Monday, 16 January 2017

The bare essentials of the essential oils

Hi everyone, 


Many essential oils work best when combined with other essential oils. It’s what aroma-therapists call working in synergy. But we don’t want to add them up and start to collect, right? Because there will be no end in sight… So here is a list of what I believe we all should have on hand and some examples of how to use them. I hope you will find it somehow helpful.

  • Ravintsara - Cinnamomum camphora CT cinéole
If you need only one essential oil, this would be the one. It suits babies strating from 3 months old. It’s a perfect ally to fight winter infections for your whole family. It helps for the following troubles:

Immune system booster
Diffuse 5 drops in a large bowl filled with boiled water in your room
For children, mix 1 drop with 5 drops of carrier oil and rub the chest, the upper back and the foot soles
Respiratory infection
Mix 2 drops with some carrier oil and rub the chest and the upper back
Flu
Prevention: 2 drops to appy from the lower back alongside the backbone and on the chest, twice a week
When disease strikes: take 1 drop in a teaspoon of olive oil or a lump of sugar, 4 times a day
Cough
Expectorant action: 4/5 drops into a big bowl filled with boiled water and inhale under a towel for about 15 minutes

Precautions:

Keep out of the reach of children
Forbidden for pregnant women under 3 months and babies under 3 months old
Do an allergy test in the first hand; a drop on the inside of your elbow and wait for 48H

  • Fine Lavanderlavandula angustifolia 
This essential oil is certainly the most calming and soothing. It helps for the following troubles:

Anxiety
Inhale the scent directly from the bottle when feeling nervous

Sleep disorder

Rub 1 drop between your hand wrists and massage 1 drop + 5 drops of carrier oil (coconut, jojoba or avocado) your solar plexus area  
Acne and acne scars

1 drop on a Qtip to apply on your blemishes and scars
Insect bites

1 drop on a Qtip to apply on the itching spot
Muscle contractures 

Mix 1 tbsp of coconut oil and 5 drops of lavender and add 1 cup of Epsom salt. Pour this mixture in your bathtub and relax for about 30 minutes

Precautions:

Keep out of the reach of children
Forbidden for pregnant women under 3 months and babies under 3 months old
Do an allergy test in the first hand; a drop on the inside of your elbow and wait for 48H

  • Tea TreeMelaleuca alternifolia 
It’s a versatile essential oil; anti-bacterial, anti-septic, anti-viral, anti-fungal. It’s a must have. It helps for the following troubles:

Acne and fever blister
1 drop on a Qtip to apply on your blemishes or blister
Vaginal mycosis
Melt some coconut oil, dip in an organic tampon and then add 2 drops of tea tree, repeat every 4 hours for 2-3 days
Urinary infection
2 drops of tea tree with 5 drops of coconut oil and rub the lower abdomen and lower back
Mouth ulcer
1 drop on a Qtip to apply on your ulcer
Physical and mental fatigue
Inhale the scent directly from the bottle
Dental hygiene
1 drop on your toothpaste, once a week

Precautions:

Keep out of the reach of children
Forbidden for pregnant women under 3 months and babies under 3 months old
Do an allergy test in the first hand; a drop on the inside of your elbow and wait for 48H

  • PeppermintMentha piperita
This essential oil is your best friend to fight headaches, when you feel nauseous or to soothe itchiness. It helps for the following troubles:

Headaches
Mix 1 drop with 2 drops of carrier oil in your palm and massage on your temples
Hits and bumps
Rub 1 drop on the hurt area
Insect bites
1 drop on a Qtip to apply on the itching spot, cooling effect guaranteed
Travel sickness
1 drop under the tongue or 2 drops on a tissue to inhale when needed
Difficult digestion
2 drops on a lump of sugar and let it melt into your month

Precautions:

Keep out of the reach of children
STRICTLY forbidden for pregnant or breastfeeding women, children under 6 years old, seniors and epileptics as it is neurotoxic
Do an allergy test in the first hand; a drop on the inside of your elbow and wait for 48H

  • Roman Chamomilechamaemelum nobile 
It’s a very soft essential oil so even suitable for young children. It helps for the following troubles:

Sleep disorder
Diffuse 5 drops in a large bowl filled with boiled water in your bedroom, doors closed, for 10 minutes, 30 minutes before bedtime.
Anxiety
Inhale the scent directly from the bottle
Asthma crisis from nervous origin
1 drop under the tongue and 1 drop on your plexus solar when crisis strikes, to repeat twice if necessary
Toothache
Mix 1 drop with 5 drops of carrier oil and massage the cheek where the pain is located
Sunburn
Take a bath with 10 drops mixed with a carrier oil and some bath salt. Ideally if you have lavender, use 5 drops of each for a better synergy.

Precautions:

Keep out of the reach of children
Forbidden for pregnant women under 3 months and babies under 3 months old
Do an allergy test in the first hand; a drop on the inside of your elbow and wait for 48H

  • Thyme Linalool - Thymus vulgaris CT linalol
Another soft essential oil that is known to be anti-bacterial and ant-infectious. It helps for the following troubles:

Deworming
For teens and adults: 2 drops mixed with a teaspoon of honey or olive oil, twice a day for two days
For younger children: mix 1 drop with 10 drops of calophylle oil and massage the belly before bed for 3 days
Cleaning the air
Diffuse 5 drops in a bowl of boiled water, leave it in a closed room
Sore throat
2 drops mixed with a teaspoon of honey, 4 times a day

Precautions:

Keep out of the reach of children
Forbidden for pregnant women under 3 months, breastfeeding women and babies under 3 months old
Do an allergy test in the first hand; a drop on the inside of your elbow and wait for 48H

Books recommendations:
For English readers: Natural Home Health Care using Essential oils from Daniel Penoel
For French readers: Ma Bible des Huiles Essentielles de Daniele Festy




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