Using Essential Oils
(Dilution rates for normal, healthy adults)
Massage or body oil
Use 10 - 15 drop per oz. (30 mL) of carrier oil. Do not shower off the oils afterwards, allow them to remain on the skin for better penetration. Essential oils can take 6 - 12 hours to fully penetrate the skin.
Use 4 - 10 drops of a blend of oils per tub of water. Add just before getting in abd agitate to disperse. You can also put the oils into almond or another carrier oil to make a more moisturizing bath. Use about 4 - 10 drops essential oil in ½ oz. carrier oil per bath. For real luxury add about 4 - 10 drops of essential oils to 1 pint of fresh, full fat milk and pour this into a bath. Avoid Rosemary, Eucalyptus, Fennel or other highly stimulating oils if you suffer from high blood pressure or seizure disorders.
Use 2 - 4 drops of essential oils in a bowl of hot water. Place a towel over your head and, keeping the eyes closed, inhale the steam. Be careful because the oils are extremely strong when used in the way. Continue inhaling deeply for 5 - 10 minutes then place the bowl of water and oil near a radiator so that the oils continue to evaporate into the air. Avoid Rosemary, Eucalyptus, Fennel or other highly stimulating oils if you suffer from high blood pressure or seizure disorders.
Use 2 -3 drops of essential oil per pint of warm water and soak for 20 minutes in a large basin or small tub filled to cover the hips and pelvis. An excellent way to treat genito-urinary conditions.
Hand or foot soak
Use 3 - 5 drops of essential oil per pint of warm water. Soak for 15 - 20 minutes.
Use 5 - 10 drops of essential oil per 1 oz of Jojoba or Hazelnut oil. This can be used as a cleanser or a moisturizer.
Use 2 - 5 drops of essential oil in a bowl of warm water. Wring out a washcloth in the water and apply to face. Repeat several times. Alternatively simply splash the face with the water, being sure not to get in the eyes.
Use 3 - 6 drops of essential oil in a bowl of water. Warm compresses can be used for muscle stiffness and to increase local blood flow. Cool compresses can be used to reduce irritation and inflammation.
Use in a diffusor or put 20 - 30 drops of essential oils in 1 oz vodka, shake well and add 4 oz. water. Use this in a spray bottle as a mister.
They are extremely strong and are not recommended for topical use unless diluted. Do not use internally unless directed by a qualified practitioner. Avoid contact with eyes. If skin irritation occurs, apply almond, grapeseed or olive oil to dilute the oil and then wash with warm soapy water. Repeat until irritation subsides.
Always research your oils before use. Some oils are much stronger than others. Eg. Thyme, Orange or Basil oils may cause skin irritation in quite small amounts. If in doubt try out just a little bit first on the wrist, cover with a band aid and wait an hour then observe for redness, heat or irritation. If none occurs it is safe for topical use in a diluted form.
For babies, children up to 14 years, the elderly, pregnant women or people with serious medical conditions, special considerations are advised for choosing oils, dilution rates and methods of application. A consultation with a qualified aromatherapist is advised in these special circumstances.