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This is an excellent method of use for a quick and easy exposure to the anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial and other therapeutic uses of essential oils.
Palm inhalation: apply one drop into your palm and simply rubbing the hands together three times in a circle activates the oil and it will vibrate to a higher frequency. In using this method it should only be done with oils that can be safely applied to the skin (see the toxicology and safety section below)
Caution: prolonged inhalation of synthetic essential oils can cause headaches, vertigo, dizziness, nausea, and lethargy. Contraindicated for children and expecting mothers.
Create your desired recipe using bath salts, milk, Sesame oil, oatmeal and other formulations is the best way to use essential oils. Without salts or an emulsifier, drops of essential oils will float on the water and then get directly on the skin and can be less aromatic. Aromatic baths are excellent for skin irritations, stress and nervous tension, insomnia, circulatory problems, respiratory symptoms, muscular and menstrual pains.
Caution: Use only cooling oils for baths, oils that are heating in nature can cause dermal-toxicity and burn the skin such as clove, cinnamon, oregano, thyme, citrus oils, bergamot, lemongrass and others.
Safer milder oils are lavender, rose, geranium, frankincense, sandalwood, eucalyptus, fir, pine, spruce, and juniper to name a few.
Note: If you are using higher quality oils you can you less oil. If you are using oils for a specific healing purpose feel free to use these methods more often. However, overuse of essential oils in the bath can cause irritation. Use only mild, non-irritating oils for bath, such as lavender and rose. A generally safe dose is 5 – 10 drops, mixed with 1/2 to 1 cup of salt or emulsifier to a full tub of water. Give or sell products you create to your clients
Aromatics used for a Compress
For bruises, muscular aches and pains, wounds, skin problems; soak a cloth in enough hot water to cover the cloth, add 5-10 drops of essential oils and use the cloth as a wrap.
Foot and Face steams
Add 1 – 5 drops of essential oils to a bowl of hot water, cover your head with a towel, steam face for a few minutes. Excellent for headaches, skin treatments and opening sinuses. For foot soak add oils to warm water to a large basin and soak for 5-10 minutes
Add pure essential oils to your massage oils or cream and apply to your client.
Here is a general chart for mixing oils to a carrier oil
A 2.5% blend for a 1 ounce bottle of carrier oil is 15 drops of essential oil.
1% blend = 6 drops per oz
5% blend = 30 drops per oz
10% blend = 60 drops per oz.
Cautions: Dilutions are typically 2% – 10%. For adults, a 2.5% dilution is recommended for most purposes. For children under 12, 1% is generally safe.
There are various types of diffusers on the market, with different advantages and disadvantages.
Advantages: very simple to use; provides light background fragrancing
Disadvantages: does not produce strong concentration for therapeutic benefits. Heat damages some aromatic compounds.
*Reed diffusers Typically use synthetic oils… please avoid these products, especially while working with Children, pregnant mothers, the elderly and chemical sensitive clients. You can however create your own blends with safe ingredents to use.
*Electric heat diffusers
Plug-ins using small pads, oil rings places on light bulbs
Advantages: easy to use; minimal maintenance; can diffuse thicker oils.
Disadvantages: heat damages some aromatic compounds.
Air nebulizer: A glass cool air nebulizer bulb serves as a condenser, allowing only the finest particles of the essential oil to be dispersed into the air.
Advantages: strong diffusion maximizes therapeutic benefits in respiratory conditions.
Disadvantages: Cool air nebulizing diffusers need to be cleaned regularly, and tend to clog. (personally I use rubbing alcohol) More viscous, thick resinous oils cannot be diffused (such as myrrh, sandalwood or vitever).
*Timers & Sound machines
Aria Diffuser, electric heat and cool air nebulizers and humidifiers can be purchased with timers, mood lighting and music to produce an ambient setting for massage. Timers reduce the amount of oil consumed, and can prevent over-saturation in a room.