Screen Shot 2014-05-22 at 1.13.44 PMThe Best Ways of Using Essential Oils for Health and Healing

I am often asked to suggest the best way to use an essential oil or essential oil blend. Here are suggestions for how to derive the many benefits of these healing aromatic treasures. Essential oils smell great, can trigger wonderful memories and have healing properties, all with no side effects if used properly!

1) Inhalations
This is the use of essential oils on hot compresses, using diffusers, or into  a basin or bowl of  hot water, for inhalation. The standard dose is 10 drops. This is a good method to use for respiratory and sinus, tension and headaches.

Try inhaling or diffusing LIGHT EOB Abundance or Creation Blend in your home office…or anywhere that you’d like to stimulate the imagination and generate prosperity.  LIGHT EOB Truth Blend will fill your soul with the heady aromas of jasmine, neroli, and myrrh…Still Point blend will calm and center you….any of the five LIGHT EOB blends would be perfect for inhalation.

Caution: prolonged inhalation of concentrated essential oils can cause headaches, vertigo, dizziness, nausea, and lethargy.

2) Baths
The best way to use essential oils in the bath is to mix them first with salts or an emulsifier such as milk or sesame oil. Aromatic bath salts or Epsom salts disperse the oils safely into the water. Milk and sesame oil emulsify the essential oil so that it disperses.

Ecstasy Blend from LIGHT EOB would make a lovely, relaxing bath scent. Creation Blend contains lavender and clary sage essential oils which can calm and sooth mood swings and tension caused by hormonal imbalances..

Caution: Without salts or an emulsifier, drops of essential oils will float on the water and then get directly on the skin. Combined with the heat of the water, this can cause dermotoxicity, especially if the oils are of a heating nature.

Oils that should be avoided in the bath include spicy oils such as cinnamon oil, oregano oil, thyme oil, and tulsi; phototoxic oils such as citruses, especially bergamot oil; and those with specific irritant potential such as lemongrass oil.

The oils that are generally considered mild and safe for bath are lavender oil, clary sage oil, rose oil, geranium oil, frankincense oil, sandalwood oil, eucalyptus oil, and conifers such as cedar oil, fir oil, pine oil, pinon pine essential oil, spruce oil, and juniper oil to name a few.

A generally safe dose is 5 – 10 drops, mixed with 1/2 to 1 cup of salt or emulsifier.

Aromatic baths are excellent tonics for skin problems, circulatory problems, respiratory symptoms, stress and nervous tension, insomnia, muscular and menstrual pains.

3) Compresses
10 drops oil in 4 oz hot water, soak cloth, wrap. Good for bruises, wounds, muscular aches and pains, dysmenorrhea, skin problems.

Again, LIGHT EOB Creation Blend is a good choice for menstrual issues and bruises..Lavender, geranium and clary sage increase circulation and have anti-inflammatory properties.

4) Facial steam

1 – 5 drops on hot water in a pot, cover head with a towel, steam face. Excellent for opening sinuses, headaches, skin treatment.

All LIGHT EOB blends are suited to this method.

5) Massage
Pure essential oils are about 70 times more concentrated than the whole plant.
Dilutions are typically 2% – 10%. For adults, a 2.5% dilution is recommended for most purposes. For children under 12, 1% is generally safe.

A 2.5% blend for a 1 ounce (30ml) bottle of carrier oil is 15 drops of essential oil.
1% blend =  6 drops per oz
2% blend = 12 drops per oz
3% blend = 18 drops per oz
5% blend = 30 drops per oz
10%  blend = 60 drops per oz

LIGHT  EOB Blends are between 5% and 8% dilution.

6) Direct Palm Inhalation

A quick and easy way to use essential oils! For relaxation or stimulation.Any and all light EOB blends can be used for this method. Carry the box of all five blends in the 2ml size with you at all times…a couple of drops can change your day.
Caution: This method of use should only be done with oils that can be safely applied to the skin (see the toxicology and safety section below). Apply several drops of oil to the palms, rub together gently but vigorously, and then inhale deeply. This is an excellent method of use for a quick and easy exposure to the anti-microbial and other therapeutic uses of essential oils.

7) Diffusers
There are various types of diffusers on the market, with different advantages and disadvantages.

Candle diffusers
Usually a heat resistant vessel for water and essential oils, and a heat resistant platform that holds the vessel over a small candle.
Advantages: very simple to use; provides light background fragrancing
does not produce strong concentration for therapeutic benefits.

Electric heat diffusers
Small absorbent pads are placed inside of a heating chamber with ventilation that allows the aromatic compounds to evaporate into the surrounding air.
Advantages: easy to use; minimal maintenance; can diffuse thicker oils.
Disadvantages: heat damages some aromatic compounds.

Cool air nebulizing diffusers
A system that uses air pressure generated by a compressing unit to vaporize the essential oils. A glass nebulizing bulb serves as a condenser, allowing only the finest particles of the essential oil to escape into the air.
Advantages: strong diffusion maximizes therapeutic benefits in respiratory conditions.
Disadvantages: diffusers need to be cleaned regularly, and tend to clog. More viscous oils cannot be diffused (such as sandalwood oil or ylang ylang oil).

Fill your space with aromatic delights. Encourage the flow of prosperity with Abundance Blend. Ease your mind with Ecstasy or Still Point. Stimulate your intuition with Truth Blend. Balance your emotions with Creation Blend.

Electric heat and cool air nebulizers can be purchased with timers, to produce intermittent diffusion. This reduces the amount of oil consumed, and prevents over-saturation in a room.

I hope that you are beginning to use essential oils every day. I always have a few with me wherever I go! How are you using them..Please let me know!

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