The methods of use are what makes aromatherapy one of the most beautiful and indulgent of all the complementary therapies. There are so many ways to enjoy the captivating aromas of our pure essential oils. Here are a few of our favourites to get you started.
Diffusing pure essential oils is the safest and easiest way to gain their benefits.
Ultrasonic Diffusers disperse pure essential oil molecules into the air. When inhaled, the molecules are absorbed into the body and can have a profound effects on both physical and emotional states including calming the mind, promoting sleep, and uplifting the mind and body.
Ultrasonic Diffusers work on the vibration of water rather than heat, making it safe to use in any setting, even when sleeping. Simply fill your diffuser with water to the maximum fill line. Then add 6-9 drops of FS Apothecary pure essential oil into the water and turn the diffuser on.
Direct palm inhalation
This method offers quick and easy access to the benefits of the essential oil. This should only be used with essential oils that can be safely applied to the skin.
Put 1-2 drops of essential oil in the palm of your hand. Rub your palms together and inhale deeply. Be sure to keep away from eyes, as essential oils can and will be irritating if you don’t.
This is an effective way to receive the aromatherapeutic benefits of an essential oil.
- You will need a bowl (ideally ceramic, glass, or metal), a towel, and hot water
- Heat up some water in a teapot or pan
- Fill your bowl about halfway with hot water
- Add 1 to 2 drops of desired essential oil
- Put bowl on counter
- Close your eyes and put your face over the bowl
- If the temperature is comfortable, put the towel over your head and take some deep breaths for a minute or two. (Use caution and don’t use more than 2 drops per steam)
- Do up to 3-5 times per day if needed
Bathing is the most beautiful and nurturing method of use in the practice of Aromatherapy. All the senses are engaged in this practice and the mind and body are totally relaxed as the pure essential oils enter the body.
Add 3 drops in total of chosen oils to one teaspoon of Sweet Almond Massage Base Oil and disperse into bath water. Agitate the surface of the bath and then immerse body and relax for 10 minutes. Remember not all oils are suitable for use in the bath. Avoid using herbaceous essential oils such as Lemongrass in the bath, they are very stimulating and may irritate the skin.
Add 1-3 drops of pure essential oils to a tissue. Inhale deeply.
In order to safely use essential oils topically, you must first dilute with a carrier oil (such as almond, avocado, or jojoba oil) and apply carefully. Dilution ratios vary depending on the essential oil being used, as well as the area of application, the age of the person using the essential oil, and if the person has sensitive skin or medical conditions. It is important to adhere to these guidelines to avoid potential skin irritation or sensitization.
The following dilution chart is a good key for navigating the world of topical essential oil usage:
- 1% = 5-6 drops of essential oil per oz. of carrier oil
- 2% = 10-12 drops of essential oil per oz. of carrier oil
- 5% = 25-30 drops of essential oil per oz. of carrier oil
- 10% = 50-60 drops of essential oil per oz. of carrier oil
Some simple topical essential oil usage suggestions:
Natural perfume oil – Mix approximately 20 drops of your favorite essential oils (4% dilution) into a carrier oil of your choice. Apply to pulse points as desired.
Aromatherapy massage – Remember that essential oils are extremely concentrated. A 2-3% dilution should work well for a healthy adult. This means using 10-18 drops of essential oil per ounce of carrier oil.
Aromatic bath – Add a few drops of your favorite essential oils to a teaspoon of carrier oil and pour into a bath. Be aware that some oils are strong, and that just because they smell good doesn’t mean they are great for the bathtub. Cinnamon and thyme are two such examples. Always do your homework!