Using Essential Oils
Some of the many applications for using Essential Oils are listed below :
- Vaporizer or Oil Burner
This is a very simple and easy way to begin using essential oils. Start by choosing one or more oils to create or enhance your mood. Then place a few drops of the essential oils on a vaporizer or burner.
The traditional oil burners require water, and you simply drop the oils onto the surface of the water, and light the candle to heat the water. Electric vaporizers are a safer option as there is no candle flame, and they require no water. Simply drop the oils onto the top surface of the vaporizer.
Both methods use heat to vaporize the oils. In contrast, aromatic fan diffusers use a fan to disperse the aroma throughout a room.
- Massage Blends
Massage is a wonderful way to apply essential oils to our body. Massage itself is very beneficial by stimulating blood and lymph circulation, which promotes healing and repair at the physical level. The soothing and relaxing effect of massage has enormous benefit in stress relief, and release of tension and anxiety.
Using essential oils during a massage provides an added benefit of delivering their specific effects at physical, mental, emotional or spiritual levels, according to the properties of the oils.
Steam inhalation is a fast and effective way to get the essential oil into the lungs, making it the ideal treatment method for coughs, colds and flu. From the lungs the oil enters the blood stream directly, which means it is transported quickly around the body too.
Useful tip: A quick and easy method of inhaling essential oils is to put a drop of an oil onto a tissue, and then to sniff the oil from the tissue whenever you feel the need. This method is ideal for ongoing treatment of a cold. You can carry the bottle of oil with you to replenish the oil on the tissue.
- In the Bath
Soaking in a bath containing essential oils is a wonderful way to relax at the end of the day. Choose oils that suit the mood you wish to create for yourself.
One important safety note is that you must always use an emulsifier mixed with the oils to disperse them throughout the water. Water and oils do not ordinarily mix – only when they have been combined via an emulsifier. Click here to find out how.
Useful tip: A quicker method of soaking oils into the skin is via a footbath. Follow the instructions for the bath, but use a small footbath-sized container, and only immerse the feet. You can use it to relax tired feet, or as a rejuvenating way to get going in the morning. It’s also a great way to get infection-fighting oils into you when you have a cold or flu.
- Other Methods
There are many other possible methods of applying essential oils, such as higher dilutions of massage blends for specific conditions, such as sore muscles or joints, or application of a poultice in wound healing.
However, do NOT attempt to use these methods unless you are trained in the use of them. For more specific help, consult a trained health practitioner.