Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils for healing and relaxing. Essential oils may reduce inflammation for various conditions in the body (infection, physical injury, burns, food, hormones, etc)
Nowadays popularity of aromatherapy is growing all over the world. Most people are familiar with the term, but they really aren’t sure how to use it in daily life.
Here are some examples of using
essential and supplement oils:
1. Bath water – just add 5-10 drops of your favorite oil to the bath or jacuzzi.
2. Skin spray – add 5-10 drops of geranium, tea tree or lavender oil to 2 oz. of water (take distilled water) in a misting bottle and then spray you skin for a fresh uplift to the day.
3. Linen spray for freshing towels and sheets – it’s similar with the skin spray, but you should mix 15-30 drops to 2 oz. and then spray your towels and sheets. Rose and jasmine essential oils work well.
4. Room spray is easily made by adding 45-75 drops to 2 oz. of water. Orange essential oil will give a fresh clean scent.
5. Facial steam – add a 3-5 drops of lavender or rose oil to steaming water, then remove it from heat sourceand place your face over the bowl (wrap your head with a towel).
6. Massage – add 15-20 drops of your favorite oil to 1.5 oz. of carrier oil (for example olive, sweet almond or grapeseed). It’s useful for achy and tired muscles, rosemary or lavender oil is preferable.
7. Hot compresses will help your sore or tired muscles. You should add 5-10 drops of essential oil to hot (but not boiling) water. Then soak a cloth in this water, wring it out and then place your sore or tired muscles. You may repeat this procedure several times for greater effect. Again, lavender and rosemary do the best.
8. Hand or foot bath is also easy to make – add 8 – 12 drops of lavender (it helps to relax) or peppermint (it helps to revive) oil to warm water and add 2 tablespoons of Epsom salts, then soak your hands or feet.
9. Tea tree oil will help to clear up the infections, just dab it on acne pimples.
10. You may put a few drops of peppermint or eucalyptus oil on a cloth and put it by your pillow. It will help you to breat when catch a cold or flu.
11. To fragrance the air just diffuse lemon or orange oil orange in air with an electric or ceramic diffuser.
You should remember that the majority of essential oils must be watered before you will use them directly on your skin. Tea tree and lavender are the only two essential oils that you may apply directly on the skin.
If you start using essential oils, you will develop your own personal ways of using them. Experiment with different oils (for example read this article: is coconut oil good for you) and then you will find which ones work best for you.