Essential Oil Methods of Application
Below are several simple methods for using essential oils. The proportions given are for adults who have no major health concerns.
Massage/Body Oil - use a 2-3% dilution (10-12 drops per ounce of vegetable oil) or 1% (5 drops per ounce of carrier oil) for pregnant women or people with health concerns.
Tub Bath - 3-15 drops diluted in a carrier depending on the oil.
Hand/Foot Bath - this is a great way to obtain the therapeutic effects of aromatherapy when a bath is not possible. Use 3-4 drops in a 1 quart tub of warm water and soak for 10 minutes. This is a good way to treat fungal problems of the foot.
Compress - 5 drops per cup of warm or cold water.
Inhalation - 3-8 drops in a bowl of hot water will help relieve congestion, coughing and chest infections. Cover your head with a towel and inhale the vapours. Caution: never do an inhalation during an asthma attack or with epileptic people. You can also put 3 drops of an oil on a handerchief, pillow or cotton ball in a zip lock baggie.
Douche - 3-5 drops per quart of warm water. Caution: Choose non-irritant oils only (e.g., lavender or tea tree).
Sitz Bath - 5-10 drops per sitz bath
Fragrant Body Water - 5-10 drops per 4 ouces of water in a spray bottle. Be sure to shake the bottle before each use to disperse the oil into the water.
Room Spray - 20 drops per 4 ounces of water in a spray bottle. Be sure to avoid furniture and other precious items,. Be sure to shake the bottle before each use to disperse the oil into the water.
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