I was asked recently by my good friend Elisa the different ways you can apply essential oils and whether different application techniques led to different therapeutic results. In answer to her question, I first needed to find out Elisa’s intended therapeutic goal in order for me to give the correct delivery method.
Broadly speaking, most people use essential oils for the skin, for sinus problems, for house hold purpose, for allergies, for relaxation, colds and flu, or for muscle tension. In Elisa’s case, her goal was to alleviate the painful menstrual cramps and sore back muscles.
Automatically, the common massage would come as a fitting solution for many people. But I believe a better method is to treat it with a tight compression. As you read further, you’ll discover why a tight essential oil compression is much more effective in calming this nagging menstrual pain. There are countless ways to deliver the essential oils into your body, and in this article I’m going to discuss 9 very effective application methods to achieve the desired therapeutic benefits for your body. Choosing the application method is vital to the results you receive.
A note should be taken that essential oils should not be used neat (without dilution) on the skin as burning, rashes and inflammation could occur. Dilute with a carrier oil before application is essential
For Sore Muscles
Essential Oil Massage – improving mood, relaxing, muscle toning, treats insomnia, speed up muscle recovery.
What more relaxing then being rubbed by tantalizing oil all over your body whilst listening to soothing music. When you take an aromatherapy massage with the essential oils, these oils are absorbed into the bloodstream via the skin. Blending essential oils and massaging them into your body works on the nerves as well as the limbic system. Those suffering from varicose veins, fractures, bruises, swellings and infection should avoid the massage.
Essential Oil Compression – Used to target concentrated areas such as for muscle spasm, menopausal problems & PMS
Excellent for topical application to ease pain, from strained muscles, menstrual cramps. Add 4 to 7 drops of Essential Oil to a bowl of warm water. Swish the surface of the water with a cloth, wring out, apply to area, repeat when cloth cools. You may cover the warm cloth with a sheet of plastic and a towel to keep the warmth in longer. This is an excellent method for treating painful menstrual cramps.
Essential Oil Bath / Bath Salts – relieve stress, relieve tension, calming emotions and nightmares
During your exhilarating bath, the essential oil aromas are detected by the nerve endings in the nose and signals are passed to the limbic system in the brain. Add 5 to 10 drops in a tub of warm water. you might try adding the oils to a spoonful of honey, a small cup of milk or cream, or to your favorite carrier oil, and then adding to the water. A aromatherapy bath can improve blood circulation and increase the supply of nutrients and oxygen to the cells. For an added exfoliating effect, you can add sea salt along with the oils. Rub it on your skin as you bath and you’ll come out silky smooth
For Sinus and Flu Problems (Many essential oils have known anti-viral, antifungal and antiseptic properties to treat common ailments)
Essential Oil Steam Inhalation – treat migraine, sinus problems and flu symptoms
Clear your nose, your mind and your head. Add 6 drops into a bowl of steaming hot water and place a towel over your head, close your eyes and inhale until water cools or until you stop smelling the oil.
Essential Oil Purifying Humidifier – treat allergies
If you are prone to allergies, then this will definitely be a great help around the home. Firstly, the purifying humidifier will filter the air and make the air less drying. Seconding, by adding a combination eucalyptus and lavender you clear the congestion / blocked nose. Simply add around 5 drops to the water of the purifying humidifier. Check first with the instruction manual to see if the essential oil will damage your machine before use.
Turn off the lights, light up the candle, burn some oil and lets start getting a bit spiritual.
For Skin Care (Essential oils with its cosmetic properties are commonly used in skincare and hair care products)
Essential Oil Face Mask – excellent for use to detoxify deep into the skin
Using a mask with a good blend of essential oils will help increase collagen production, repair oxidized cells and reduce inflammation.
Essential Oil Facial Moisturizer – great for anti-aging, skin regeneration, reducing fine lines, and dry skin
Lavender is well known for its effectiveness in combating dry skin. Bromelain helps lifts dead skin cells and softens debris in pores. Calendula has incredible anti-inflammatory action, soothing and healing, helps formation of new tissue, mildly stimulating effect on blood flow, accelerating ability to remove wastes in skin tissue. There are plenty of other oils which will help improves skin tone and elasticity, and moisten dry skin.
Essential Oil Facial Steam – antiseptic effect,
By using a facial steam you allow the essential oils to penetrate deeper into the pores. The steam will first open up the pores allowing the oils to work its magic for a deep cleansing affect: Simply add 6 drops in a clean bowl of warm water and cover your head over the bowl for around 5 minutes.
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