Modes Of Application
Hot compresses can be used for migraine headaches, sinus headaches
and sore muscles. Recommended oils are rosewood, peppermint and
neroli. To prepare a hot compress, add a few drops of oil to a bowl
of very hot water. Soak a clean cloth or bandage in the water. Wring
out excess water, and place the cloth over affected area. Repeat
this step as often as necessary.
A hot bath with four to six drops of oil will not only help soothe
skin and relieve mucus buildup in the lungs but will also relax
the mind and body and relieve tension. Recommended oils are rosemary,
grapefruit, and sandalwood. Hot Bath with essential oils can have
profound effects on the healing of skin disorders, alleviating muscular
aches and pains, enhancing respiratory functions, reducing levels
of stress, as well as increasing and supporting blood and lymph
An aromatherapy massage relieves tension and stress in the body.
Recommended oils for a body massage are rosemary, basil, cedarwood,
lemon and sandalwood.
Steam inhalation helps to clear the lungs and sinuses of congestion
and infection. This method will affect the respiratory and blood
supply immediately. Bring 2 cups of water to boil, reduce heat and
let water cool for 5-10 minutes. Add 2-5 drops of essential oil
(or a combination of 2-3 essential oils). Inhale vapors for 5-10
minutes. You can also place a towel over your head to increase concentration.
Inhalations can be used 2-3 times a day in treatment of specific
respiratory disorders. Recommended oils for steam inhalation are
grapefruit, cinnamon, eucalyptus and tea tree oil.
NOTE: If you are using an
essential oil for the first time, be sure to do a skin patch test,
to avoid any allergic reaction. To test, put a drop of oil on a
cotton ball and apply it to the inside of the arm, the back of your
wrist or under the arm. Place a band aid over the patch and leave
for 24 hours. If there is a reaction, such as itching or redness,
do not continue to use.