There are so many different essential oils out there, and they have a wide range of uses. It’s important to know how to use your essential oils so you will get the most out of them. Different oils will benefit you in different ways. It’s all about finding out how best to use each type of oil and how to use them effectively and safely. Once you understand essential oils you can really enhance your health and well being.
A good thing to remember is that a little goes a long way when it comes to essential oils. A few drops is generally all you need. There’s nothing worse than running a lovely hot bath with lavender oil only to find you’ve overdone it and the scent is so overpowering it makes you feel rather ill. A couple of drops is enough to fill the room with relaxing fragrance, so don’t simply pour it in as you might other bath products.
We’ll now take a look at some of the wonderful ways in which you can use essential oils…
Add it to your bath water
As we’ve just mentioned above, you can add essential oils to your bath water. While one small bottle of oil may cost more than a standard bottle of bubble bath, it will last for ages as you only need about 6 drops in each bath. So overall it is very cost effective. It’s so simple to use, just drop the oil into the bath and swirl it around. The heat of the water will release the fragrance into the air. You can then get in, relax and breath it in.
The type of oil you choose for your bath depends on the effect you’re looking for. Lavender oil and chamomile oil will help you to relax and unwind. These are perfect oils to use after a busy day. They’ll help your mind and aid restful sleep. If you’re having an bath in the morning before a busy day then you get a head start with a revitalising oil such as lemongrass or rosemary.
If you’re suffering from a cold, eucalyptus oil is perfect for helping you to breath more easily. It really does work wonders. Peppermint is lovely if added to a bowl of warm water to soak your feet in. If you’ve been on your feet all day, this will ease the aches away and leave your feet fresh smelling too.
Make your own massage oil
The only thing better than a soothing massage is a massage using essential oils. Pick oils that you love the smell off. You can even mix a few together to create your own signature massage oil scent that will send you into a world of relaxation. You need to use a carrier oil such as a vegetable or nut oil. Add about five drops to each tablespoon of carrier oil.
Use an oil burner or vaporizer
There are lots of oil burners and electric vaporizers on the market. You’ll have no problem finding one to suit your budget, style and décor. These will spread the aroma of essential oils around your home. This is ideal if, for example you have an open plan home and cooking smells tend to spread to your seating area. Some oils also have antibacterial properties and so can help to limit the spread of infection if someone in your home is ill.
Add it to fragrance free products
If you simply adore the smell of a particular essential oil, you can create your own range of products in that fragrance very cheaply. Simply buy fragrance free products such as shampoo, conditioner and shower gel and add a few drops of your favourite oil to it.
Inhale the steam
If you’re suffering from a cold and you’re all bunged up, inhaling steam with a few drops of beneficial oils is the perfect cure. Choose oils such as tea tree, eucalyptus, pine and peppermint. These will work well to clear your sinuses and leave you breathing more freely. They also have antiviral properties so you may even find you get better sooner.
To make a steam bowl you need to fill a bowl with hot water. It’s best to place to bowl on a sturdy table before you pour the water in, rather than trying to carry a bowl full of steaming hot water as you can easily burn yourself.
Add five or six drops of the oil then lean over the bowl, pull a towel over your head and the bowl, close your eyes and breathe deeply. Breathe that beneficial steam into your lungs.
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