Use of Essential Oil and aromaTweet
Essential oil contains the active ingredients of plant in a highly concentrated and potent form. They therefore need to be treated with care and should never be applied directly to the skin undiluted. There are many ways of dispersing their fragrance and utilizing their therapeutic properties.
- Essential oil use - Inhalation
Fill a glass of stainless steel pot with 2-3 quarts of very hot water. Add 2-5 drops of essential oil or synergistic blend. Position your face, eyes closed, about 10 inches above the water, or as close as is comfortable. If you wish drape a towel over your head and around the sides of the basin. Relax, breathing in the steam, for 5-10 minutes. Additional 1-2 drops can be added as needed.
- Essential oil use - Therapeutic message
This honored and ancient holistic treatment is delightfully enhanced with aroma oils, and can be designed to benefit specific tissues, imbalances and emotional conditions. For most oils, use 5-12 drops per 1 oz. of base oil. However, halve the amount for sensitive skin. Add the essential oil to any fresh vegetable oil such as almond, olive or sesame. Slightly warming the oil enhances the pleasure of the massage
- Essential oil use - Fragrancers
- Essential oil use - Bath
For a soothing, sensual, cleansing treatment for body, mind and spirit, vigorously mix 5-8 drops of your favorite essential oil or synergistic blend with the water; or use an emulsifier such as a tablespoon of honey, cream or bath gel and add to the tub just before getting in. For a soothing, restorative bath, try a mixture of Lavender, Mandarin and Geranium. For detoxifying, experiment with a little Juniper and Lemon with Lavender in a bath which is hot, but not scalding.
- Essential oil use - Foot bath
Refresh your tired feet by adding 4-5 drops of peppermint, rosemary and thyme to a large bowl of water. After soaking rub your feet with lavender.
- Essential oil use - Hand bath
- Essential oil use - Shower
After a shower, apply 5 to 7 drops to a damp wash clothe. Rub briskly all over the body. Preferably allow to air dry.
- Essential oil use - Sauna bath
Add two drops of eucalyptus or pine oil per half pint (330 mL) of water and throw over the coals to evaporate. These are great cleansers and detoxifiers.
- Essential oil use - Jacuzzi or hot tub
Relax and feel sensual by adding 10-15 drops of sandalwood or ylang-ylang to your bath or simply bubble over with the stimulating effects of pine, rosemary and neroli.
- Essential oil use - Room sprays
To make a room spray blend ten drops of essential oil in seven tablespoons of water. One tablespoon of vodka or pure alcohol to the solution will act as a preservative but this is optional. Shake the mixture well before filling the sprayer. Vanilla, peach or lemon oils all work well as natural room sprays.
- Essential oil use - Pillow Talk
Perfume your with 2-3 drops of oil. Choose a relaxing oil to unwind or one for insomnia if you have sleep problems.
- Essential oil use - Perfumes
The finest perfumes are traditionally blended from pure essential oils, particularly the flower extracts, though these days synthetic aromas tend to be used, particularly for the cheaper perfumes. The art of perfumier is subtle and skilled, and difficult to emulate at home as it is hard to find a medium to use as a substitute for alcohol. If you have a favorite oil or blend of essences, you can use it all over in a body oil (three percent solution); ore make a very concentrated blend (twenty-five percent) to dab behind ears and knees and on wrists and temples.
- Essential oil use - Pomanders
Hang porous corked bottles in your wardrobe or closet. The essential oil is absorbed by the clay and released slowly. Fill with the fragrance of your choice (cedarwood keeps away moths).
- Essential oil use - Handkerchief
This is the most portable way of using essential oils. Add 3-4 drops to a handkerchief and inhale. This is useful for treating colds or headaches, or just for clearing your head at work.
- Essential oil use - Shoe Rack
Freshen your cupboard with lemon grass. Deodorize shoes with two drops of pine or parsley oil.
- Essential oil use - Humidifiers
You can add your favorite oil to the water of a humidifier or improvise by adding five drops of essential oil to a small bowl of water and placing it atop a radiator.
- Essential oil use - Ring Burners
Use the heat from light bulbs to release perfumed oils. Small ring burners, usually purchased at a craft or specialty store, sit over the top of the bulb. Add a few drops essential oil, and the heat from the bulb will gently vaporize the oil.
- Essential oil use - Wood Fires
Sprinkle drops of cypress, cedarwood, pine or sandalwood over the logs to be used about an hour before lighting the fire and then burn them to release the aroma you have chosen.
- Essential oil use - Scented Candles
Wax candles can be bought ready-impregnated with essential oils and are a delightful way of scenting a room. Or you can add a few drops of essential oil to an oil lamp for the same effect.
- Essential oil use - Compresses
Excellent for topical application to ease pain, from strained muscles, menstrual cramps, etc. Add 4 to 7 drops of Essential Oil to a bowl of warm water. Swish the surface of the water with a cloth, wring out, apply to area, repeat when cloth cools. You may cover the warm cloth with a sheet of plastic and a towel to keep the warmth in longer. This is an excellent method for treating painful menstrual cramps.
Further, there is evidence to suggest that some essential oils ahce a high electrical resistance and that this quality may help in the treatment of problems where the elctrical resistance of cells is low.
It is not always possible to discern how a particular oil has a particular therapeutic effect. Aromatherapy often works on the basis of empiricism: that which works, works and will not be rejected in the absence of scientific proof.
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Lavender essential oil - Lavendula Officinalis
Bergamot essential oil - Citrus Bergamia
Jasmine essential oil - Jasminum Officinale
Geranium essential oil - Pelargonium Adorantissimum
Cinnamon essential oil - CinnamomumZeylanicum
Basil essential oils - Ocimum Basilicum
Ylang-Ylang - Cananga odorata
Sandalwood essential oils - Santalum album
Orange essential oil - Citrus aurantium
Rose essential oil - Rosa Centifolia, Rosa Damascena
Rosemary essential oil - Rosmarinus Officinalis
Patchouli essential oil - Pogostemon patchouli
Chamomile essential oil - Anthemis Nobilib
Sage essential oil - Salvia Officinalis