Essential oils can be a powerful tool to help boost your health and wellbeing. There are many simple ways to include Aromatherapy in your everyday life, here are a few tips:
1. Inhale Directly
The quickest and easiest way to enjoy aromatherapy is to simply open your bottle of choice and inhale deeply. You can do this several times a day when needed. You might also place a drop or two of essential oil on a tissue to have on hand, or to place under your pillow at night.
2. Diffuse into the Air
Various diffuser styles are available.Electric diffusers with mist have a reservoir that you fill with water and add several drops of your essential oil. This then disperses a soft aromatherapy mist into the room.
They come in different sizes, so check to be sure the size you buy will accommodate the room you’re planning to put it in. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for usage and how many drops of essential oil to use.
I use these in my kids’ rooms to help improve sleep and lessen severity and duration of colds.
A reed diffuser is typically a glass container similar to a small vase which is filled with an essential oil solution; long sticks or reeds are inserted to soak in the scent. You can flip the reeds every so often and the solution may be refreshed when needed.
3. Add to a Bath
Add 5-10 drops of essential oils to a warm bath after filling the tub. Soak and inhale. You may also mix a few drops of your essential oils to 1/4 – 1/2 cup epsom or Dead Sea salts or milk before adding to the bath water.
4. Make Perfume Oil
Create your own custom blend! Add 10 drops of essential oils of choice to 1 teaspoon of a lightweight carrier oil such as fractionated (liquid) coconut oil, grapeseed oil or jojoba oil. Any unscented oil will work fine. If your base oil has a scent, be sure it’s something complementary. Apply this mixture to pulse points as desired.
5. Make Massage or Body Oil
This is the same idea as perfume, except the ratios are slightly different. Mix 15-20 drops essential oil with 30 ml of carrier oil. Use like a massage oil or as a moisturizing body oil immediately after a bath or shower.
6. Customize Bath/Body Products
Create your own scented body lotion, facial lotion, shampoo or conditioner. A general rule of thumb is to start with an unscented product and add 1% – 2% essential oil. For example, if you have 100 grams of body lotion you would add 1 – 2 grams of essential oil and mix well. 20 drops of essential oil = approximately 1 ml or gram.
7. Facial Cleanser
Make your own oil-based facial cleanser or make-up remover (Oil Cleansing Method). One of the most basic principles of chemistry: like dissolves like, meaning that oil dissolves oil. The idea here is that the cleansing oils will dissolve hardened oils and impurities in the skin. Some people find that their skin may take up to a week to adjust, but it will continue to improve after that. The OCM works great to balance oily and dry areas, improve acne and blackheads, reduce scarring and as an anti-aging treatment. It may also be used to remove eye makeup.
To make your own facial oil, mix together castor oil (or hazelnut or grapeseed) with olive, sunflower, coconut oil or another skin nourishing oil and add 1-2% essential oils. If you have oily skin try 1/3 castor to 2/3 olive oil. For combination skin 1/4 castor to 3/4 olive oil. For dry skin use a small amount of castor oil and a much larger percentage of skin nourishing oils.
To cleanse, start with a dime to quarter sized amount and massage into skin for one minute. Wet a washcloth with very warm water, wring it out and lay this over your face until it cools. Do this several times then use the washcloth and warm water to gently remove excess oils. Rinse if desired.
Some people may prefer to follow with a toner and moisturizer, some like to use a drop or two of the oil mixture to provide additional moisture, others find nothing else is needed.
I hope these ideas help encourage and inspire some of you to have an aromatherapy experience sooner rather than later. Enjoy!
Melissa Trenholm – Certified Aromatherapist & Reflexologist
Melissa also creates natural remedies for health and healing, including the Maeflower Soap products available at Gateway Development and online.