18 Uses of Essential Oils in your Daily Life

18/08/2013 admin Essential Oils

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Essential oils is versatile in its uses; have rejuvenating baths with them, nourish your skin with, or inhale and relax in their delightful aromas. The pleasure and versatility of essential oils make them one of nature’s greatest gifts to mankind. Essential oils contain the active ingredients of the plant its extracted form in a highly concentrated form. Therefore they need to be treated with care and should never be applied directly onto the skin undiluted. However, there are many ways of using their fragrance and utilizing their therapeutic properties, and most of the methods in this article don’t require any special equipments or complicated apparatus.

 

  1. Body and Facial Oils – essential oils can be used on a daily basis to nourish your skin. Use a 1% blend of essential oil to carrier oil for the face and a 3% blend for the body.

  2. Inhalation – steam inhalation is a great method for treating respiratory problems such as colds, but should not be used by those with asthma. This is also a great way of deep cleansing the face. Add 6-12 drops to a bowl of steaming hot water. Place a towel over your head and breathe deeply.

  3. Compresses – soak a clean cotton cloth in 1/4 pint (160 ml) warm water with 5-10 drops of essential oil. Squeeze out and lay across the affected area. Cover and leave until cold. This is a useful method for sprains, bruises, headaches (place the compress across the forehead) and hot flushes.

  4. Therapeutic Massage this is traditional aromatherapy treatment that triggers the body’s natural healing process by using lymphatic massage and essential oils to stimulate the blood flow and lymph fluid. The aromas also affect the emotional centre in the brain which is responsible for our emotions. For massage use a 1-3 % solution of essential oil to base oil.

  5. Baths –  run hand hot water and then add 5-10 drops of the essential oil to suit your mood. Close the door, keep in the vapours, and soak for 15 minutes. For sensitive skin it is better to dilute the oil in a base oil first, like sweet almond or apricot kernel.
    Foot Bath – refresh tired feet by adding 4-5 drops of peppermint, rosemary and red thyme to a large bowl of hot water. Soothe with lavender.
    Hand Bath – soothe chapped skin by soaking in bowl of warm water (not hot) with 3-4 drops of patchouli or myrrh before a manicure.

  6. Shower – after soaping or gelling, rinse well. Dip a wet sponge in an oil mix of your choice, squeeze and rub over your whole body while under a warm jet spray.

  7. Sauna – add 2 drops of eucalyptus or scotch pine oil per 1/2 pint (330 ml) of water and throw over the coals to evaporate. These are great cleansers and detoxifiers.

  8. Jacuzzi or Hot Tub – relax by adding 10-15 drops of sandalwood, geranium or ylang-ylang, or simply bubble over with the stimulating effects of pine, rosemary and neroli.

  9. Room Sprays – to make a room spray, blend 10 drops of essential oil in 7 tablespoons of water. 1 tablespoon of vodka or pure alcohol added to the solution will act as a preservative but this is optional. Shake well before filling the sprayer.

  10. Pillow – perfume your pillow with 2-3 drops of essential oil. Choose a relaxing oil to unwind or one for insomnia if you have sleep problems. For a different mood, try an aphrodisiac like ylang-ylang or be extravagant and use rose or jasmine.

  11. Fragrancers – you can use attractive pots, also known as diffusers or vaporizers. Fill the top  bowl with water and add a few drops of essential oil on to the surface. The candle in the pot underneath heats the water, slowly releasing the natural fragrance of the oil into the room. Stand the burner on a plate or tile, not on plastic surfaces. Usually 3—6 drops of essential oil are sufficient, depending on the size of the room. You can also buy battery driven fan vaporizers which blow air through oil infused pads, which can be changed to suit the mood.

  12. Perfumes – the finest perfumes are traditionally blended from pure essential oils, particularly the flower extracts, though these days synthetic aromas tend to be used, particularly for cheaper perfumes. If you have a favourite oil or blend of essences you can use it all over in a body oil (3% solution), or make a very concentrated blend (25%) to dab behind ears, knees and on wrists and temples.

  13. Humidifiers – you can add your favourite oil to the water of a humidifier or add 5 drops of essential oil to a small bowl of water placed on top of a radiator.

  14. Scented Candles – wax candles can be bought ready infused with essential oils and are a great way of fragrancing a room. Or you can add a few drops of essential oil to an oil lamp for the same effect.

  15. Pot Pourri – add a few drops of a flowery or spicy essential oil to refresh a retired pot pourri, or make your own.

  16. Pomanders – hang clay corked bottles in the wardrobe and fill with the fragrance of your choice. The essential oil is absorbed by the fibres within and released slowly. You can try melissa (Lemon Balm)bergamot, or cedarwood to keep away moths.

  17. Shoe Rack – Freshen the cupboard with lemongrass oil. Deodorize shoes with 2 drops of pine or cilantro oil.

  18. Handkerchief – this is the most portable way of using essential oils. Add 3-4 drops to a handkerchief and inhale. This is useful for treating colds or headaches, or for clearing your head at work.

We provide all the essential oils listed above specially shipped in which is USDA certified organic and 100% original without dilution or added preservatives. If there are any other essential oils or organic ingredients not listed above that you require, we can source for them as well.

 

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