Essential oils have become very popular, I see people asking about how to use them every other day. I just know about putting them in a diffuser, and so it made me curious how else we can use essential oils. I found this great article over on the Oshadi site which is full of great essential oil information.
5 Ways To Use Essential Oils
Essential oils interact with the body through the nose and they are also absorbed through the skin. There is also a benefit in just surrounding yourself with the energetic value of the oil.
Use Essential Oils In the Bath
Essential oils can be used in a bath both for therapy and pleasure! Be careful not to use an oil that is sensitizing or irritating on the skin. Add the essential oil added directly to the bath, or – better – it can be diluted in a tablespoon of vegetable oil, a teaspoon of honey, or half a cup of milk. (Honey and milk are excellent emulsifiers and will help the aromatherapy essential oil to disperse in the water). The safest oils for everyone to use in the bath are Lavender and Chamomile because of their gentle non-irritant qualities. If you want to experiment with others, watch out for oils that may be photo-sensitizing when in direct contact with the skin. Remember that the oil is not dispersed and diluted in the water; it is at full strength, so go carefully, one drop at a time.
Use up to eight drops of your chosen essential oil or blend. Run the bath as usual, and add the essential oil (or mixture) to the water. Keep the bathroom door closed to ensure that the aroma does not disperse. Swish the water around vigorously before getting in.
Use Essential Oils In a Diffuser
You can completely transform the character of a room in just a few minutes using a few drops of a favourite essential oil or synergy blend in one of our diffusers. Aromatherapy diffusers are also ideal for cleansing and purifying the air. Aromatherapy diffusers disperse essential oils into the room in a number of different ways. The preferred method does not heat the essential oil, but uses a fan to pass cool air through a pad which has been impregnated with the essential oil.
Inhalation and Steam Inhalation
Sprinkle a few drops of an aromatherapy oil onto a handkerchief or tissue, and inhale as required. Alternatively add three drops of your essential oil to a bowl of steaming water. Cover your head with a large towel, close your eyes, put your face above the water and inhale deeply. Repeat as required.
Use Essential Oils in a Massage
Aromatherapy massage is one of the best ways to experience aromatherapy essential oils, combining as it does the benefit of touch and the therapeutic effect of the essential oils. Massage relaxes muscles and improves circulation and lymph flow, soothes physical tension and relieves mental stress. Essential oils should always be diluted in a good quality carrier oil before applying to skin. The normal dilution is about 10-20 drops of essential oil to 30ml of carrier oil. Sensitive skin may require half this concentration, or even less.
One or two drops of an aromatherapy oil on a pillow case or on a tissue inside the pillow case is a wonderful way to enjoy the soothing and therapeutic effect of the essential oils. Take care not to get the oil in your eyes!
These are some great ideas! How you do you essential oils in your life? Tell us in the comments.