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How to Use Essential Oils
a few drops of the oil or blend on a tissue and keep inhaling the scent
until the desired effect is obtained. Two drops of a relaxing oil, e.g.
Lavender or Clary sage, on a pillow can promote deeper sleep.
• Drop 1-3 drops onto a cotton ball, put it in a ziplock bag
and inhale the scent whenever needed; e.g. when driving, traveling, and
so on. To keep awake, try a stimulating oil or blend, e.g. May chang, Spearmint or the blend Focus; for relief of stress, try a relaxing oil such as Lavender or Blue tansy, or a blend such as Stress Release, Worry Free or Moon Cycle. For an anytime pick-me-up, try more balancing oils and blends such as Mandarin, Bergamot, Citrus Bliss, Spirit Lift or Rejuvenation.
• Drop 1-2 drops onto a wet washcloth in the shower or bath, cup over your nose and inhale. For the morning, try a stimulating oil such as Eucalyptus or Saro, or a blend such as Focus or Energize. For the evening, try a relaxing oil such as Lavender or Blue tansy, or a blend such as Stress Release or Worry Free.
||• Drop 2-3
drops into a basin or bowl of hot water, place a thick towel over your
head to form a tent and inhale — for sinus, ear and chest conditions. This
also acts as a facial steam for warming, relaxing and opening the pores
prior to cleansing or any facial work in general
||• Drop 3-8 drops into the water for any diffuser with a heat source or with the ultrasonic diffuser
||• Fill the nebulizer glass funnel with about 3 ml of oil. Please go to the Nebulizer page for more instructions.
||• Put 1 drop of the blend or oil in a dab of lotion and apply
5-10 drops in some milk or a vegetable carrier oil and swish into a warm
For a foot bath, you can put 4-8 drops directly into the hot water and soak the feet for 10 minutes. Warming, stimulating oils such as Rosemary, Grand fir, Black spruce and Saro are excellent for reviving cold, tired or sweaty feet.
||• Blend a total of 5-10 drops per 10 ml of carrier oil (this is a 2.5-5% dilution). A lotion can also be used as a base.
||• Put 2-4
drops in a bowl of hot water and stir; soak a washcloth in the water
briefly, wring out to remove excess water and apply to the face for a
minute or two. This will relax the facial muscles and open the pores.
Facial towels are very useful before cleansing or at the beginning of
facial work in general.
||• Use 10-20
drops per 10 ml of vegetable carrier oil (a 5-10% dilution) and massage
into the problem area (e.g. the feet, shoulders, nape, forehead,
abdomen, low-back, an so on). Coconut, apricot kernel and sweet almond
oil are the best carrier oils for liniments and massage as the skin
readily absorbs them.
Precautions: To prevent skin irritation or sensitization, never
use essential oils or blends undiluted on the skin, and avoid contact
with the eyes and mucous membranes. The only exception is spot
application, e.g. when applying 1 drop topically on sprains, burns,
insect bites and such like; or spot application in conjunction with
energy work, e.g. with acupressure, reflexology, Shiatsu, and so on.
single or blended essential oils internally. Always keep the bottles out
of reach of infants and children. Check with your health-care
practitioner about using single or blended essential oils during
pregnancy, postpartum and with a specific medical conditions (e.g.,
Keep in mind the two basic types of effects when using essential oils:
||• Has mainly
a psychological effect through the limbic system and neuroendocrine
functions. This helps balance moods, feelings and mental functions, as
well as energy levels in general. Inhalation can contribute to hormonal
balance, especially in women, by modulating the functions of the many
brain centers. Once the action of an oil has cleared the limbic system,
it tends to selectively modulate other areas, such as the temporal lobes
(which tend to dysregulation), the basal ganglia (which tend to either
hyper- or hypo-functioning), the cingulate system and the prefrontal
cortex. Different oils will affect different brain centers and tend to
balance different peptides (i.e. neurotransmitters and hormones) such as
serotonin, dopamine, GABA, and so on, which ultimately affects core
metabolic glands such as the adrenals, gonads, thyroid and their
||• Have a
physiological effect on the skin and muscles, and a psychological effect
as the evaporating oils are inhaled. The skin and lymph selectively
absorb essential oil components, which primarily exert a beneficial
influence on those local functions and tissues. In addition, certain oil
constituents are also absorbed into the bloodstream, but the amount and
actual content seems to vary greatly. This would depend on the
absorbability of the oil and carrier medium used, as well as the type,
thickness and condition of the skin and muscle tissue it is applied to.
• Topical spot application of an oil in addition can exert
an energetic effect if applied over an active acupoint, reflex zone or
other particular body zone. This energetic action varies on the point
and the oil selected and forms the basis for the use of essential oils
on an acupuncture-based model, for instance. The mechanism of action
again involves the body's basic communication system, peptide activity,
which is also greatly (although not exclusively) involved in acupuncture
stimulation with needles.