WAYS TO USE ESSENTIAL OILS
There are many ways to use essential oils for their fragrance and balancing properties. The proportions given for diluting essential oils are a guideline and you can adjust them to your preference. The key is - a little goes a long way. One drop of essential oil is often equal to one ounce of the plant.
The simple, no frills way to use essential oils is to take the cap off the bottle and breathe deeply. It's most effective and you can use it anytime and anywhere.
An aroma diffuser has a small container that is filled with water and heated usually by a candle. Add 6-10 drops of an essential oil to water in the bowl of an aroma diffuser. The aromatic vapors of the essential oils are diffused as the water is heated.
Create a natural air freshener to enhance moods or freshen the air at home, work or in the car. Add 50-75 drops of an essential oil to 2 ounces of pure water in a mist spray bottle. Shake well before spraying into the air.
Add 25 drops of an essential oil to a potpourri that has lost its scent. Or create your own potpourri by adding drops of an essential oil to dried leaves, flowers, etc. Mix together in a container, cover tightly and store for several days to allow the potpourri material to absorb the essential oils.
Direct inhalation of the aromatic vapors can be useful for quick effect of the essential oils and to help breathing. Add 8 drops of an essential oil to a bowl of hot water, place a towel over your head, and breathe deeply for about 5 minutes.
A nebulizer type diffuser is a device which continuously disperses minute particles of essential oils into the air at high pressure. Follow diffuser manufacturer instructions for adding essential oils.
BathFull bath: Add 8-15 drops of an essential oil to the tub after the water has finished running. Stir the water to mix the oils evenly. It is best not to use soap - simply the essential oils. Baths are very effective as you breathe the vapors and absorb the oils through the skin.
Foot or hand bath: Add 4-5 drops of an essential oil to a container filled with warm water and stir the water to mix the oils. Soak feet or hands and relax.
Jacuzzi: Add 3 drops per person (6 drops if only one person) of an essential oil to the Jacuzzi water before getting in.
MassageCreate your own massage oil by adding up to 18 drops of an essential oil to 1 oz of pure vegetable oil, such as jojoba, grapeseed or almond. For children use only 6 drops of an essential oil per 1 oz of a carrier oil. The massage oil can be used for a full massage or spot massage at pressure points for quick effect.
CompressAdd 6 drops of an essential oil to a bowl of hot or cold water. Submerse a cloth in the water, wring it out and place it on the area needing healing. Hot compresses are useful for muscular pain and cramp relief and cold compresses are useful for swelling or headache.
ShowerAdd 4-8 drops of an essential oil to a wash cloth and rub briskly over your body after showering.
Create Your Own Perfume Add 25 drops of an essential oil to 1 ounce of water in a mist spray bottle or to a carrier oil. Enjoy a rich fragrance and harmonizing effects at the same time.
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