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How to use essential oils

There are many ways to use Essential Oils around the home and out and about, especially when you need an extra boost of well-being.

 

The most common way to use Essential Oils is to either inhale them from the bottle or add them to an electric diffuser. Another really great way to use them for well-being is applying them topically (on the skin), but as natural as they are, they are still chemicals and can cause allergic reactions or sensitivities when applied to the skin. This is why all essential oils must be diluted in a carrier/base oil before using them topically. It is also a good idea to do a patch test before use, especially if you have sensitive skin.

what are Carrier oils?

Carrier oils are vegetable oils or oils made from seeds and nuts, and the word carrier means exactly that:- carrying the essential oils safely into the skin. You might also see them called "base" or "base oil". The most popular Carrier oils used in Aromatherapy are Jojoba, Sweet Almond, Grapeseed & Olive oil. Other base products you can use with essential oils are creams, milk (for bathing) and Salt (for salt baths).

how to dilute essential oils

A simple dilution guide

 

Mix the essential oils and carrier thoroughly using the guide above.

The 2% dilution is the common dilution for Adults with no skin sensitivities. For face application, delicate skin, or children over 2 years old the 1% dilution should be used.

 

For anyone with sensitive skin, it is advisable that you carry out a patch test on the underside of your arm first before main use.

what is a patch test?

A patch test is a way of finding out if a product is safe for you (personally) to use on the skin before applying it properly on a larger area of the body, because everyone's skin is different. For example, you may have had a patch test at the hair salon before having your hair dyed. This is to make sure you don't have any allergic reactions to the chemicals in the dye.

how to do a patch test

To carry out a patch test, apply a small amount of the diluted blend (see table below) to the underside (thin skin) of the forearm and wait 24 - 48 hours in case of any side effects. If you experience any irritation, redness or itching within 24 - 48 hours, wash the area with soap and water and discontinue use. If no reactions occur after 48 hours then you know you are ok to use the diluted oil on your skin.

If you are still unsure about using Essential oils on the skin, or you have any skin conditions, like all skincare products you must always ask the advice of your GP before you consider using Essential oils.

how to use essential oils at home

The table below lists some great ways to use our blends at home.

Drops of EO (1% - 2%)

 1 - 2 drops

2 - 4 drops

3 - 6 drops

 4 - 8 drops

5 - 10 drops

6 - 12 drops

Into millilitres of carrier oil

5ml (1 teaspoon)

10ml (2 teaspoons)

15ml (3 teaspoons)

20ml (4 teaspoons)

25ml (5 teaspoons)

30ml (2 tablespoons)

diffusing

Dilution: 3 - 5 drops per 100ml water.

Method: Fill your diffuser tank to the fill line with clean water and add drops of essential oil to the water. Use as stated in your diffusers instructions.

oil burner

Dilution: 1 - 3 drops in an average size oil burner dish.

Method: Fill the ceramic dish with water (without it overflowing). Add the essential oil to the water, light a 4-hour tealight, and place underneath the dish.

Bathing

Dilution: ​2 - 5 drops per 10ml carrier oil (Sweet Almond, Grapeseed or Olive Oil), milk or unscented bath oil base.

Method: ​Mix the oil into your chosen base, or the same dilution into a cup of (epsom, dead sea or himalayan salt). Run a nice hot bath, add the mixture to the bathwater and disperse with your hand. Step in, relax and soak for no more than 20 minutes.

Massage

Dilution: 2 - 5 drops per 10ml carrier oil (Sweet Almond, Grapeseed or Olive Oil)

Method: Mix the oils thoroughly, warm a little between your palms and apply to the skin. If you would like a massage routine to follow with professional directions, Download my massage routine for use at home.

Inhalation - Tissue or cotton wool ball/pad

Dilution: ​1 - 2 drops on a tissue or cotton wool pad.

Method: Keep your tissue or wool pad/ball in a pocket or bag so that you can inhale the oils through the day.

Steam Inhalation

Dilution: ​3 - 5 drops into a bowl of just-boiled steaming water.

Method: ​Especially great for when you are suffering from a cold or Hay Fever and you have a blocked nose. Fill a heatproof bowl with boiling water and set it down on the table where you can sit with your head over the bowl (with eyes closed) and breathe in the vapour. Cover your head with a towel to trap in the steam for the extra benefit.

DIY Room Spray

Dilution: ​3 - 5 drops into a bowl of just-boiled steaming water.

Method: ​Simply add the water and oil to a spray bottle (a plant mister is best because of the fine mist). Shake thoroughly before each use and spray into the air around the home (be careful of fabrics and wooden furniture as some essential oils can stain and damage varnish or finish.

Moisturiser/ Body cream

Dilution: 2 - 5 drops per 10ml of unscented moisturiser/body cream.

Method: ​Add more benefits to the skin when you add essential oils to an already natural but unscented cream. Make sure it's mixed really well before applying to the skin.

To browse through the range and pick the Essential oil that works for you, head to our collection of therapeutic oils.

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