Methods Of Using Essential Oils At Home
Massage: Massage is the most effective way to use essential oils. A total of 8 to 12 drops in 20ml of carrier oil is suitable for most adults. Reduce the ratio by half for children, the elderly, convalescent, and women who are pregnant and breastfeeding (pay attention to the oils that cannot be used during pregnancy).
Bath: Bathing is the second most effective way of using essential oils. The warm water assists absorption of the oils. Dilute 8-10 drops in a little honey or unscented chemical-free bath gel, then add to the bath water and stir in thoroughly. Relax for 10-15 minutes. Avoid splashing the eyes.
Diffuser: An aroma diffuser is useful for creating a relaxing atmosphere. During illness, a diffuser can help protect the health of the rest of the family by inhibiting infection by airborne bacteria such as cold and flu viruses. Especially useful in sickrooms, hospitals and clinics, offices and any place where space is shared. Add 3 drops to every 100ml of water, or follow the directions of your specific diffuser.
Locket Diffusers (car or pendant): Add 2-3 drops of your chosen essential oil blend. It is better to choose two to three different essential oils, rather than just one. For children or the elderly, 1-2 drops on a locket is sufficient.
Steam Inhalation: Inhalation is very useful for relieving congestion, easing catarrh, blocked sinuses, throat and chest infections. Add 3-5 drops of essential oils to a bowl of hot water, cover your head with a towel over the bowl, and inhale the vapours for 5-10 minutes. Keep eyes closed. Use less drops for children and the elderly.
Compress: An effective way to relieve pain such as backache, toothache, earache. Add 3-5 drops of essential oils into a bowl of warm or cold water, soak a clean cloth or sterile gauze in the water, squeeze out excess water, and place the compress on the affected area.
Scalp treatment: Scalp conditions such as dandruff, hair loss and lice respond well to the use of an essential oil blend. Prepare your chosen blend and using fingertips, massage the blend into the scalp. Use just enough so that the oils do not drip down the face or neck. A shower cap will help absorption, as well as keep the vapours from affecting the eyes. Leave it on for 1-2 hours. To remove the oil, massage in neat shampoo initially, then add water and shampoo in the normal way.
Hair Care: Hair care is enhanced by the use of essential oils. Just add 3-6 drops to a tablespoon shampoo and shampoo as normal. Alternatively, add to hair conditioner.
Skin Oils & Lotions: The essential oils are prepared in the same way as for a massage blend, except that the carrier oil/lotion should also include more nourishing and moisturising oils such as jojoba, avocado, macadamia, tamanu, apricot, kukui etc.
Footbath: Add 4-5 drops of essential oils to honey or chemical-free shower gel, then stir into a bowl of warm or cold water, big enough to fit both feet up over the ankles. Adding Epsom Salts is helpful to remove toxins. Soak feet for 10-15 minutes.
Neat Application: Not recommended. Essential oils are generally not applied undiluted to the skin. It is unnecessary and can have adverse effects. Diluted and in the various methods as suggested above, the actions of pure essential oils is sufficient to bring about effective therapeutic results.
Internal Use: Due to the immensely high concentration of pure essential oils, it is not recommended that they be used at home in this manner (ingestion). Such is the nature of pure essential oils: if they are pure, they are highly concentrated and potent and for that very same reason, should not be ingested. The only reason and time one should ever ingest pure essential oils, is if he/she has been diagnosed by a practising, qualified, and licensed Medical Doctor, who is also a qualified & licensed Aromatherapist who has prescribed ingestion according to the specific medical condition, contraindications, dosage, and frequency. Ingestion under poor and unqualified guidance can cause long-term irreversible side effects, damage to inner mucous membranes, organ deterioration, organ failure, and in some cases, fatality.