How to Use Essential Oils or Essential Oil Applications
Message and Aromatherapy
Ancient Chinese Art of cupping
Foot and hand baths
Cloth or Tissue
Vaporizer or Humidifier
Dishwater, Clothes Washers, and Dryers
Water Distillers and Filters
Cleaning and Disinfecting
Direct Application. Apply the oils directly on the area of concern using one to six drops of oil. More oil is not necessarily better since a large amount of oil can trigger a detoxification of the surrounding tissue and blood. Such a quick detoxification can be somewhat uncomfortable. To achieve the desired results, one to three drops of oil is usually adequate. A few guidelines for direct application of the oils are as follows:
- The feet are the second fastest area of the body to absorb oils because of the large pores. Other quick absorbing areas include behind the ears and on the wrists.
- To experience a feeling of peace, relaxation, or energy, three to six drops per foot are adequate.
- When massaging a large area of the body, always dilute the oils by 15 to 30% with the V-6 Mixing Oil.
- When applying oils to infants and small children, dilute with V-6 Mixing Oil. Use one to three drops of an essential oil to one tablespoon (Tbs.) of V-6 Mixing Oil for infants and one to three drops of an essential oil to one teaspoon (tsp.) V-6 Mixing Oil for children from two to five years old.
- Do not mix oil blends. Commercially available blends have been specially formulated by someone who understands the chemical constituents of each oil and which oils blend well. The chemical properties of the oils can be altered when mixed improperly, resulting in some undesirable reactions.
- Layering individual oils is preferred over mixing your own blends. Layering refers to the process of applying one oil, rubbing it in, and then applying another oil. there is no need to wait more than a couple of seconds between each oil as absorption occurs quite rapidly. If dilution is necessary, the V-6 Mixing Oil may be applied on top. The layering technique is not only useful in physical healing, but also when doing emotional clearing.
- The FDA has approved some essential oils for internal use and given them the designation of GRAS (Generally Regarded As Safe for internal consumption). Oils without this designation should never be used internally.
Massage and aromatherapy
Massage is an ancient form of treatment and is referred to in Chinese medicinal text of nearly 4,000 years ago. Massage is beneficial in more ways than simply being relaxing, and helps with various aspects or conditions in the body. Pure massage therapy (with or without the inclusion of essential oils) is recommended for a variety of ailments and problems and some studies have found it to be beneficial for a selection of problems such as:
- eating disorders
- emotional stress
- helping elderly patients relax
- helping premature infants gain weight
- helping to improve the immune system
- muscle spasms
- soft-tissue problems
- recovering from surgery
- treatment of pain
Aromatherapy massage is the manipulation of soft tissue is what we refer to when talking about massaging, but with aromatherapy we introduce the power of essential oils into the equation to bring their intrinsic therapeutic properties to the massage. When essential oils are used in massage therapy, the beneficial effects of massage are compounded. Aromatherapy massage has a more holistic approach to the massage. One must concentrate on more relaxing strokes, but of prime importance is the selection of essential oil/s used during the massage, since they are chosen for their therapeutic effect and not the fragrance as such.
Some types of messages are:
Swedish massage is the most popular type of massage and includes a variety of strokes and was developed by the Swede Professor Ling. This type of massage is beneficial to promote the feeling of well-being and also helps to reduce emotional and physical stress.
Neuromuscular massage forms the basis of aromatherapy massage and evolved from the work of Stanley Leif. It is also referred to as “Trigger point” therapy and the overall effect of this massage is to restore the balance of the autonomic nervous system.
Lymphatic massage helps to improve the flow of lymph and some techniques developed by Marguerite Maury are incorporated in aromatherapy massage. Lymph drainage massage is particularly useful in detoxifying the body and to boost the immune system.
Acupressure massage and Shiatsu is focused on the meridians (channels) of the body and to relieve “blockages” through pressure on certain points of the body. It can be performed while the person is fully clothed and requires no needles such as in acupuncture.
Reflexology involves the feet (although the rest of the body can also be used) are manipulated and massaged and focus is placed on certain points on the feet that are said to have corresponding body parts or organs.
Rolfing™ is a technique was developed by Dr. Ida Rolfand focuses on massaging the fascia – the connective tissue enclosing the muscles – to bring the body in alignment again.
Vita Flex Therapy Developed by Stanley Burroughs during a period of more than fifty years of research and application, Vita Flex Therapy is a simple method of applying oils to contact points (or nerve endings) in the feet or hands. Then a series of hand rotation movements at those control points create a vibrational healing energy that carries the oils along the neuro-electrical pathways. The oils help increase the frequency of this healing energy and serve to either help remove any blockage along the pathways or travel the length of the pathway to benefit the particular organ
Raindrop Technique: A simple application developed by D. Gary Young, ND for dropping certain oils like little drops of rain from about six inches above the body along the entire length of the spine. It is also a tremendous boost to the immune system as it releases toxins and kills viruses and bacteria that have accumulated along the spine.
Auricular Therapy: A method of applying the oils to the rim of the ears. This technique works extremely well for emotional clearing. Some physical benefits can also be obtained from this technique.
Perfume or Cologne: Wearing the oils as a perfume or cologne can provide some wonderful emotional support, and physical support as well; not just a beautiful fragrance.
Ancient Chinese Art of Cupping can be applied with essential oils
This very basic form of treatment entails the folding of a piece of material, bandage or small towel, into a pad wetting it and applying it to the areas to be treated. Two types of compresses can be used; cold or hot, and each of them has a specific place in the treatment of muscular pain, sprains, increasing circulation as well as reducing pain and congestion of the internal organs, and relieve lymphatic and fluid congestion.
Hot compresses are used to treat old injuries, muscle pain, rheumatic pain, menstrual cramps, boils, and toothache.
One way to make a hot compress
To make a hot compress, take about a pint of hot water, as warm as you can comfortably stand it, and add about 4 drops of your selected essential oil to it. Then place your folded piece of material, bandage or small towel, on top of the water and let it soak it up. Next wring out the excess water and place it over the area to be treated.
Cover the warm compress with either cling wrap or a plastic bag, and another towel on top to keep it in place. You may bandage the compress lightly if applied to an awkward place where it keeps slipping of.
Leave on, and replace with a new compress as soon as it has cooled to body temperature.
Another to make a hot compress: Fill a wash basin with two quarts of hot or cold water and add the desired essential oils. Stir the water vigorously then lay a towel on top of the water. Since the oils will float to the top, the towel will absorb the oils with the water. After the towel is completely saturated, wring out the excess water (leaving much of the oils in the towel and place over the area needing the compress. For a hot compress, cover with a dry towel and a hot water bottle. For a cold compress, cover with a piece of plastic or plastic wrap. Finally, put another towel on top and leave for as long as possible (one to two hours is best).
Apply a hot wet towel and a dry towel on top of an already massaged area. The moist heat will force the oils deeper into the tissues of the body.
Cold compresses are used for recent sprains, bruising, swelling and inflammation, fever and headaches. It can also be used as a pep-up when feeling tired.
Making a cold compress
A cold compress is made exactly the same as the hot compress, but ice or refrigerated water is used instead of the hot water, and the compress is replaced when it has heated up to body temperature.
Essential oils and compresses
Please note that all serious illnesses must be referred to your licensed medical practitioner.
Foot and hand baths
Foot and hand baths are not only used by the elderly and the infirm, but they are great tools to perform treatments on specific areas, and can also be most energizing and relaxing.
In the philosophy of reflexology, you will see that the whole body is represented in the feet, and this might be the reason why so many people experience a whole range of positive effects from having a footbath.
To add more therapeutic benefit to your pedicure or manicure, you can incorporate a couple of drops of oil when soaking the feet or the hands.
Foot and hand baths can be used to the end of reflexology or pressure massage. Or they can be used to prepare the feet and hands for a massage session.
Preparing a foot or hand bath
Normally they are prepared with warm water in a bowl large enough for the feet or hands. Don’t fill the bowl too full which will cause for the water to rise when they are immersed.
Then mix five drops of your chosen essential oil with one dessertspoon of apple cider vinegar and add it to the bath. Apple cider vinegar a great way to help disperse the oil, and it also has its own therapeutic properties. But it is not necessary
If you want to add an extra relaxing dimension to your footbath, you can place marbles or small pebbles at the bottom of the bath to run your feet over.
Electric footbaths are also great, since they have a massaging action that agitates the water and helps to aerate it, while revving up circulation.
Selecting essential oil for a foot or hand bath Your choice of essential oil can be purely based on your favorite fragrance, yet essential oils offer a wide variety of therapeutic properties as well, which may be a great way to help treat a specific problem.
Benefits of a footbath
Footbaths are great for helping to relieve rheumatic pains and aches, excessive perspiration, revive tired and burning feet (and a tired body) and a great way to pamper your hard-working, and often forgotten feet.
Benefits of a hand bath
Although footbaths are far more general than a hand bath, they also offer a wide variety of benefits to your often abused hands. A good soak will also help with rheumatism or arthritic pain, ease cramps and are also a good way to give your hands some extra attention.
After the foot or hand bath
After soaking for about 10 – 15 minutes dry thoroughly and apply a good moisturizing cream, or a little vegetable oil, or carrier oil and maybe a touch of the essential oil that you use in the bath.
Bath Water. Begin by adding three to six drops of oil to the bath water while the tub is filling. Because the individual oils will separate as the water calms down, the skin will quickly draw the oils from the top of the water. People have commented that they were unable to endure more than six drops of oil. Such individuals may benefit from adding the oils to a bath and shower gel base first. Soak for 15 minutes.
Bath and Shower Gel. Begin by adding three to six drops of oil to 1/2 oz. of a bath and shower gel base and add to the water while the tub is filling. The number of drops can be increased as described above under bath water. Adding the oils to a bath and shower gel base first allows one to obtain the greatest benefit from the oils as they are more evenly dispersed throughout the water and not allowed to immediately separate.
Wash Cloth. When showering, add three to six drops of oil to a bath and shower gel base first before applying to a face cloth to effectively cover the entire body.
Sitz bath and essential oils
Sitz baths are used to specially help treat problems in the genital area,as well as the pelvic and although most hydrotherapy people would recommend it as a general tonic as well.
A sitz bath or hip bath is normally undertaken in a custom built bath, but can also be taken in a normal bathtub.
The addition of suitable essential oils can further enhance the experience of a sitz bath, but be sure to mix the oil well into the water before immersion, to prevent the oil form irritating mucous membranes.
Tea Tree Oil is a popular oil to add to a sitz bath since it has some great properties, but any oil can be added to assist with your particular problem to be treated.
When taking a sitz bath, the lower abdominal and genital area is submerged, but the upper part of the body and the legs raised out of the water.
This particular type of bath is used to help increase blood flow to the pelvic area.
Hot sitz baths A hot sitz bath is taken in warm water of 95 – 105º F / 35 – 41º C, with the water level not higher than your navel.
Beneficial for: hemorrhoids (haemorrhoids, piles), muscular problems, painful testicles, painful ovaries, uterine cramps, prostate problems
Cold sitz bath
In a cold sitz bath, water of only a few inches deep is used and should not be colder than 68º F / 20º C.
Beneficial for: constipation, impotence, inflammation, vaginal discharge
Hot and cold sitz bath
You can also take alternate hot / cold sitz baths, where you will stay in the hot bath for 3 – 4 minutes and then have a cold sitz bath. When finishing a cold / hot sitz bath, finish off with your pelvic area in the cold bath.
Beneficial for: abdominal disorders, congestion, headaches, neuralgia, swollen ankles
Diffuser The easiest and simplest way of putting the oils into the air for inhalation is to use an aromatic mist diffuser. Diffusers that use a heat source (such as a light bulb ring) will alter the chemical make-up of the oil and its therapeutic qualities. A cold air diffuser uses room-temperature air to blow the oil up against some kind of a nebulizer. This breaks the oils up into a micro-fine mist that is then dispersed into the air, covering hundreds of square feet in seconds. The oils, with their oxygenating molecules, will then remain suspended for several hours to freshen and improve the quality of the air. The anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and antiseptic properties of the oils kill bacteria and help to reduce fungus and mold. Essential oils, when diffused, have been found to reduce the amount of airborne chemicals and metallics as well as help to create greater spiritual, physical, and emotional harmony. The greatest therapeutic benefit is received by diffusing oils for only 15 minutes out of an hour so that the olfactory system has time to recover before receiving more oils.
Cloth or Tissue. Put one to three drops of an essential oil on a paper towel, tissue, cotton ball, handkerchief, towel, or pillow case and hold it close to your face and inhale.
Hot Water. Put one to three drops of an essential oil into hot water and inhale. Again, heat reduces some of the benefits.
Rub 2 or ore drops of oil on your chest, neck, upper sternum, wrists, or under our nose and ears, and enjoy the fragrance throughout the day.
There are necklaces with different types of vessels hanging on them into which you can pour a particular oil to use throughout the day.
There are clay-type medallions to hang around our neck or fasten with a clip on your clothing onto which you can put a few oil drops to give off a gentla fragrance the entire day.
Use a small spray and add water and your favorite oil to use as a water spritz. Spray on all day if you wish.
Steam inhalation with essential oils: When steam and essential oils are combined they form a very potent way to help treat some ailments, especially those of the upper respiratory tract, nose and sinuses. This type of treatment should not be used by anybody suffering from asthma. This type of treatment can be effective when you are suffering from a cold, wheezing chest, sinus discomfort etc. – but remember if you have a medical problem, please contact your licensed medical practitioner. Check for the therapeutic values of which oil to use. They can be effective with breathing difficulties, bronchitis, colds, coughs and sinus.
How to prepare steam inhalation
Pour hot water into a bowl and 3 drops of the essential oil that you have selected, place your towel so that the sides are totally closed and you in actual fact form a tent over the bowl. It’s probably not a good idea to do this through boiling water on a stove as the heat can damage mucous membranes and the high heat will destroy the therapeutic properties of the oils.
Keep your eyes shut and breathe deeply through your nose for 1 to 2 minutes.
If you feel that the treatment is getting too much for you, raise the towel so that fresh air is brought into the area and breathe through your mouth a couple of times and then resume the treatment. Should you at any time feel uncomfortable discontinue the treatment.
When using this treatment with children or elderly people make sure that they do not burn themselves by getting too close to the bowl, or that the steaming water is upset and burns result.
Vaporizer or Humidifier
Put oil in a vaporizer or a humidifier. The cold air types are best since heat reduces some of the benefits.
Fan or Vent.
Put oil on a cotton ball and attach to ceiling fans or air vents. This can also work well in a vehicle as the area is so small.
Make sure you check the GRAS for internal consumption.
Essential oils can be added to protein based capsules and consumed.
Essential oils may be added to a glass of water and consumed.
Mix 20-30 drop of essential oil in 2 tablespoons of carrier oil. Apply this mixture to a tampon (for internal infection) or sanitary pad) for external lesions). Insert and retain for 8 hours or overnight. Use tampons or sanitary pad made with organic cotton.
Mix 15-20 drops of essential oils in a tablespoon of carrier oil. Place the mixture in a small syringe and inject into the rectum. Retain the mixture through the night) or longer for best results). Clean and disinfect the applicator after each use.
Dishwater, Clothes Washers, and Dryers________________________________
The anti-bacterial properties of essential oils can effectively promote greater hygiene. Add a couple drops of Melrose or lemon to dishwater for clean dishes and a great smelling kitchen. Use lemon or another citrus oil to take gum out of clothes. A few drops of Purification in the wash water will kill bacteria and germs in clothes. Put Purification, Joy, or other oil on a wet rag and place in dryer, or mist from a spray bottle directly into the dryer.
Water Distillers and Filters____________________________________________
Add three to five drops of oil to the post filter of your distiller to change the taste, to increase the oxygen, and to increase the frequency of the water.
Cleaning and Disinfecting_____________________________________________
Put a few drops of lemon, spruce, or fir oil on a dust cloth or ten drops in water in a spray bottle to polish furniture and to clean and disinfect bathrooms and kitchens.
To effectively remove paint fumes and after smell, add one 15 ml bottle of oil to any five gallon bucket of paint. Either a paint sprayer or brush and roller may be used to apply the paint after mixing the oils into the paint by stirring vigorously.