Monday, 7 April 2014

How to Use Essential Oils in Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy Essential Oils, how to use essential oils in aromatherapy, fragrance & therapeutic properties
Aromatherapy Essential Oils

There are so many beautiful smelling aromatherapy oils to choose from and many different ways in which you can use them.

Many essential oils not only have a wonderful fragrance, but have therapeutic properties as well, particularly aiding in relaxation and helping to reduce stress.
Aromatherapy oils can be used for different purposes in one or more of the following ways:

·         To fragrant the air.
·         As a perfume.
·         As a therapeutic massage.
·         As a body oil.
·         As a relaxing bath.
·         As a steam inhalation to help with respiratory problems.
·         Added to a handkerchief for a portable alternative to steam inhalation.
·         As a compress, to help relieve headaches for example.
·         Added to a pillow to help alleviate stress and sleep problems.

Let’s take a look in detail at some of the many ways in which essential oils can be used:


Air Fragrance

There are several ways in which you can use essential oils to fragrant the air:

·         You can buy scented candles that are already impregnated with essential oils.
·         You can add a few drops of essential oil to the water bowl of a Diffuser or Vaporizer.  The candle that sits underneath the water bowl heats the water to release the fragrance of the oil into the room.  Or alternatively you can get an electric operated Diffuser or Vaporizer.
·         Make a room spray by blending a few drops of essential oil to 100ml of water in a spray bottle.  Shake well before use.
·         Add a drop or two of essential oil to an old pot-pourri to refresh the aroma.

Therapeutic Massage

Combine essential oils with a base oil for a therapeutic massage.  Use approx. 1-3% solution of essential oil to base oil.

Massage helps to stimulate the blood circulation and lymphatic system to help remove toxins from the body and encourage the body’s own healing processes.


Body Oil

To nourish the skin, make a body oil by using a blend of 1% essential oil to a carrier oil.


Relaxing Bath

Add a few drops of essential oil to a warm bath for a relaxing soak.  If you have sensitive skin, dilute the essential oil in a base oil first.  Keep the door of the bathroom closed to stop the aroma from escaping, and have a relaxing soak for around 15 minutes.

Alternatively, try adding a drop or two of essential oil to a warm foot or hand bath, to help relieve tired feet or soothe chapped hands.


Steam Inhalation

Steam inhalation with aromatherapy is an ideal way of treating colds and other respiratory problems (although it is not suitable for asthmatic people).

Add a few drops of essential oil to a bowl of hot water.  Drape a towel around your head and breathe deeply over the bowl.


Add to a Handkerchief

Add a drop or two of essential oil to a handkerchief to use as a portable alternative to steam inhalation.  You can use this on the go, out and about, at work etc.  Inhale the aroma from the handkerchief when you feel the need to throughout the day to help relieve colds and headaches.


Compress

Use a compress to help relieve sprains, bruises and headaches.

Make a compress by mixing a few drops of essential oil to a ¼ pint of warm water and soaking a clean handkerchief or other small cotton cloth in it.  Then take the cloth out of the mixture, squeeze the liquid out and place the cloth over the affected area until the cloth goes cold.

If you have a headache for example, place the cloth over the forehead.


Add to a Pillow

Add one or two drops of essential relaxing oil to your pillow to help relieve stress and promote better sleep.


Different aromatherapy essential oils can be used for different purposes, so remember to check which oil would be most beneficial to you for a particular purpose.

N.B.:  It’s advisable to consult your doctor or health care professional if you have any concerns regarding your health.  Always consult your doctor before using oils/herbs if you are pregnant, taking any other medication or have any other health issues.  Some oils/herbs are not suitable for pregnant women, people with high blood pressure, epilepsy, babies and young children, or people with sensitive skin.  Most essential oils should not be applied neat to the skin.  Always do a patch test before using any new oil.  Some people may need to increase the dilution of oils.  Essential oils should not be taken internally.  Alternative therapists seek to work in conjunction with the medical profession.  Always consult a registered/licensed alternative therapist before using oils/herbs.

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