Essential oils can be utilized and absorbed in the body multiple different ways. Here are a few for your perusal.
1. Inhalation: An aroma-stick is a great take along, portable and simple way to be able to smell aromatherapy anytime/anywhere. If you don't have access to an aroma-stick, a cotton ball with 1-5 drops of essential oil placed on it in your vicinity (without touching the skin) is ideal. A cotton ball can be tucked in a variety of places. Be careful that it doesn't touch your clothing because it may stain. Another idea is to place your oil of choice in a diffuser or a pan of hot water on the stove and inhale away. The aroma, depending on oil choice may last all day in your space. Low/base notes remain in our environment for the longest period of time.
2. Application to the skin in a 1-3 percent dilution is also a beautiful way to apply essential oils. It is especially important to note that with children under 12 years old, the elderly, pregnant women, nursing mothers, and people with other health concerns a 1 % dilution is recommended. A 1% dilution is about 5 or 6 drops of essential oil for every 1 oz (30 ml) of carrier oil.
3. Essential oils can be used in bathing. Place 6-8 drops of essential oil into powdered milk or Himalayan salts and add to bath water. Since the essential oils will not dissolve in water this is an easy way to disperse them throughout the bath. In addition, the salts or milks are super soothing to skin.
4. Add a 2-3 drops to a favorite lotion or cream and apply to your body.
5. Make an aromatherapy spray with your favorite essential oils and distilled water. Place 15-25 drops of essential oil in 4 ounces of distilled water. Spray your body, clothing, room or linens. Make sure to test your fabrics in an inconspicuous area first before spraying all surfaces. If discoloration appears, discontinue use.
My name is, Polly J. Huenink-Schellinger. I am a Registered Nurse, Board Certified Holistic Nurse, Reflexologist, Clinical Aromatherapist, Parish Nurse, Certified Healing Touch Practitioner and Prepare for Surgery, Heal Faster Facilitator.