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Essential Oils and Their Uses

How to Use Essential Oils? An essential oil is a very versatile healing tool. There are many ways to implement them into your daily routine. Since their effects are cumulative, that is they get stronger the longer you use them, it makes sense to try to use little and often.

Bath

The bath is probably the most effective way of using essential oils. The oils should be diluted into a carrier oil, or some milk. Use between 5-10 drops of essential oil for a full bath.

Warm water helped fulfil a number of functions here. Look at your skin and everywhere you see a hair growing, there is a pore to allow the oils into your body. The skin is the largest organ of the body, and is semi permeable. When you are warm the pores open to allow sweat to leave the body. As they open, the oils can also enter the bloodstream through them.

Warmth also encourages muscles to relax and release and again, as the fibres release essential oils have a more effective passage.

Most important though, is as steam leaves the water, it carries aromatic molecules with it for us to breathe in. This is the fastest route for the chemistry to enter our mind, relaxing and soothing our thoughts.

Some essential oils can be too abrasive to use in the bath, for the most part, relaxing and soothing oils work best. Check each oil’s corresponding safety data. 

Massage

Massage is the very best way to administer essential oils. The soft flowing movement reduce heart rate and relax muscles. It is so easy to make a massage oil. Simply use 10 ml of a carrier oil such as jojoba or grapeseed to dilute your oils then add 4 or 5 drops of your chosen essential oils. It can work very well to mix three oils, one each of top, middle and base notes.

Massage oils keep very well in dark bottles. Add a teaspoon of wheat germ oil to make it last a little longer and add some Vitamin E to nourish the skin too.

Compress

Compresses work very well if there is a deep seated problem beneath the tissues. Think of bruising or congestion of some sort. There are two types of compresses, hot and cold. Fill a bowl with warm water and add 5 drops of your chosen essential oil. Soak a towel into the water and then wring out. Place the warm towel onto the affected area and leave there for around 5 minutes. Making a cold compress is the same, simply use colder water!

Inhalation

True aroma-therapy!

This is a spectacular way to cleanse the skin deeply, or to release congestion from the sinuses for example. There are several ways to do it, depending on how penetrating you want the treatment to be. For simple relaxation, and emergency treatments during anxiety attacks, simply put 2 or 3 drops of an oil such as lavender, camomile or geranium onto a tissue. Place it near the nose and breathe slowly for five minutes.

To work more deeply to open pores or relieve sinusitis fill a bowl with hot water and use 2 or 3 drops of oil. Make a tent with a large towel and hold your head over the steam (ensuring you stay far enough from the steam to avoid scalding). Ideally, you would try to steam for around five minutes, however if you begin to feel light headed or too hot, take breaks in between.

Diffusion

Diffusers let you propel molecules further and so can fill a room, changing its mood and atmosphere. If you don’t want to spend extra money on a new piece of technology, place a bowl of warm water with 2 or 3 drops of essential oils onto a radiator. Ensure the bowl is safely away from little hands.

Room Fragrance

Naturally, oil and water do not mix, so in order to dissolve the essential oils into small droplets, it is necessary to add a teaspoon of vodka to your mix.

Mix 10-15 drops of essential oil into a teaspoon of vodka, then add 100ml of natural spring water, then decant into a glass spray bottle to refresh any room. Store in a dark cupboard and it should keep well for about three months.

Gargle

Essential oils are blissful relief when you have a sore throat. Add a drop of tea tree and lavender to a glass of water. Gargle it to disperse the essential oils over the infection and then spit the oils away. Repeat until the glass is emptied. 

 

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