Essential oils interact with the body through the nose and they are also absorbed through the skin. There is also a benefit in just surrounding yourself with the energetic value of the oil. This guide helps you to find different ways to use essential oils for topical and ambient application.
Using essential oils in the bath
Essential oils can be used in a bath both for therapy and pleasure! Be careful not to use an oil that is sensitising or irritating on the skin. Add the essential oil added directly to the bath, or – better – it can be diluted in a tablespoon of vegetable oil, a teaspoon of honey, or half a cup of milk. (Honey and milk are excellent emulsifiers and will help the aromatherapy essential oil to disperse in the water). The safest oils for everyone to use in the bath are Lavender and Camomile because of their gentle non-irritant qualities. If you want to experiment with others, watch out for oils that may be photosensitising when in direct contact with the skin. Remember that the oil is not dispersed and diluted in the water; it is at full strength, so go carefully, one drop at a time. Use up to eight drops of your chosen essential oil or blend. Run the bath as usual, and add the essential oil (or mixture) to the water. Keep the bathroom door closed to ensure that the aroma does not disperse. Swish the water around vigorously before getting in. If you are using Oshadhi bath oils, add a couple of capfuls to the running water shortly before the bath has filled.
How to use essential oils for a chest rub
There are many essential oils which have a clearing effect and are recommended to support the respiratory system. Among these are Eucalyptus, Fir, Rosemary, and Spike Lavender. Prepare a blend of 10-20 drops of essential oil in 30ml of carrier oil and rub on the chest and upper back. Jojoba oil makes a good base for topical application of essential oils and won’t leave an oily residue on your clothes.
Using essential oils in a compress for topical application
A compress is a clean, damp, folded cloth that has been infused with essential oils and is then applied to the problem area. A compress can be either cold or warm, depending on the purpose. A warm compress can be ideal to help with every day aches and pains (for example after exercise or gardening), where it will increase circulation to the muscles and bring comfort. A cold compress soothes minor irritation and injuries. In both cases the water will soften the skin and increase the therapeutic effects of the essential oil. To make a compress, fill a small bowl with water and add 2-5 drops of essential oil. Stir briskly, soak the cloth, wring, and apply. Repeat this procedure as needed.
How to use essential oils in an aromatherapy diffuser
You can completely transform the character of a room in just a few minutes using a few drops of a favourite essential oil or synergy blend in one of our diffusers. Aromatherapy diffusers are also ideal for cleansing and purifying the air. Aromatherapy diffusers disperse essential oils into the room in a number of different ways. The preferred method does not heat the essential oil, but uses a fan to pass cool air through a pad which has been impregnated with the essential oil. You can use 4-8 drops of essential oil on the pad, or 25 drops or more in an Oshadhi Professional Aromatherapy Microdiffuser. Use 3-5 drops with warming diffusers. Refresh as needed.
Using essential oils directly on the skin
How to use essential oils in a foot bath or hand bath
When your feet feel good, you feel good all over – and the feet are a very important area in aromatherapy. This is both because of their reflex points that affect every area of the body, and because the skin on the feet absorbs essential oils rapidly. The value of foot baths has been recognised for hundreds of years. They are a wonderful way to pamper yourself, and are very practical in situations where a full aromatherapy bath is not possible; for example for the disabled and elderly or for people who only have a shower in their flat. Hand baths can be soothing for people with aching joints. Use 2-4 drops of your chosen essential oil in a bowl of water. Cool water revives, and warm water relaxes.
How to gargle with essential oils
First thoroughly mix the essential oil in a teaspoon of honey. Then dilute with warm water until the honey is dissolved. Gargle with a small amount and spit out. Use 1-2 drops per 30 ml of warm water.
Direct inhalation and steam inhalation with essential oils
Essential oils can be inhaled directly from the bottle. Alternatively sprinkle a few drops of an aromatherapy oil onto a handkerchief or tissue, and inhale as required. To use essential oils in a steam inhalation add three drops of your chosen oil to a bowl of steaming water. Cover your head with a large towel, close your eyes, put your face above the water and inhale deeply. Repeat as required. Essential oils such as Cedar, Lavandin and Niaouli are supportive for the respiratory system and ideally suited to steam inhalation.
Internal use of essential oils
Essential oils can be used internally, but this should not be done without proper knowledge. The French system of aromatherapy is based around using essential oils as ‘medicines’, but in that country being an ‘aromatherapist’ requires a qualification similar to being a medical doctor. So we recommend that you do not take essential oils internally without recommendation from a properly qualified therapist.
Using essential oils for an aromatherapy massage
Aromatherapy massage is one of the best ways to experience essential oils, combining as it does the benefit of touch and the therapeutic effect of the oils. Massage relaxes muscles and improves circulation and lymph flow, soothes physical tension and relieves mental stress. Pure essential oils should always be diluted in a good quality carrier oil before applying to skin. The normal dilution is about 10-20 drops of essential oil to 30ml of carrier oil. Sensitive skin (for example children or older people) may require half this concentration, or even less. Alternatively try one of the Oshadhi’s massage oils which are pre-blended with a carrier oil so that you can use them straight from the bottle.
How to use essential oils as a mouthwash
The antiseptic and antibacterial effect of aromatherapy essential oils can be perfect for freshening the breath and to help maintain healthy gums, etc. Simply add a few drops of an essential oil to a cup of water, and swill around the mouth. Do not swallow. Myrrh essential oil is especially recommended for keeping your mouth healthy.
Using essential oils in a sauna or spa
To refresh the sauna and to enjoy the therapeutic effects of the essential oil, mix five drops of your chosen essential oil in one cup of water and pour over the hot rocks.
How to make a scented pillow with essential oils
One or two drops of an aromatherapy oil on a pillow case or on a tissue inside the pillow case is a wonderful way to enjoy the soothing and therapeutic effect of the essential oils. Take care not to get the oil in your eyes! Oils such as Highland Lavender and Petitgrain Mandarin are great for night time relaxation.
Essential oils at work
You can sniff oils direct from the bottle, or use a roller ball such as the Fresh and Fit Roll-On as required. Alternatively use your own selection of essential oils in a personal aromatherapy inhaler stick. Just add a few drops to the wick and inhale as needed. The fragrance will have a direct effect and the associative memory will help you stay focussed and relaxed. Who knows, it might even mellow out your boss too!
Using essential oils on the road and for travel
Oshadhi’s room sprays help to make your travel environment feel more like home. Just spritz a couple of sprays into the room and enjoy the fragrance. Vital Boost Forte Spray and Face Mask Spray are ideal to refresh your environment or pack Summer Soother for summer travel. The Aroma Drive Alert diffuser can be used to keep you focussed when driving.