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The Safe Use Of Essential Oils at Home

Posted on 1 April, 2019 at 7:03 Comments comments (98)
I am often asked about using essential oils safely at home. My first response is always check the oils you are considering using- most modern essential oils should have an expiry date so check this. Essential oils are a natural product and do not contain preservatives so anything out of date should not be used on the skin as there is a risk of skin irritation. 
Once you have established that the oils are in date check where you store them. Essential oils should be kept in their original dark coloured bottles. These dark coloured bottles protect the contents from sunlight, which can have a detrimental effect on essential oils, so the bathroom window sill is definitely not the place to keep them! They also need to be kept at a fairly constant temperature normal room temperature; extremes of heat/cold can cause the oils to deteriorate very quickly. Keep out of reach of children.
Methods of use
Essential oils are always diluted in suitable carrier oil or lotion. Use 3 drops of essential oil to 10ml carrier. Reduce down to 1-2 drops for facial use.
Add 8-12 drops of essential oil in 2 pints of hot water. Pour water into bowl, added essential oils cover the head with a towel and inhale. Take care; do not let oils enter the eye area. Asthma suffers should not use. 
As essential oils are inhaled with this method it is excellent for creating a mood atmosphere, using in the sick room as a disinfectant and for removing unpleasant smells. The traditional oil burners with a tea light underneath are effective when 3-5 drops of essential oil are added to water. For electric appliances designed for this use follow manufacturer’s instructions, but usually 3-5 drops is sufficient. Keep well out of reach of children.
Direct Inhalation
Pour 2-3 drops of essential oil onto a tissue and sniff or use straight from the bottle by holding it about 5cm away from the nostrils and breathing deeply. 
Fill the bath with warm water and turn off the taps. ALWAYS dilute the essential oils. Add 3-6 drops of chosen essential oils to 1 tablespoon of carrier e.g. almond oil, full fat milk, honey, any non-perfumed bubble bath. 
Foot Baths
As for bathing but use 1-4 drops of essential oil and soak feet for 5/10 minutes- bliss!
**Pregnant and nursing mothers should only use essential oils under the guidance of a qualified aromatherapy practitioner.**
**Seek professional advice before using essential oils for children.** 
Essential oils are concentrated and should always be used with care. Follow instructions given and do not be tempted to add more drops than recommended. Unless under an Aromatherapists guidance essential oils should not be used neat on the skin, but dissolved in a carrier oil, full fat milk, honey or other base. They must never be taken internally. 
As always please do not hesitate to contact me if you require any further advice.

My Top Three Essential Oils

Posted on 20 April, 2017 at 6:58 Comments comments (98)
The most difficult question you can ask any Aromatherapist is ‘What are your Top Three oils?’, but I’ll give it a go!
My number one oil can change daily depending on my mood and who I am working with at the time. I might open a tiny bottle of an essential not used for a while and think ’this has got to be my favourite, why have I neglected it for so long?’, then that can all change the next day!
Having said that I nearly always return to the classic oil Frankincense, mainly because of its power to visibly calm and comfort. It is my oil of choice when I am faced with an obviously anxious or nervous client, one drop, sniffed from a tissue, soothes and balances the emotions, helping to overcome stress by slowing and deepening the breath.
There have been numerous studies carried out to try and discover why this oil can have such a profound impact on our sense of calm. Frankincense contains molecules that can penetrate the blood-brain barrier, enabling it to carry much-needed oxygen into the brain, as well as stimulating the limbic area of the brain. It is this calming and grounding quality of frankincense oil that proves to be beneficial in treating depression, anxiety and low moods. It is also for this reason that frankincense has been prized for thousands of years to help meditation and contemplation. Add to this its excellent reputation as an antiseptic, its valuable use when treating all respiratory conditions and the fact that it has proven anti-ageing properties it is easy to see why this oil remains firmly at Number One of my top three chart.
So what oil could possibly follow frankincense at the number two spot? It has to be Geranium, simply for its wonderful floral, grassy fragrance and for its superb balancing properties. This is the oil I recommend to all my female clients due to its regulating effect on the hormonal and the nervous systems, and the smell makes it a pleasure to use. I also use this oil on my male clients as they too benefit from its balancing properties but I would blend it with a masculine fragranced oil such as Sandalwood or Vetiver.

And in at number three is Rose otto. The fragrance is sublime, both warm and comforting, one sniff transports you to a summer garden filled with beautiful blooms. Because of the cost I reserve this oil for my skincare blends and for anyone experiencing loss or bereavement of any kind. Its ability to bring about emotional balance never ceases to amaze me, Rose has a spiritual influence and is used to balance and open the Heart Chakra.

Essential Oils for Winter Well-Being

Posted on 3 February, 2015 at 9:07 Comments comments (29)
As the temperatures  plummet we do not automatically think of reaching for essential oils to help keep warm, however there are a group of essential oils that can be described as being ‘warming’ to the body. These oils have a rubefacient effect on the body which means that when they are applied topically they cause the dilation of capillaries and an increase in blood circulation which brings heat to the area and can significantly ease aches and pains.

Such essential oils not only bring heat to the areas applied but they can awaken dull senses, lift the spirits, they can stimulate sluggish circulation and digestion and many of these warming oils also have emollient properties helping to calm and soothe dry, irritated skin that can often occur during the colder months. The majority of them also have a strong antibacterial and antiviral action making them excellent for preventing and helping to rid the body of coughs and colds.

The best ways to use warming essential oils-
Bath- There is nothing more soothing than a warm, aromatic bath on a cold day. Once the bath has been filled add 5 drops of your chosen essential oil to 10ml of carrier oil (sesame and olive oil are especially warming) alternatively try full fat milk or honey to disperse the essential oils. Particularly effective for aches, pains and chills.

Foot and hand soak- as above but fill a bowl large enough to place the feet or hands, great for impaired circulation in the extremities or just for warming and comforting.

Massage cream/oil- Mix 3 drops of essential oil with a carrier oil or perfume free cream/lotion and massage into the skin. This is a lovely way to keep hands and feet warm and well moisturised, also good for lower back pain when briskly massaged into the affected area.

Please see my earlier Blog on the 
Safe Use of Essential Oils at Home for further information

Top 10 Warming Essential Oils

Ginger- great oil to warm the body and emotions. For the body it helps poor circulation, sluggish digestion, cold hands and feet, whereas emotionally it is stimulating and arousing, helping to dispel nervous exhaustion and the winter blues.

Sweet Marjoram-a great comforting oil, excellent for stiff muscles, and rheumatic pain. Calms and eases stress and sadness.
Patchouli- is relaxing and uplifting, it is anti-inflammatory and helps heal many skin conditions, it is a soothing and stabilising oil so helps reduce stress, anxiety and depression.

Neroli- although an expensive oils it is without a doubt the best oil for treating anxiety and other emotional problems. It calms the nerves, being soothing and uplifting. Great to use on the face during the winter months to protect the skin (1 drop in 5ml carrier oil, add to wheat germ oil for a    nourishing skin treat). 

Patchouli- is relaxing and uplifting, it is anti-inflammatory and helps heal many skin conditions, it is a soothing and stabilising oil so helps reduce stress, anxiety and depression.

Frankincense- is valued for its ability to slow and deepen the breathing, helping to control anxiety and stress. Deeply calming and revitalising oil that is especially useful in treating colds and associated throat and chest problems.

Benzoin- a great comforting oil with a sweet, warm, vanilla-like scent. A good all-rounder for the winter months as benzoin is beneficial for rheumatism and poor circulation, eases coughs, colds and chills, soothes chapped skin as well as being uplifting, revitalising and an antidpressant.

Black Pepper- has a dry, spicy and woody aroma and acts as a stimulant as well as being strengthening and comforting. Great in a foot soak for chilblains, its overall warming effect eases arthritis, rheumatic pain, stiffness and neuralgia. Also helps fight viral infections.

Bay- fresh and spicy with a warm, balsamic base note. Reviving and refreshing it is an effective antispetic for the respiratory system. 
**A strong oil that should only be used in small doses and very occasionally.**

Myrrh- resinous and smoky in aroma, myrrh is renowned for its healing properties and so is beneficial for most inflamed skin conditions. as it has a drying effect it is great as an expectorant for treating coughs and colds. This oil has a calming, spiritual effect on the body and mind, bringing about a sense of peace and tranquility.

Sandalwood- has a relaxing and uplifting effect with a sweet, woody, long-lasting fragrance. Excellent for all types of nervous tension, used in baths it is calming and relaxing as well as being soothing and hydrating to the skin.

As you can see Aromatherapy and Essential Oils offer the perfect Winter Tonic. Have fun experimenting and keep warm this winter. I'm off for my bath now.......! x