There is no doubt that Aromatherapy is a powerful way to use nature’s power to influence our health and well-being. We hear about essential oils and aromatherapy and believe this is part of the discovery that modern man has found in his quest to protect our health and our planet. In fact, essential oils have been used by various cultures for generations.
We did not discover that lavender essential oil would calm our senses and help us relax and fall into a natural sleep. It was not modern science that found tea tree oil has powerful antibiotic properties or that peppermint oil will stimulate and elevate our mood.
No matter what you are suffering from, there is an essential oil that will help. Click here for a list of oils and their purposes. While you are reading through the list of these all-natural oils and what they will do for you and your family, consider this. Mixing essential oils gives you endless choices and customized treatments.
Essential oils and children
Essential oils are safe for children as long as it is administered correctly. You must always remember that these oils are very concentrated. It takes 250-pounds of lavender to make 1-pound of lavender essential oil. This is why one or two drops is enough lavender in a warmer or diffuser to help your child. You would not put 250-pounds of lavender in their room to help them sleep. So do not put a teaspoon full of oils in the dispenser.
With that said, we encourage you to always research your essential oil before you use it. This is to ensure that you have no allergies to the oil or conditions that could be affected by the oil. For example, peppermint oil is great for making you feel good. But pregnant women should not use peppermint oil. The oil is too powerful. There are many other oils that will give her the results she is looking for. Citrus, spearmint, and cedar will give her the mental boost she needs. By the way, Grapefruit oil is good for losing that baby weight after she gives birth.
How are essential oils used?
This is where we begin to get into modern techniques and methods. In generations past, there were three ways to use essential oils.
Rub into the skin
- Essential oils can be directly rubbed into the skin. Even in the history of ancient Egypt, the oils were not placed directly on the skin. They were mixed with other oils and creams and massaged on the body or placed in the bath so the water would weaken the administration of the oil.
- If the oil you need is very potent, it can sometimes be made into a tea or even mixed with certain foods. For something serious like extreme pain, a single drop of essential oil was placed under the tongue.
- The smell of essential oils penetrates the thin membranes in the nose for instant administration. They can be dispersed into an area via an oil warmer or diffuser. Or they can simply be smelled in their containers.
If you are like most of us, the times you need your aromatherapy, you are on the run. Society demands much of our time. Here is the good news. No matter where you are or what you are doing, you can use essential oils to do it without stress, pain, and interruption.
There are portable diffusers that are inexpensive and you plug them into your car just like your phone charger. The aroma fills your car and your lungs and you are not going to freak out because someone is driving 20 MPH on the highway.
There are many types of jewelry that can soak up the oils (leaving them dry to the touch). Wear a beautiful locket that opens to a ball that you can soak in oil and get gentle fragrance all day long. The same goes for unique, beaded necklaces and bracelets. Just the smell of the oils will allow you to have complete focus and concentration during a business meeting or exam.
You can heat a cup of water in the breakroom at work and take it to your office. Two drops in the water will give you the smell you need. Or use it to brew a cup of tea and drop in a couple of drops of peppermint for an instant mood elevation.
Take a small container filled with cotton balls that have been saturated with your favorite oils and close the lid tightly. Take the lid off in your car, at your desk, or take out a cotton ball and dab the scent on your wrists or neck.
Use coconut oil or body butter and mix in your oil. Use this for a moisturizer for your skin and lips. This makes your skin glow. Select your oil carefully. Rose oil, jasmine, or lemongrass is a good choice.
If you feel a stuffy nose or other cold symptoms make a small bottle of the cream with eucalyptus. If you get rashes or acne, use tea tree oil to clear it up. By using these portable methods, you will always have what you need to be healthy and happy. You can carry your entire “on the go” kit in a small cosmetic bag.
The knowledge of the past joined with the techniques of the present will allow you to always have what you need to be at your best. Click the “aromatherapy” link above for quality oils, and begin your essential oils journey today.