There are many different ways in which to use essential oils, both for their cosmetic or therapeutic properties, or simply for their pleasant aroma.
Using essential oils in an oil burner or diffuser can help to:
Add up to 5 drops of essential oil to an oil burner filled with water, or to an electric diffuser. Alternatively, add the essential oils to a small bowl of water and place on a warm radiator.
Always ensure oil burners are kept in a safe place away from children and pets. Never leave burning candles unattended and never allow the oil and water in the burner to dry out. Do not burn oils for more than 30 minutes at a time.
Massage blends may be used to:
To use essential oils in a massage blend, select the desired essential oils and mix them with a carrier oil such as grapeseed or sweet almond oil. As a general guide, use 1-3 drops of essential oil per 5ml of carrier oil, unless a recipe states otherwise. Massage blends can also be added to a warm bath. If irritation occurs, remove the oils from the skin and discontinue use.
This method can be used for:
Run a warm bath - not too hot or the essential oils will evaporate too quickly - and add up to 5 drops of essential oil or 5ml of a blend of carrier and essential oils to the bath. Essential oils can also be added to bath salts.
Some essential oils such as mint, citrus and spice oils may be too irritating to use in a bath, so be cautious if using them in this method. If these oils are used in a bath, they should first be diluted in a carrier oil. If irritation occurs, remove the oils from the skin and discontinue use. Oils may make the bath slippery, so take care when using this method.
Using essential oils in the shower is ideal for those who do not have a bath in their home, or when there isn’t time to have a long soak in the bath. This method is great for:
Simply sprinkle a few drops of essential oils onto the shower or bath floor before turning on the water. Essential oils can also be mixed with bicarbonate of soda and citric acid or cream of tartar to make shower fizzers – discs that melt and fizz when they come into contact with water, releasing aromas into the air. Oils may make the shower slippery, so take care when using this method.
Essential oils make a fantastic addition to homemade or unscented skin, hair and body care products. Using essential oils in beauty products can help to:
Simply add the desired essential oils to basic cleansers, toners, masks, moisturisers, shampoos, conditioners, hair rinses, shower gels, body scrubs, body butters, oils or creams and mix well. Unless a recipe states otherwise, use 1-3 drops of essential oil per 5ml of carrier oil or base product when making hair and body blends. When using essential oils in facial skincare, use only 1 drop of essential oil per 5ml of carrier oil or base product. If irritation occurs after using essential oils in this method, remove the product from the skin and discontinue use.
Hot compresses an ideal way to:
Cold compresses can be used to:
To make a hot compress, fill a bowl with very hot water then add 4-5 drops of essential oil or 5ml of a massage blend. Dip a flannel or cotton pad into the bowl, squeeze out the excess and place on the affected area until it has cooled, then repeat. Use ice cold water instead of hot to make a cold compress. If irritation occurs, remove the oils from the skin and discontinue use.
This method is ideal for:
Add up to 5 drops of essential oil to a bowl of hot water, cover the head and bowl with a towel and breathe deeply for a minute, then repeat. If irritation occurs, discontinue use.
Direct inhalation may be used when steam inhalation or vaporisation is not possible. This method may be helpful for:
Dab 1-2 drops of essential oil onto a tissue, hold near the nose for a few moments and inhale the vapours. Alternatively, hold the bottle of essential oil near the nose and gently inhale.
Essential oils make excellent natural perfumes. Essential oils may be chosen simply for their pleasing aroma, or for their therapeutic properties. This method is perfect for:
Rollerball bottles are the ideal way to make aromatherapy perfumes; simply fill with a blend of essential oils and carrier oils and dab onto pulse points.
Room Sprays and Candles
Essential oils may be used to make room sprays, candles and air fresheners. These products can help to:
Try to keep children and pets out of the room when using essential oils in this way, and never leave burning candles unattended.
Essential oils can also be used to:
Take care when using cleaning products around children and pets and always ensure the room is well ventilated.