With its beginning rooted in ancient medicine, home remedies, and spiritual rituals, it's no wonder essential oils and aromatherapy are so widely known and utilized. For years physicians have attempted to have essential oils regulated to only be available through physician prescriptions. They are THAT strong and effective!
A basic understanding of their uses can not only help ease symptoms but sometimes even cure illnesses without the need for prescription drugs and their undesirable side effects and astronomical costs. We could all benefit from understanding their power and how to use them.
SEVERAL WAYS TO USE ESSENTIAL OILS
There are several ways to use essential oils and finding the best way for you is a fun and beneficial adventure:
- Topically – Applied to the skin using lotions, balms and even soaps. Shop Soap Creek Products Here.
- Aromatic – Inhaled
- Steam Aromatherapy – Steam from boiling water infused with a few drops of essential oils breathed in through the nose
- Essential Oil Diffuser – An electronic device that shoots a fine mist of air filled with essential oils
- In a Bath – Essential oils mixed with Epsom salts added to the bath
- Aromatherapy Massage – A drop or two of essential oil added to a carrier oil used for massage
For a more powerful effect, you can combine methods allowing for both topical and aromatic applications.
TOPICAL APPLICATION OF ESSENTIAL OILS
Essential oils are fat soluble (immediately absorbed by the skin). When mixed/diluted with a carrier oil (we use sweet almond oil, but some other choices are coconut oil, jojoba oil, avocado oil, sunflower oil or grape seed oil) you can simply apply the oil to your skin. Massage therapists often use this method for combining aromatherapy with massage therapy.
You can apply essential oils on your wrists, your temples, your feet, or behind your ears, back of the neck, close to your nose, or wherever you are drawn to at the time. Just be careful of sensitive areas and discontinue use with burning or blistering which may occur with direct application to the skin without carrier oil dilution.
AROMATIC – INHALED CALMING ESSENTIAL OILS
Whether you place a drop on a tissue or inhale from the bottle … taking deep, slow, relaxed breaths of essential oils helps harmonize the nervous system and stress we store in our bodies.
NOTE: When using a new essential oil for the first time, only use one drop to make sure you don’t have a reaction or sensitivity to the oil.
Taking time to breathe deeply (not just sniffing) will send a signal to your brain that it's time to relax. Your mind and body will become one and your body will begin to relax because the brain is putting your mind in the relaxation mode.
Deep belly breathing in a great exercise to teach the body to calm down and relax when you are feeling anxious. Adding essential oils will help to harmonize the nervous system and body functions.
STEAM AROMATHERAPY – INHALED HEALING
Steam or inhaled aromatherapy can be used any time of day or night and can be very effective if it's used with care.
- It's beneficial for your skin
- Safe solution to treat symptoms of head cold and common flu
- Clears up sinuses
- Helps clear chest congestion
How to use:
- Bring 2 – 3 cups of water to a boil,
- Pour it into a bowl,
- Add 2 – 5 drops of oil to the water
- Place your face about 12″ away from the bowl
- Cover your head and the bowl with a towel
- Inhale the steam slowly and deeply
If the steam begins to decrease or disappears, add more boiling water and a few more drops of the essential oil as needed.
Best Essential Oils for Steam:
- Eucalyptus – Eases breathing
- Tea Tree – Antibacterial/Antiseptic
- Lavender – Relieves stress, headache and sleep deprivation
- Peppermint – Relief for headaches and upset stomach
- Sandalwood – Relieves cough
- Frankincense – Boosts immune system
Essential Oil Diffuser – Infusing Essential Oils Into the Air You Breathe
We recommend using electronic diffusers as opposed to candle burning to diffuse essential oils. Essential oils evaporate at normal temperatures and break down molecularly when exposed to heat. You could be destroying important health benefits of the essential oil of you use candle heat to diffuse the oils. Essential oils ARE flammable, so we recommend using a diffuser.
Diffusers disperse a super fine mist of essential oils. They gently fill the air with the aroma and healing benefits of the essential oil of your choice within minutes. Just a few drops of essential oils in your diffuser, turn it on, and the oil will circulate throughout the room.
In a Bath – Ahhhhh
Sometimes a bath is a necessity, but having the opportunity to relax in a bath is just yummy. Try mixing your favorite relaxing essential oil with Epsom salts and add it to your bath. Mixing with Epsom salts allows the oils to dissolve more slowly. However, we suggest not mixing bubble bath or other soaps as they tend to counteract the properties of the essential oil. You can play with the amount of essential oil you add to the Epsom salts, but a few drops added to the recommended amount of Epsom salts for your bath should be sufficient to start with.
Building time into your busy schedule for relaxing in a hot bath also enhances blood flow and allows blood vessels to expand and operate more efficiently … reviving body AND spirit.
Aromatherapy Massage – Added Bliss
Massage therapists often offer aromatherapy with their massage options. A few drops of essential oil is added to their massage oil. Massage, like a hot bath, increases blood flow and having the essential oils added to the massage oil increases topical benefits with aromatic benefits.
If you are providing massage to loved ones at home – just add 20 drops of essential oil to 1 oz of carrier oil.
Be sure to massage towards the heart for best benefit, but the touch alone is healing and therapeutic … especially someone who is widowed and experiencing touch deprivation.
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There is so much more to discuss with regard to the use and benefits of essential oils. We will discuss more in our next blog post, so visit often and be sure to sign up for our Newsletter. As always, we love hearing from you. Feel free to post your comments, feedback, and questions in the comments section below.
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