Essential oils are associated with something refined and mysterious. Since ancient times they have been used in medicine, cosmetology and cooking. In ancient Egypt, oils were saved from the scorching sun, in China and India they were treated, and in the Roman Empire and in the East they were looked after by the body. The beneficial properties of essential oils are in demand today.
Oils give plants a flavor. The properties of oils depend on the type of plants, the conditions of their cultivation, the part used, as well as the production method. Often from different parts of the same plant get different in composition and smell of oil. Essential oils are obtained by distillation (from greens and bark), extraction (from inflorescences, petals and roots) and pressing (from the peel and fruits).
Essential oils have a wide range of biological activity. Some of them are antiseptics, others are antispasmodics, still others regenerate cells, others soothe or, on the contrary, excite the nervous system. At the same time, essential oils are powerful agents that can not only help, but also harm if you do not follow the recommendations for use.
To understand the pharmacological properties of essential oils will help the table.
* Not recommended for use in the sun.
The use of essential oils
Essential oils are not miscible with water and are not used in pure form. In cosmetology and medicine, essential oils are used with a base. She may be wax, honey, milk, cream. But most often these are the so-called transport oils.
Transport (base) oils - these are oils of plant origin, both solid (for example, shea butter) and liquid (olive, sea buckthorn, almond, jojoba and others). They promote the penetration of essential oil into the body and provide a mild therapeutic effect.
Bath and bath
An aroma bath is a great way to relax after a hard day. Relieves stress and relaxes sandalwood, geranium, lavender, rose oil. Muscle tension (for example, after a workout) will help eliminate verbena and juniper oil. For colds, baths with pine or lemon oil are recommended.
- Before taking aromatherapy, you need to wash yourself.
- Water temperature - 36–38 ºС.
- As a base, you can use honey, kefir, whey, milk, sea salt or transport oil.
- Do not use gel, shampoo, foam and other cosmetics during the procedure.
- Frequency and time - 5–25 minutes no more than three times a week.
- After taking an aromatic bath, do not rinse and wipe yourself dry.
In the bath, essential oil is added to a bucket of water to give to the stove. Recommended oils that improve breathing: cedar, eucalyptus, spruce and others. In addition, brooms can be moistened with a mixture of base and essential oils.
Essential oils enhance the healing properties of massage, improve skin condition and affect the nervous system. Different oils will have different pharmacological effects. So, clove accelerates heating and stimulates blood circulation. Nutmeg relieves rheumatic pains, citrus fruits break down adipose tissue, and rose, jasmine and sandalwood have a lifting effect.
- Recipe for a massage mixture: 3-5 drops of essential oil + 10-15 ml of base oil (for the body - peach, olive, apricot, almond, for the face - jojoba, macadamia, avocado).
- Select the oil not only by pharmacological properties, but also by smell. It should be pleasant to the person who is being massaged.
- During the massage, give preference to soft circular movements.
- After the session, you need to lie down for 10-20 minutes, you should not go outside for an hour.
Inhalation with essential oils is an excellent remedy for flu (thyme, ginger), bronchitis (eucalyptus, pine, thuja), stomatitis (orange, calendula), as well as for cleansing the face (oregano, tea tree).
- Apply a few drops of oil to a cloth or paper towel.
- Inhale the nose with nose evenly and deeply for 5–10 minutes.
- If there is, use a special inhaler.
- If there is no inhaler, add 2–4 drops of oil to a container of hot water. Cover your head with a towel and inhale the vapors for 5-10 minutes. It is recommended to carry out the procedure with eyes closed.
Aromacompresses help relieve pain in joints, back and soft tissues. Essential oils penetrate the skin to the problem area and have anti-inflammatory, analgesic and antispasmodic effects.
Cold packs effective for tumors, sprains, bruises.
- Moisten a flannel or other cotton cloth with cold water and apply 3-5 drops of essential oil to it.
- Attach to the damaged area. Secure with an elastic bandage.
- Or prepare a mixture of base and essential oils (30 ml - 15 drops), soak the tissue in it and attach to the sore part of the body.
Warming compresses treat chronic diseases, they relieve pain and inflammation. Useful for rheumatism, osteochondrosis and radiculitis. The rules are the same, only warm water is used, and the compress is wrapped.
Enrichment of cosmetics
From ancient times, Oriental beauties use esters as a means for personal care. Oils add to the cosmetic also a therapeutic effect.
There are many recipes for homemade cosmetics with essential oils. Here is some of them.
- Mask for the face: for 1 tablespoon of clay powder, 2-3 drops of essential oil, then you need to add water to achieve a paste consistency. Apply the mask to the face, avoiding the area around the eyes, leave to dry and rinse with warm water.
- Face cream: take any neutral cream (for example, baby), prepare a mixture of base and essential oils. The first should correspond to the type of skin (dry, normal, combination, oily, problematic), and the second - the purpose of use (combating rashes, moisturizing, and so on). The approximate dosage is 10-15 drops of the mixture per 150 g of the base.
- Skin Lotion: dilute the infusion of medicinal herbs with water (in equal proportions), dissolve 2-3 drops of essential oil in 1 teaspoon of alcohol and add to the filtered solution. Wipe your face and neck with lotion.
- AromaLed: Mix 1 teaspoon of honey with 1-2 drops of essential oil, dissolve the resulting mixture in water, pour into molds and freeze. Use flavored ice cubes to wipe the face, relieve redness.
- Shampoo: use the product with the most natural composition, add oil to the palm of your hand with shampoo directly when washing (1-2 drops) or in a bottle (13 drops per 100 ml).
Aroma lamps and aroma stones
Aroma lamps and aroma stones are used for aromatization of enclosed spaces and aromatherapy.
Oil burner (or aroma choker) is a bowl where water is poured and essential oil is added, and a candle is placed under it. As the water heats up, the air is filled with vapors of the essential oil.
- Ventilate the room.
- Pour warm water (50–55 ºС) into the bowl. The volume of the bowl is at least 50 ml, otherwise the water will evaporate too quickly.
- Add the essential oil: 2 drops for every 5 square meters. m square.
- Light a candle. The minimum distance from the flame to the bowl is 10 cm.
- The duration of the procedure is from 20 minutes to 2 hours. Add water periodically. Do not leave the lamp unattended.
Aroma stone has a porous structure and retains odors for a long time. You can buy it or make it yourself from plaster. The peculiarity of aroma stone is in locality of action. If the aroma from the lamp spreads throughout the room, then from the stone - only a short distance. Therefore, aromatic stone can be used even in the workplace.
- Apply 2–4 drops of oil to the stone.
- Put the stone on a table, in a closet, bag or pocket.
- Add oil as the odor disappears.
They also make sachets with essential oils. An aromatic bag with rose oil will give linen and clothes a pleasant aroma, and a sachet with lavender on the bedside table will give a good sleep.
Aromaculones (or aroma-medallions) is an accessory made of porous clay, easily absorbing and preserving odors for a long time.
Its wearing is especially true during epidemics of flu. Ginger, cedar, eucalyptus, peppermint and other oils help the body fight viruses and strengthen the immune system.
How to use aroma pendants?
- Choose oil according to properties and smell.
- Drop 2-3 drops into the pendant.
- After three days, refuel the pendant.
These are the basic principles for using essential oils.
How do you use essential oils?
Eucalyptus Essential Oil
Let's start with one of the most famous - eucalyptus oil. This universal, truly magical remedy has a powerful anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and antiviral effect.
Dissolve a few drops of eucalyptus oil in a container with hot water (2-3 drops are enough for 1/2 liter of water). You can add a drop of pine and lemon oil. Cover your head with a towel, bend over the container and breathe vapor saturated with ether compounds.
Homemade cold balm
Melt a tablespoon of Vaseline by holding it over the steam. Add 6 drops of eucalyptus oil, mix well. With this product, lubricate the mucous membrane inside the nose and the skin around the nostrils several times during the day.
Tea Tree Essential Oil
Tea tree oil is also famous for its antimicrobial and antiviral properties. In addition, it perfectly helps against various skin problems: it relieves itching and swelling from insect bites, cures fungal diseases, and is effective for pustular lesions: acne, acne, boils and abscesses.
Dissolve 5 drops of tea tree oil in a teaspoon of vodka or 1/2 teaspoon of alcohol. Pour the resulting solution into 1/2 cup of warm water, stir well. Rinse your mouth (throat) for inflammatory diseases of various etiologies, such as tonsillitis, pharyngitis, tonsillitis, gingivitis, periodontitis and stomatitis.
A similar solution in the appropriate proportion can be used as foot baths for fungal infections of the skin of the feet.
Geranium essential oil
As an aromatic agent it harmonizes the nervous system - it can have both a calming and tonic effect. Facilitates skin condition with mild burns.
It promotes the regeneration of the skin, well heals minor abrasions and uncomplicated burns, including sunburn. As an aromatic agent, it calms and relaxes. Effective for headaches, including migraines.
As an aromatic agent, it is effective for relieving stress and increased anxiety. Massage with marjoram oil helps with muscle and rheumatic pains, as well as bruises and bruises.
To relieve periodic pain in women on critical days, you can use baths with a few drops of marjoram oil and the same amount of sage and chamomile oils.
Lemon essential oil
Great antiseptic. Disinfects and purifies the air in the room, strengthens the immune system. If you have a respiratory infection, make a kind of express inhalation: apply 2-3 drops of lemon and eucalyptus oil on a napkin and periodically apply this napkin to your face, breathing in its aroma.
This can be done unnoticed by others anywhere - in transport, at work, in the store.
Use as a fragrance to enhance the atmosphere in your home. Massage with juniper oil enhances blood circulation and activates the lymphatic system.
Neroli essential oil
This exotic, rare and quite expensive drug is obtained from orange flowers. In aromatherapy, it is used to normalize the psyche and nervous system in the treatment of depression, neurosis, insomnia and sexual disorders.
Baths with neroli oil are useful and pleasant - three or four drops of oil per bath, can be mixed with chamomile or lemon balm oil.
An even rarer and outlandish plant for our latitudes - niauli - lives in Australia. Its essential oil has a wide range of life-giving properties, including: antipyretic, analgesic, antiparasitic, antirheumatic.
The healing properties of essential oils inherent in almost any of them - antiseptic, antifungal and wound healing - in niauli oil are also pronounced.
If you are concerned about an infection of the genitourinary system (in particular, cystitis or thrush), baths with niauli oil will help you - only 5 - 6 drops of oil per bath.
Chamomile Essential Oil
From time immemorial, a sweet and familiar chamomile has been used in folk medicine as a universal remedy.
The essential oil of this plant has an antimicrobial effect, soothes allergic manifestations, relieves stress, and eliminates the problems of the stomach (including ulcers) and intestines. Massage with chamomile oil can relieve severe pain with neuralgia, sciatica and radiculitis.
Now you know about the healing properties of essential oils and how essential oils can be used for treatment.
Contraindications to aromatherapy
The independent use of ethers within reasonable limits is permissible only to a completely healthy person. A clear contraindication is allergy. Those who have problems with the endocrine or cardiovascular system should not use essential oils without the approval of their doctor.
Contraindications for use are with the following diseases:
- cardiac ischemia and post-infarction state (pine and fir esters cannot be used in treatment),
- severe hypertension (exclude any effect with mint, basil and juniper),
- hypertension of any stage (you can not inhale the aromas of lemon balm, tea tree and ylang-ylang),
- renal failure (pine, thyme and juniper are contraindicated),
- epilepsy and a tendency to convulsive manifestations (exclude rosemary, sage, basil and thyme).
Attention! It should be taken into account some points related to the incompatibility of the use of certain oils with certain medicinal products. For example, lavender is incompatible with iodine. And many medicines can not be given to children under 14 years of age when using therapy with jasmine, hyssop, ylang-ylang, cinnamon, cypress, juniper and lemon balm.
With a cold
Treatment and prevention of viral respiratory diseases is carried out with oils that have antiseptic and bactericidal properties. Lavender, lemon, tea tree, patchouli, oregano and thyme not only disinfect the room, but also bring the air humidity in the apartment to the optimum value. An effective way to influence well-being is to fumigate a room with an aroma lamp. 4 to 7 drops of this or that ether are added to the container, or a composition of several oils is made.
Fig. 1 - therapeutic oils
During the flu epidemic, aroma-smoking should be carried out every day for 20 minutes. In the children's room it is necessary to carry out daily wet cleaning with oils. To do this, take a liquid soap (about 300 ml) and add 10 ml of oregano or lemon oil. For 5 liters of water, it is enough to use 1 tablespoon of this mixture.
At the first symptoms of a cold, inhalation will help alleviate well-being with the same oils that are used to fumigate the apartment. The temperature of the steam must be observed within 45 - 50 degrees. It is important to carry out the procedure several times a day, preferably at least 3 times. The best effect is achieved with inhalation exposure after a meal (after 1 - 1.5 hours).In this case, expectorants should not be used immediately before the procedure.
Aromatherapy helps with the diagnosis of laryngitis and tonsillitis. 3-4 drops of ether are diluted with a glass of water and the resulting composition is added to the dishes with a narrow neck. The vapor is only inhaled by the mouth, covering the head with a towel. With bronchitis, it is convenient to use wide dishes. In this disease, the mouth and nose are inhaled alternately.
Reference! Compresses relieve chills and lower fever. On a tablespoon of base oil, 2 drops of oil, lavender, eucalyptus and peppermint are diluted. The base can be apricot, almond or rice oil. Compresses are applied to the feet and frontal part of the face.
Aromatic oils for relieving symptoms of migraine and headache are used in conjunction with medications prescribed by a doctor. Mixtures for creating aroma are used through a spray, and massage manipulations are carried out using compresses. Inhalations are also effective in treating migraines.
The massage mixture is made as follows:
- a small bottle is taken and filled to a third with almond oil,
- supplemented with a healing potion with 6 drops of lavender, chamomile and sage,
- to get rid of painful pain symptoms, 12 drops of peppermint are also poured,
- after that add a few drops of base oil,
- clog and shake the bottle well.
Rubbing into the temporal region is best done with a special massage roller. If there is no such tool, then the middle and ring fingers rub the therapeutic composition into the whiskey. The earlobes are ironed with the back of their palms well warmed up by rubbing the oil on each other.
If the migraine has not yet been found, but there are prerequisites for the head about to ache (weakness appears, mood spoils, it becomes internally not good), then a compress based on a few drops of oil and cool water will help prevent this. 10 minutes that base is kept on the forehead, while massaging the temporal region.
Fig. 2 - Consult a doctor before using essential oils in children
What is essential oil?
Essential oils are volatile fragrant substances. They are in different parts of plants in small doses: flowers, berries, leaves, seeds, roots, wood, peel of fruits.
For the manufacture of aromatic oils need a lot of raw materials. Therefore, natural essential oils cost a lot of money. An interesting fact is that the percentage of aromatic substances is higher in plants of the tropical and subtropical zones.
Essential oils are oily to the touch. Esters do not dissolve in water, because it is lighter than it. They only form a thin greasy film on its surface. However, essential oils can flavor water.
Most oils are highly soluble in natural products such as honey, cream, milk. And also in gasoline, wax, fatty liquid oils and organic medium (ether, resin, alcohol).
How to use in stress
The stress state and panic attacks must be suppressed with pleasant aromas, so an individual oil is selected for each individual person. Apply them effectively by inhaling scents scattered around the apartment. A relaxing, warm bath with your favorite ester scents helps a lot. The following oils have a good anti-stress effect:
The effectiveness of oil treatment
The treatment with aromatic oils has been known for several centuries. Flavors come in all sorts: from very pleasant to annoying. Some of them calm the nervous system, while others stimulate and invigorate.
Note! The secret to odor treatment is based on exposure through the sense of smell and touch.
Oil molecules, penetrating the human body through the skin (with direct contact) or through the mucous membrane of the respiratory tract, stimulate biochemical processes, affecting the functioning of internal systems and organs. Thus, the tone of the body increases. A person begins to feel better.
The field of use of aromatic oils is quite wide.
They are used for:
- rinse, drop, tamponade,
- massages, reflexology and rubbing,
- baths and saunas,
- compresses, dressings and wraps,
- aromatization of premises,
- skin care, hair, nails.
Video! How to choose and store essential oil.
Essential oils are not recommended for use by pregnant women, during lactation, as well as young children under 3 years old.
In order for the use of oils to bring the desired result, you need to know about the methods of exposure to the esters themselves. To choose the right essential oil, you need to study its characteristics and check about its effect on the body of a particular person. You need to make sure that the complex components of this substance do not cause an allergic reaction.
To check if a person is allergic to a particular essential oil, you need to add 1 drop to the cream for your hands or body, and apply to a small area of the skin. If within 24 hours there is no redness, itching, rash, then the oil can be used.
The best helpers in the fight against depression are essential oils of the citrus group. Anxiety and irritability against the background of depression helps to remove a 20-minute hot bath with the addition of aromas of rosewood, ylan-ylang, basil, juniper, mint, geranium, cypress, rose, lavender, patchouli, marjoram.
Mental disorders and obsessive fears go away after several sessions of aromatherapy, built on the addition of tea tree, violet or rose to the basic composition. Sandalwood, geranium and lavender oils help to remove anxiety.
Important! For preventive purposes, with frequent depressive breakdowns, daily use of aroma lamps. Also, several times a week before going to bed, they take a warm comfortable bathroom, into which 10 drops of any of the above oil are preliminarily added.
7 Essential Oils for Aromatherapy
|Effective oils for aromatherapy and their therapeutic effects on the body|
|Essential oil||What effect does the body have?|
|Lavender||Refreshes and gives a surge of energy, improves mood, helps in the fight against insomnia|
|Juniper oil||Stimulating effect on the whole body. A surge of vigor, strength and efficiency|
|Orange||Cleans thoughts from bad thoughts, gives peace and serenity. It is good to use before going to bed for a calm sleep and pleasant dreams|
|Chamomile||Gives harmony in the whole body, soothes thoughts. With colds and nervous disorders, it helps to get rid of these ailments by means of a healing property.|
|Sandalwood||Calms the nervous system, prevents hysteria and relieves fears|
|Rosemary||Strengthens the walls of blood vessels, accelerates blood, which gives an influx of vitality and gives energy throughout the body|
|Jasmine||Gives sensuality and originality. It relaxes and distracts from obsessive thoughts. Helps to overcome longing and establish a psychological background.|
This essential oil is considered regal. It has a good effect on different types of skin: rejuvenates, smoothes, improves its elasticity and firmness, and regenerates cells. Eliminating irritation, inflammation and peeling, the oil soothes the skin.
Soaked in pink water (1-2 drops of oil per 0.3 liters of water) with a cotton swab, you need to wipe the skin 3-4 times during the day. At night, it is recommended to massage the face using a small amount of baby cream mixed with 1 drop of essential oil.
Sore throats and stomatitis can be treated with a “candy” made from 1 teaspoon of honey and 1 drop of rose oil. After resorption, do not drink or eat anything for 30 minutes.
The strongest wound healing agent and antiseptic (1 drop is mixed with 20 g of olive oil). The use of oil for burns prevents the formation of scars on the skin. It is an excellent tool for moisturizing and cleansing the skin of the face (1 drop per 200 g of warm water).
This ether can be used as a grind for bronchitis. To do this, rub 3-4 drops of pure oil in the chest area at night and be sure to wrap yourself in a warm towel.
1-2 drops of lavender oil poured into an aroma lamp will help calm the nerves and improve sleep.
Advice! This tool has pronounced diaphoretic, choleretic, diuretic, anthelmintic properties.
For the bedroom
Aromatherapy for the home is most effectively used in the sleeping area. Suitable oils for the relaxation room include rose, fir, violet and lavender. These esters help to tune in the right way and balance the feelings. Sleep is strong, and the process of falling asleep is accelerated.
For a sensual night, the scent of ambergris is suitable. This aphrodisiac has a pungent, tarry odor that boosts attraction and sets you up for a playful mood. To give harmony and energy, you can use vanilla notes. Vanilla gives a feeling of relaxation, serenity and sets up for a sound uninterrupted sleep.
Tea tree oil
Effective disinfectant and wound healing substance. It is a broad spectrum antiseptic. It has antiviral and antifungal effects. Used for thrush in women, as well as for ignition processes.
The oil helps to eliminate dandruff and strengthen hair. Eliminates inflammation and swelling, redness and itching of the skin. It perfectly relieves nervous tension and soothes. It is used to treat insect bites.
Jasmine, Ylang Ylang and Fir Oil
Jasmine essential oil is the king of aromas, an anti-stress and relaxing medication.
Good air fragrance (5 drops per aroma lamp). Oil is a component of sensory mixtures. It can be used as perfume by applying 1 drop to the wrist.
Aromatic oil of ylang-ylang is used for vegetative-vascular dystonia, headache and high blood pressure. To do this, 1 drop of oil is applied to the whiskey and lightly massaged. 5 drops of the product are poured into the aroma lamp.
Video! Ylang Ylang Essential Oil.
Fir oil is used for massages (6-7 drops mixed with 15 ml of any vegetable oil) for arthritis and arthrosis. It is useful for inhalation in the flu.
Kitchen scents include citrus aromatic oils such as lemon, grapefruit, orange, bergamot and lemongrass. These esters not only effectively neutralize extraneous odors, but also increase mood, give energy and efficiency.
Kitchen tricks for getting pleasant aromas in this area are as follows:
- 4 drops of limet oil and 5 drops of cloves will help give an atmosphere of a sea breeze
- to fill the room with coffee notes, 4 to 6 drops of citrus oil are dripped into the ground coffee,
- if you soak napkins and towels in water with ethers chosen to taste, you can not only enjoy the smells, but also destroy the bacteria,
- You can press 2 - 3 drops of rosemary oil into a dishwashing detergent, which will certainly give an unforgettable aroma during the washing of used containers.
Orange and Laurel Oil
Essential oils of orange flavor the air to enhance mood and performance. Take 5 drops of oil for aroma lamp on 15 m² of room.
To combat cellulite, massage is done using a mixture of up to 10 drops of orange oil per 10 ml of the base from any vegetable oil.
Advice! Ether of orange relieves motion sickness and nausea on a long journey. To do this, 1 drop of the substance is applied over the upper lip.
Noble laurel oil has the ability to disinfect the air, releasing volatile. It is used for inhalation (1-3 drops) for acute respiratory infections and flu. This tool is able to stimulate mental activity. To do this, 1 drop is applied to whiskey.
For the living room
For the living room, the ideal aromas are coffee, cedar, lemon, pine, tea tree, bergamot, lavender and orange. To neutralize odors from the entrance, citrus and coniferous aromas are used. Lavender sachets are placed in cabinets with clothes and shoes, which not only give an unforgettable atmosphere of smells, but also destroy moths. It copes well with giving the living room an atmosphere of hospitality and relaxation, essential oils of violets and cotton.
Wormwood, Sage and Eucalyptus Oil
Aromatic oil of wormwood lemon - an excellent antidepressant. It helps drivers increase concentration while traveling. This is a wonderful anti-pohmelin (1 drop in a spoonful of honey). Sage essential oil helps restore voice (1 drop per tongue).
Eucalyptus oil is an excellent general antiseptic. It helps to fight with respiratory diseases and with flu.
- for Bath - up to 7 drops,
- for inhalation - up to 2 drops,
- for bath and sauna - up to 5 drops per 15 m² of premises,
- for aroma lamps - 4-5 drops,
- for massage - 7-10 drops mixed with 15 ml of vegetable oil.
Use in the bathroom
During the adoption of water procedures, you can use the smells of roses and lavender. At the same time, it is good to bring the atmosphere to a relaxing state by lighting aromatic candles and adding rose petals to the water. You can add the effect of calm music.
In order to give an unforgettable aroma to your things, in which you go to bed, you need to use a clothes rinse recipe made by yourself. 150 ml of vinegar and 0.5 cups of soda are added per liter of water. A few drops of your favorite oil are dripped and about 100 ml of this product is added to the machine with each wash.
Often used for dry skin or skin diseases. It is necessary to apply a couple of drops to a dry area, and the skin will become softer and more elastic. It is a good antidepressant, soothes, normalizes hormones. In winter, ether protects against frostbite, and in summer - from burns.
Advice! Calendula oil can be used during lactation, lubricating the nipples, protecting them from cracks.
Oil can be prepared at home. To do this, pour calendula flowers with olive oil, and for 2 weeks hide in a dark place, but shake it every 2-3 days. Then just strain.
What are the uses?
|How to apply this or that type of aromatic oil|
|Form of use||Mode of application|
|Sachet||It is a special pillow that is filled with environmentally friendly herbs with healing properties. Sasha is placed in a cupboard with dishes, things, clings to the door handle or even placed under a pillow. Depending on the effect that will be achieved, add a few drops of the selected oil to the pad.|
|Oil burner||A special miniature heating device is arranged like a tablet candle. Below is a liquid that gradually heats up and evaporates, which allows you to evenly spread incense throughout the apartment.|
|Bathhouse||When going to the bathhouse, they take with them the aromas of sandalwood, geranium, rose or lavender. In a twin room, it is effective to carry out inhalation procedures with thyme or ginger. Improving breathing will give the aromas of cedar, eucalyptus and spruce.|
|Aroma stones||The stones intended for this use are taken in small size. They are made from environmentally friendly natural materials such as gypsum, clay or dough. They are placed in storage cabinets or under a pillow, having previously doused with the desired aroma.|
Thyme essential oil is effective for headaches, insomnia, sore throat, runny nose, and flu. It improves memory, heart function, cleanses the gastrointestinal tract from toxins, and increases appetite.
Thyme oil improves the appearance of hair, strengthens them, and also nourishes the scalp.With increased appetite, you can drip 1 drop of oil on a napkin, and inhale for 3-4 minutes.
How to combine oils?
There are certain rules that should be followed when combining essential oils with each other in home aromatherapy:
- Combine flavors identical in properties. Soothing should not be mixed with vivacity. At the same time, esters should have no tonic and warming properties.
- In one composition should be mixed no more than 6 types of identical oils. If you do not comply with this norm, then you can get consequences such as poor health, increased headache, redness of the skin and an allergic rash.
- Any citrus esters can be combined with each other without fear of overdoing it with exposure. These are soft oils that have only a positive effect on the whole body, if they are not mixed with aromas of other groups.
Reference! Lavender oil is considered universal, as it can be added to the compositions in any quantity and with any combination of other oils. The only exception is an allergic reaction to this ether.
Aromatherapy uses many combinations of essential oils. It is important to know the uses and compositional properties of each individual flavor. In case of any deviations in the state of health, aromatic oils should not be used without consulting a doctor.
Rosehip essential oil is used to lower cholesterol and prevent cardiovascular disease. Oil is also effective in losing weight, bleeding, frostbite, or burns.
You can use this oil inside. It is used for various types of depression, nervousness, as rosehip is a strong antidepressant. You can put cotton swabs dipped in diluted oil during a cold.
In cosmetology, rosehip essential oil is considered an anti-aging agent. Creams with rosehip extract fight wrinkles, making the skin more supple and supple. This tool is more suitable for owners of dry skin. Expectant mothers can lubricate the skin of the abdomen, legs and chest with olive oil with the addition of 2 drops of rosehip oil.
Ether can be added to gels, shampoos, creams and conditioners. Enough 1 drop of oil per single serving of a specific product.
Lemon balm oil
Melissa essential oil (lemon mint) has an antiviral, sedative, wound healing and choleretic effect. It is recommended to take with insomnia, headaches, gastritis.
Hypotonic patients (under reduced pressure) can take a warm bath (36-37 ° C) with the addition of 3-4 drops of ether. Melissa oil can smear insect bite marks (relieves itching), bruises, cuts.
It also helps in the treatment of cold sores: apply 2-3 drops of pure or diluted oil to the wound, and compresses are applied for genital herpes.
In winter, lemon balm oil can be added to lip balm, it will prevent the formation of cracks, and make their color more saturated.
Melissa is well suited for oily skin. 5-7 drops per 15 ml of cream are added. If you add a couple of drops of oil to the shampoo, then after 1.5-2 months the hair will become strong and healthy. From dandruff, you need to rub lemon balm oil in the head in a circular motion.
Do not use lemon balm oil for more than 2-3 weeks. With an overdose, drowsiness and fatigue are possible.
Geranium essential oil is a good sedative, antidepressant. It is used for diseases of the nasopharynx, removal of inflammatory processes.
Dosages for various diseases:
- herpes - 5-6 drops per 15 ml of base oil,
- burns - 2-3 drops per 10 ml of base oil,
- headache - 1 drop of geranium oil and 3-5 drops of base. Rub the mixture into the back of the head, massage the forehead and temples,
- hormonal disruptions - 1 drop of oil drip onto the lymph nodes in the groin,
- oral hygiene - 3-4 drops per 200 ml of water,
- otitis - one part geranium oil and two parts base oil. Moisten cotton and put inside the ear.
Geranium oil is also widely used in cosmetology. It can be added to shampoos, creams, and perfumes. But this essential oil can not be used for children under 6 years old, as well as for pregnant women.
When using essential oils, be sure to observe the following precautions:
- use only diluted oils,
- do not take inside without consulting a specialist,
- do not exceed permissible dosages,
- use only high-quality natural oils,
- if you don’t like the aroma, then replace it with another essential oil with similar properties,
- keep oil away from fire, as it is highly flammable,
- hide from children.
There are many more types of oils. Each essential oil has some healing and beneficial properties. You just need to choose the right aromatic oil for yourself.