Spotlight on Essential Oils 2


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.


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.


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. 


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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