The use of essential oils or Aromatherapy is an awesome way to improve your overall health. Although it cannot be used to cure any disease, “its most potent affect is that it relaxes mind and body, relieves pain, and restores body systems to a state of balance in which healing can best take place.” Using essential oil does require following certain “essential oil guidelines”.
As you work with essential oils you’ll become more familiar with the oils, and the guidelines will become second nature. Each oil has it’s own unique chemistry and properties, but these guidelines apply to all of them.
Essential Oil Guidelines:
Store essential oils in dark, well sealed glass containers. Keep them away from sunlight- store in a dark cool place. Exposure to heat and plastic can cause them to lose their potency.
Always use a carrier oil when applying them directly to the skin. This is especially important with young children. There are several choices for carrier oils. For application to the skin try coconut oil, sweet almond, or grape seed. For application on the scalp/hair use olive or jojoba oil.
Mixing two or more oils together is called blending. Choose two to four oils that you think will work well together. Usually citrus oils go with citrus, flowery oils go with flowery, and so on. Use more of the lighter smelling scents and less of the stronger smelling ones.
Diffuse them into the air of your home or a specific room to benefit everyone in your family. Diffusers use heat and water to vaporize the scent from the oils and spread it throughout a room. You can purchase one that uses an electric heat source or one that uses a candle.
Use the a bath to create an Aromatherapy spa like experience at home. The heat from the warm bath vaporizes the oil and diffuses it into the air. The warm water also helps the oil to absorb into the skin.
Trial and error is the best way that I’ve found to figure out what I like best. Try different oils and different blends and figure out what works best for you. Have Fun!
Shealy, Norman C. The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Healing Remedies. Harper Collins (2002) p. 141