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How-to Guide

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.

Essential oils are highly concentrated and must be diluted before use. They are not to be taken and nor should they be put directly onto the skin. The methods of use are many and varied. Below are the most commonly practiced applications in Aromatherapy.

In Essence recommends choosing 3 essential oils to create a harmonious blend.

Vaporising

Vaporising

Vaporisation is the most popular and versatile method of use in the practice of Aromatherapy. It is the first point of entry for essential oils via the sense of smell.

Once the particles are inhaled, the essential oil vapours may alter moods and balance emotions within seconds.

Fill your vaporiser with water to the level indicated. Add 6-9 drops in total of pure essential oils to the water and light the candle at the base of the Ceramic Vaporiser or switch on your Electric or Ultra Sonic Vaporiser.

Spritz

Spritz

Spritzing is one of the most versatile and effective methods of use in the practice of Aromatherapy. The essential oil molecules are dispersed and released into the air when sprayed. Ideal for use in home, office and travel to refresh, revive and balance the senses.

Simply fill your In Essence Spritz bottle with 90mL of distilled or tap water. Choose three essential oils and add 2 drops of each into the bottle filled with water. Shake well before spritzing into surrounding air. Keep away from eyes. This solution will last for at least one week.

Inhalation

Inhalation

Add 3 drops in total of your chosen essential oils to a bowl of hot steamy water. Place a towel over your head and inhale deeply for 10 minutes. The essential oil molecules are absorbed by via your respiratory system into your body.

Direct Method

Direct Method

There are some specific cases where essential oils may be used directly on the skin. When a very small area of the skin is to be treated, the direct method can be applied. Add 1 drop of pure essential oil to the tip of a cotton bud. Apply directly to the small affected area. Choose 1 oil only.

Foot Bath

Foot Bath

Choose three essential oils. Add 2 drops of each to a large bowl of water. Mix the water well to disperse the oil molecules. Soak your feet for 15 minutes.

Body Rub

Body Rub

Choose 3 essential oils and add 2 drops of each essential oil to 12mls of Massage Base Oil. Apply to the body, starting at the feet and working up toward the neck with a vigorous circular motion.

Swab

Swab

Choose three essential oils and add 2 drops of each essential oil to a basin of warm water. Agitate the water thoroughly. Bathe the affected area with the aromatic water and a cotton wool pad.

Massage

Massage

Massage is the most powerful and effective method of use in the practice of Aromatherapy. Via the sense of touch the individual is stimulated while the essential oils penetrate the body.

To make up a massage blend, choose 3 essential oils and add 2 drops of each into 12ml of massage base oil.

Bathing

Bathing

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. Some Citrus essential oils such as Orange will also irritate the skin.

Compress

Compress

Choose 3 essential oils and add 1 drop of each to a basin of warm water. Agitate the water thoroughly. Soak a face cloth to the face, holding for 5 seconds. Release and repeat.

Hair Rinse

Hair Rinse

Choose three essential oils. Add 2 drops of each to a 100ml blending bottle filled with warm water. Shake well. Rinse through the hair, massaging the scalp to add shine and lustre to the hair. Do not rinse out. Dry and style as usual.

Tissue Method

Tissue Method

Add 1-3 drops of pure essential oils to a tissue. Inhale deeply.

Hot Oil Mask

Facial Oil Mask

Simply warm 12ml of Jojoba and add 6 drops of pure essential oil and apply a thin layer to the skin with a pastry brush. Use long flowing strokes and leave for 30 minutes to gain the full benefits of the chosen oils.