Learn how to use essential oils medicinally before adding them to your home health regimen. Essential oils and aromatherapy are wonderful additions to your natural home health regimen. Not only are essential oils natural and easy to use, they have more applications than just first aid, from beauty to home cleaning. The use of aromatherapy, and essential oils, opens the door to a well-rounded, all-encompassing home health regime, in which you are in control
Please be aware, as with all medicinal treatments, there can be risks. Aromatherapy is a great way to get into natural home remedies, especially for a novice, but remember to research everything you are doing, and using, to ensure your safety and the safety of others. Here are the things you should know before diving in and using essential oils.
- Aromatherapy and essential oils are compatible with most all conventional medicines and other holistic treatments. If you are taking any medications please consult your physician.
- Aromatherapy is safe to use at home for minor short-term problems provided you are following certain guidelines. If you have a chronic or serious health problem, or if a certain problem becomes severe or persistent, please consult your doctor.
- Some essential oils are not compatible with homeopathic treatments, please consult your practitioner.
- Do not take essential oils internally-for any reason.
- Essential oils, in any form, should not be applied to the eyes.
- Essential oils can be toxic and should be stored away from children and pets. Like with all medicines there are restrictions for use with infants, children and pets; some can be used and some should be avoided.
- Always dilute essential oils before applying to the skin, unless it is stated that it is safe to do so. Essential oils such as lavender and tea tree oil are among those that can be used before diluting.
- If you are pregnant, please consult your physician before using essential oils. Those who are pregnant should avoid oils such as thyme, basil, rosemary, clary sage and juniper. These essential oils may affect the fetus or induce a miscarriage.
- If you have sensitive skin, high blood pressure, epilepsy or recently have had an operation, or have been hospitalized for a physical or mental condition, certain essential oils would be unsuitable for you to use. Please consult your doctor.
- Essential oils are initially a larger investment than some other natural home remedies. The investment in oils is well worth the cost as they can be used in so many different ways (aromatherapy techniques, herbal cosmetics, soap making, etc.). Also, 2 ounces, the regular sold size, will last a while considering small quantities are all that is needed when used.
When I first started in home health, aromatherapy was a great first step. I began building my herbal medicine cabinet with lavender and tea tree essential oils. Both medicinal oils are safe to use on the skin and don’t need to be diluted, in most applications, when used. I researched, and learned, everything I could about the health uses of both essential oils.
Through this research, I became more familiar with the uses, dosage and application of these, and more complex, oils. When I was ready to begin using the more aromatic oils it was a more natural, organic process. I had the knowledge to blend my own mixes, not only for fragrance but for medicinal use, with ease and confidence.
Want to add aromatherapy to your health routine? Check out ‘9 ways to add aromatherapy to your day’ for tips on using essential oils in everyday ways.
Want to build a natural, home health, medicine cabinet? Check out ’10 essential oils for your medicine cabinet’ for suggestions on how to start today!
**I am not a medical professional, at all, not even a little bit. I make and use homemade, natural healing remedies to help relieve stress, in basic first aid, as sleeping aids and as preventative treatments for me and my family. I have done lots, and lots, of research, I consult my doctors (traditional and non-traditional) before using any new remedy and listen to them! Please, always, consult a doctor before starting any new at home treatments!
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