eucalyptus aromatherapy that you can use quickly and easily yourself. If you do decide that you want to try out the inhalation method, then be careful not to get any undiluted eucalyptus oil on yourself. If you chose to use it to rub on yourself topically, then blend it with something like jojoba oil. Eucalyptus is a fantastic ingredient in any medicinal or therapeutic remedy - and eucalyptus aromatherapy could be just the thing you're looking for to help you with a few of your aches, pains and mild breathing complaints.
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