How to Use Essential Oils for Health and Healing

March 11, 2013

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This blog post is inspired by David Crow's article, How To Use Essential Oils Effectively. Essential Oils are a potent form of plant medicine, so it is always best to use caution and educate yourself on safe essential oil use before using essential oils. Below are the 6 Best Ways to Use Essential Oils for Health and Healing: 1) Inhalations This application is simple and can be done just about anywhere. Carry your favorite essential oils with you wherever you go so you can always stop and inhale them whenever you need to feel calm and uplifted, or when you are traveling or are exposed to germs and illness. For direct inhalation, simply open a bottle of essential oil, place it below your nose and inhale deeply. For palm inhalation, add a drop or two of your favorite skin-friendly essential oils to the palms, cup the palms around the face and inhale deeply. Some favorite essential oil blends for palm inhalation are Relax BlendSpirit Blend, and Eucalyptus Blend. Note: some essential oils can be harmful when applied directly to your skin. Please visit our product pages to determine whether direct palm inhalation is an appropriate method for your desired oil. 2) Baths Aromatic Baths are a luxurious way to relax, pamper the skin or to feel better when we are sick or tired. Always mix essential oils with a natural emulsifier such as milk, honey, oils like almond, sesame or coconut, or sea salts before adding them to the bath. Generally, a safe dose is 5 - 10 drops of essential oils mixed with 1/2 to 1 cup of salt or emulsifier. Aromatic baths are excellent for skin problems, circulatory problems, respiratory symptoms, stress and nervous tension, insomnia, muscular and menstrual pains. Caution: overuse of essential oils in the bath can cause irritation. Use only mild, non-irritating oils for bath, such as lavender essential oilchamomile essential oil and clary sage essential oilHydrosols can also be used instead of essential oils to create a safe and gentle aromatic bath. 3) Compresses Compresses are a great way to apply essential oils to bruises, wounds, aches, and pains, or skin problems. Mix 10 drops of essential oil in 4 oz hot water. Soak a clean cloth and wrap area to be treated. Leave the compress on for 10-20 minutes. Reapply wrap if needed. Lavender essential oilHelichrysum essential oil, and Tea Tree essential oils are good essential oils to use in compresses. 4) Facial steam Add 1 - 5 drops essential oil to a pot of hot water. Cover head with a towel and allow steam to circulate inside the towel. This practice is excellent for opening sinuses, easing headaches, and invigorating the skin. Eucalyptus essential oil and Rosemary essential oil are great for facial steams. 5) Massage Pure essential oils are about 70 times more concentrated than the whole plant which is why we recommend diluting essential oils before applying them to the skin. Dilutions are typically 2% - 10%. For adults, a 2.5% dilution is recommended for most purposes. For children under 12, 1% is generally safe. 1% blend = 6 drops essential oil per oz carrier oil 2% blend = 12 drops essential oil per oz carrier oil 2.5% blend= 15 drops essential oil per oz carrier oil 3% blend = 18 drops essential oil per oz carrier oil 5% blend = 30 drops essential oil per oz carrier oil Explore Floracopeia body oils and carrier oils. 6) Aromatherapy Diffusers Essential Oil Diffusers offer a safe and easy way to fill your home or office with essential oils. A small amount of essential oil has a big impact if it is diffused into the air we breathe. Ultrasonic Diffusers and Nebulizers offer the most efficient and effective way to diffuse essential oils. Explore Floracopeia diffusers and read an insightful article about diffusing essential oils from David Crow. [button_1 text="SHOP%20ESSENTIAL%20OILS" text_size="20" text_color="#ffffff" text_font="Raleway;google" text_bold="Y" text_letter_spacing="2" subtext_panel="N" text_shadow_panel="N" styling_width="40" styling_height="28" styling_border_color="#000000" styling_border_size="0" styling_border_radius="0" styling_border_opacity="100" styling_gradient_start_color="#869518" styling_gradient_end_color="#869518" drop_shadow_panel="N" inset_shadow_panel="N" align="center" href="" new_window="Y"/] [divider style="10"] [recent_posts style="14" rows="three" title = "You May Also Like:" text_excerpt="" mode="selectable_posts" posts_num="" selectable_posts="6349, 5065, 4954" text_color="undefined" hide_author="" main_title_font_size="22" main_title_font_font="Raleway" main_title_font_style="bold" main_title_font_spacing="3" posts_title_font_size="15" posts_title_font_font="Raleway" posts_title_font_color="#869518" posts_title_font_spacing="0" ][/recent_posts]
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