Essential Oils are used in Aromatherapy in simple ways.
Baths, Massage, Inhalation and vaporizations are some of ways that the fragrance of essential oils are used to soothe and heal body mind and spirit. Essential oils are highly concentrated and are not for oral use. Before applying to the skin, essential oils need to be diluted in some way. Pregnant women, babies and children, and elderly skin should only use weak solutions of essential oils.
Baths with essential oils are a wonderful way to relieve stress and tension. It is recommended that you run a bath of water that is a comfortable temperature to use. Sprinkle 4 drops of one essential oil into the water. If you are combining oils, use only 3 drops of each essential oil. Move your hand through the water to disperse the essential oils throughout the water. One combination of oils for relaxation is to use three drops each of lavender and sandalwood essential oils. Soak for 20 minutes.
Inhalation of essential oils helps relieve colds, sinuses and influenza.
Steam from nearly boiling water rising from a bowl can be caught by a towel to help ease colds. Fill a bowl halfway and carefully with boiling water. Two drops of eucalyptus essential oils and 2 drops of tea tree essential oils can be sprinkled onto the surface of the water. Cover your head with a towel and let your body relax into the aromatic steam for approximately 15 – 20 minutes. Take off glasses or contacts so your eyes are not irritates before inhalation.
Vaporizers are used to take essential oils and diffuse them into the air of a room. Tea Tree essential oil and lemon essential oils help remove odors that are unpleasant. Other essential oils can be used to create a serene relaxing mood.
Massage is yet another method that aromatherapy uses essential oils. Carrier oils are used to first dilute the oil. Grapeseed oil, sweet almond oil, or jojoba oils are good vegetable oils that can be used. 10 drops of essential oils in four teaspoons of carrier oil is a nice mixture to create massage oil. Store the mixture in a clean glass bottle. Your blend will last about four weeks. Do not use this massage oil on the face. Use only 5 drops of essential oils to four teaspoons of carrier oil for sensitive or very young or elderly skin.
Hot and Cold Compresses are another way of using essential oils. For muscle pains, headaches, or bruises, soak a cloth in a solution of water and essential oils. Apply the compress to the sore area. The solution is made of approximately four ounces of water and 5 – 10 drops of essential oils.
There are a few other ways to use essential oils.
Placing a couple of drops of lavender oil on a pillow to enhance sleeping, or on a shoe rack to cleanse the air is another way. Some people place a drop or so of essential oils on a light bulb which is dispersed by the heat.
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