Use aromatherapy everyday! Adding the medicinal benefits of aromatherapy to your day is not hard. Once you know how easy it is to add essential oils into your everyday routines, you will use them all the time. It is as easy as buying premade essential oil mixes, at the health store or online, and using them! Or, if you are so inclined, you can buy the individual scents and begin mixing up your own blends made just for you!
If you are pregnant or have other health risks, please see: 10 things you need to know before using essential oils medicinally.
Make your own massage oil- dilute essential oils in a cold press vegetable carrier oil such as grape seed oil, sweet almond oil or sunflower oil.
For adults, add five drops of essential oil for every one teaspoon of carrier oil. For children under seven, use 1 to 2 drops of essential oil in 1 teaspoon of carrier oil. You may use massage oil on children under three, but use only chamomile, rose or lavender essential oil and use only one drop of essential oil per teaspoon of carrier oil.
Massage on its own it therapeutic, add fragrance to help enhance the healing properties. Combining the rubbing action with the oil releases the fragrance and ensures the medicinal properties are absorbed into the skin. When you combine aromatherapy with massage, essential oils can be relaxing or energizing. They can also be used to stimulate the nervous system and, blood and lymphatic systems. It can also improve your physical and psychological function.
Take a Bath
One of the simplest, most useful ways, to use essential oils at home are aromatic baths. Take a bath, and choose specific essential oils. These can enhance your mood, relax or stimulate your body, treat a skin disorder or ease pain in the muscles or joints. Essential oils are not absorbed in water, they leave a filmy residue on the surface of the bath water, this is normal. The heat of the water and the steam will release the oil vapors and help absorb the oil into the skin.
Take an aromatic bath. Fill the tub with clean, warm water, add essential oils and stir with your hand. For an adult occupant use 5 to 10 drops of essential oil. Use four drops or less for children over two, and a single drop for children under two.
The use of steam as an inhalant is very effective when using oils that can be a skin irritant. It is also beneficial for throat and respiratory infections, sinus congestion and headaches. The steam releases the vapors of the oil, allowing it to be absorbed into the body. This method is not always suitable for asthmatics or people with breathing problems and may not be appropriate for treating children and infants, please consult your regular physician.
To a bowl of boiling water add 3 to 4 drops of essential oil. Bend over the bowl, cover your head with a towel and breath deeply for a few minutes.
You can also use this method as a facial sauna. Choose your essential oils based on your needs.
Vaporizers or Air Fresheners
These are small apparatuses that use a candle to heat the essential oils into a vapor. It is a natural way to scent, deodorizer or disinfect a room. This is the most effective way to balance the mind and enhance your mood. These are also useful for young children with breathing problems because the concentration is diffused more than with steam inhalation.
In the top of the vaporizer add 6 drops of essential oil and water, light the candle. You could also put the oil and water on top of a warm oven (do not put directly on a warm or heated burner) or on a radiator.
Creams, Shower Gel, Lotion and Shampoo
For a more convenient use of essential oils for skin care, hair care and skin complaints, just add them to a store bought, unscented- cream, liquid soap, shampoo or lotion (even petroleum jelly). This way, they can be applied when needed. You can also use this method for treating wounds, bruises and itchy, irritated skin.
Got a hangover? Feeling tired? Add some invigorating essential oils to an unscented, all natural shower gel and to give yourself a boost.
When making cream, shower gels, lotions or shampoos be sure to use an unscented product that is lanolin free and made from natural ingredients.
For scabbed, healing wounds and burns, and bruises I add essential oils, such as comfrey or calendula, to petroleum jelly.
My favorite shower ‘gel’ and shampoo is Dr. Bronner’s Unscented Liquid Castile Soap. I get a big bottle and make it into smaller bottles with specific essential oil mixtures formulated for different needs. Add 1 to 2 drops of essential oil to each product and use to clean, heal or moisturize the skin or scalp.
Gargles and Mouthwash
You should not swallow or consume essential oils- but that doesn’t mean they cannot be used within the mouth and then discarded (spit out). Mouthwashes and gargles are excellent ways to use essential oils to treat ulcers of the mouth, bad breath, infection or disease of the gums and teeth or throat. This is not a suitable method of treating children.
There are two steps to making a mouthwash or gargle. First mix 4 to 5 drops of essential oil in a teaspoon of brandy. The whole mixture should then be diluted in a glass (8 ounces) of warm water and used to swish around inside the mouth or gargle in the throat and then discarded (spit out). Do not swallow.
Hot or Cold Compress
Compresses are a great way to use essential oils to relieve pain and decrease inflammation. Use essential oils in both, hot or cold compresses. Muscle pain, arthritis, rheumatism, toothache, boils or absences, all benefit from a hot compress. Cold compresses are used to treat headaches, sprains and swelling.
To make either, a hot or a cold (wet) compress, add 4 to 5 drops of essential oil to a bowl of hot or cold water, soak a folded, clean cotton cloth in the water, ring it out and apply to the affected area. If using a hot compress, cover the bowl of water with a warm towel and repeat submersion when the compress cools.
Certain essential oils such as lavender, tea tree oil and sandalwood can be applied directly to the skin. Most other essential oils should not be used in this manner, as they can cause skin irritation, diluted or not. Research all oils you are interested in using.
See a Professional
If you’re not sure about using essential oils as a medicinal therapy on your own, please see a therapist. They will be trained in using aromatherapy, along with massage, for many different ailments and problems. Your first appointment with an aromatherapist should last between an hour to an hour and a half. Your first visit should include covering your medicinal history in order to provide a safe, effective a list of treatments for your needs. The therapist will be able to determine which essential oils will be best for you and which to avoid. Feel free to discuss what treatment options you are interested in and comfortable with. (If you are not comfortable with certain kinds of treatment speak up, or see a different practitioner)
Even if you are a returning patient to a massage therapist, or aroma therapist, they should take 10 to 20 minutes to assess your mood and what kind of day you have had. This will help determine the best treatment for you at that specific time. Make sure, in seeing a professional, you are comfortable and at ease. You should not have any ill feelings or discontent about the place, or the people, from which you are seeking treatment. Whether seeing your traditional doctor or seeking holistic treatments you should always feel comfortable with the people, place and procedures.
**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!
Your turn! How do you use aromatherapy everyday? Let me know in the comments! I’d love to hear what you’ve got!
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