~ HOW TO USE ESSENTIAL OIL ~
Pure essential oils have a wide range of therapeutic uses and benefits. The method applied can affect the results.
First, please remember that essential oils should never be applied neat (undiluted) to your skin. There are absolutely NO exceptions to this! This includes the soles of your feet or palms of your hands. When using oils neat for inhalation purposes please exercise care and dispense your oils on a tissue or cotton ball for direct inhalation.
In this article I will talk about two methods of treatment that are not only readily available and highly effective, but very inexpensive as well. These two methods are – THE BATH and COMPRESS
BATH ~ Great for relieving stress, sore and achy muscles, as well as sinus congestion. Stimulates lymphatic system and release of toxins.
Fill your tub with water, add 5-8 drops of essential oil that has been mixed in a dispersant such as a carrier oil, milk or cream, or a spoonful of honey, swish to disperse your essential oils evenly in the water.
OPTIONAL: Add a half cup each of Epsom salts (muscle relaxant, detoxifier) and Baking Soda (skin softener). These can also be used to disperse essential oils in your bath water.
Suggested Oils to Use: Lavender, Vetiver, or Peppermint
PLEASE NOTE: Essential oils are not water soluble you must use a dispersant when adding them to your facial steam or bath. Water may cause essential oils to penetrate your system more quickly or cause irritation to sensitive or damaged skin, i.e. blemishes, sores or rash.
COMPRESS ~ Excellent for topical application to ease pain from strained muscles and menstrual cramps.
Disperse 4-8 drops of essential oil in a teaspoon of milk, cream or honey. Add your blended mixture to a small stainless steel bowl of hot water. Absorb the “HOT” water into a wash cloth. Be sure to wear protective gloves. Wring out excess water and apply the hot compress to your area of discomfort, repeat when your cloth cools. You may cover the warm cloth with a plastic sheet or a towel to keep it “HOT” longer.
Suggested Oils to Use: Lavender, Geranium, Clary Sage, or Chamomile