Known for their therapeutic benefits, essential oils are used for various purposes, from foot baths to scented room sprays. These oils are very concentrated and potent, and must hence be used in very small quantities. Let’s delve deeper into how essential oils can be used safely and effectively for physical as well as emotional healing.
Always remember, less is more when we speak of essential oils. Even small amounts of these fragrant oils can cause harm if not used properly. Also, you should never apply undiluted essential oils directly to your skin, as they are too concentrated and may cause damage.
Here’s how you can benefit from essential oils:
1. Add a few drops of essential oil to your bath-water just before you step in the tub. Soak for at least 10 minutes to feel thoroughly relaxed.
2. You can use oils like eucalyptus, peppermint and sandalwood as an inhalant for relief from congestion, stress, etc. Add a few drops of the oil in a bowl of steaming hot water. Drape a towel tent over your head, close your eyes and inhale the steam for a few minutes.
3. Adding about 5-7 drops of essential oils like lemon, mint, tea tree or juniper in a quart of warm water can make an excellent foot bath. Soak your feet in the water for about 10 minutes.
4. Add 1 or 2 drops of essential oil to a basket of dried flowers to use as an air freshener. You can also pour 80 to 100 drops of essential oil in 4 ounces of distilled water in a spray bottle, and shake well to use as a room spray.
5. Enjoy the healing gifts of Aromatherapy by blending a few drops of essential oil with any diluting oil, also known as carrier oil.
1. Store essential oils away from heat and light.
2. Keep essential oils out of the reach of children and pets.
3.Avoid direct contact of essential oils with eyes, nose and mouth.