Essential Oils 101 – Part Two

essential-oils
How to use essential oils?

Topically and massage

Essential oils have a very small size and of the chemical weight of less than 1000m (m = weight of molecule). This means that they are able to penetrate the skin and pass into the bloodstream and into different areas of the body for internal benefits, without having to take orally.

Only some essential oils can be applied directly (lavender, frankincense, tea tree) as they are highly concentrated (refer to blending guide below).  For the rest it is best to dilute with a carrier oil (see below for list of carrier oils), and massage into your skin.

Vaporisation/Diffuser

Essential oils are also absorbed into the bloodstream when inhaled. The large amount of blood vessels in the lungs absorb the oils and then circulate them throughout the body.

Using a diffuser or vaporiser can help you experience the benefits of essential oils. As the droplets of water evaporate or diffuse, they carry the essential oils with them. A wonderful way to freshen the air and enjoy the beautiful aromas.

I have my diffuser on most of the time I am at home. I use an electric oil burner for more intensity in the bedroom before sleeping.

Orally

Essential oils can be used as a powerful form of medicine but it should be remembered that again, essential oils are powerful. Some essential oils may safe for internal use, but I would proceed with caution as we still don’t know the effect on the gut microbiome. I would encourage working with a health practitioner who specialising in this area if you wish to use them internally.

Bathing and foot bath

Whether you have a foot bath or a real bath, a few drops into the water can enhance the experience.

Compress

This is the easiest way to administer first aid or for skin care. Simply submerge a cloth into a mixture of water and essential oils. Inhale the aroma and press firmly into the skin. Repeat a few times.

When preparing a facial compress, use warm water. When administering first aid, warm water is best for aches and pains, whereas cold water is best for fever or headaches.

Inhalation

Dab a few drops onto a damp tissue or cotton wool ball and carry around with you. Alternatively fill a bowl with very warm water and a few drops of essential oil. Cover your head with a towel to capture the steam and inhale.

Spritzer

Fill a small pump glass bottle with purified water and your choice of essential oils. Spray to deodorise a room or car, or alternatively spray onto your face/body for a pick me up.

How I incorporate essential oils into my life
Where to buy

I personally use the Twenty8 range, which is both organic and therapeutic grade. They have a huge range of pure essential oils, such as lavender, peppermint and frankincense, along with synergy blends of various essential oils.

I also purchase from DoTerra as they have a larger range of pure essential oils that includes some that Twenty8 don’t stock.

Carrier oils
  • Almond oil
  • Jojoba oil
  • Rosehip oil
  • Coconut oil
  • Avocado oil

I purchase my carrier oils from ebay, searching for “Certified Organic” and will always ask the ebay seller to provide details of the certification, as many sellers use the word “organic” as a search tag without actually being organic.

Blending guide

For Adults

 Massage  100ml = 50 drops (2:1 ratio or a 2.5% dilution)
 Daily Body Boost  6mls = 3 drops
 Vaporising  6-8 drops
 Bathing  3-6 drops
 Compress  3-4 drops
 Inhalation  3-4 drops
 Footbath  3-6 drops
 Spritzer  3-6 drops
 Direct Application  Place 1 drop on damp cotton bud

For the elderly, pregnant women or children (2 to 12 years)

 Massage  100ml = 20 drops (5:1 ratio)
 Vaporising  3-4 drops
 Bathing  1-2 drops
 Compress  1-2 drops
 Inhalation  1-2 drops
 Footbath  2-4 drops
 Spritzer  2-4 drops
 Direct Application  Place 1 drop on damp cotton bud

For babies (3 months to 2 years)

  Massage  100ml = 10 drops (10:1 ratio)
 Vaporising  3-4 drops
 Bathing  1-2 drops
 Compress  1 drop
 Inhalation  1 drop

For newborns (0 to 3 months)

 Vaporising  3-4 drops
 Avoid all topical applications
Precautions
  • Some oils cannot be taken orally/internally
  • Some oils are not safe for use during pregnancy
  • Some oils can cause sunburn when exposed to the sun (photosensitive)
  • Some oils are not safe for use if you have epilepsy, high blood pressure or hypersensitive skin

Be sure to follow all instructions that are given with your essential oils.

What are essential oils

Check out Essential Oils 101 – Part One here.

Sources:

This post is a combination of my own knowledge and experience, plus I recommend the following resources:

The King’s Medicine Cabinet – Dr Josh Axe

<==== Like Chocolate for Women – Guide to Aromatherapy – by Kim Morrison and Fleur Whelligan

An inspirational, insightful and easy-to-read book about making your self-care a priority from two of Australia’s leading self-care experts. In a fast paced busy world where self-care is often at the bottom of the list Kim and Fleur draw on personal experiences as health professionals to show other women how to successfully achieve optimum health, beauty and wellbeing.

 

 

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