A great thing about essential oils is the diversity of use and the many health benefits that can be received from using them. For beginners, it can be hard to understand all of these methods known as “Aromatherapy.” There are so many beneficial ways to use essential oils in aromatherapy plus tons of scent combinations that can be used to treat almost any health ailment, as well. The important thing is to know how to use the oils correctly and efficiently.
*Moreover, there are safety precautions to be considered with each method and for each oil. An example would be that citrus-based essential oils are phototoxic, so they should not be used if you are are going out in the sunlight. Other essential oils are mildly sensitizing, so you need to perform a patch test before using them for the fist time.
Therefore, we have put together a guide on how to use aromatherapy in 7 health-boosting, powerful ways along with a list of precautions you should take into consideration while you are using essential oils.
7 Powerful Ways To Use Essential Oils For Aromatherapy
Diffusers For Aromatherapy
One powerful way to use essential oils for aromatherapy which enables you to use essential oils efficiently is by using them with a diffuser. The diffuser, a room humidifier, or an oil burner oxidizes the essential oils which make the oil particles small enough to be distributed through the air.
You receive multiple health benefits through using essential oils through aromatherapy such as cleansing the air of germs and toxins and inhaling the scent which can be energizing and calming. Essential oils are also natural anxiety relievers and are uplifting ─ depending on the blends that you create ─ and, by allowing the oils to enter your body and bloodstream through inhalation, you are naturally and powerfully healing yourself.
Using essential oils with a diffuser offers a potent, purifying agent and a fine health-booster, not to mention a boost to your mental wellness and the improvement of your overall state of well-being.
Essential Oils and Essential Oil blends for Massage Aromatherapy
Essential oils and essential oil blends used for massage aromatherapy are beneficial and therapeutic to your health in so many ways. When you use essential oils in massage blends and apply them to your body, the oils are absorbed through your skin and enter your bloodstream to offer many natural health remedies and treatments for multiple conditions that you might have. The healing properties of essential oils are many, and this is one of the most powerful ways to utilize those resources. You can treat conditions with essential oils such as gout, hypertension, diabetes, aches and pains, inflammation, scalp and hair conditions, skin conditions and so much more.
A list of Properties of Essential Oils:
For beginners, there are many guides that you can use to make sure you are using essential oils the most effectively, efficiently and safely. One guide that I personally refer to is Essential Oils Pocket Reference by Gary Young. I like this guide because it is a nice, little reference book that you can easily and quickly refer to at any time.
Essential Oils for Bath Aromatherapy
Now, nothing is as therapeutic or as powerful as a hot bath, and by blending in several essential oils, you have just created the perfect healing and mind-pleasing aurora. Light some candles and now you’re in heaven, enjoying the pleasant, pleasing scents of essential oils.
There are many blends of essential oils that you can use to treat various conditions such as decongestion, aching muscles, inflammatory conditions, depression, anxiety, insomnia, and just enjoying a powerful, mind cleansing experience.
Furthermore, hot baths offer a superb time to reflect, to meditate, and even to have some great ideas about projects that you might be involved in. I find that by clearing my mind with essential oils, my creativity emerges fully!
Essential oils in bath aromatherapy work in the same way as in massage aromatherapy. The oils are absorbed through your skin and enter your bloodstream to work their healing magic.
*Some essential oils can be mildly sensitizing, so be sure to do a patch test before using each oil for the first time as to not have an adverse reaction.
Steam Inhalation With Essential Oils for Aromatherapy
Steam inhalation is a quick relief method for cold and flu relief. The steam naturally, through osmosis, oxidizes the essential oils into small particles. By inhaling the particles, you bring the healing properties of the oils into your system which offers fast relief of your symptoms.
There are many recipes to help treat colds and the flu through steam inhalation. Here are 20 of the best essential oils for colds and relieving the flu.
There is a lot of useful information included in this short, soon to be eBook that I have recently written and published. It’s all about how to use essential oils for the cold and flu season properly and includes many remedies and recipes. There is also information on how to prevent the spread of germs, and how to purify and rid your home of the stubborn viruses that cause colds and the flu by using essential oils. You can read a preview of this eBook now through a guest post of mine at Up Nature.
A Therapeutic Aromatherapy FootBath
By adding about 5 drops of essential oils to a footbath, you can relieve symptoms such as gout, arthritis, aches and pains, sports injuries, swelling and so forth.
The oils work the same way as they do in bath aromatherapy. This treatment is especially useful to warm your extremities on a cold day and to get your blood flowing.
For even more information on how to treat gout with essential oils, read 7 Of The Best Essential Oils For Gout With Quick Results. I have found that aromatherapy footbaths are incredibly healing and quickly relieve the symptoms of this painful ailment.
An Aromatherapy Cold or Hot Compress With Essential Oils
A hot compress is ideal for reducing swelling and inflammation of your body, muscles and joints. By adding essential oils, you add a therapeutic source of healing.
Place a damp towel into the microwave to warm it. Then add about 6 drops of an essential oil blend to the compress and apply it to the affected area.
Cold compresses are ideal for treating fevers and for relieving congestion and a stuffy nose when you are sick.
Dampen a cloth towel with cold water and if you want, place it in the freezer for about 5 minutes. Then, add about 6 drops of your essential oil blend and place the towel on your forehead for quick relief.
Add to Shampoos, Conditioners, Homemade Soaps and Candles
You can always add essential oils to your shampoo and conditioner to help with hair and scalp health. Furthermore, you can easily make your own soap and candles and include essential oils in the recipes. By doing this, you are using essential oils for aromatherapy in unique, helpful and powerfully healing ways.
Don’t Forget Your Carrier Oils!
Please remember that before using essential oils topically, they must be diluted with a carrier oil.
Precautions to Consider Before Using Essential Oils
- If you are not sure how to use essential oils for cold and flu relief, ask for the advice of your doctor or a licensed natural health practitioner.
- If you are pregnant, suffer from hypertension, or have epilepsy, you should avoid rosemary and clove bud essential oils. Again, ask your doctor of any questions.
- Remember that essential oils with a citrus note are sensitizing and phototoxic. Use these oils sparingly, especially if you are going outdoors.
- Although reactions are rare with proper use, always perform a patch test before using a new essential oil to ensure you will not have an allergic response to it.
In conclusion, we here at Zen hope that these 7 powerful uses for essential oils will get you on your way to receiving the best therapeutic, all natural treatments possible.
Furthermore, if you enjoyed this article, please share it with your friends so that they too can benefit from using essential oils for Aromatherapy!
However, if you have any questions, please ask me in the comments, and I’d be glad to help!
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Robin and the Zen team.
*Note: This article is for informational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or treat any health condition. Therefore, ask your doctor about any health concerns that you might have and seek proper medical treatment.
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