Influenza, sinusitis, bronchiolitis, gastroenteritis ... winter rhymes with very nice ailments! Do not panic ! To fight against these winter diseases, the essential oils diffused in the house eliminate nasty viruses and bacteria and cleanse your interior in a pleasant and effective way. To take stock of the benefits of aromatherapy, we asked Aude Maillard, Doctor of Pharmacy and aromatherapist.Interview by Lise Lebrun
First of all, what is aromatherapy?
In summary, this is essential oil therapy. You can actually treat essential oils with many small everyday problems, and even much more than that, I think of recent clinical studies which demonstrate their effectiveness in the treatment of papillomavirus infection which predisposes to cervical cancer. uterus, or the treatment of certain hepatitis. We can also do prevention work, because certain aromatic active ingredients modify and reinforce the terrain. Essential oils can be applied to the skin, but can also be taken internally (directly in the mouth, making suppositories, oleocapsules). But beware, essential oils are very effective and can therefore be potentially dangerous if used improperly. When in doubt, always seek advice from an aromatherapist, and never use the internal route for self-medication without the approval of a specialist.
What essential oils can help us fight against winter diseases?
Generally speaking, the "winter queen" is the essential oil of ravintsara . It is antiviral par excellence (influenza, gastroenteritis, chickenpox, herpes ...) and immunostimulant (increases the production of antibodies). It is very well tolerated on the skin, even pure, from 4 years. Deposited on the forearms, it immediately enters the blood and operates its defense properties throughout the body. There is also that ofEucalyptus written off, for adults and children, much appreciated in all problems of colds, sinusitis, bronchitis… that of tea tree very active on viruses, notably that of the H1N1 flu.
Is it beneficial to distribute essential oils directly in my house?
Of course, this is a great way to clean up the premises of all the viruses and bacteria that occupy them, but also to take care of the occupants in a pleasant and effective way. Even by olfactory route, essential oils prove to be for certain immunostimulants. I think of that of ravintsara, but also that of rosewood, tea tree or lemon. Others are very active on the central nervous system and counteract the perverse effects of stress. These are for example, those of fine lavender, tangerine, ylang ylang ... The only precaution is to make sure with a specialist that the essential oil can be diffused, because some are toxic for the ENT mucous membranes and other toxic to the nervous system.
Is it better to distribute them in a perfume burner or in an electric diffuser?
When you want to benefit from the therapeutic properties of essential oils, it is important to be careful never to heat the oils. It is therefore necessary to favor conventional diffusers by cold nebulization. The last outputs are ultrasonic, they use water, and diffuse an aromatic mist which penetrates much more easily into the atmosphere and which humidifies the air often dried up by heating.
How long can I let the essential oils diffuse?
In practice, we broadcast 10 minutes every two hours, with a diffuser whose power is adapted to the size of the room.
Is it dangerous for children?
No, not particularly. But the diffusion of essential oil can be dangerous for several people: babies who have fragile mucous membranes, it is better to move them away while the diffuser is working, and bring them back into the room once the diffusion is complete. But also epileptic subjects who can trigger seizures if the oils released contain ketones. And also people with asthma, who can trigger a seizure, if the oils diffused have mucolytic properties such as radiated eucalyptus, ravintsara…
How to choose a quality essential oil? Where to get it? How much does it cost ?
There is a pledge of good quality when you buy an essential oil, it is to make sure that it bears the mention HECT or HEBBD. In the first case, this means that it is chemotyped, that is to say that its biochemical composition has been verified and identified. And in the second case, it means that it is botanically and biochemically defined. In organic stores, essential oils are generally of good quality, or in pharmacies specializing in aromatherapy, or on the internet (www.aroma-zone.fr). It is important to verify that they also bear the mention 100% pure and natural. The cheapest is around 4 euros per 10 ml, the most expensive (Italian helichrysum, Damask rose or lemon verbena) can reach 50 € for 5 ml. Contact : Aude Maillard, Doctor of Pharmacy, Aromatherapist www.aude-maillard.fr