How to use Essential Oils
April 30, 2020
There are a number of methods on how to use essential oils and promote an overall sense of well-being. Massage is most often used, compresses and baths can be easily prepared at home, and inhalation is great for attacking colds and flu.
Pour a small amount of blend into your hand to start massaging.
A massage works a blend of essential oils and carrier oil into the skin. There are three basic techniques that are most often used. Effleurage describes a stroking motion that warms the skin, kneading picks up the muscle and squeezes it, while pressure uses small circular strokes.
To uses aromatherapy in the bath
First fill it to a comfortable temperature. Sprinkle a total of 6 drops of essential oil onto the surface and agitate the water. Alternatively, dilute the oil in 6 teaspoons (30ml) of whole milk and add this to the bath to soften the water. Soak for 20 minutes.
In a large bowl of warm water add 4-3 drops of essential oil. Soak the feet for 20 minutes.
Hot compresses will draw out poison – a skin infection, for example — add cold compresses will ease pain and inflammation, such as a sprained ankle.
To make a compress, fill a bowl with hot or cold water and add 2 to 3 drops of one essential oil. Place a thin cloth over the surface of the water to soak up the essential oil. Wring out the cloth and apply it to the appropriate area for 15 to 20 miutes.
Inhalatiom of Essential Oils
This is particularly effective for soothing the symptoms of colds or the flu. Fill a large bowl with near-boiling water. Add 3 drops each of useful oils such as Tea Tree and Eucalyptus. Remove glasses or contact lenses then, with a towel over your head, lean over the bowl and breathe in the vapors for 15 minutes.