Spotlight on Essential Oils 2

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Essential oils are becoming more popular by the year and I for one have taken a huge interest in them. Like I stated in my first article on essential oils, although they are safe for home use, you always have to exercise caution and ensure you use them accordingly.

A Few Pointers On How To Use Essential Oils

Although the most well known method is oil diffusers, this method may not be the best, as you risk burning the oils and losing the benefits. You are best opting for plug-in devices that diffuse the oils into the air. Likewise, you can put some drops long with some water in a spray bottle, which you can then spray around the room. Be sure to shake the mixture well before spraying.

Another option is to apply a few drops into a tissue or cotton wool pad and inhale the oils. Essential oils work very well in a bathtub too, because some of the vapours will release into the air, while some will be absorbed into the skin.

You can also put a few drops in a bowl of boiling water and set it in a corner. This will release the vapours into the air, which will then disperse into the entire space.

Another popular method is massage. Pour a few drops of your chosen oil and warm it up by rubbing it between your hands to warm it up and get started. Suggested massage oils include Jojoba, Coconut, Sweet Almond and Avocado oil; all available from good nature stores and some supermarkets.

If you’re using any essential oil for the first time, always do a patch test prior to using it.

Spotlight on Five Essential Oils

Sweet Marjoram

This essential oil is known to lower blood pressure. Seek guidance from a qualified aromatherapist on how to use it. Also remember, this does not take the place of your medication, always check with your doctor.

Bergamot

This is often used to calm anxiety and relieve insomnia. As with most citrus-based essential oils, Bergamot can spoil easily and is best kept in the fridge. It works well in a diffuser.

Ylang Ylang

If you have low blood pressure, this oil may not be for you because it’s very good at lowering blood pressure. It works well as a massage oil and is also known to be a good aphrodisiac.

Frankincense

Put a few drops of this oil into a tissue and inhale it to calm nerves, as it’s very good for anxiety. For this reason, people given to panic attacks would benefit from using Frankincense. This oil also is good at smoothing away those pesky wrinkles. Dilute a drop to 5ml water and gently massage into the area you want to treat. 

Geranium

Known for its antibacterial properties, Geranium is used in many acne creams. It is also good for balancing female hormones, and is therefore ideal for those who suffer from PMS. Put one drop to 5ml water and gently massage clockwise into the lower abdomen for relief.

*Not to be used during pregnancy.

With interest gathering pace in the world of aromatherapy and its health benefits, these are indeed very exciting times for essential oils. Have you ever used any essential oils, and if you have, which one worked well for you? Would you recommend it to friends and family?

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Spotlight On Essential Oils

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I have always taken a keen interest in essential oils, and now more so than ever. I love the scent, and the idea of sorting out some of my ailments through use of non-medicinal aids. There appears to be growing interest in them too, as health and nature stores continue to sprout everywhere. People the world over are becoming more and more enlightened about aromatherapy. People are increasingly becoming more open minded and are now willing to try alternative remedies in a quest for optimum health. Perhaps this explains increased research into this area.

It is therefore not surprising that the medical world is also sitting up and taking notice and embracing it, with some hospitals even setting up aromatherapy units on their premises. Health stores are seeing alarming profit growth, as people have taken to using aromatherapy at home. However, It is always wise to ensure you know what you’re doing and administering the right dosage. So before you start using essential oils, always read the packaging and seek advise from the health store ‘practitioners’. They have the relevant training and experience, and are therefore best placed to guide you on the proper use of all herbal remedies.

Focus on 5 of the best essential oils:

Tea Tree Oil

One of the most well known essential oils, Tea tree oil can be used to combat all manner of skin ailments from insect bites, skin infections to the dreaded acne. It can be applied neat, although if you’re using it for the first time, you’re best doing a patch test before applying.

Lavender

Most people will have heard of Lavender oil, but will probably only know it for being a good sleeping aid. If you struggle with sleeping, a few drops of lavender oil on your pillow and your sheets will soon have you nodding off! What many people aren’t aware of is that it also has natural antiseptic properties, which makes it very good at healing burns.

Cedarwood

This essential oil could help treat alopecia. Apply one drop to 5ml water; apply to the affected area of the scalp and massage gently.

Patchouli

If you have dry, irritable skin, this could be the oil for you. All you have to do is add it to your favourite moisturizer and apply it to your skin. Patchouili has also been known to be good on dry, cracked heels.

Sweet Orange

Feeling down? Sweet Orange oil is well known for its ability to lift spirits. It can also be mixed in with your moisturizer and applied to skin. However, it can stain skin, and as it can lead to skin being photosensitive, you need to avoid sunlight when you have it on.

All these essential oils are safe for home use. However, it’s always a good idea to consult with an experienced Aromatherapist for guidance on dosage, which oils to avoid and which would be best for you based on your own personal needs.

Do you like using essential oils, and do you have a favourite?

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