In my previous blog I discussed the basics of Aromatherapy. Today I introduce you to a few of the most commonly used essential oils and some ways to use them.
There are many different essential oils and they are not all created equally. Most are easy to use, some are toxic and should not be applied directly to the skin and will need to be mixed with another ingredient.
Before using any oil not covered in this series, please do your own research, or talk with someone with the necessary expertise who can advise you. None of this information should be used as a substitute for medical attention, always use in conjunction with professional medical advice.
If you choose to use a tea light diffuser, be sure to put water in with the oil, or the oil will burn, and smell unpleasant. When using an oil diffuser start with four or five drops, then adjust as desired.
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Peppermint is an oil I use regularly. It has a crisp, clean scent that is both energizing and soothing. It evaporates rapidly and has an intense aroma. Peppermint is one of the essential oils that are commonly used for gastric issues. I used the scent and drank peppermint tea for morning sickness, and my mother put a few drops on a cotton ball pinned to her collar to help with nausea caused by chemotherapy.
It’s expectorant and decongestant properties make it excellent for upper respiratory ailments, colds, chronic bronchitis, sinus headaches, seasonal allergies.
You can diffuse it in an oil diffuser. Place ten drops in a bathtub (four for children), or make an alcohol plaster. You will need a dishtowel, or another rag that will fit around the person’s neck, rolled to fit, two or three inches wide. Pour two or three cap full of rubbing alcohol on a two to three inch square, put three or four drops of peppermint on the alcohol, place the square on the throat and pin to keep in place. The alcohol will help the oil diffuse and evaporate more evenly through the night.
Peppermint also has anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties that make it a great muscle rub. It’s pretty strong on skin and although it doesn’t have to be, it should be diluted. Mix half and half with an oil. Olive oil or mineral oil seem to work best, but just about any oil will work. You could also get special oils like vitamin E, lanolin or rose hip, but I pretty much stick with olive oil.
The art of healing comes from nature and not from the physician. Therefore, the physician must start from nature with an open mind ~ Paracelsus
You can also make a bath with half-a-cup of Epsom salts, quarter cup baking soda, twelve drops peppermint oil, or six drops peppermint oil, and six drops eucalyptus oil in a very warm bath and soak the aches away.
One drop of peppermint oil, and one drop of tea tree oil, and one tablespoon of salt in eight oz warm water is an effective mouthwash. It will help eliminate bacteria and make your breath clean and fresh.
Chamomile oil can be used topically, by diluting with water, or can be made into a tea using the leaves. Chamomile is also good for gastric issues and is soothing to the nerves. It is photo-toxic so if you get undiluted chamomile oil directly on your skin be sure to wash it off, or make sure you’re protected from the sun.
Chamomile is used a lot for skin problems, acne, psoriasis, varicose veins, boils, contact allergies. Mix 12 drops in a 12 oz bottle of filtered water, shake well before using, use cotton ball to blot on skin, or can be sprayed using a fine mist.
Chamomile has a calming effect that helps with frayed nerves and will calm you down at the end of a stressful day. It also helps in a bath, use six drops chamomile, half cup Epsom salts and quarter cup baking soda in a hot tub, kick back and relax. We’ve use it to calm children too, seven or eight drops in an eight oz bottle of water sprayed on a baby’s bed or clothes will help your baby sleep easier.
For older children put three drops chamomile, three drops lavender and three drops frankincense in a 12 oz spray bottle and spray it on the children’s’ beds, under the beds, in the closet. It “chases away the monsters” while soothing your children to dream land.
All that man needs for health and healing has been provided by God in nature, the challenge of science is to find it ~ Philippus Theophrastrus Bombast
Lavender is one of those fragrances everyone should have on hand. You can grow it pretty easily and fresh lavender in a vase in your kitchen or living room just makes the room feel bright and clean.
Lavender is good for any skin inflammation, sunburns, acne, eczema and psoriasis. Mix six drops lavender in six to eight oz filtered water and use a cotton ball to blot the mixture on the skin. Do not use with severe sunburn.
It helps reduce scaring caused by cuts, and other wounds, it can be helpful with labor as well as other female pain. Lavender can also help with headaches, sprains and muscle spasms, calm your nerves, help you sleep and calm hysteria.
Mixing four drops lavender with three drops peppermint, three drops chamomile and quarter cup olive or mineral oil, used as a rub, will help relieve the pain caused by arthritis.
Lavender pillows can be made by sewing a small bag stuffed with dried lavender flowers. Place one with your bed pillow, and your dreams will be easier. Place one in your closet or a dresser drawer to make your clothes stay fresh.
In my next blog I will explore more of the common scents and how they’re used.
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