Essential Oils

Uses Of Essential Oils 


Uses of essential oils - steam inhalationInhalation 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 lungs.


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.

Hair Treatments

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.

Foot Bath

foot bathA 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.

Mouthwash And Gargles

Used strictly in correct dilutions, essential oils provide a natural, gentle way to help clear up mouth ulcers, oral thrush and infected gums.