All about essential oils and essential oil recipes
If your reading this article then you’ve probably heard about aromatherapy and want to learn more about it or just curious. You’re in luck because this article will help you bring aromatherapy into your lives. In addition, you will enjoy the emotional and physical benefits of this natural healing method thru essential oil remedies, which has been used for centuries. Once you start working with essential oils, it can be addicting and you fall in love with the aromas. Below we have included several essential oil recipes and an overview.
What is Aromatherapy?
Aromatherapy is the use of aromatic plant essences to bring positive changes in health, mind and body. It’s all-natural. It has been used for centuries. In recent years it has become very popular. Aromatherapy is all around us and in many products you already use. Mouth wash, cough drops, perfumes, herbal teas, moth balls, candles, cleansers, just to name a few. Many people think aromatherapy is the smell that has an effect, but aromatherapy works on a cellular and physical level as well as emotional. For instance, people drink Chamomile tea to relax; the chamomile essential oil will have the same effect on someone. It is used in massage oils for that reason, when you smell chamomile, it tends to relax you and help you sleep better.
The Language of Aromatherapy
Many people use different terms for aromatherapy. Essence is the concentrated oil of various flowers, fruits, herbs and plants. The use of these essences is called aromatherapy and the individual oil is called essential oil. Modern scientific research has proven that essential oils are potent, with remarkable medicinal properties. Essential oils are different from perfumed fragrances. Fragrances are usually artificial, while essential oils are the true essence. Fragrances such as melon, watermelon or fig are usually artificial fragrances because there are no essential oils for them. They smell good, but they are not essential oils.
Essential oils are concentrated, so you only have to use a little bit. With a small inventory of essential oils, you can create many solutions for your everyday concerns. I suggest the 9 basic oils that are commonly used to begin with that you can combine to make many different blends. The essential oils come in small, dark glass bottles. You only need a few drops at a time so they will last awhile. *You can recycle your bottles and re-use them for your own custom blends. Below is the list of the “basic” widely used essential oils that can make several blends and essential oil remedies.
- Tea Tree
Methods of Use
There are several ways to use the essential oils and the blends you create such as water based, oil based, or just straight essences. The water based is baths, whirlpools, saunas, room sprays, etc. Oil based blends are massaged into some part of the body, back, headaches, common colds, etc.
- Bath- 3-5 drops into the water
- Undiluted for the scent- 1 drop on each of your favorite spot
- Soap- 20 drops per 4 ounces of liquid soap
- Massage- 15 drops per ounce of oil
- Shampoo/Conditioner- 3 drops per ounce
- Face Cream- 6-8 drops per ounce of cream
- Mist- 10 drops per quart of distilled water
- Compress- 5 drops in a small bowl of water
Most oils come in dark containers and they should be stored out of the sunlight and warm areas, in a “non-breakable” area of your home. Never put essential oils in your eyes and always wash your hands after working with oils so you don’t accidentally rub in your eyes. I like to keep my essential oils in a small wooden box. Many of my blends are in my medicine cabinet because we use them often. There are many online stores that sell essential oil containers for your blends. Try and use a PET plastic container if you choose not to use glass.
Essential Oil Recipes
Below are some easy essential oil recipes. Take a small skin patch test to make sure there is no allergic reaction. Just because they are natural does not mean you wont have any allergic reaction and keep in mind some oils effect people differently.
This is one of my favorite blends that I use all the time. We just rub a drop of the blend under our nose whenever we get the sniffles, a cold or congested.
10 drops of Eucalyptus
10 drops of Lavender
10 drops of Tea Tree
Mix all the oils together with 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil and massage into the lung area front and back. For runny noses, rub a little under the nose to help clear nasal passage OR you can put 2 drops of each essential oil into a bath to help clear nasal passage and the calming properties will help you rest.
This spray will freshen the air and help fight the germs during flu season. Its great to use after someone is sick, or just to freshen and clear the air.
3 drops Eucalyptus
4 drops Lavender
7 drops Lemon
2 drops Rosemary
2 drops Tea Tree
Mix all the oils together with 1 quart of water. You can use this spray to clean surfaces, floors, toys, door handles, keyboard, and phones or as a room spray to freshen the air.
Muscle Strain Remedy
10 drops Eucalyptus
10 drops Peppermint
10 drops Rosemary
Mix all oils together with 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil and massage into affected area. OR you can put 8 drops of each essential oil into a warm bath and relax.
This remedy works wonders on pimples or blemishes.
10 drops Lavender
10 drops Lemon
10 drops Tea Tree
Mix all oils together and store in a small dark glass container. Use the end of a cotton swab to apply a tiny amount to blemishes on your skin. Don’t use too much, or too often because it can be drying. It may sting a bit when you apply it.
I’ve tried many products and this seemed to work the best. I seen results within a couple of days, plus it helps stop it itchiness.
2 drops of Cedar
3 drops of Chamomile
3 drops of Lavender
2 drops of Tea Tree
Mix oils together with 2 tablespoons of a light oil such as an almond oil or olive oil and massage into the affected skin area. Use daily if needed.
Recipe for Dandruff Treatment
3 drops of Cedar
3 drops of Rosemary
3 drops of Tea Tree
Mix all oils together in 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Massage the blend into your scalp and leave on for 20 minutes then shampoo. OR you can add the essential oils to your shampoo. For a weekly shampoo.
Diaper Rash Treatment
1 drop Chamomile
3 drops Geranium
2 drops of Lavender
Mix oils with 2 tablespoons of almond oil or olive oil and massage baby’s diaper area to reduce diaper rash. For a persistent diaper rash, combine this blend with water instead of oil, spritz on diaper area and then sprinkle cornstarch.
Relaxing Massage or Bath
2 drops of chamomile oil
3 drops of Lavender
Mix the oils together with 3 tablespoons of olive oil and massage onto back and neck. OR add the essential oils to a warm bath.
Add a few drops of lavender in a water spray bottle to make a pleasant and mild disinfectant for countertops. For stronger action, add a few drops of Eucalyptus and you can also add a few drops of lemon. I usually recycle a cleaning bottle, but remember the oils are concentrate and they will eventually begin to seep through the plastic and cause a leak.
3 drops Chamomile
3 Drops Lavender
4 ounces of tepid water
Add all ingredients to a spray bottle. Shake and Spray. Very soothing!
If you love any of the essential oil aromas, you can always add a couple of drops of your favorite essential oil to the water in the diffuser to make your room smell good. There are many diffusers available, electric or candle lit. I sometimes will put a couple drops of essential oils in my indoor fountain which gives off a subtle aroma. Be creative and mix them up! Lavender and orange is one of my favorites.