Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Methods of Application
Direct Application: When using natural products, only your body knows how it is going to respond. Essential oils are soluble with the lipids in the skin and in most cases easily penetrate it and are absorbed into the bloodstream. They may be worn like perfume or cologne and can be applied neat (full-strength) or diluted using carrier mixing oil. As a rule, since essential oils are one of nature's most concentrated and potent extracts, dilution is strongly recommended for those who;
  • are first time users
  • have sensitive and fair skin
  • are applying them to sensitive areas of the body
  • are trying a new oil or blend of oils
  • are infants or children

If one oil is layered over another, allow enough time between applications to gauge the body's reaction before applying the next oil.

Recommended Dilution: Use 1 to 3 drops of an essential oil blended with 1/2 teaspoon of carrier mixing Oil. Any pure vegetable oil may be used. More or less dilution might be desirable, depending on skin sensitivity, type of oil used and the degree of effect desired. Take a careful, measured approach when using any essential oil and adjust both the quantity of oil used and the amount of dilution in accordance with the body's responses.

Feet: Applying 4-6 drops of oil to the bottom of each foot is a popular way to begin. Oil may be rubbed on the VitaFlex points of the foot - a technique explained in Aromatherapy, the Essential Beginning by D. Gary Young.

On Location: After applying the oils to the bottom of the feet, you may want to go to another location. Just add a few drops (1-5) of Essential Oils diluted with 1/2 tsp. of Mixing Oil when necessary, and rub on the location. If you are using oils for the first time, wait at least 15 to 30 minutes before using a second oil, allowing the body time to respond to the initial application.

Layering: If using more than one oil, simply apply each oil separately, allowing enough time between each application to gauge the body's responses. This was the method traditionally used by ISIS and the ancient Egyptians.

Compress: Rub 1- 3 drops over location (diluted or undiluted, depending on the oil) and cover with a hot, wet towel. Place a dry towel over the wet one and leave on for 10-60 minutes. As the oil penetrates, you may experience a sensation of warmth or feel a slight burning. if so, dilute this area with Mixing Oil immediately. Discoloration of the cloth used might appear due to the body's excretion of toxins.

Massage: Several drops (5-10) of Essential Oilsl may be added to any massage oil base.
Bathing:When adding Essential Oils to bathwater, use a Bath Gel Base as a dispersing agent.

Diffusing and Inhalation: An aromic diffuser is a wonderful way to disperse Essential Oils into the air for inhalation. A difuser is designed to disperse a super-fine mist of Essential Oils throughout the air. University research indicates that Essential Oils can counteract offensive odors while refreshing the air with a natural fragrance. Fragrances can help induce a sensation of well being, creating an atmosphere of peace and harmony. Put enough drops (30-40) into the diffuser well to send the fragrant mist up the nebulizer.
Direct Inhalation:Put several drops of Essential Oils into the cupped palms of your hands and breathe in deeply.

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