Uses Of Essential Oils
Inhalation is thought to be the most direct and
effective means of treatment. This is because the
molecules of the essential oil act directly on the organs
and are immediately perceived by the brain.
A popular method is the steam inhalation, in
which a few drops of essential oil are added to hot water in a
bowl. The person sits with his or her face above the mixture
abd covers the head, face and bowl with a towel so that the
vapours do not escape. This can be done up to three times a day
but people suffering from asthma should refrain from it.
Steam inhalation with essential oils creates a
wonderful, time honoured way of alleviating the symptoms
of colds and flus, and it is also beneficial to greasy skins.
Asthmatics should avoid this method unless supervised by a
medical practitioner as it may cause irritation to the
Compresses are effective in the treatment of a
variety of muscular and rheumatic aches and pains as well as
bruises and headaches. To prepare a compress, add 5 drops of
oil to a small bowl of water. Soak a piece of flannel or other
absorbent material in the solution. Squeeze out excess moisture
and secure in position with a bandage or cling film. For acute
pain, the compress should be renewed when it is warm, otherwise
it should be left there for about two hours or overnight. Cold
water should be used if there is fever or acute pain and warm
water when the pain is chronic.
Many hair conditions such as dryness, excessive
grease or even dandruff will react to aromatherapy depending on
the type of essential oils mixed with nourishing base oil that
is used. Simply rub the oils thoroughly into the scalp,
then wrap the hair in warm towels and allow the oil to
penetrate the hair and scalp for an hour. The choice of
essential oils depends on the needs of the person.
A hot aromatic foot bath can ward off
cold,tired or swollen feet and refresh it by soaking it in
a basin of hot water containing 4 to 5 drops if lavender,
peppermint, rosemary or thyme.
Used strictly in correct dilutions, essential
oils provide a natural, gentle way to help clear up mouth
ulcers, oral thrush and infected gums.