Category Archives: Essential Oils

Home Use of Essential Oils

How to Use Essential Oils

Massage: First dilute the pure essential oil into a base oil, then pour into the palm of your hand and apply to the body for massage. Use 5-10 drops of pure essential oil to 125 ml of base oil.

Bath: Add 5-7 drops of essential oil dispersed throughout a warm bath for adults or use 2-3 drops for children to ease tension and promote relaxation.

Compress: To relieve aches and muscular pains, add 6 drops of essential oil into 100 ml of water. Dip a folded cloth or flannel into the warm water and apply topically to the skin or area to be treated.

Foot Bath: Add 4-6 drops into a bowl of warm water, stir water to spread oils evenly throughout and use as a foot soak, an excellent way to invigorate tired aching feet.

Inhalation: To clear up congested sinuses and provide relief from sinus pressure. Place 6-10 drops of essential oil is a bowl of boiling water. Take care not to burn yourself. Cover head with a towel and inhale the steam vapors or add 12 drops of essential oil to a handkerchief or tissue and inhale.

Perfume: Add an essential oil or your blend of choice to a base oil and apply to the skin

Light Bulb Ring: Place 2-4 drops of essential oils in a cool light bulb ring and attach to a light bulb. The heat of the light bulb gently releases the aroma into the environment.

Oil Burner: Burners have a lower compartment to hold a candle and an upper basin to fill with water and mix in 4-6 drops of essential oil. As the water is heated by the warmth of the candle and the scent is released into the air.

A great way to disinfect a room during the cold or flu season, or to gently release a tranquil aroma into a room.

Boiling water: In a pot of boiling water on the stove, add in 6-10 drops of essential oil; as the water boils, the steam containing the aroma of the oils will scent the house. Sauna Place 6-10 drops of essential oil on sauna rocks and inhale the steam.

Storage of essential oils

Keep bottles tightly closed. Essential oils are concentrated and flammable; store away from direct heat, open flame and ideally keep cold in the fridge. Keep out of reach from children and pets.

Precautions

  • Essential oils are completely derived from nature; they are also highly concentrated and need to be used mindfully.
  • Avoid contact with the eyes and mucous membranes.
  •  Dilute before using directly on the skin -irritation may occur when used undiluted.
  • Essential oils are for external use only. Do not use essential oils internally without specific consultation from a qualified medical practitioner.
  • Seek professional guidance prior to using essential oils if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, suffering from high blood pressure, have epilepsy, liver damage, any medical condition or have specific health questions.
  • A skin patch test should be conducted prior to using a new essential oil. If you experience any adverse reaction, discontinue immediately and seek professional advice.
  • Use extreme caution when using oils with children and give children only the gentlest oils, diluted, at extremely low concentrations. It is safest to consult a qualified medical practitioner before using with children.

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~ written by Katolen Yardley, MNIMH, Medical Herbalist

Lavender Essential Oil

Botanical / Latin Name: Lavendula angustifolia

Application: A steam distilled essential oil extracted from the flowering tops of the plant; Lavender is the most all-purpose essential oil, used to ‘calm and balance’ the emotions for symptoms of stress, anxiety and energy enhancement.

A decongestant and antiseptic oil useful for the winter months,with anti-inflammatory properties useful for headaches, earaches, toothaches.

THE indispensable first aid remedy for a first aid kit at home. Lavender essential oil offers relief from burns and scalds, enhances wound healing and helps to prevent scarring.

This is one of the few essential oils that is safe to apply topically to the skin without first diluting with a carrier oil.

For kitchen burns, apply Lavender essential oil directly to the area, frequently throughout the day to help prevent blistering, relieve inflammation and reduce the risk of infection.

Lavender Essential Oil helps to balance conditions of nervous system depletion, exhaustion and fatigue, while also, at the same time helps to calm down anxiousness, hyperactivity and irritability. Traditionally the essential oil was used for conditions of hysteria, shock, tension and migraines.

Insect repellent properties. Apply to the skin, use around the home or on a sundeck for its known insect repellent properties…Try dabbing neet onto an insect bite to relieve the itching.

Fragrance: the classic Lavender scent, deeply floral used to warm the emotions and open the heart.

Caution: Avoid during pregnancy, especially the first trimester.

Home Remedies: Scented Herb Pillows

Herb Pillows

Sachets filled with medicinal herbs add a subtle scent to a room and more importantly, many aromatic herbs are gently calming and sleep inducing, ideal to place by a pillow at night for a deeper sleep. Any aromatic herbs with nervine or relaxant properties can be used in a sachet.

Mix well and scoop into a cotton bag or muslin sachet.

Great for children and adults alike for stress and tension, the gentle scent will assist the body to unwind at night, and can also be used for its mild insect repellent properties.

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Herbal Hair Rinse

Herbs can be prepared in a hair rinse to add shine and life to lack-luster hair, to enhance highlights, add balance to an excessively oily or dry scalp and improve scalp circulation thereby assisting with hair loss.

Healthy Shine Hair Rinse

Place water and herbs in a saucepan. Bring water to a boil then immediately reduce the heat to low.

Simmer, covered for 15 minutes. Remove from heat, cool  and strain. Mix in 3 tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar. Store, covered, in fridge.

Use 1 cup as a final hair rinse after shampoo and conditioning. Massage into scalp and work evenly through hair. Avoid contact with eyes. Blot up excess moisture with a towel and leave in (or leave in 2-3 minutes before a quick rinse). Style hair as usual.

For added benefit, leave herbal rinse on hair overnight and rinse out in the morning.

Substitutions

Oily Hair: Horsetail herb, Lavender flowers, Rosemary leaves, Lemon Balm leaves, Peppermint leaves

Dry Scalp: Marshmallow Root, Burdock Root

Hair Loss: Yarrow herb, Sage leaves, Rosemary leaves, Horsetail herb, Nettle leaves

All Hair Types: Rosemary leaves, Horsetail herb, Nettle leaves, Thyme herb

Blond Highlights: Chamomile flowers, Elderflowers, Yarrow flowers, Lemon Juice

Red Highlights: Marigold (Calendula) flowers

Dark Hair: Rosemary leaves, Thyme leaves, Sage leaves