Listed below are the 2 most common or
popular way that the essential oils are applied. It is very
important to remember that no essential oil should be applied undiluted
on to the skin. Essential oils are also not water soluble and therefore you must use a
dispersant, such as a carrier oil, milk or cream, or a spoonful of
honey, when adding to water to prevent the oil from causing irritation
to sensitive or damaged skin which can result in blemishes, sores or
Essential Oils can be absorbed into the
body through either direct inhalation or aerial diffusion. When
air is breathe in during an aromatherapy
treatment, essential oils that have evaporated during the process are
absorbed into the system. The quickest method of treatment is
though inhalation compared to topical application because essential
oils absorbed through the skin can take a longer time.
One of the attributes of essential oils
is their ability to purify the air we breathe. During aerial
diffusion in the home, oxygenating molecules are released into the air
where they stay suspended for a few hours to destroy and prevent
bacteria, mold, fungus and freshen the air with natural fragrances.
Besides removing dust from air, the diffused oils that we breathe in
contains wonderful anti-viral, antibacterial and antiseptic properties
beneficial to health and well-being. The benefits we get
are a fragrant smelling room, relief from mental and physical
fatigue, calming of our nervous systems and reducing tension, headaches and
Essential oils can be inhale in many ways.
Drop about 5 to 7 drops to a bowl of
steaming hot water, then placed a towel over the head to capture the
steam, lean over the bowl and breathe in deeply and slowly. To
avoid irritation in cases where the oil is strong, close your eyes
during inhalation. Inhale for at least 2 minutes or until
the water cools or until you stop selling the oil. When essential
oils and steam are combined they form a very potent way to help treat
some ailments specially relating to upper respiratory tract, nose and
sinuses. This method is especially good to treat colds and
and bronchial disorders. However,
it should never be used by asthma sufferers. This method can also acts
as a facial steam for a deep cleansing routine which is beneficial to
Drop about 5 to 10 drops of oil that has
been mixed in a in a tub of warm water, swish to disperse in the water.
A half cup of each of Epsom Salts, good for muscle relaxant and
detoxifier, and Baking Soda, good for skin softening, can also be used
to disperse the oils in your bath water. This method is very
effective as you breathe the vapors and absorb the oils through the
skin. This method is good for stress relief
and sore muscles.
Add 3 to 9 drops to the water of the
humidifier, then run overnight. If humidifier is being run
continuously, add the essential oils 2 or 3 times daily. This is
specially effective with a sick child as there is no risk of danger
from hot water.
WARNING: Essential Oils can damage Humidifier plastic and rubber parts
A vaporizer comes with 2 separate containers - the top one for water
and essential oils and the bottom one to house a lit candle or tealight
to provide the gentle heat. The small candle or tealight is used to
heat the mixture of oil and water above it which will cause the oils to
evaporate and be released into the room.
Electrical Oil Burner
An alternative to the small candle is a safer method using and
electrical oil burner.
Handkerchief or tissue
Put a drop or 2 of chosen oil onto a
handkerchief or a tissue and smell it at interval. For optimal results,
close your eyes and inhale. Breathe in slowly and pause briefly
on your inhaled breath before slowly exhaling. Repeat this slow,
rhythmic breathing 5 or 6 more times. This helps to relieve
migraine headaches or nausea,
ease nasal congestion or just simply lifting your mood.
Plastic spray bottle
Add 8-10 drops of a refreshing essential
oil into a clean plastic spray bottle half filled with either clean,
filtered or bottled water. May add a tiny amount (2-3 drops) of
alcohol or witch hazel to act as a dispersant for your oils to
blend into the water. Shake well and give a couple of quick
sprays around the room. Be careful not to spray near polished
surfaces as they can be damaged by the essential oils. This
method acts as a air freshener and deodorizer and together with the
oil's wonderful anti-viral, antibacterial and antiseptic properties, it
is also beneficial to health and well-being.
The direct topical application method is easy and effective. Use
1 to 6 drops of oil and just apply directly to the area of concern.
As the essential oil is applied on the skin, the oils which are
absorbed through skin pores and hair follicles then enters the
bloodstream capillaries to circulate throughout the body. At the same
time the smell of fragrances as the oil is rubbed on the skin also
enters through the highly sensitive olfactory system.
Some of the best places for direct topical application is the feet
which can absorb oils fast due to the large pores, behind the ears and
on the wrists. From these locations, the oils quickly travels up
the nerves to reach the problem area.
Massage therapy is a common
therapeutic technique used together with Aromatherapy
to effectively help the body to increase circulation and lymph flow to
remove toxins from the skin and muscle system thus promoting better
health. When massaging a large area of the body, always dilute
the oils by 15% - 30% with a carrier oil of choice. Ways to
effectively apply essential oils are:-
RainDrop Technique - Drop the oils
along the spine from about 6 inches up and then use feather-like
strokes to massage in the oils up the back. Then apply the
Vita-Flex Technique to the back, legs and feet.
Vita Flex Technique - This
technique functions on similar concepts as Reflexology. However rather
than using firm pressure to the reflexology points, Vita-Flex works by
using a delicate rolling movement. Apply a drop or two of oil to the
areas of the feet that corresponds to the system of the body which
A rejuvenating foot soak can both
detoxify and heal the body and
mind. Base on the philosophy of reflexology where the whole body is
represented in the feet, having a foot bath will provide a range of
positive effects such as easing rheumatism or arthritic pain, ease
cramps and relax muscles. Prepare a large bowl of warm water and
disperse 1 or 2 drops of essential oil, thoroughly mixing them into the
foot bath. Soak feet for 10-15 minutes or until the water
A chest or upper back rub is beneficial to assist respiration and
relieve congestion. Dilute 10 to 20 drops of essential oil in 1
ounce of carrier oil and rub on chest and upper back.
Topical applications can treat problem skin conditions such as acne, rosacea and psoriasis. That is why many beauty products which are
sold commercially today also contains essential oils.