How can I use essential oils?
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Massage: for healthy people use a maximum of 6-7 drops of essential oil with 10ml carrier oil and mix (3%). For children, pregnant women and the elderly or fragile use 2-3 drops (1-1.5%) in 10ml of oil. Mix a maximum of 4 oils just before the massage. For babies under 6 months add only 1 drop of essential oil (click here to see which oils) to 30 ml, from 6-18 months add 2 drops for 30ml. Link to relevant part in text
Baths: fill the bath with warm water. When the bath is ready to step into, mix a maximum of 10 drops of oil into one tablespoon of full cream milk, sea salt, apple cider vinegar or a carrier oil and then stir to distribute evenly through the water. For children, pregnant women or the elderly, use a maximum of 3 drops. Do not put the drops straight into the water as they will just float on the top and could cause skin sensitivities. Also be careful not to put the oil into the bath while the water is running as the essential oils being so volatile will evaporate. Do not use the following oils in a bath- cinnamon, clove, peppermint, thyme. People with very sensitive skin should look at the warnings given with each essential oil.
Foot bath: add a maximum of 5 drops to one tablespoon of sea salt to a large bowl of warm water. Recommended oils are peppermint / spearmint (for tired or swollen feet), tea tree / lemongrass for fungal infections or sweaty feet.
Sitz bath: Fill a large basin with water (large enough so that when you sit in it the water will reach hip level) and mix 5-7 drops with one tablespoon of full cream milk, sea salt or apple cider vinegar and sit in it for 10-15 minutes. This method is recommended for vaginal infections, yeast infections, haemorrhoids, etc.
Shower: Put 2 drops into a small saucer (you can use the saucer of a very small clay pot for this or teac cup) and put at the bottom of the shower so that the water directly hits it. Or put two drops of essential oil onto a sponge and use it to wash yourself.
Inhalations: boil some water and after waiting for it to cool a little, pour the water into a glass bowl. Add a maximum of 4 drops of essential oils and immediately place your head over the bowl covering your head with a towel. Breathe deeply for 5 minutes. This method should not be used with asthmatics and is not recommended for people with broken veins on their face (couperose).
Compresses: Fill a bowl with hot water (arthritis, rheumatism, muscular pain) or cold water (swelling, inflammation). Add 5 drops of essential oils and wipe a cloth over the top of the water, wringing out excess water and apply it to the affected area.
Oils, creams, lotions and gels: Add 25 drops to 100 ml of unperfumed lotion, gel or oil and mix thoroughly. For face add only 10 drops to 100ml of cream, lotion, gel or oil.
Oil burner: Add 6-10 drops to water at the top of the oil burner.
On a tissue: Add 1-2 drops of essential oil and breathe deeply.
Washing clothes: Instead of a commercial fabric softener you can use 1 cup of apple cider vinegar and 10 drops of an antibacterial oil such as Eucalyptus, tea tree oil or thyme and place this in the fabric softener compartment of your washing machine.
Cleaning: You can add 5 drops of an essential oil to the water you water before mopping the floors. Or add a couple of drops to the cloth when cleaning the kitchen or bathroom.