Methods of Application
The following instructions are meant to be guidelines. Please contact me if you have serious health concerns or any other questions. It is important to me that you have a safe and successful experience.
Essential Oil Dilution Guidelines
|Drops Essential Oil per 1 Tsp or 5mL of Carrier Oil||1||2||3||5||10||25|
1% dilution would be used on children aged 2- 12, pregnant women, elderly adults, and those with sensitive skin or compromised immune systems or other serious health issues.
2-3% dilution would be used for most adults and most situations. This is also a good dilution for basic skin care issues and for daily use.
5% – 10% dilution is best for short-term use for a temporary health issue, such as a muscle injury or respiratory congestion. Up to 10% dilution is fine, depending on the health concern, the age of the person, and the oils being used.
25% dilution is occasionally warranted for a muscle cramp, bad bruising, or severe pain.
Using oils neat (undiluted) should only be done if absolutely necessary, as some individuals can experience irritation or sensitivity when some oils are used neat. Lavender is one of the few essential oils that can be used neat, when needed, but only for short-term use. A bug bite, burn, or wound, might be a good reason to use Lavender neat.
MASSAGE: see chart above
COMPRESS: 4-5 drops in 200 ml water
Add the essential or essential oil blend to a bowl of water, hot or cold. Dip the cloth into the solution and wring it out. Cover the area being treated with the compress.
Use a cold compress when injuries are recent and there is swelling and inflammation or for headaches and fever.
Use for conditions that are not inflamed. This will help relieve stiffness. Hot Compresses are beneficial for menstrual cramps, cystitis, boils and abscesses.
Alternating compresses is an effective way to reduce pain and swelling and is considered an alternative to massage. Alternate hot and cold essential oil compresses every 2-3 minutes. This technique is beneficial for tendonitis, sprained ligaments and pulled muscles.
2-3 drops in 600 ml bowl of water
Add the essential oil or blend to a bowl of boiled water. Drape a towel over the head to create a tent. Breathe in steam for 1-2 minutes only. Repeat 2-4 times a day. This technique is beneficial for sinus infections and other respiratory conditions where there is congestion. Persons with asthma or epilepsy should avoid inhalations.
ADULT: 6-10 drops CHILD 7-12: 3-5 drops CHILD 3-7: 1-2 drops
Add essential oils to 1 tsp honey or glycerin to protect the skin from irritation. This mixture can then be added to the bath. To soften and moisturize your skin, add the mixture to 1 cup whole milk, the higher the fat content the better. For a therapeutic bath, add the mixture and 1-2 cups of sea salt or Epsom salts. Soak for 20 minutes. Baths are an excellent way to treat stress, muscle pain and stiffness or colds and flu.
DIFFUSER OR NEBULIZER: 5-20 drops
A diffuser is an indispensable tool in the art of aromatherapy. By heating the essential oil, a diffuser effectively introduces the fragrance and beneficial properties of an essential oil to any environment. When essential oils are vaporized, their specific properties can have positive effects on the body, mind and spirit. In the case of colds and flu, vaporizing the appropriate essential oil benefits the whole family and can act as a preventative. Always add essential oils to water in a burner, dish or nebulizer.
CASTOR OIL PACKS:
Create a 5-10% dilution as per the dilution chart and massage the blend into the area to be treated prior to applying the castor oil pack. Castor oil packs are recommended for reducing swelling, treating menstrual disorders and detoxifying the digestive and lymphatic system. Below are instructions on how to make and use a castor oil pack.
How to Make a Castor Oil Pack
- A soft, clean, thick material like flannel, wool, or cotton (organic is best)
- Castor oil
- Glass bowl or glass jar that you can pour the castor oil in over your flannel
- A hot water bottle or heating pad
- Old clothes that you don’t mind getting stained since castor oil stains fabric
- A plastic bag (I find kitchen or regular garbage bags work best)
- A large towel
- Put on your older clothes.
- Take your piece of flannel and place it in your bowl or glass container and pour enough castor oil over it to soak it (make sure it’s saturated, but it doesn’t need to be dripping in oil).
- Get your hot water bottle or heating pad ready.
- Place your towel on a flat surface (either a couch, your bed, or the floor). For added protection you can also put down a garbage bag so that your bed or couch won’t get stained from any oil that manages to escape the plastic cover.
- Once you lie down, place your saturated flannel over the affected area of your body.
- Cover the pack with plastic.
- Place the heating pad or hot water bottle over the pack and let it sit for at least 45-60 minutes. During this time you can rest or read a book.
- When the time is up, remove the pack and clean the area with water and a bit of baking soda or leave to absorb into the skin.
- You can keep the pack in a plastic bag in a cool place or the refrigerator. Alternatively, place in a sealed glass jar and store in a kitchen cabinet. Just add another tablespoon of castor oil for the next session.
Safety and Storage
- For external use only.
- Store essential oils in cool dark place when not in use to extend their shelf life.
- Most essential oils should not be applied neat onto the skin unless advised by a professional.
- Use less rather than more.
- Do not use oils directly on or near the eyes. If you get some essential oil accidently in the eye, flush eye with milk.
- Keep essential oils away from pets and children.
- If you have epilepsy, heart or kidney problems, or any other serious medical condition, only use essential oils under the advice of a medical professional.
- Some oils are phototoxic and should not be applied within 12 hours of exposure to direct sun or tanning lamps.
- If you are pregnant, only use oils under the advice of a qualified Aromatherapist or health care professional.
- Essential oils are flammable.
- Do not leave open to air as essential oils will oxidize quicker.