Methods of Use and Applications
There are many different ways to use essential oils effectively including Aromatherapy Baths, Inhalation, Aromatic Compresses, Aroma Massage.
Fill a bath with warm water. Although the essential oils can be added directly to the water they are actually not soluble in water and will float on top of the water. To eliminate this you can use an equal number of drops of your emulsifier to your essential oil blend, usually 6 each. If you don’t have an emulsifier you can use liquid soap. Add to the bath, swish around to mix and relax and enjoy the bath for 10 to 15 minutes.
There are a number of ways in which we can enjoy the benefits of essential oils through inhalation. For instance, essential oils (1 – 6 drops) can be added to an aroma lamp, perfume lantern or an electrical diffuser. If you don’t have one of these simply add your essential oil or essential oil blend to a bowl of hot water and the aromatic molecules will find their way into the air. A drop or two of essential oil or blend can be added to a tissue or cotton ball for personal sniffing. Create a mister by adding your essential oils to a bottle with a spray top, swirl well to blend and then add distilled water. Shake the bottle well before misting. The amount of blend needed will depend on the size of your bottle.
Fill a bowl with water, (warm for arthritic pain, Fibrositis, lower back pain etc. cold for sprains, headache or a cooling effect), add 4 – 6 drops of your essential oil or blend. Wipe cloth over the surface of the water, wring out any excess and then apply to the required area. Repeat as the cloth changes temperature. Hot and cold compresses may also be used alternatively when there is a flare-up of inflammation and swelling in joints. Repeat cycle of hot, then cold two to three time, each compress should be applied for 2 — 3 minutes. Always end with a cold compress. If you want the oils to mix through the water in the bowl add 4 – 6 drops emulsifier with your essential oils. If you don’t your oils will float on top of the water, which means that they will be more concentrated on the cloth that you wipe across the top of the water.
When applying essential oils topically to the skin they should always be diluted in a carrier and gentle massage is no exception. One doesn’t have to be a professional to massage a loved one. A caring, gentle touch is all that is needed. To 30ml of carrier oil add 10 – 15 drops of your essential oil blend.
Essential Oils Applied Topically to the Skin
In addition to massage, there are many other reasons why one might want to apply an essential oil/ essential oil synergy topically to the skin. Skin care, perfumes, first aid, pain and symptom relief and the list goes on.
Please note, that whenever you do, the essential oil or essential oil synergy should always be diluted in a carrier. This can be a gel, a cream, an ointment, a lotion or a carrier oil. The correct dilution will depend on a number of variables including age, health conditions, how often the blend is to be applied and over what period of time.