How to use Essential oils

How to use Essential Oils
What are essential oils

Essential oils are concentrated plant extracts that are extracted from the various parts of a plant, such as leaves, seeds, resin, petals, barks, twigs and roots. I love calling them Mother Nature’s Super Heroes.

They hold the vital force of the plant and many chemical components that we can use for healing and wellness. Their other amazing abilities are that they can be absorbed through the skin and are also able to pass through the blood-brain barrier.

Essential oils are gentle enough to be used often, and potent enough to be effective.  Once you understand how to use essential oils safely, you will find that they can not only help heal you when you are ill, but can also restore lost vitality. More information on how to live Holistically with Essential Oils can be found in my book.

How to use Essential Oils?

There are a few ways how we can use Essential Oils

Apply on the skin

Before applying Essential Oils to the skin, they should be diluted in carrier oils or base products.

Essential Oils are highly concentrated and can cause skin irritation or damage if applied neat (Except for Lavender and Tea Tree oil).

The percentage of Essential Oils diluted in a carrier oil depend on what we want to treat and how the oil will be applied, and we need to take any contraindication into consideration. Look out for future articles on the safety of using Essentials Oils.

For example, if we’re going to apply an Essential Oil blend on the whole body, the percentage will vary from between 1%-3% of Essential Oil to carrier oil. Higher percentages may be used for specific problems and applications.

You should use no more than 3 drops of Essential Oils for every 5ml of carrier oil or aqueous base. Take extra care when it comes to skin that is more sensitive, such as that on the face. When dealing with a very young child or someone who is frail, halve the normal concentration as the detoxification effects could end up being too powerful.

Using in the Bath 

This is a really good option if you have aching muscles or if you need to unwind. Make sure that you have some relaxing music to listen to, consider bringing in some candles, and relax in a warm bath for about twenty minutes.

It’s really simple – draw your bath and, just before you climb into it, add a maximum of 5-6 drops of Essential Oils mixed with ‘solubol’ or foaming products. More than that and you risk skin irritation. If you have dry or mature skin, add a few drops of Sandalwood oil premixed with ‘solubol’, then add into a cup of milk or cream and add it to the bath. Cleopatra is said to have bathed in milk every day to keep her skin soft and supple.

By Direct Inhalation

It is not always practical or useful to apply oils to the skin. If you are in need of a quick mental boost, all you need to do is to open up the Essential Oil bottle and take a whiff of it. This can be a simple and useful remedy. If you have a cold, you could put a few drops of oil onto a tissue and keep it nearby so that you can sniff it as needed. As long as it doesn’t come into contact with your skin, you’ll be fine.

Making a Cold and Warm Compress

Sometimes it is helpful to apply a compress to a specific area. Say, for example, you have a headache, a cool compress held to the forehead and another on the back of the neck can be extremely soothing. Making a compress is very simple.  You just need a bowl of water, a wash cloth, and your Essential Oils. If using a warm compress, get the water to the required temperature before adding the oil. Add no more than 2-3 drops of Essential Oil and then soak the wash cloth for about a minute. Wring it out and place it on the affected area. If necessary, repeat when the cloth has reached body temperature.

Using a Diffuser

It’s not always practical to run around taking whiffs directly out of the bottle. This is especially true when you want to use a few different oils. A diffuser is the solution. Just pick your oils and add them to the diffuser according to the manufacturer’s instructions. For maximum benefit, you will need at least half an hour in the same room. Diffusers are also a great idea when you have someone in the family who has a cold or flu. You can use oils like Tea Tree and Eucalyptus in the diffuser to help clear up congestion and kill the germs in the air. A diffuser is also a good option when you need a pick-me-up or need to relax.

Steam Inhalation 

This is my favourite method when it comes to treating cold and flu symptoms. Just boil 2-4 cups of water, pour into a bowl, place your face approximately 30cm away from the steaming water, cover your head with a towel. Then one by one add 1-5 drops of Essential Oils into the steaming water and slowly inhale the steam through the nose. Do this for a maximum of 10 to 15 minutes. Be extra cautious during this process to avoid burning with hot water or steam. For extra safety I keep a torch next to the bowl so when I cover my head with a towel I can see where everything is and this helps me to pour in the Essential Oil drops.

Meet Paulina

Hello and Welcome to Blissful Being !!! I’m a qualified Aromatherapist, and also a Beauty & Holistic Therapist. I’m the author of the book “Aromatherapy Touch”. For the past 12 years I have been using Essential Oils on a daily basis for natural well-being for me and my family. I have  also supported my clients on their journey to self-care, health & happiness. Here at ‘Drop of Wisdom’ I would like to share with you the art of Aromatherapy and Holistic wisdom.

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