It is know that Essential oils are highly concentrated liquids, therefore it is important to exercise care and caution when using them. While there are several different ways to use Essential oils, here are some of the most common ways to do so:
Aromatic massage combines the benefits of massage therapy and the therapeutic efficiency of Essential oils. Go for an aromatic massage whenever possible to reduce stress and relax your muscles. Therapeutic massage with Essential oils stimulates the lymphatic system and activates the limbic section of the brain, stimulates blood circulation, and thus increases the supply of oxygen and nutrients to cells. Aromatic massage is also beneficial for:
• Physical and mental well-being
• Pain relief
• Control of blood pressure
• Aid in digestive problems
• Removal of toxins
• Improvement in skin texture
• Stress and anxiety control: enhance and promote positive feelings
The purpose of diffusion is to disperse the oil molecules into the air. This can be an excellent complement to herbal treatments. It is one of the most popular methods of using Essential oils.
Diffusion offers the following benefits:
• Add scent to any room
• Kill germs
• Cure some illnesses
• Help you relax and deal with insomnia
There are several ways to diffuse Essential oils including tissue diffusion, tea light/candle diffusers, essential oil nebulizers, room spray, fan diffusers, mist diffusers, plug-in diffusers, steam diffusion, terracotta/sandstone diffusers and electric heat diffusers. Most of the above utilize a heat source which raises the temperature of the Essential oil transforming it from liquid to gaseous state.
Inhalation is the direct absorption of the diffused Essential oil. Direct inhalation is mainly required in cases of respiratory illnesses or in cases of disturbed emotional state. Direct inhalation can be carried out via facial steam bath or dry inhalation. In order to have a facial steam bath, just put hot water in a bowl and add a few drops of Essential oil of your choice. Then bend over the bowl and cover up your head, forming a vapor chamber around your face. This aromatic steam is to be inhaled for about 10 to 20 minutes. Use 6 to 8 drops of Essential oil per liter of water.
Add 10 drops of any Essential oil to 5 liters of warm water, and completely immerse your feet in the mixture. This allows blood vessels of the feet to dilate, improves blood flow and reduces congestion in other parts of the body. Footbaths are especially recommended in cases of insomnia, congestion, headaches, menorreia, colds and flu, among others.
Aromatic pads can be very suitable for specific body regions, and can be made both hot or cold, depending on the treatment.
• Cold compresses are generally useful for cases of bruises, bumps, headaches and fever, among others.
• Hot compresses are recommended for the maturation of abscesses, cramping, earaches, rheumatic pains and muscle aches, among others.
Many organic and natural cosmetics use Essential oils in their blends. These Essential oils are the elements responsible for the fragrances of these organic and natural cosmetic products, and enhance the therapeutic properties of their ingredients.