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Alternate Essential Oils for Beginners
Essential oils are complex substances and, before you use an essential oil for the first time, you should understand both its potential benefit and the potential cautions associated with it. It can be confusing for the beginner to aromatherapy to know where you start. In addition to reading some quality aromatherapy books, it is advisable to take a course in aromatherapy to fully understand the subject of essential oils. Here are three alternate essential oils you may wish to consider as a beginner to aromatherapy.
Spearmint Essential Oil
Peppermint (Mentha piperita) essential oil is a popular essential oil that is often used by beginners to aromatherapy. However, peppermint essential oil actually contains some volatile chemical components and should not be used with, or in the vicinity of, babies and children under five years of age. Breathing difficulties may occur in the underdeveloped lungs of this age group. In addition, peppermint essential oil can cause sensitivity.
An alternative to peppermint essential oil is spearmint (Mentha spicata) essential oil. Spearmint essential oil has a less sharp aroma than peppermint essential oil, more reminiscent of a popular brand of chewing gum! Spearmint essential oil contains a less percentage of menthol, which causes possible sensitivity. Spearmint and peppermint essential oil have similar therapeutic properties. However, both essential oils should be avoided in pregnancy.
Rosalina Essential Oil
Rosalina (Melaleuca ericifolia) essential oil is a relatively new essential oil to the market but it can be used for similar purposes as tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia)essential oil. As it contains more alcohols, it may be more suitable for use with children. However, it is still potent enough to tackle symptoms of colds, flu, and respiratory problems.
Rosalina essential oil is not as common in usage as its more popular cousin, tea tree, but it can handle similar sorts of problems, and maybe a good alternative for beginners to aromatherapy. (click the next button to preview the next page)