Essential oils have been used for thousands of years for their exquisite aromas and natural healing powers. On an average an essential oil has over 100 different compounds!
Essential oils are made up of very small molecules, which means they can easily bring their unique healing properties to every cell of the body. They are a fragrant pharmacy full of remedies used to ease muscular aches and pains, improve circulation and ease sinus congestion.They can help transform your moods and move you from one state of mind to another. Helping with distressing, mood boosting and relief from anxiety and depression.
Aromatherapy has many benefits, but it is imperative that safety precautions are taken when handling essential oils.
Massage Blend: Blending a total 20 drops od essential oil into 50ml of carrier oil makes a blend which is suitable for most healthy adults. The dilution of essential oil should be halved for children, the elderly and women who are pregnant or nursing.
Bath: Dilute up to 8 drops of essential oil in a dispersant, this could be a carrier oil, bath dispersing oil, or a spoonful of honey and stir into the water.
Vaporiser: Add up to 6 drops of essential oils to a traditional oil burner or an electronic Aroma-Diffuser to create an aromatic ambience.
Footbath: Soak feet in a bowl of warm water with 4 to 5 drops of essential oils stirred in, preferably diluted in a dispersant before being added to the water. This is a great way to treat tired or aching feet naturally.
Inhalation: Place a towel over your head and lean over a bowl of just boiled water with up to 4 drops of essential oils added. Breathe normally for ten minutes and inhale the aromatic steam. Or, put 2 drops of essential oil onto a tissue or on your pillow.
Safety Guidelines for Topical Use:
Many people turn to topical oils for their skin-healing or pain-relieving. Some essential oils can even be poisonous if absorbed directly through the skin. Others, like orange, lime, and lemon, can cause phototoxicity if applied before exposure to sun. Take the following precautions in case od topical use:
Essential oils require dilution to prevent adverse reactions. As a general rule, you should keep concentration levels of essential oils below 5 percent.
Diluting at 1 percent is equivalent to adding 6 drops of essential oil to 1 ounce of carrier oil. Guidelines for safe concentrations vary by age and health condition.
You can easily dilute your essential oils by blending a few drops with a carrier oil as they carry the essential oil safely onto your skin and help you spread it over a large surface area.
Patch tests allow you to see how your skin reacts to a particular oil before you perform a full application. Here are the steps for conducting a patch test:
Wash your forearm with unscented soap.
- Pat dry.
- Rub a few drops of diluted essential oil into a small patch of your forearm.
- Wait 24 hours.
- Remove the gauze.
If the skin patch is red, itchy, blistering, or swollen, you have had an adverse reaction to the oil and should discontinue use. If you experience discomfort before the 24-hour period ends, immediately wash the area with soap and warm water.
Make your own pain relief blend:
20 Drops of Nutmeg essential Oil
10 drops of Rosemary essential Oil
10 Drops of Peppermint essential oil
100ml of any Carrier oil such as almond, Sesame, Coconut, Jojoba
Make your own Relaxing blend:
15 Drops of Kashmir Lavender Essential Oil
5 drops of sweet Orange Essential oil
50 ml of any Carrier oil such as almond, Sesame, Coconut, Jojoba