Essential Oils

Essential Oils   

How to use Pure Essential Oils - Total Balance Aberdeen

Pure essential oils are extracted by various methods from plants and flowers and are a wonderful way of helping to maintain good health. Please do not confuse them with fragrances which have no therapeutic value.

Essential oils are absorbed into the body via our sense of smell and also through the skin, when applied in body oil, lotion, cream or in the bath or shower. They have both emotional and physical effects on our systems and being perfectly natural, offer a world of choice.

In addition to the therapeutic benefits of a treatment with an aromatherapist such as myself, essential oils can be used in a variety of ways in the home and workplace.

Here are just a few suggestions:

Bath: Add a maximum of 8 drops of your favourite blend of essential oils to 1tbs milk or carrier oil (in order to disperse it in the water).

Massage: Add a total of 7 drops of essential oil to 15ml carrier oil such as grapeseed or sweet almond to make a blend for adults; use half the amount of essential oil to 15ml carrier to make a blend for children.

Skin care: Pure essential oils can be mixed with face creams, body lotions or carrier oils such as jojoba to nourish and care for your skin.

Footbath: Add 4 or 5 drops of essential oils to a carrier oil or milk before adding to the warm water. Soak feet for at least 20 minutes to allow absorbtion of the oils. A great way to cleanse and relax your tired feet.

Compress: Add 4 or 5 drops to a bowl of warm or cold water and soak a facecloth in this before applying to the affected area. This is a useful method for headaches and for bruises.

Steam inhalation: Add 4 -5 drops of essential oils to a bowl of very hot water. Cover your head with a towel and breathe normally for about 10 minutes. Closing your eyes will prevent any irritation. This is an ideal method for colds and respiratory infections. 

Vapourising: Add 5 or 6 drops of pure essential oils in a burner with water; a lightbulb ring; a radiator vapouriser or electric diffuser to help uplift or relax you. An electric diffuser can be left in a child's room to help them sleep or to ease snuffles. Using cleansing and uplifting oils in the workplace can help protect you from other people's germs and help you focus.

Cleaning: Place a few drops on a ball of cotton wool in your vacuum cleaner to help uplift you as you clean; mix a few drops of essential oils with cornflour and shake a little onto the carpet prior to vacuuming. Neat Tea Tree Oil can kill the mould which grows around windows and the bathroom.

Car: Invigorating oils such as rosemary, pine or peppermint can help keep you alert whilst driving. You can buy special in-car diffusers which plug into the cigar lighter or simply dab a few drops onto a tissue.

Pillow: A couple of drops of Lavender oil on your pillow can help you sleep more peacefully. For children, you may like to try some Roman Chamomile on a tissue above the bed.

Room spray: Make your own spritzer with a few drops of essential oil in a water spray. Avoid pets, plants and polished surfaces.

Laundry: Add a few drops of essential oils to your conditioner drawer or on a hanky in your tumble dryer to fragrance your clothes. You can also put a few drops of essential oils on a cotton wool pad in the wardrobe.

Freshening: Use a few drops of Tea Tree, Lemongrass, Cypress and Pine in smelly trainers; use Citronella or Lemongrass essential oils on a piece of kitchen paper in your bin to help keep down odours; Lemon essential oils helps disspiate cooking smells and a few drops of essential oils can help revive tired pot pourri.

 

Unsure which essential oils to choose? More ideas are being added to these pages all the time.

Essential oils safety:

Essential oils are highly concentrated and powerful so need to be used correctly in order to gain maximum benefit. If you are in any doubt, please consult a qualified aromatherapist before using any essential oils.

  • Never take essential oils internally
  • Never use essential oils neat on the skin or undiluted in the bath, unless directed to do so by your aromatherapist.
  • Always avoid contact with the eyes and mucous membranes
  • Always check with an your aromatherapist or GP prior to using essential oils if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.
  • Always check with an your aromatherapist or GP prior to using essential oils if you have any medical condition, for example high blood pressure or epilepsy.
  • Always check with an your aromatherapist prior to using essential oils for children or babies
  • If you have any adverse reaction to an essential oil, you should stop using it immediately and seek medical advice.
  • Always store your essential oils upright in their dark glass bottles, at room temperature and away from bright sunlight. Ensure they are kept away from heat sources, as they are flammable. Essential oils may corrode or damage polished surfaces, plastic and rubber.
  • Always keep essential oils out of reach of children and pets.

 

Enjoy experimenting with different oils to create the blends you love!

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