Essential oils can be used for everything from a foot bath to a poultice to relieve sore muscles. They work well as a decongestant, cough reliever, and fever reducer. They can bring relief to an upset stomach and help heal acne.
You can mix oils together to create your own perfume or scented body lotion. The most popular way of using essential oils in the U. S. is to have a massage. Your massage therapist can do this if she has her own oils or you bring yours from home. If you have a favorite oil recipe you can have it ready for your therapist when you go.
Some things to consider when using essential oils.
- Do a test patch on the inside of your elbow at least 24 hrs. before using essential oils.
- When using oils, less is more. Some can become overpowering in a hurry. For instance, only use three to eight drops in a bath tub of water. Be sure to mix the essential oil(s) with a carrier oil before adding to your bath.
- Add oils to a bath right before you step in to use them at their most potent. Sink down into the water and enjoy a 10 – 15 minute soak. Depending on the oil you use, you should feel energized, relaxed, grounded, and just plain wonderful. Plus, your skin will be soft. You can also put three to eight drops in a foot bath with a carrier oil to achieve similar results.
- Make an air freshener by putting 25-30 drops in a spray bottle of distilled water or put a drop on a hot light bulb.
- Make massage oil by using aloe, coconut, 100 percent virgin olive oil or apricot oil as a mixing oil Use the apricot or virgin for normal skin and the aloe and coconut for dry skin. Add the essential oil to one ounce of mixing oil. There will be different recipes appearing in future articles.
- These same oils can be used as a carrier oil for your bath also. These are typically less expensive than ones you purchase already made up.
- Oils can be mixed with distilled water too if you want to steam your face or use as a steam tent for a stuffy head.