5 Healing Ways to use Essential Oils
Essential oils are one of natures precious gifts to us and there are many ways to use essential oils to enjoy their healing benefits. Below are some of the main ways in which you can incorporate essential oils into your wellbeing toolkit.
Massage – Essential oils can be used for massage but as pure essential oils are so concentrated they need diluting before applying them to the skin. For adults a 2.5% dilution is recommended for most purposes. For children under 12 a 1% is generally safe. There are many great carrier oils from which to choose such as jojoba, coconut, argan, almond, olive oil and more.
Facial steam - Add 1 - 5 drops of essential oil to a pot of hot water. Cover head with a towel and allow steam to circulate inside the towel. This is good for opening sinuses, easing tension, and invigorating the skin. Rosemary or Eucalyptus oils are best for this.
Aromatherapy diffusers - Diffusers offer a safe and easy way to fill your home or office with essential oils. A small amount of essential oil has a big impact on our mind, body and spirit when diffused in the air we breathe.
Inhalations - This application is simple and can be done just about anywhere as you can carry your chosen oil with you and inhale whenever you need. For direct inhalation, place the bottle of essential oil about 5 inches under your nose and inhale deeply. For palm inhalation, add a drop or two of favourite skin-friendly, mild essential oil to the palms to inhale.Caution:prolonged inhalation of concentrated essential oils can cause dizziness, headaches, lethargy and nausea.
Baths – A soak in an aromatic bath is a good way to relax and improve feelings of wellbeing. Always mix essential oils with a natural emulsifier such as honey, milk, or suitable carrier oil. A generally safe dose is 5 - 10 drops of essential oils mixed with 1/2 - 1 cup of emulsifier.Caution: overuse of essential oils in the bath can cause irritation. Non-irritating essential oils such as lavender, chamomile, and clary sage are best for baths.
Please bear in mind that due to their extremely concentrated nature essential oils can be dangerous if not used correctly. For more information on essential oils and how to use them safely please visit https://www.lincsholisticwellness.com/aromatherapy
or download the FREE Essential Oil Safety Guide below.
Holistic Health and Wellness Coach
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