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Essential Oils Uses and Recipes

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How to use essential oils

Aromatherapy is a natural therapy that uses essential oils extracted from the bark, leaves, blossoms and roots of plants, herbs and flowers.

These extracts are “essential” in the sense that they are very concentrated and 100% pure. To produce even the smallest amount of essential oil, a range of different picking and growing conditions apply to each plant species that produces these precious oils which is often reflected in the costs. For example rose and jasmine are the most expensive oils. It takes 6000 kilograms of rose petals to produce just one kilogram of oil, while no less than eight million jasmine blossoms must be picked on the very first day they open yielding a mere kilogram of jasmine absolute oil.

There are four different ways to enjoy the benefits of aromatherapy and essential oils:

1. Vaporization- simply fill an oil burner vaporizer with warm water, add 5-10 drops of essential oil, light the burner candle and let the magnificent aroma envelop you.

2. Massage- an aromatherapy massage promotes circulation and can relax or stimulate according to your mood and the oils used.

3. Bathing- bathing is the most invigorating way you can use essential oils, as it helps unblock congested pores and ease muscle tension and fatigue. Bathing with essential oils relaxes tired bodies, quiets the minds and calms the spirit. Add 10 drops of oil to a full bath. To tantalize the sense, combine tow or three oils.

4. Inhalation/direct- this is a particularly effective way to benefit from essential oils and a great way to re-energize the body after a long day. Add 5 drops of oil to a bowl of steaming hot water and inhale the steam. To make the most of the vapor, place a towel over your head so that the aromas are enclosed.

Aromatherapy- Recipes

Illness/discomfort Vaporization Massage Bathing
Headaches Basil: 1 drop
Peppermint: 2 drops
Roman Chamomile: 1 drop
Lavender: 3 drops
Marjoram: 3 drops
Roman Chamomile: 2 drop
Peppermint: 4 drops
Rosewood: 8 drops
Lavender: 4 drops
Rose: 6 drops
Insomnia Marjoram: 3 drops
Neroli: 3 drops
Chamomile: 3 drops
Lavender: 6 drops
Marjoram: 6 drops
Orange: 6 drops
Ylang Ylang: 3 drops
Chamomile: 2 drops
Lavender: 4 drops
Cedarwood: 2 drops
Fatigue Ylang Ylang: 4 drops
Marjoram: 2 drops
Lavender: 4 drops
Neroli: 12 drops
Lavender: 8 drops
Lemon: 8 drops
Geranium: 2 drops
Depression Lemon: 1 drop
Lime: 2 drops
Peppermint: 1 drop
Rosemary: 2 drops
Thyme: 1 drop
Bergamot: 4 drops
Orange: 2 drops
Ylang Ylang: 1 drop
Hangover Fennel: 2 drops
Lavender: 1 drop
Sandalwood: 2 drops
Lemon: 4 drops
Fennel: 5 drops
Lavender: 3 drops
Sandalwood: 5 drops
Lemon: 10 drops
Fennel: 1 drop
Juniper: 2 drops
Rosemary: 1 drop
Muscle aches Orange: 5 drops Thyme: 6 drops
Lavender: 12 drops
Rosemary: 7 drops
Thyme: 4 drops
Lemongrass: 2 drops
Rosemary: 4 drops
Stressed/tense Rose: 5 drops Basil: 5 drops
Neroli: 15 drops
Clary Sage: 1 drop
Marjoram: 1 drop
Lavender: 1 drop
Ylang Ylang: 1 drop
Petitgrain: 1 drop
High blood pressure Lavender: 3 drops
Ylang Ylang: 3 drops
Marjoram: 15 drops
Geranium: 20 drops
Clary Sage: 5 drops
Lemon: 2 drops
Lavender: 2 drops
Ylang Ylang: 2 drops
Bronchitis/colds Thyme: 1 drop
Tea Tree: 1 drop
Lavender: 1 drop
Lemon: 3 drops
Eucalyptus: 6 drops
Rosemary: 9 drops
Eucalyptus: 2 drops
Thyme: 2 drops
Lemon: 3 drops
Tea Tree: 2 drops
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