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Essential Oil Uses

AromaWeb Introductory Guide to Using Essential Oils

Introducing essential oils into your lifestyle can be quite easy, fun, and therapeutically beneficial. Below is a list of uses for essential oils to help you get started. Thes essential oil uses provided here are intended as guidelines only, and you do need to pay special attention to all essential oil safety precautions applicable for each oil that you choose. It is also important to remember that essential oils are flammable.

Essential Oil Uses

Essential Oil Use #1: Easy Inhalation

Place 3-4 drops of essential oil on a tissue. Place the tissue near your nose and inhale. When trying an oil for the first time, use only one drop to ensure that you do not have a sensitivity or reaction to the oil.

Essential Oil Use #2: Steam Inhalation

Boil 2 cups of water. Pour the water into a bowl and add 3-7 drops of oil to the water. Use fewer drops if you are using an oil that may cause irritation to your mucous membranes (i.e. cinnamon, eucalyptus, rosemary, pine, thyme, cajuput, etc.). Place your nose about 12" away from the bowl and inhale. Don't inhale the steam constantly and if you notice any irritation or discomfort, stop immediately. Steam inhalation can help with colds and influenza. Use of energizing or relaxing oils can also make this method useful any time of day or night.

Essential Oil Use #3: Room Freshening

Use the steam inhalation method noted above but don't directly inhale into the bowl. Use up to 10 drops of oil. Use fewer drops if you are using an oil that may cause sensitization. Other methods including use of an aromatherapy diffuser or lamp scent ring available through many aromatherapy companies.

Essential Oil Use #4: General Household Freshening

Add a few drops of oil to your trash can, laundry wash, drain, vacuum bag filter, or on a tissue for placement in your drawers.

Essential Oil Use #5: Insect Repellent

Many essential oils including citronella, lavender, and peppermint act as a natural repellent against insects. Sprinkle a few drops of essential oil onto tissues or cotton balls and place near your doorways and windows to help repel insects. Be sure to read all safety data on the oils you use as some oils may not be suitable for use around pets. Be careful not to apply the essential oil directly onto fragile surfaces.

Essential Oil Use #6: Aromatherapy Massage

Add up to 20 drops of essential oil to 1 ounce carrier oil such as sweet almond oil and massage onto yourself or partner. Keep away from eyes and genital areas. Do not apply essential oils to the skin without first diluting them adequately. Be sure to also carefully read the safety information for the essential oils you choose to use.

Essential Oil Use #7: Bath

Add 5 drops essential oil to 1 ounce carrier oil. Stick with essential oils that are less likely to cause skin irritation. Add this blend to your running bath water and mix well before getting into the tub. Be sure to read the safety data for the essential oils you choose to use. Do not add essential oils directly to your bathwater, because essential oils do not stay mixed with water. The concentrated essential oil droplets can burn and seriously irritate skin and delicate areas of the body. For more information, read AromaWeb's Aromatherapy Bath article.

Other Essential Oil Uses

Essential oils can be used in making homemade lotions, facial toners, shampoos, perfumes, soaps, shower gels, and other natural products. Additionally, essential oils are often blended for their therapeutic synergistic abilities. The Recipes area includes many recipes and synergies.

The Book Shelf area provides book descriptions for over 70 aromatherapy books. Included are books that offer detailed recipes, other uses for essential oils, aromatherapy safety, and detailed essential oil information.

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