How to use essential oils: 11 ways to use essential oils and take full advantage of all their benefits.
The use of essential oils is becoming very popular in recent times. It will be because the first confirmations of the theories on which aromatherapy is based are starting to arrive, it will be that more and more people are looking for natural remedies. Essential oils are now in great demand!
The use of essential oils can be useful in daily practice, to clean the house, to take care of skin and hair or to improve our health and quality of life.
In aromatherapy essential oils are also prescribed for internal use, but on this front we recommend that you consult with a good herbalist but also with your trusted doctor to make sure that there are no interactions with drugs, foods or allergic reactions.
1) How to use essential oils to counteract headaches
A natural remedy for migraines is to add 8 drops of lavender essential oil and 4 drops of peppermint essential oil to a small glass (50 ml) of sweet almond oil. Rub your temples with a circular massage using this compound. Chronic headache sufferers can do this 2 or 3 times a day.
Alternatively, mix four drops of essential oil with a carrier (an oily substance such as jojoba oil or almond oil) and use this preparation to massage the temples or the back of the neck. The massage should be characterized by gentle and circular movements.
Among the best essential oils to relieve headaches we point out the essential oil of lavender.
2) How to use essential oils to clean bottles and flasks
If you are cycling or hiking using your classic water bottle, you may need to wash it with lemon essential oil. Lemon essence has antiseptic and antiviral properties, is excellent at countering odours and is perfect for cleaning water bottles. Add 1 or 2 drops of this essence directly to the bottle, fill it with water and shake well. If you use a pure and safe essential oil, it will not even be necessary to rinse after use.
3) How to use essential oils to make a deodorant stick
A natural, fresh, skin-friendly anti-odor deodorant can be prepared from natural ingredients rich in essential oils. The gender difference is dictated by the choice of essential oils to use which have a more or less accentuated fragrance based on the use of the deodorant.
4) How to use essential oils on the skin against acne and blackheads
For the well-being of the skin and especially to eliminate acne in a natural way, it is possible to take advantage of the essential oil of the tea tree. Tea tree oil is as effective as benzoyl peroxide, a commonly used ingredient in acne treatment creams.
You can apply tea tree essential oil directly to the skin, using a cotton swab or cotton disc. All information on the properties of the oil of three teas can be found in the article Tea Tree Essential Oil. If in the long run, you notice that Tea Tree essential oil tends to irritate the skin, you can evaluate the alternative of geranium essential oil, similarly to tea tree oil it has an antibacterial and anti-inflammatory action, useful for the treatment of acne and other facial impurities (blackheads).
Lemon essential oil is particularly suitable for eliminating blackheads and for those with oily skin.
5) How to use essential oils against insomnia
Those on the hunt for natural remedies for insomnia can find excellent allies in essential oils. Among the most suitable essential oils we point out that of lavender (it is relaxing, regenerates, perfect against stress) and the essential oil of clary sage, considered a natural sedative.
Just add a few drops of essential oil directly on the pillowcase or on a cotton swab inserted under the pillowcase.
6) How to use essential oils to increase concentration
Essential oils such as rosemary, cypress, grapefruit, lemon and peppermint will help keep your concentration levels high. Essential oil of peppermint also has a great effect on memory. Spread them in the study room environment and avoid them in the bedroom before bed.
7) How to use essential oils to perfume the house
To do this, you will need to use an essential oil diffuser. We remind you that essential oils are perfect for scenting the home in a natural way but they should not be burned directly (so be careful! If you buy burners it is better to use ad hoc blends) nor mixed with water without an adequate dispersing agent.
8) How to use essential oils for relaxing massages that remove stress and nervous tension
For an anti-stress massage you can prepare an ointment combining six drops of precious oil essence the Nardo in a tablespoon of sweet almond oil to make a light massage on inner arms to climb up to his chest. The massage should be done twice a day, in the morning and in the evening. If nard essential oil is too expensive for your taste, you can replace it with lemon balm essential oil.
9) How to use essential oils for toning massages
An ointment for toning massages is prepared with Pino Silvestre essential oil. This essential oil has strong toning properties, for a strong anti-cellulite effect, it can be diluted at 2% in avocado oil.
10) How to use essential oils for anti-cellulite massages
Essential oil of carrot has remarkable properties draining much to be recommended in the preparation of ointments for anti-cellulite massage: helps the lymphatic system to drain away toxins and at the same time, stimulates circulation. To prepare an anti-cellulite ointment, just add 5 drops of this essential oil to a tablespoon of wheat germ oil, another excellent carrier oil for those on the hunt for natural remedies against cellulite.
11) How to use essential oils for hair care
The best essential oil to use for natural hair care is cedar essential oil. Recommended for strengthening hair, stimulating growth, fighting dandruff … very useful for both oily and dry hair. It manages to hydrate the skin and works best when combined with carrier oil : jojoba oil for hair .
Contraindications in the use of essential oils
Each essential oil has specific contraindications. Generally, the contraindications are mainly for internal use. The only contraindication for external use lies in dilutions.
Essential oils should never be used pure on the skin because they can cause even serious irritation. The essential oil must be diluted in carrier oil at concentrations that reach a maximum of 3%. For strong essential oils such as thyme, clove or cinnamon, the concentration even drops between 0.5 and 1%. Essential oils considered “strong” are rich in phenols or dermocaustic aldehydes, i.e. active ingredients that can cause severe skin irritation.