There are many essential oils uses that people have found when mixing various fragrance oils together. In fact essential oils have been used for thousands of years until now. Over time people have discovered more and more uses for these oils, both for healing purposes as well as for enjoying the lovely scents that various essential oil mixes could create.
Essential oils for Massage
One of the most popular uses of essential oils is in massage due to three main reasons:
- As they enter the skin pores with ease, they leaving behind their therapeutic properties of each oil, which are only enhanced when several relevant oils are mixed in a powerful blend. Once they entered the skin tissue, the oils spread through the entire system.
- Added to this is the great benefit that massage offers by itself. For example faster strokes by the masseuse will invigorate, while slower movements relax the body and calm the mind.
- Yet another benefit is the inhalation of these oils, which invariably happens during the massage session.
When making your essential oil blends for massage, always mix the oils with carrier oils, since the pure oils are very potent. Never use essential oils on the skin by themselves. Personally I only use lavender oil on small places on my skin on small cuts, scratches, burns or mosquito bites. If you are not a massage practitioner, you can still enjoy the benefits of aromatherapy massage by using the essential oils for rubbing on various place of the body. Some of the most popular areas are: face massage for anti-aging properties, head, neck and shoulder massage for stress relief, foot massage, back massage (to a partner) and hands massage to rejuvenate tired hands.
Maybe the easiest and most widespread essential oils uses are those that involve inhalation in one way or another. Very popular are the various aromatic diffusers and oil burners. Diffusers are a bit more expensive, but they last longer. I initially started with a cheap oil burner.
The way burners work is by filling the bowl on the top with water and adding to it a few drops of your favorite essential oil or blend of oils. Underneath the bowl there is a small place for adding a tea-light candle. As the candle burns, the water in the bowl gets warm, evaporates and the oil starts diffusing in the air as well.
When it comes to diffusers, there are many different types of the market, with the most popular ones being electrical diffusers. Currently my favorite one (which is quite cheap compared to some others on the market) is the Mony Aroma/Essntial Oil Diffuser (I have the pink one). You can learn more about essential oil diffusers here: http://www.bestthermometers.co.uk/best-essential-oil-diffusers-in-uk/
Aromatherapy meditation is a great way to relax, unwind and de-stress after a hard day at work. It is not difficult to get started, especially if you have already tried meditation. All you need is the right atmosphere, which can be easily done with essential oils, an oil burner and a soft meditation cushion on which to sit down for your meditation session.
You can also sit on a comfortable chair, but make sure that your spine is erect, your legs are straight with the feet on the floor and you don’t cross your legs. That is not only bad for circulation, but it’s not helping in meditation.
For A Relaxing Bath
Recently it has become very popular for adding essential oils or blends in bath. This is easy to do and requires no professional standing as an aromatherapist. There are practically thousands of recipes online and in aromatherapy books for bath additions. Some are stimulating and energizing, others are relaxing, and yet others are mood uplifting.
The way I use essential oils in bath is by first filling the tub wit hot (but pleasantly bearable) water. I have my oils ready and simply add a couple of drops (as given by the actual recipe) of each oil. Another way to add essential oils to the bath is by adding them to the bath foam and mixing them in the bottle. Every time you add some foam to the water, the oils get transferred as well. Just make sure you add a few drops more since they will last for several baths this way.
One of my favorite ways to use essential oils is for hair care. It really doesn’t involve any science: all you need to do is add your favorite essential oils to the shampoo you are using. You need to make sure, however, that the oils you are adding are not irritating to the skin, or you’re not allergic to them since they do enter the eyes occasionally while you’re washing your hair. I usually add up to 20 drops total to a bottle of shampoo.
The recipe above is for regular hair. If you have oily or dry hair, you different oils that have the relevant beneficial properties for your hair type. For example for oily hair you should mix lavender, patchouli and lemon oils. If your hair is dry, use instead ylang ylang, rosewood, geranium and lavender. You can also experiment with adding essential oils to various skin care products. As they easily penetrate the various layers of the skin, enhancing your cremes, lotions and toners with essential oils is a great way to double the benefits you are getting.
When I create my essential oil mixes, I usually add 10-12 drops to every ounce of liquid or cream. Again, avoid using essential oils directly on the skin by themselves! Something I’ve started doing recently is creating my own creams and lotions.