Aroma……..The sense of smell is a tool that can elicit powerful physiological, mental and emotional responses. Essential oils are quickly absorbed by the smell receptors which have a direct link to the limbic system by way of the olfactory nerve. The limbic system is part of the brain that supports a variety of functions including smell, emotions, behaviour and memory. For this reason, essential oils can be used for exceptionally beneficial outcomes.
Diffusers are small devices that disperse essential oils into the surrounding air and this is is one of the simplest methods for using essential oils aromatically. Ultrasonic diffusers that use cold air or water are ideal. You can achieve the same benefits by simply placing a drop of essential oil in the palm of your hand, cupping it around your nose and breathing it in deeply.
Because of their high concentration of antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties, essential oils make an excellent addition to your homemade cleaning preparations.
Additional Aromatic Uses For Essential Oils Include:
Ultrasonic Aroma diffusers
Mixing oils in a spray bottle with water and misting over furniture, carpets or linens
Adding oil to a batch of laundry
Using in household surface cleaners
Topical application is a very effective method for applying essential oils. Because they have a low molecular weight and are lipid soluble, they easily penetrate the skin. Once absorbed, they stay in the applied area for a localised benefit.
Because essential oils are potent and readily absorbed, using a carrier oil is advisable as this decreases the likelihood of developing skin sensitivity. A light massage will increase the blood flow to the area of application, thereby improving distribution throughout the body. Using a carrier oil can also increase absorption, especially on skin that is dry or flaky as it helps moisturise the skin and slow down the evaporation of the oil.
The recommended dilution ratio is typically three to five drops of essential oil to 10ml of carrier oil.
Other Effective Methods of Topical Application
Adding a few drops of oil to a warm bath
Making a hot or cold compress by soaking a towel or cloth in water, adding essential oils, and then applying to the desired area
(Remember that essential oils are much more potent than dried or fresh herbs and spices, so start with a very small amount)
Sensitive Areas to be Avoided:
Some facial areas such as the delicate skin around the eyes.
Eyes and inner ears.
Broken, damaged, or otherwise injured skin
Each of the essential oil constituents possesses a unique set of biochemical properties that react with cells and organs in different ways. Although these actions are not yet completely understood, the positive end results have been demonstrated. As the body is only equipped to handle certain doses of essential oils, proper dosing, according to labelling recommendations, should be strictly followed to avoid toxicity.
*If you are under medical care, consult your physician about potential interactions between any medication and essential oils
*Most essential oils should never be used undiluted on the skin
*Do not take essential oils internally
*Never use an undiluted essential oil on a baby or child
*Avoid essential oils while pregnant or nursing
*Keep away from children
*Some essential oils, especially citrus oils, contain natural molecules that react with sunlight (UV light) and cause a sensitivity reaction