Aromatherapy has been a growing area of interest as North America continues its search for free and alternative applications of natural medications. Using herbal supplements in our everyday lives is just one excellent example of this. Aromatherapy, however, remains in the realm of uncertainty. People understand the term, most have heard of essential oils, but few understand how to use them in practical, daily programs.
Approaches to enhance your everyday life with essential oils.
- Diffuse in atmosphere using a ceramic or electric diffuser to wash or fragrance the atmosphere.
- Facial steam – add a few drops of oils to boiling water, put your face over the bowl and drape your head with a towel and breathe deeply.
- Bath water – include 4-10 drops into your bath or jacuzzi.
- Skin spray – include 4-10 drops of oil into 60 mls (2 ounce ) distilled water in a misting bottle then spray skin for a brand new uplift into the day.
- Linen spray to freshen towels & sheets – like the skin spray but combine 20-30 drops to 60 ml (2 oz) and spray on your sheets.
- Remove the cap from the oil bottle and breathe deeply.
- Room spray – like linen spray but the concentration is 50-75 drops to 60 ml (2 oz) of distilled water.
- Hand or foot bath – add 4-6 drops of oil to warm water and soak your feet or hands in it. For tired feet, also add 2 tablespoons of epsom salts to the water.
- Massage oil is easily made by adding 10-20 drops of oil into 30 ml (1 ounce ) of carrier oil, such as grapeseed, olive, sweet almond, jojoba, etc.. Cut the quantity of essential oil in half for children.
- After your shower, put a couple of drops of oil on a washcloth and rub vigorously on your body.
- Put a few drops of eucalyptus oil on a cloth by your pillow at night to assist breathing when struck with a cold or influenza.
- Hot compresses are wonderful on sore, tired muscles. Add 5-10 drops of oil to hot (not boiling) water. Soak a cloth in the water, wring it out and put on the affected place. Repeat as needed.
- Cold compresses – for swelling and headaches. Same as hot compresses but use cool to cold water.
- Sniff lavender for headaches.
- Dab tea tree on acne pimples to help clear up the infections.
- Revive old potpourri mixes by adding 10-20 drops into the mixture and stirring.
- Create your own perfumes by mixing favourite oils in beeswax or acrylic foundations and apply.
- Sniff peppermint oil for nausea, such as morning sickness, motion sickness and carnival rides.
- For baby colic, use a warm compress with roman chamomile.
- Massage menstrual cramps with clary sage diluted in a vegetable carrier oil such as grapeseed or jojoba.
- Gently massage varicose veins using a massage oil containing cypress.
- Add a few drops of lavender into your shampoo to help dandruff issues.
- Help smooth wrinkles by massaging nightly with a few drops of frankincense diluted in sweet almond oil.
- For depression diffuse jasmine or rose from the air.
- After a very long night on the town, add juniper to your bath to help detoxify your body.
Remember that essential oils are usually too concentrated to use directly on skin. They have to be diluted for application. Like anything, there are exceptions. Lavande and tea tree are the most commonly used oils which can be applied directly on the skin (neat). There are lots of excellent resources on essential oils and their effects on body, soul and mind. Some oils have contra-indications so it’s essential that you learn about any oil before using it.
Essential oils are terrific companions to enhancing your everyday life, when used appropriately. Break out a bottle of oil and sniff it now!