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Ever hear someone snorting and wish you could give them something to make them stop? Next time, offer them them some essential oils. A steam inhalation using a combination of 3 drops  rosemary, 1 drop oregano and 1 drop peppermint will really open up those sinuses.

You can make a blend for your friend. Use 2 drops rosemary, 1 drop geranium and 1 drop eucalyptus. Take one drop of this blend, put it on a tissue, give it to your friend (of course, you can use it yourself if you are the one with the sinus problem) and inhale it throughout the day.

Did your mom use to rub you down with a salve when you had a cold or your sinuses were stopped up? Blend 5 drops rosemary, 5 drops geranium, 2 drops eucalyptus and 3 drops peppermint. Use 5 drops of the blend per teaspoon of a carrier oil like almond oil and use only the one teaspoon of this mixture per massage. Massage around the neck, behind and in front of the ears, over the cheekbones, the nose and the forehead.

SpaGetting a massage is known to be very relaxing, but getting an aromatherapy massage can be even more relaxing. It’s essentially the same as a massage, only with the inclusion of essential oils added to the massage lotion. The nostrils are attached to the limbic system aspect of the brain, which controls emotions and influences hormones.

When someone inhales the molecules from aromatherapy massage oils, their limbic system can be affected in a number of ways, depending on the type of oil. These effects can also happen through the application of the oil itself, as essential oils can also be absorbed through the skin. Certain oils may be calming or energizing, or even decongesting.

Using a Diffuser

Author: Dr. Larita

electric oil burnerDiffusing an essential oil or heating it to release the fragrant molecules into the air will allow you to achieve many things. It can create a specific atmosphere in a room for a particular reason. For instance, frankincense essential oil is calming and will prepare a room for meditation or a quiet restful time. An uplifting fragrance like orange or lemon helps people feel at ease and can make your space welcoming for those times when you have guests for dinner or a party. Essential oils like tea tree and eucalyptus help rid your rooms of germs in the air and keep the rest of the family safe when one person has a cold or the flu. One last essential oil that is very useful to use  in a diffuser is lavender. It is a gentle and natural way to improve your quality of sleep.

There are many different types of diffusers and you should choose yours depending on when and how you want to use it. Electric diffusers may be the most safe to use, especially if you have young children. There are also diffusers that you use with a votive candle that heats the oils in a small glass or ceramic tray and releases the aroma in the air.diffuser

Diffuser Blends

  • 2 drops lemongrass and 4 drops cardamom will make a room feel relaxing
  • 4 drops sweet orange and 2 drops clove will make guests at a winter party feel warm and uplifted
  • 3 drops tea tree and 3 drops thyme will keep germs away
  • 4 drops lavender and 2 drops tangerine will improve sleep

Thyme Essential Oil

Author: Dr. Larita

aromatherapy2Occasionally, I like to feature one of the more popular essential oils that everyone should have on hand in their home. Thyme is a very useful essential oil because of its powerful antiviral properties. It has been used for centuries by ancient civilizations. The Greeks and the Romans used it to flavor cheese and alcohol. The Egyptians used it in their embalming practice and the Scots used to make a tea and drank it thinking it gave them courage and strength. Today, thyme is used in aromatherapy for its many therapeutic uses.

  • Put 2-3 drops on a cotton ball and dab on the affected area for acne, bruises, cuts, eczema, insect bites, oily skin and warts.
  • Put 2-3 drops in a carrier oil and massage it on the affected area for arthritis, gout, muscle aches and pains, sports injuries, sprains and rheumatism.
  • Use 2-3 drops in steam inhalation or in 1 ounce of a carrier oil and rub it on the chest and throat for asthma, bronchitis and coughs.
  • Use 2-3 drops in steam inhalation for colds, flu, mucous infections and sinusitis.
  • Put 2-3 drops in a diffuser for insomnia, physical exhaustion and stress-related problems.
  • Use 2-3 drops in 1 ounce of carrier oil and massage it on the body to fight poor circulation


Using Essential Oils 4

Author: Dr. Larita

So far, we have talked about body methods and water methods for using essential oils. Today, I’m going to talk about ways to use themaromatherapy5 throughout a room.

Room Techniques

  • Candles – use 1-2 drops.  Light the candle and when the wax starts to melt, add the oils to the melted wax. Be careful not to get the oils on the wick because they are inflammable.
  • Diffusers – use 1-6 drops. Diffusers are specifically made for use with essential oils. There are many different kinds of diffusers and they can be heated by electricity or by candle flame. Be sure the bowl part of the diffuser is made of non-porous material so that it can be wiped clean before a different essential oil is used in it. The main idea is that the bowl is heated by the heat source allowing the essential oil molecules to be released into the air.
  • Light bulbs – 1-2 drops. Heat from light bulbs can release essential oil molecules into the air. You can put the essential oil directly on the light bulb before you turn it on or you can use a light bulb ring. Do not put the essential oil on a bulb that is hot because the oils are inflammable. Light bulb rings only work on the bulb type of light bulbs. They do not work on the new coiled, energy-saving type bulbs. Make sure the light bulb ring fits on your bulb before you add the oils.
  • Humidifiers – 1-9 drops. Add the essential oil to the water. Eucalyptus would work well for humidifiers because it is antiseptic and antibiotic.
  • Radiators – 1-9 drops. Add the essential oil to a cotton ball and place it by the pipe or somewhere that puts it in contact with the heat.
  • Room sprays – 4 -8 drops per 1 cup water. Use a new plant sprayer  and add warm (not boiling) water, add the essential oil and shake well before using. You can spray the mist into the air or on the carpets, curtains, and furniture. Do not let the water fall on good wood.
  • Water bowls – 1-9 drops. Pour boiling water into a bowl and add the essential oil. Close doors and windows and allow 5 minutes for the aroma to fill the room.
  • Wood fires – 1 drop per log. Use cypress, pine, sandalwood, or cedarwood essential oils. Put 1 drop on each log and let it soak for 30 minutes before using. The oil will be effective on the log for a long time so you can prepare logs in advance and use one essential oil log per fire.


Using Essential Oils 3

Author: Dr. Larita

Yesterday we talked about some body methods you can use to get the maximum effect from your essential oils. Today let’s talk about aaromatherapybath different technique.

Water Techniques

  • Baths – use a maximum of 8 drops of essential oils in the bath or the amount directed for use in a particular recipe. First, close the bathroom door and run the bath, then add the essential oil and swish the water around. Soak in the tub for at least ten minutes while relaxing and breathing deeply. You can dilute the essential oils in a carrier oil before adding it to the water to help your skin feel silky smooth while also relaxing your body.
  • Bidet – use 2 – 3 drops of essential oil diluted in 1 teaspoon carrier oil. Run warm water from the bidet or from the tap, add the essential oil and swish it around so the oils don’t irritate mucous membranes.
  • Douche – only use this method if you are under the care of a naturopath. Add the essential oil to boiled and cooled water from the tap or warmed, bottled spring water. Shake the douche thoroughly before using.
  • Jacuzzi – use 3 drops per person using the jacuzzi.
  • Sauna – use 2 drops per 2 1/2 cups of water. Use eucalyptus, tea tree or pine essential oils. Mix the essential oils in the water  and throw it onto the heat source as usual. Only use one of these three oils because they are the only ones that enter the body with inhalation and exit by perspiration. All three oils are very beneficial as cleansers and detoxifiers.
  • Shower – as directed or use a maximum  of 8 drops essential oil. First, wash as usual in the shower. Then add the essential oil to your washcloth or sponge and rub it over your body quickly as you stand under the running water. Deeply breathe in the aromatic steam.
  • Sitz bath – as directed in your recipe or 2-3 drops. Run a bath to hip level or use a bowl or pan that is big enough for you to lower your behind into it. Add your essential oil and swish thoroughly so the oils don’t irritate your delicate mucous membranes.
  • Hand bath – use 2-4 drops of essential oil – soak the hands for a maximum of 10 minutes in a bowl of warm water.
  • Foot bath – as directed in your recipe or 2-6 drops. Soak your feet for twenty minutes in a bowl of warm water.

Using Essential Oils 2

Author: Dr. Larita

aromatherapy essential oilsYesterday, we discussed the three basic methods of using essential oils in general. Today I am giving you more details about how to use the oils on your body.

Body Methods

  • Perfume – dissolve your essential oils (the strength is up to you) in a light carrier oil and apply to the body as you would perfume.
  • Tissue or handkerchief – apply 1 drop and sniff as needed.
  • Inhaled as a Vapor – use 2-3 drops  of essential oils. Pour hot water into a bowl, add the oil, cover your head with a towel and lean over the bowl with your face about 10 inches away and with your eyes closed. Breath deeply through your nose for 1 to 3 minutes, take a break and do it again as needed or until the water cools.
  • Massage oil –  use a maximum of 5 drops to each teaspoon of carrier oil or as directed in a particular recipe. Purchase a brown glass bottle and measure out your base oil. You can use sweet almond oil, jojoba oil, grapeseed oil, shea oil, coconut oil, etc. Add the essential oil and blend it into the carrier oil by turning the bottle upside down several times and then rolling the bottle briskly between your hands. You only need about a teaspoon of this mixture poured into the palm of your hand to massage the whole body.

Descriptions Of Essential And Carrier Oils And Some Uses From H To PI’ve been reading about the benefits of essentials oils for the skin. I’ve been having some minor irritations and breakouts these past few weeks and I’m looking for new ways to control these or to rid myself of these altogether. My doctor says it’s because of stress or a result of a poor diet. I suppose I can eat healthier but I think there is little I can do about the everyday stress that I feel. That’s why I’ve been looking for additional supplements that could help me.

I learned that I cannot apply essential oils directly into my skin. Because of its concentrated nature, essential oils can often cause severe irritation or allergic reactions if applied directly. Carrier oils are usually needed to mix with the essential oil to dilute it before application. It’s a good thing that I read this before I was going to actually use the essential oils otherwise my skin would have looked worse. Now I have to find the right kind of carrier oil to mix with the essential oil to get the outcome that I want.

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