Uses for Common Essential Oils [Part 2]
4. Chamomile Oil
Universally thought of safe by doctors and practitioners alike, chamomile is used for an anti-inflammatory calming action.
- Calming – Put a few drops in some hot water, place a towel over your head and the bowl to inhale the steam.
- Bruises, bites, stings, skin irritation – Make a compress by putting a few drops of oil in hot water and then soaking a cloth in the mixture. Place compress on the bruises. Alternatively, put a few drops in a carrier oil and massage into the bruise.
- Allergies – Use a diffuser in your home or office during the day and during allergy season to help lesson symptoms. You can also spray on your feet and inhale directly during serious flares.
- Irritability & Insomnia – Inhale or drink chamomile tea to help experience the calming effects of this essential oil.
Due to chamomile’s anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, anti-parasitic, calming and relaxing properties it’s a very commonly used essential oil.
5. Eucalyptus Oil
This essential oil is an analgesic, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, insecticidal and expectant oil. Mostly used for respiratory issues due to the fragrant oil as well as the way the scent affects people psychologically.
- Increase Circulation & Blood Flow – Put a drop in the massage oil and rub into skin to help increase circulation.
- Improve Lung Function – Whether it’s bronchitis, asthma or congestion you can improve the lung function by using an inhalation tent to breathe in the steam.
- To Wakeup – Whether you have jet lag, trouble waking up in the morning or are just tired, adding some eucalyptus oil to your bath or shower can do wonders for your energy level.
There are many other uses for eucalyptus oil too, such as helping with kidney stones, reducing pain, and more. You’ll definitely want to keep this around regularly.
6. Lemon Oil
There are so many uses for lemon essential oils. You can use it for many purposes including antiseptic, cleansing and healing.
- Concentration – Put some lemon oil into lotion so that you can rub it on your arms and neck, inhaling deeply. Then take a test, or do work. You’ll find that your focus is better and your mind is sharper.
- Alertness – If you feel as if you’re dragging through the day and not really aware of what is happening around you, try inhaling some lemon oil using a diffuser in the room you’re working in.
- Positivity – Put some drops of lemon oil in candle wax, turn on some positive music and you’ll feel a lot less negative almost immediately.
- Nausea – If you’re suffering from nausea due to morning sickness or as a side effect to medication try putting a few drops of lemon oil onto a cotton ball and sniff it each time you are afflicted.
Lemon is so common that you’ll notice it’s in so many things that you use from shampoo, to skin care, to cleaning products. That’s because the smell is so clean and fresh and inoffensive.
These are likely some of the most commonly used essential oils. There are many others that you can use to get started with aromatherapy. Studying scents and how they can affect your health and quality of life can make a lot of difference in your life. You can use essential oils in so many ways to help improve and complement other methods of health care. Used wisely, you can accomplish so much more than you ever thought.
Getting Started with Aromatherapy in Your Own Life
If you want to use aromatherapy to help improve your health, it’s easy to get started, but there are some things you should understand first.
There are three main ways to use essential oils for health.
- Aerial: This is a way to get the fragrance into the air such as putting it with water to spray in the air, or with other compounds. You will find these in air fresheners, candles and more. The oil evaporating into the air allows you to easily inhale the oil.
- Inhalation: May be mixed with other oils, and even placed on a cotton ball, or into hot water to inhale the steam directly. This method is often used as a quick way to get the essential oil into the system to help with disinfection.
- Topical: Used in lotions, carrier oils, compresses and baths. This method is a great way to help people with sore muscles and other issues. You only need a few drops.
Using these methods to apply the essential oils will be used depending on what you’re trying to treat. The benefits of each method become clear as you use the essential oils.
- Massage: With massage you get two methods of healing, one through touch and one through the release of the essential oils into the air.
- Baths: Just a few drops added to your bath or your baby’s bath can help so many problems and encourage relaxation.
- Inhalation: If you have stuffed sinus, a headache, or issues with respiratory passages, inhalation is the best way to help you if you have the flu, a cold or other sinus issues.
Aromatherapy can go far in treating a number of aliments if you think about first, which problem you have, then which method will work best, and finally which essential oil is known to treat that condition. When you take all three factors into consideration then you can treat the problem faster and more effectively.
A very important factor with essential oils to ensure a long shelf life, and that the work, is to store them properly. In most cases storing in a cool, dark place is the best way to store the essential oils to ensure that they maintain effectiveness and don’t break down.
- Dark Colored Glass: Most essential oils are stored in dark amber colored glass jars. This allows it to resist ultra-violent light. But, you can get them in other colors too such as blue. The important part is that the glass is resistant to ultra-violent light.
- Dark Place: Even with the special glasses it’s important to still put in a dark place. Instead of leaving them out in the bathroom, or on a window sill, put them inside the cabinet.
- Cool Place: In addition to the right glass, and keeping them in the dark, putting them in a cool place will keep them fresh longer. If your home doesn’t have air conditioning try putting them in the refrigerator, especially citrus. Some oils may solidify, that’s okay, just remove them to warm up before use.
- Out of Reach: Store your essential oils out of sight and out of reach of children and animals. These oils can be toxic and deadly if ingested or can burn the skin too. Treat them as if they are caustic chemicals, because they are – natural or not.
Finally, never use plastic bottles with essential oils in high concentrations. You are probably okay with a few drops in some carrier oil, or water in a plastic container, but other than that use glass to avoid the oils from eating away and decomposing the plastic.
The Safety of Essential Oils: 9 Things You Need to Nnow…
Many people erroneously believe that essential oils aren’t harmful at all, but studies have shown that over use of essential oils can cause issues with the lungs and other problems not to mention lose their effectiveness. That’s why it’s important to understand that even natural components, overused, can cause side effects and issues.
- Dilute Properly – Essential oils are highly concentrated, and if used on the skin it could harm you if you don’t dilute it. The phrase “less is more” is important to remember with all aspects of using essential oils.
- Be Careful with Citrus – Due to photosensitizing molecules it’s imperative that if citrus oils are applied to the skin that you don’t get direct sunlight for at least 12 hours otherwise a burn could occur.
- Watch for Proper Labeling – When you purchase essential oils they are required to have the name of the oil and the country from where it came.
- Store as Medicine – Don’t leave essential oils within reach of pets and children as they can be dangerous and deadly just like medicine. In addition, essential oil needs to be stored in a cool dark place to maintain freshness and effectiveness.
- Do Your Research – Don’t just use essential oils without reading about them and learning. When you discover new oils, find out how to use them before trying it.
- Don’t Ingest – Some people do ingest essential oils, but it’s not safe to do so without a physician’s experienced direction and supervision.
- Avoid the Eye Area – Don’t put essential oils near the eyes or other mucus membranes.
- Keep Away from Flame – Don’t put essential oils near flame as they can explode and are very flammable. For example when using with a candle, only pour on the hot wax, not the flame.
- Inhale for 1 Hour or Less – Each day it’s best if you only inhale vapors from essential oils a total of an hour or less. A few moments are really all you need. Some respiratory ailments have occurred from overuse.
Using essential oils is safe and effective when used in moderation in the right way. Learn about the methods that are used and best prescribed for the treatment of health issues before trying it yourself. Always do your due diligence before trying anything new when it comes to essential oils.
The art of aromatherapy uses plants and the oils from plants to help alter the mood, mental, emotional and physical health of humans and even animals. If you are just starting to learn about aromatherapy and essential oils then this is a great website for you to read. You’ll learn the basics of aromatherapy and you’ll be in awe with the power of nature to help heal us. Read more… Continue reading The Art of Aromatherapy