Aromatherapy continues to be a growing area of interest as North America continues its search to other applications and without natural medicines. The use of herbal supplements in our daily lives is a good example of this. Aromatherapy, however, is still in a state of uncertainty. People familiar with the term, most have heard of essential oils, but few know how to use them in practical, everyday use. Here is a short list of a few examples of ways to increase your daily life with essential oils.
1. Diffuse in air with a ceramic or electric diffuser to clean or fragrance the air.
2. Facial steam – add a few drops of oil to the boiling water, put a face over the bowl and drape your head with a towel and breathe deeply
3 .. Bath water -. Add 4-10 drops bath or hot tub
4. Skin spray -. Add 4-10 drops of oil in 60 ml (2 oz) of distilled water in a misting bottle then spray skin fresh uplift of the day
5. Linen spray to freshen linens and towels – the same as the skin spray but mix 20 -30 drops in 60 ml (2 oz) and spray your sheets
6 .. Remove the oil bottle and breathe deeply.
7. Room spray -. Same as linen spray but the concentration is 50-75 drops to 60 ml (2 oz) of distilled water
8. Hand or foot bath – add 4-6 drops of oil to warm water and soak hands or feet in it. For tired feet, also add 2 tablespoons of Epsom salts to the water.
9. Massage oil is easily done by adding 10-20 drops of oil in 30 ml (1 oz) of carrier oil such as grapeseed, olive oil, almond oil, jojoba, etc. Cut the amount of essential oils in half for children.
10. After the shower, put a few drops of oil on a washcloth and rub vigorously over your body.
11. Put a few drops of eucalyptus oil on a cloth with a pillow at night to help breathing when struck cold or flu.
12 Hot compresses are wonderful on sore, tired muscles. Add 5-10 drops of essential oil hot (not boiling) water. Soak a cloth in water, wring it out and put on the affected area. Repeat as needed.
13. Cold compresses – for headaches and swelling. Same as hot compresses but use cool to cold water.
14. Sniff lavender headache.
15. Dab tea tree on acne pimples to help clear up the infection.
16. Reviving old potpourri mixes by adding 10-20 drops to the mix and stir.
17. Create your own perfumes by blending favorite oils in beeswax or oil bases and apply.
18. Sniff peppermint oil for nausea, including morning sickness, motion sickness and carnival rides.
19 Baby care colic, apply a warm compress to the Roman chamomile.
20. Massage menstrual cramps with clary sage diluted in a vegetable carrier oil like grapeseed or jojoba.
21. Gently massage varicose veins with a massage oil containing cypress.
22. Add a few drops of eucalyptus to shampoo to help dandruff problems.
23. Help smooth wrinkles by massaging nightly with a few drops of frankincense diluted in almond oil.
24. For depression diffuse jasmine or rose in the air.
25. After a long night on the town, add juniper to bath to help detoxify the body.
Remember that essential oils are generally too concentrated to use directly on the skin. They need to be diluted before use. As with everything, there are exceptions. Lavender and tea tree are the most common oils can be applied directly to the skin (clean). There are many excellent resources on essential oils and their effects on the body, spirit and mind. Some oils have contraindications so it is important that you learn about the oil before using it.
Essential oils are great companions enhance your daily life, when used appropriately. Break out a bottle of oil and sniff it today!