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Aromatherapy is an easy and relaxing way to sooth the senses and treat ailments from the comfort of your home…

By Andrea Butje, www.aromahead.com Posted Dec 17, 2012

Aromatherapy is all about the therapeutic use of essential oils—highly aromatic substances that occur naturally in plants. Essential oils are made up of organically occurring chemical components that have a wide variety of therapeutic properties. People have understood the healing power of plants for centuries and through decades of research, scientists have identified the medicinal actions of hundreds of these chemical components. Some are antibacterial, some are sedative, and some are antispasmodic. These chemical components contribute to the overall effects of essential oils.

As a beginner, you don’t need a certification to use essential oils around the home. All you need are the right tools and safety guidelines. Dilution guidelines exist to ensure that your aromatherapy products are safe and gentle.

The first step in making essential oil products is to understand the concept of dilution. In general, if you are going to use essential oils on your skin it is best to first dilute them in a carrier. We usually dilute essential oils in organic oil or jojoba, unscented light lotion, or cream. These are collectively referred to as carriers.

AromatherapyThere is a great deal of vitality in every drop of essential oil, so you may need fewer drops than you think to get excellent results. Essential oils are very concentrated, and some essential oils can irritate the skin when used undiluted.

You can mix essential oils with other organic oils that are nourishing for your skin, like jojoba. The essential oils will stick with the fats in these carriers, and take their time being absorbed by the fat in your skin, thus avoiding skin irritation.

How much essential oil should you put into your carriers? Generally, effective blends are made using a dilution ratio of 1, 2, or 3 percent of essential oil to the carrier.

Dilution guidelines:

Amount of carrier by weight

Number of drops of essential oil

1% dilution

2% dilution

3% dilution

1 oz

5-6 drops

10-12 drops

15-18 drops

2 oz

10-12 drops

20-24 drops

30-36 drops

The next obvious question is, how do you choose which dilution to use?

1% Dilution – Used for children under 12, and seniors over 65, pregnant women and people with long-term illnesses or immune systems disorders. A 1% dilution is also a good place to start with individuals who are generally sensitive to fragrances, chemicals or other environmental pollutants.

2% Dilution – Use for general health supporting blends for skin care, for natural perfumes, bath oils, and for blends you like to use everyday.

3% Dilution – Use this dilution when creating a blend for a specific, acute health concern, such as pain relief or getting through a cold or flu.

As you become more familiar with essential oils, you will begin to see them as faithful friends. Lemon might be your partner on days when you feel down. Lavender might be your helper when you’re wound up and need help getting to sleep. You may develop a special affinity for certain aromas, especially when you associate particular aromas and blends with events in your life or specific emotions.

The following recipes from Aromahead Institute’s book, Essential Living: Aromatherapy Recipes for Health & Home are a few suggestions for effective blends you can easily make at home. There are limitless possibilities for essential oil blends, from cleaning products to body care products.

If you’re interested in learning more, consider taking a class on essential oils to discover the chemistry and theories behind aromatherapy and therapeutic blending. You can start with Aromahead Institute’s free online class.

1. Headache Relief Oil

Makes: One 1 oz. jar of headache relief oil
Ingredients:

  • 1 oz. jojoba
  • 7 drops Peppermint essential oil
  • 5 drops Frankincense essential oil
  • 3 drops Lemon essential oil

Tools: One 1 oz. glass or PET plastic jar with screw top

Directions:

  • Fill empty jar with 1 oz. jojoba.
  • Add essential oils directly to jar.
  • Screw lid on carefully, shake to mix.

Notes: Shake before use. Apply to the back of neck or shoulders at onset of headache. Avoid using directly on the face and keep away from eyes. Always wash hands after applying.
Apply every 15 minutes for an hour.

2. Gentle Back Rub Oil for Cough and Colds

Makes: One 1 oz. bottle of oil to combat the symptoms of cold and cough
Ingredients:

  • 1 oz. jojoba
  • 3 drops Roman Chamomile essential oil
  • 3 drops Balsam Fir essential oil

Tools: One 1 oz. glass or PET plastic bottle

Directions: Add essential oils to the jojoba in your bottle and shake gently to mix.

Notes: Shake gently before use. Apply to the back of the neck and back before bedtime or as needed during the day. Try applying this blend in a steamy bathroom to help carry the soothing vapors. Not for use on children under five.

3. Cleansing Hand Moisturizer

Makes: 2 oz. plastic spray bottle of hand cleanser and moisturizer
Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. organic aloe vera gel
  • 20 drops Lavender essential oil

Tools: 2 oz. PET plastic spray bottle

Directions: Add the aloe vera to the spray bottle then add the drops of lavender essential oil.
Shake to mix.

Notes: Spray each hand three or four times. Rub briskly until the liquid dries. Keep near your keyboard, in your car or in your bag to use frequently and eliminate germs.

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Andrea Butje runs the Aromahead Institute, a school for essential oil studies.

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  • Wilbur Boyle

    Great post. I use oils everyday for different purposes from skincare to inner body health. I really liked your article and I hope you will continue writing this kind of posts. Thanks

  • katrina k

    Good information! I’d like to see more formulas for different applications. Thanks for this!

  • Rob

    Great information. Lavender is considered a first aid box in a bottle. Lavender can be used for just about everything. It is a bacteriostatic, relaxant, helps heal wounds, relieve migraines and much more. Get a bottle and keep it in your car or purse you won’t be sorry. Thank you again for the great information.

    • http://eartheasy.com/ Greg Seaman

      And lavender is a great plant for attracting pollinators to your garden.

      • http://www.facebook.com/andreabutje Andrea Butje

        And so beautiful to see those butterflies on the lavender!

  • Mona Shattell

    Wonderfully informative!

  • OBVAVirtualAssistant

    Very informative article. Oil is
    used every day in different fields for different purposes. I was aware that oil
    is used for headaches, hand moisturizer cough and cold but precisely which oil
    and with what combination is what I have learnt from this article.

  • Minta

    I love these recipes! Thank you :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/essential.elements.7 Essential Elements

    Amazing info, wonderfully educational!

  • http://eartheasy.com/ Greg Seaman

    Thanks Terese!

  • Christina

    Thanks for this free education. It is so simple, everyone should know about how easy it is to use oils in your life.

  • Ron

    This is a great post! My wife is very into using all natural products and herbs and oils in lieu of things you find at the pharmacy or chemicals. Thank you for the tips for headaches. I was wondering if these would also be safe for someone who is pregnant?

  • http://www.adamslawcolorado.com/ Jared Adams

    Thanks for sharing this information. I had no idea how many uses there were for essential oils in everyday life. This is something I am going to get into in 2013. Frankly, I am tired of putting some many chemicals in my body. This is exactly what I have been looking for.

  • http://www.facebook.com/annette.k.scott Annette K. Scott

    Top quality stuff! Really easy to read and information that I will incorporate into my life. I love the hand sanitizer recipe. It’s so helpful to have an alternative to the synthetics…

  • VitaHound Dog Supplements

    Numerous essential oils retain powerful antibacterial properties. The natural biochemicals contained in elements of these oils have high absorption rates and function longer relative to the manufactured stuff. Our research focuses on the treatment of canine periodontal disease, organic chemistry allows us to isolate the most active organic chemicals in these plants, however as the article mentions simply mixing home brews results in powerful safe treatments for various conditions. The harsh or toxic side effects do not exist and the formulations provide broad spectrum benefits to health. The author’s list several great applications, as I mentioned new all natural sprays and gels formulated to clean dogs teeth, removing plaque and tarter, lowering the bacterial load in their oral flora limits the bacterial leaking into their blood that damages their heart, kidneys, liver, and stresses the digestive system.

  • Santos Ellison

    Amazing information and very educational as well. I love the recipe for headache relief oil. The other recipes are also simple and easy to make.

  • http://www.sanumed.com/ Sanumed

    Wow great article ..i use olive oil and mustard oil for my hair.Its great article..good job..keep it up

  • Branden Collins

    There is an essential oil for absolutely everything, and I’m glad people starting to use these oils. Great post, keep up the good work!

  • Guest

    The headache one really works! Peppermint oil has been used for years for that type of remedy. I’ll have to try this version as well to see if it works even better. Thanks!

  • http://umain30.com/ Main Uddin

    Headache is one of the most painful bearable problem for me , normally I use balm but my wife suggest this post to get a few advice.However thanks for mentioning the Headache Relief Oil.

  • http://twitter.com/dj_homebiz Jo Friesen

    Thanks for sharing. I have often wanted to try using essential oils, but didn’t know where to start or even purchase the oils. Appreciated:) Please keep sharing

  • Amanda and Josh Benson

    Very cool. I will have to try the headache one for sure.

  • john mech

    Nice article ..i use olive oil and mustard oil for my hair.

  • fleur_jasmin_camomille

    Aromatherapy with essential oils works very well with me. Ylang Ylang for sore throat is
    effective

  • Sandra Trusting

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  • Mary Lemmon

    Nice post!! I use oil everyday for body massage because Essential
    oil massage is good for health and body. You can get flexible body by this. I
    like spa services. Keep sharing !

  • Jamie Rip

    Do you also recommend applying the oils topically?

  • Heather Yates

    I mix peppermint and wintergreen in a small bowl. After that I smell the oils and apply it on the back of my neck and bottoms of my feet and it does wonders! If your skin is sensitive to these oils you can add a carrier oil to dilute it like olive oil.

  • Jon Coffey

    I am new to using essential oils. I have many questions. I would like to know more about using aloe vera gel with essentials oils. I am looking for an alternative to carrier oils because I would like to dilute my oils into a carrier that I may leave on my body for a work day and not look excessively oily. I would appreciate any correspondence for my journey. Thank you and God bless.

    • Karen

      Try grape seed oil (as a carrier), it is light and absorbs quickly, leaving no oily feel or look.

  • Mildred

    Which oil is better for daily uses?

    Currently, we used sunflower oil.

  • http://eurekafied.com designmonsta

    Thanks for the awesome post :) My wife is pregnant with our second baby, and headaches is not an unusual for her. At the moment our alternative relief is massaging a pressure point behind her back (something like that) and the head ache relief oil is a must try for us :) Thank you for this!

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