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Gardenia, Diluted Absolute Oil 5% In Grapeseed. In a 10ml Amber Glass Dropper Bottle.

Botanical Name: Gardenia grandiflora.

Country Of Origin: China.

Aroma: Sweet, floral, rich, exquisite scent, Gardenia grandiflora, perfume.

Extraction Description: Produced by solvent extraction from fresh flowers.

General: Great to use in luxurious blends. Used in high class perfumery.

Properties: Antiseptic, aphrodisiac, uplifting.

Blends Well With: Ylang Ylang, Jasmine, Neroli, Rose, Spice and Citrus oils.


Methods Of Use (And General Help & Information About Essential Oils)

There are many ways of using essential oils, and at least one of them will be right for you. Essential oils are the basic tools of aromatherapy. The oils, which are extracted from plants, can be used to treat all systems of the mind, and imbalances of the emotions. There are many ways to use essential oils. Professional aromatherapists tend to favor massage as the most effective way of getting oils into the body. Massage also increases the healing potential of aromatherapy. The medicinal properties of the essential oils and the nurturing power of touch combine to form a potent healing treatment. Massage can be relaxing or energizing, it can sooth the nervous system or boost the blood and lymphatic systems to improve pysical and mental functioning. Not least among its benefits is the way it can ease pain and tension from tense or overworked muscles and lift the spirits. Whenever possible, try to include massage in your home aromatherapy treatments; where this is not possible, use any of the other methods mentioned below. It is not an exhaustive list and you may well know, or you may discover, other methods.

Room Burner (oil burner; lamp ring; diffuser; vaporiser)

Room burners are specifically made for use with essential oils. You can buy them in many different shapes, sizes, designs and patterns. They can be electric, radiator fragrancer, candle powered or a ceramic light bulb ring that is heated by a light bulb, but most are ceramic oil burners warmed by a small candle. Also remember that a glazed ceramic oil burner will not crack, burn or stain, and is easy to keep clean. Always try to use good quality night lights with a good quality wick so that it will not smell when alight or smoke when blown out.

How to use: Place a small amount of cold water in the bowl, enough to fill it but leaving some space for water expansion. The essential oils of your choice are then dropped into the water ( 6-8 drops will normally be used depending on the size of the bowl and the amount of water being used). Place the candle in the chamber, light it and leave in a safe place. Use for 25-30 minutes this will, of course, depend on the size of the room or house etc.

Benefits: Psychological conditions can be treated very effectively with a room burner. Headaches respond well to this method and all respiratory problems can be treated in this way. A major use of the room burner is to scent and purify the air, clear germs and create a 'therapeutic atmosphere'.

Aromatic Baths

Aromatic baths are one of the most convenient and health-giving methods of using pure essential oils. When used in this way these healing essences not only affect the physical body but the mental and emotional levels too. They can be detoxifying, relaxing, invigorating, emotionally uplifting and sensual. To some degree all essential oils have antibacterial properties, especially lavender and bergamot, while some like eucalyptus and tea tree are also effective when treating viruses. So regular aromatic baths can be useful to help prevent and treat a range of common ailments as well as uplifting or calming the emotions. These qualities plus the way the essences are readily absorbed by the body makes aromatic bathing an essential and luxurious addition to everyday life.

Recipes For Aromatic Baths

Invigorating bath: For an enlivening start to the day use the following blend of essential oils in a warm bath. To enhance the effect finish with a cool shower or splash your body briefly with cold water. For a more fruity aroma add 3 drops of lemon oil instead of geranium.
  • Sweet basil oil = 2 drops
  • Geranium oil = 3 drops
  • Rosemary = 4 drops

Relaxing bath: For a deeply relaxing bath at the end of the day add the following essential oils to a full, warm bath. For a more floral quality add 3 drops of neroli oil instead of sweet marjoram.
  • Clary sage oil = 3 drops
  • Lavender oil = 4 drops
  • Sweet marjoram oil = 3 drops

Revitalising bath: This combination of essences in a warm bath is ideal to use when you've had a long day and need re-energising. For a less fruity aroma but equally reviving effect add 3 drops of rosewood instead of grapefruit oil.
  • Geranium oil = 3 drops
  • Grapefruit oil = 3 drops
  • Myrtle = 4 drops

Emotionally uplifting bath: To melt away stressful or negative thoughts and uplift your spirits use the following combination of essential oils in a warm bath. Soak for at least 15 minutes inhaling the aromatic vapours. If you feel like treating yourself add 2 drops of rose or jasmine essential oil instead of petitgrain.
  • Bergamot oil = 4 drops
  • Clary sage oil = 3 drops
  • Petitgrain = 3 drops

Sensual bath: For a sensual bath for one or two add the following essential oils to a warm bath. Do make sure the blend is pleasing to both of you. For a more 'earthy' aroma use 3 drops of patchouli instead of myrtle oil, or leave out rose and myrtle altogether and substitute them with 3 drops of jasmine.
  • Sandalwood oil = 4 drops
  • Myrtle oil = 3 drops
  • Rose oil = 1 drops
  • Ylang Ylang oil = 2 drops

Purifying bath: Use this bath to help strengthen the body and combat infections like colds and flu. If desired use 2 drops of penetrating eucalyptus instead of bergamot oil.
  • Bergamot oil = 3 drops
  • Lavender oil = 4 drops
  • Tea Tree = 3 drops

Children's bath: If children see you relaxing in a fragrant bath it won't be long before they want one too! Mix the following essential oils into 2 to 3 teaspoons of base oil, then add warm water to create a delightful bath. The dosages are suitable for children over six years old. This combination is ideal for bedtime as it soothes the emotions.
  • Mandarin oil = 3 drops
  • Lavender oil = 3 drops

How to use: First ask yourself what effect you'd like from your aromatic bath, then select an essential oil whose aroma pleases you and also suits your physical and emotional needs. For example, if you have a cold, lavender oil will help to combat infection and has a very relaxing effect, on the other hand bergamot oil combines the ability to fight infection and induces an emotionally uplifting effect. Use only two or three essences in the bath. When you know each one very well you may choose to use a maximum of four, although just two can often have a more powerful effect than four - less generally means more with essential oils.
Fill the bath, add the essential oil(s) (up to 6 drops or as directed), then agitate the water to disperse the oil(s). Soak in the bath for at least 10 minutes, and make sure the bathroom door is closed so that you get the benefit of inhaling the aroma as well as getting the oil directly into the body via the water. For some conditions, or if preferred, the essential oils can be diluted in a massage carrier oil first, which will help to disperse the oil throughout the water. Alternatively, use ready blended (in carrier oil) or specially formulated bath oil, which has the added benefits of moisturising the body, giving a bubble/foam bath and helping to carry the essential oil out of the bath.

Benefits: The use of oils in a bath is useful for all conditions but will be particularly beneficial for muscular and skin conditions, while respiratory problems will benefit from the inhalation of the aroma. Stress, anxiety and other mental health problems will also be improved. Anyone suffering with insomnia will find a pre-retiring bath with Lavender, Bergamot, Petitgrain, Neroli as well as other oils a great aid to restful sleep.

Lotions And Creams

Essential oils can be added to fragrance-free lotions or creams, but make sure that you use a very good quality product that if preferably lanolin free (some people are sensitive to lanolin).

How to use: Add the essential oil(s) to a dark amber glass jar to help preserve the oil and prevent it from reacting with a plastic bottle. The recommended dosage is approximately 1-2 drops of essential oil to every 5mg of cream or 5ml of lotions. Apply lotion to the skin and rub until completely absorbed. Cream should be applied to the skin and gently rubbed in. Leave the rest to sit on the surface of the skin and gradually release the oil into the body and the aroma into the nose.

Benefits: This is a particularly good way of treating most skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, which will benefit greatly. A lotion is an excellent way to get essential oils rapidly into the bloodstream and is therefore useful for treating conditions such as circulation problems. Lotions and creams can be effectively used for headaches, while creams are a good way of treating respiratory conditions. Both are an essential medium for general body and skin care.

Inhalation

Inhalation is very useful for relieving congestion, easing catarrh and soothing the respiratory tract. The method of covering the head with a towel and inhaling the vapour from eucalyptus and camphor is still very popular today.

How to use: Pour a pint of very hot water into a bowl, then add up to 3-4 drops of essential oil(s) to the water. Cover your head with a towel and then lean over the bowl, keeping your head about 10 or 12 inches above the bowl. Keep your eyes closed and then inhale the vapours for a few minutes, then lean back and relax for a couple of minutes. Repeat for up to 10 minutes or as long as is comfortable. Repeat several times a day if required. A facial steamer may be used instead of a bowl with 3-5 drops of essential oil(s).

Benefits: Respiratory conditions will benefit most from this treatment method. Eucalyptus, Scots Pine, Niaouli and several other oils are excellent decongestants renowned for their ability to help most respiratory conditions. Inhalation is also a good way of treating facial skin problems as its effect is the same as that achieved by a facial sauna.

Compress

Compresses can be either hot or cold depending on the condition that is being treated. It is well-known and frequently used treatment method for sports injuries in particular, though its uses are much wider than this and can be very effective for pain, swelling and inflammation.

How to use: The method is the same whether hot or cold. Add up to 5 drops of essential oil(s) to a basin or bowl of hot or icy cold water. Use a face-cloth, lined pad, cotton wool or other absorbent fabric and dip this into water. Wring out the excess and place the pad on the affected area. Once the compress has achieved body temperature, renew it and continue as required. A hot compress can be held in place with crepe bandage on joints or with cling-film on larger areas, for example the lower back.

Benefits: Most conditions characterized by 'aches', for example earache, backache, etc, should be treated with hot compresses, while sprains, fevers, inflammations and headaches should be treated with cold compresses. Sprains and varicose veins respond very well to the 'hot/cold' treatment, ie start with a cold compress then alternate between hot and cold compresses over the next few days, finishing with a cold one.

Massage

Massage is a method favored by professional aromatherapists, who usually carry out a full body massage. Specific essential oils are chosen to suit the condition and temperament of the patient, and blended with a base oil, such as sweet almond oil or grapeseed oil.

How to use: The essential oil content in a blend should usually be between 1 per cent and 3 per cent depending on the type of disorder. As a general rule, physical ailments like rheumatism or indigestion demand a stronger concentration than the more emotional or nervous conditions. A rough guideline is to say that 20 drops of essential oil is equivalent to one milliliter, so to make a blend it is possible to use the following proportions:
  • 20 to 60 drops of essential oil to 100ml of base oil.
  • 7 to 25 drops of essential oil to 25ml of base oil.
  • 3 to 5 drops of essential oil to 1 tsp of base oil.

Benefits: Massage is a relaxing and nourishing experience in itself, not least because of the unspoken communication based on touch, but it also ensures that the oils are effectively absorbed through the skin and into the bloodstream. For general well-being it is beneficial to practice self-massage on specific areas of the body, especially concentrating on the feet and hands. It is also useful to rub those. It is also useful to rub those particular parts of the body that are causing discomfort; for example, peppermint ( in dilution) can be rubbed on the stomach in a clock-wise direction to ease indigestion; Marjoram can help to relax the neck and shoulders if they are stiff.

Other Methods

There are many other methods of using essential oils. The following is a brief summary of some of them.

Room Sprays

Make a home-made room spray using a sprayer that has been thoroughly cleaned, to provide your own favorite aromas to freshen your home. It is perfectly possible to make a room spray using a simple solution of cold water with added essential oils (stick to a 5 drops to 10ml maximum). This will mean that every time you use it you will have to make sure you shake it vigorously to disperse the oils in the water. You can 'fix' the aroma and also help to disperse the oils equally in the water by using distilled water (boiled then cooled water) and adding 10 per cent alcohol (preferably vodka).

Radiators And Humidifiers

Drops of oil can be placed in a saucer of water placed on top of a radiator, radiator fragrancer, or on to a ball of damp cotton wool placed behind the radiator. Drops of oil can also be added to the water in a humidifier. All these methods can be used as an alternative to a room burner.

Foot Bath

For foot problems, and as a way of introducing essential oils into the body for other problems, a foot bath can be used. This can either be a piece of equipment specially made for the purpose or a bowl of warm water. Add 2-4 drops of oil to the bath, disperse and immerse feet for up to 20 minutes; adding a bath carrier will help. A hand bath can achieve the same result for hand problems, and achieved in the same way, but only immerse for 10 minutes.

Tissue/Handkerchief/Pillow

Any method that allows inhalation of the oils is an alternative to steam inhalation. Some specific methods not mentioned so far are a tissue/handkerchief - add 1 or 2 drops of oil to your pillow at night so that the oil can be inhaled throughout the night.

Pot-pourri

Although not a recognized therapeutic method, a pot-pourri is a pleasant way of creating an aromatic atmosphere in a house or other rooms in the home. Adding essential oils to a pot-pourri will fragrance a room and introduce the essential oils into the body through inhalation.

Blending Oils

Essential oils can be used alone or blended together. Oils are blended for two reasons: to enhance or change their medicinal actions and to create a more sophisticated fragrance. In purfumery many oils are blended together. For therapeutic purposes it is unusual to mix more than four oils together. When blending oils at home it is best to mix no more than two or three oils. This is because blending has been shown to alter the molecular structure of essential oils and you may end up with a blend that acts differently from what you had intended. Make sure the properties of the oils are complementary.

Blending Guidelines

Choose two or three oils which you believe complement each other. Generally all flower oils work well together; woody oils enhance the resinous oils and other woody essences; the essential oils derived from herbs tend to blend harmoniously with each other; and the range of oils from fruits blend well with essences from their own botanical family .Mix a blend using a little of the strongest scented oils and more of the lighter fragrances. The best blend is usually the one you find most appealing.

Storing Oils

Essential oils are very volatile, ie they evaporate quickly when exposed to the air. Air will also cause oxidisation of the oils, and they are also affected by light and heat. Always buy and store your essential oils in brown amber glass bottles with air-tight, child-proof caps. Keep them in a cool dark place such as a refrigerator if it is kept at a reasonable temperature. Most essential oils, if stored correctly, will keep for up to two years. Some citrus oils such as Orange and Grapefruit may only be effectively used for up to six months. They will then go cloudy through oxidization. Some oils like Sandalwood, Frankincense and Patchouli actually mature and mellow with age. Once blended with other oils, and in carriers, oils will begin to oxidise, weaken and go rancid. This process, however, does take three months or more, and if you store your blends under the same conditions as your essential oils they should be perfectly satisfactory if used within the three months.

Safety Precautions

Warning: Never use essential oils directly on to the skin. Never take essential oils by mouth. If swallowed accidentally, eat bread, drink plenty of milk, and seek professional help. Always consult a qualified practitioner for advice and treatment:
  • If you are pregnant
  • Have an allergy
  • Have a chronic medical condition such as high blood pressure or epilepsy
  • Are receiving medical or psychiatric treatment Are taking homeopathic remedies
  • When treating babies or very young children




100% Pure Geranium Essential Oil Supplied In A 10ml Amber Glass Bottle, With Tamper Evident Dropper Cap To Ensure Perfect Quality.

Botanical Name: Pelargonium graveolens.

Country Of Origin: Egypt.

Family Name: Geraniaceae.

Aroma: Sweet and heavy, a little like rose with minty overtones.

General: Geranium oil is distilled from the leaves of the plant. It has a leafy rose scent. Geranium has long revered for its fragrance.

Some Traditional Uses: Help with reducing stress and tension, balancing emotions and hormones, help to relieve nervous exhaustion, to lift melancholy, repel insects.

Emotional Profile: To aid with acute fear, rigidity, abuse, lack of self-esteem, discontentment, heartache.

Blends Well With: Lavender, bergamot, rose, rosewood, sandalwood, patchouli, frankincense, lemon, jasmine, juniper, tea tree, benzoin, basil, black pepper.


Methods Of Use (And General Help & Information About Essential Oils)

There are many ways of using essential oils, and at least one of them will be right for you. Essential oils are the basic tools of aromatherapy. The oils, which are extracted from plants, can be used to treat all systems of the mind, and imbalances of the emotions. There are many ways to use essential oils. Professional aromatherapists tend to favor massage as the most effective way of getting oils into the body. Massage also increases the healing potential of aromatherapy. The medicinal properties of the essential oils and the nurturing power of touch combine to form a potent healing treatment. Massage can be relaxing or energizing, it can sooth the nervous system or boost the blood and lymphatic systems to improve pysical and mental functioning. Not least among its benefits is the way it can ease pain and tension from tense or overworked muscles and lift the spirits. Whenever possible, try to include massage in your home aromatherapy treatments; where this is not possible, use any of the other methods mentioned below. It is not an exhaustive list and you may well know, or you may discover, other methods.

Room Burner (oil burner; lamp ring; diffuser; vaporiser)

Room burners are specifically made for use with essential oils. You can buy them in many different shapes, sizes, designs and patterns. They can be electric, radiator fragrancer, candle powered or a ceramic light bulb ring that is heated by a light bulb, but most are ceramic oil burners warmed by a small candle. Also remember that a glazed ceramic oil burner will not crack, burn or stain, and is easy to keep clean. Always try to use good quality night lights with a good quality wick so that it will not smell when alight or smoke when blown out.

How to use: Place a small amount of cold water in the bowl, enough to fill it but leaving some space for water expansion. The essential oils of your choice are then dropped into the water ( 6-8 drops will normally be used depending on the size of the bowl and the amount of water being used). Place the candle in the chamber, light it and leave in a safe place. Use for 25-30 minutes this will, of course, depend on the size of the room or house etc.

Benefits: Psychological conditions can be treated very effectively with a room burner. Headaches respond well to this method and all respiratory problems can be treated in this way. A major use of the room burner is to scent and purify the air, clear germs and create a 'therapeutic atmosphere'.

Aromatic Baths

Aromatic baths are one of the most convenient and health-giving methods of using pure essential oils. When used in this way these healing essences not only affect the physical body but the mental and emotional levels too. They can be detoxifying, relaxing, invigorating, emotionally uplifting and sensual. To some degree all essential oils have antibacterial properties, especially lavender and bergamot, while some like eucalyptus and tea tree are also effective when treating viruses. So regular aromatic baths can be useful to help prevent and treat a range of common ailments as well as uplifting or calming the emotions. These qualities plus the way the essences are readily absorbed by the body makes aromatic bathing an essential and luxurious addition to everyday life.

Recipes For Aromatic Baths

Invigorating bath: For an enlivening start to the day use the following blend of essential oils in a warm bath. To enhance the effect finish with a cool shower or splash your body briefly with cold water. For a more fruity aroma add 3 drops of lemon oil instead of geranium.
  • Sweet basil oil = 2 drops
  • Geranium oil = 3 drops
  • Rosemary = 4 drops

Relaxing bath: For a deeply relaxing bath at the end of the day add the following essential oils to a full, warm bath. For a more floral quality add 3 drops of neroli oil instead of sweet marjoram.
  • Clary sage oil = 3 drops
  • Lavender oil = 4 drops
  • Sweet marjoram oil = 3 drops

Revitalising bath: This combination of essences in a warm bath is ideal to use when you've had a long day and need re-energising. For a less fruity aroma but equally reviving effect add 3 drops of rosewood instead of grapefruit oil.
  • Geranium oil = 3 drops
  • Grapefruit oil = 3 drops
  • Myrtle = 4 drops

Emotionally uplifting bath: To melt away stressful or negative thoughts and uplift your spirits use the following combination of essential oils in a warm bath. Soak for at least 15 minutes inhaling the aromatic vapours. If you feel like treating yourself add 2 drops of rose or jasmine essential oil instead of petitgrain.
  • Bergamot oil = 4 drops
  • Clary sage oil = 3 drops
  • Petitgrain = 3 drops

Sensual bath: For a sensual bath for one or two add the following essential oils to a warm bath. Do make sure the blend is pleasing to both of you. For a more 'earthy' aroma use 3 drops of patchouli instead of myrtle oil, or leave out rose and myrtle altogether and substitute them with 3 drops of jasmine.
  • Sandalwood oil = 4 drops
  • Myrtle oil = 3 drops
  • Rose oil = 1 drops
  • Ylang Ylang oil = 2 drops

Purifying bath: Use this bath to help strengthen the body and combat infections like colds and flu. If desired use 2 drops of penetrating eucalyptus instead of bergamot oil.
  • Bergamot oil = 3 drops
  • Lavender oil = 4 drops
  • Tea Tree = 3 drops

Children's bath: If children see you relaxing in a fragrant bath it won't be long before they want one too! Mix the following essential oils into 2 to 3 teaspoons of base oil, then add warm water to create a delightful bath. The dosages are suitable for children over six years old. This combination is ideal for bedtime as it soothes the emotions.
  • Mandarin oil = 3 drops
  • Lavender oil = 3 drops

How to use: First ask yourself what effect you'd like from your aromatic bath, then select an essential oil whose aroma pleases you and also suits your physical and emotional needs. For example, if you have a cold, lavender oil will help to combat infection and has a very relaxing effect, on the other hand bergamot oil combines the ability to fight infection and induces an emotionally uplifting effect. Use only two or three essences in the bath. When you know each one very well you may choose to use a maximum of four, although just two can often have a more powerful effect than four - less generally means more with essential oils.
Fill the bath, add the essential oil(s) (up to 6 drops or as directed), then agitate the water to disperse the oil(s). Soak in the bath for at least 10 minutes, and make sure the bathroom door is closed so that you get the benefit of inhaling the aroma as well as getting the oil directly into the body via the water. For some conditions, or if preferred, the essential oils can be diluted in a massage carrier oil first, which will help to disperse the oil throughout the water. Alternatively, use ready blended (in carrier oil) or specially formulated bath oil, which has the added benefits of moisturising the body, giving a bubble/foam bath and helping to carry the essential oil out of the bath.

Benefits: The use of oils in a bath is useful for all conditions but will be particularly beneficial for muscular and skin conditions, while respiratory problems will benefit from the inhalation of the aroma. Stress, anxiety and other mental health problems will also be improved. Anyone suffering with insomnia will find a pre-retiring bath with Lavender, Bergamot, Petitgrain, Neroli as well as other oils a great aid to restful sleep.

Lotions And Creams

Essential oils can be added to fragrance-free lotions or creams, but make sure that you use a very good quality product that if preferably lanolin free (some people are sensitive to lanolin).

How to use: Add the essential oil(s) to a dark amber glass jar to help preserve the oil and prevent it from reacting with a plastic bottle. The recommended dosage is approximately 1-2 drops of essential oil to every 5mg of cream or 5ml of lotions. Apply lotion to the skin and rub until completely absorbed. Cream should be applied to the skin and gently rubbed in. Leave the rest to sit on the surface of the skin and gradually release the oil into the body and the aroma into the nose.

Benefits: This is a particularly good way of treating most skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, which will benefit greatly. A lotion is an excellent way to get essential oils rapidly into the bloodstream and is therefore useful for treating conditions such as circulation problems. Lotions and creams can be effectively used for headaches, while creams are a good way of treating respiratory conditions. Both are an essential medium for general body and skin care.

Inhalation

Inhalation is very useful for relieving congestion, easing catarrh and soothing the respiratory tract. The method of covering the head with a towel and inhaling the vapour from eucalyptus and camphor is still very popular today.

How to use: Pour a pint of very hot water into a bowl, then add up to 3-4 drops of essential oil(s) to the water. Cover your head with a towel and then lean over the bowl, keeping your head about 10 or 12 inches above the bowl. Keep your eyes closed and then inhale the vapours for a few minutes, then lean back and relax for a couple of minutes. Repeat for up to 10 minutes or as long as is comfortable. Repeat several times a day if required. A facial steamer may be used instead of a bowl with 3-5 drops of essential oil(s).

Benefits: Respiratory conditions will benefit most from this treatment method. Eucalyptus, Scots Pine, Niaouli and several other oils are excellent decongestants renowned for their ability to help most respiratory conditions. Inhalation is also a good way of treating facial skin problems as its effect is the same as that achieved by a facial sauna.

Compress

Compresses can be either hot or cold depending on the condition that is being treated. It is well-known and frequently used treatment method for sports injuries in particular, though its uses are much wider than this and can be very effective for pain, swelling and inflammation.

How to use: The method is the same whether hot or cold. Add up to 5 drops of essential oil(s) to a basin or bowl of hot or icy cold water. Use a face-cloth, lined pad, cotton wool or other absorbent fabric and dip this into water. Wring out the excess and place the pad on the affected area. Once the compress has achieved body temperature, renew it and continue as required. A hot compress can be held in place with crepe bandage on joints or with cling-film on larger areas, for example the lower back.

Benefits: Most conditions characterized by 'aches', for example earache, backache, etc, should be treated with hot compresses, while sprains, fevers, inflammations and headaches should be treated with cold compresses. Sprains and varicose veins respond very well to the 'hot/cold' treatment, ie start with a cold compress then alternate between hot and cold compresses over the next few days, finishing with a cold one.

Massage

Massage is a method favored by professional aromatherapists, who usually carry out a full body massage. Specific essential oils are chosen to suit the condition and temperament of the patient, and blended with a base oil, such as sweet almond oil or grapeseed oil.

How to use: The essential oil content in a blend should usually be between 1 per cent and 3 per cent depending on the type of disorder. As a general rule, physical ailments like rheumatism or indigestion demand a stronger concentration than the more emotional or nervous conditions. A rough guideline is to say that 20 drops of essential oil is equivalent to one milliliter, so to make a blend it is possible to use the following proportions:
  • 20 to 60 drops of essential oil to 100ml of base oil.
  • 7 to 25 drops of essential oil to 25ml of base oil.
  • 3 to 5 drops of essential oil to 1 tsp of base oil.

Benefits: Massage is a relaxing and nourishing experience in itself, not least because of the unspoken communication based on touch, but it also ensures that the oils are effectively absorbed through the skin and into the bloodstream. For general well-being it is beneficial to practice self-massage on specific areas of the body, especially concentrating on the feet and hands. It is also useful to rub those. It is also useful to rub those particular parts of the body that are causing discomfort; for example, peppermint ( in dilution) can be rubbed on the stomach in a clock-wise direction to ease indigestion; Marjoram can help to relax the neck and shoulders if they are stiff.

Other Methods

There are many other methods of using essential oils. The following is a brief summary of some of them.

Room Sprays

Make a home-made room spray using a sprayer that has been thoroughly cleaned, to provide your own favorite aromas to freshen your home. It is perfectly possible to make a room spray using a simple solution of cold water with added essential oils (stick to a 5 drops to 10ml maximum). This will mean that every time you use it you will have to make sure you shake it vigorously to disperse the oils in the water. You can 'fix' the aroma and also help to disperse the oils equally in the water by using distilled water (boiled then cooled water) and adding 10 per cent alcohol (preferably vodka).

Radiators And Humidifiers

Drops of oil can be placed in a saucer of water placed on top of a radiator, radiator fragrancer, or on to a ball of damp cotton wool placed behind the radiator. Drops of oil can also be added to the water in a humidifier. All these methods can be used as an alternative to a room burner.

Foot Bath

For foot problems, and as a way of introducing essential oils into the body for other problems, a foot bath can be used. This can either be a piece of equipment specially made for the purpose or a bowl of warm water. Add 2-4 drops of oil to the bath, disperse and immerse feet for up to 20 minutes; adding a bath carrier will help. A hand bath can achieve the same result for hand problems, and achieved in the same way, but only immerse for 10 minutes.

Tissue/Handkerchief/Pillow

Any method that allows inhalation of the oils is an alternative to steam inhalation. Some specific methods not mentioned so far are a tissue/handkerchief - add 1 or 2 drops of oil to your pillow at night so that the oil can be inhaled throughout the night.

Pot-pourri

Although not a recognized therapeutic method, a pot-pourri is a pleasant way of creating an aromatic atmosphere in a house or other rooms in the home. Adding essential oils to a pot-pourri will fragrance a room and introduce the essential oils into the body through inhalation.

Blending Oils

Essential oils can be used alone or blended together. Oils are blended for two reasons: to enhance or change their medicinal actions and to create a more sophisticated fragrance. In purfumery many oils are blended together. For therapeutic purposes it is unusual to mix more than four oils together. When blending oils at home it is best to mix no more than two or three oils. This is because blending has been shown to alter the molecular structure of essential oils and you may end up with a blend that acts differently from what you had intended. Make sure the properties of the oils are complementary.

Blending Guidelines

Choose two or three oils which you believe complement each other. Generally all flower oils work well together; woody oils enhance the resinous oils and other woody essences; the essential oils derived from herbs tend to blend harmoniously with each other; and the range of oils from fruits blend well with essences from their own botanical family .Mix a blend using a little of the strongest scented oils and more of the lighter fragrances. The best blend is usually the one you find most appealing.

Storing Oils

Essential oils are very volatile, ie they evaporate quickly when exposed to the air. Air will also cause oxidisation of the oils, and they are also affected by light and heat. Always buy and store your essential oils in brown amber glass bottles with air-tight, child-proof caps. Keep them in a cool dark place such as a refrigerator if it is kept at a reasonable temperature. Most essential oils, if stored correctly, will keep for up to two years. Some citrus oils such as Orange and Grapefruit may only be effectively used for up to six months. They will then go cloudy through oxidization. Some oils like Sandalwood, Frankincense and Patchouli actually mature and mellow with age. Once blended with other oils, and in carriers, oils will begin to oxidise, weaken and go rancid. This process, however, does take three months or more, and if you store your blends under the same conditions as your essential oils they should be perfectly satisfactory if used within the three months.

Safety Precautions

Warning: Never use essential oils directly on to the skin. Never take essential oils by mouth. If swallowed accidentally, eat bread, drink plenty of milk, and seek professional help. Always consult a qualified practitioner for advice and treatment:
  • If you are pregnant
  • Have an allergy
  • Have a chronic medical condition such as high blood pressure or epilepsy
  • Are receiving medical or psychiatric treatment Are taking homeopathic remedies
  • When treating babies or very young children




100% Pure Geranium Bourbon Organic Essential Oil Supplied In A 10ml Amber Glass Bottle, With Tamper Evident Dropper Cap To Ensure Perfect Quality.

Fully certified.

Botanical Name: Pelargonium graveolens.

Country Of Origin: South Africa & Egypt.

Family Name: Geraniaceae.

Aroma: Sweet and heavy, a little like rose with minty overtones.

General: Geranium oil is distilled from the leaves of the plant. It has a leafy rose scent. Geranium has long revered for its fragrance.

Some traditional uses: Help reducing stress and tension, balancing emotions and hormones and nervous exhaustion, to lift melancholy and repel insects.

Emotional profile: To aid with acute fear, rigidity, abuse, lack of self-esteem, discontentment, heartache.

Blends well with: Lavender, bergamot, rose, rosewood, sandalwood, patchouli, frankincense, lemon, jasmine, juniper, tea tree, benzoin, basil, black pepper.

organic bergamot essential oil



Methods Of Use (And General Help & Information About Essential Oils)

There are many ways of using essential oils, and at least one of them will be right for you. Essential oils are the basic tools of aromatherapy. The oils, which are extracted from plants, can be used to treat all systems of the mind, and imbalances of the emotions. There are many ways to use essential oils. Professional aromatherapists tend to favor massage as the most effective way of getting oils into the body. Massage also increases the healing potential of aromatherapy. The medicinal properties of the essential oils and the nurturing power of touch combine to form a potent healing treatment. Massage can be relaxing or energizing, it can sooth the nervous system or boost the blood and lymphatic systems to improve pysical and mental functioning. Not least among its benefits is the way it can ease pain and tension from tense or overworked muscles and lift the spirits. Whenever possible, try to include massage in your home aromatherapy treatments; where this is not possible, use any of the other methods mentioned below. It is not an exhaustive list and you may well know, or you may discover, other methods.

Room Burner (oil burner; lamp ring; diffuser; vaporiser)

Room burners are specifically made for use with essential oils. You can buy them in many different shapes, sizes, designs and patterns. They can be electric, radiator fragrancer, candle powered or a ceramic light bulb ring that is heated by a light bulb, but most are ceramic oil burners warmed by a small candle. Also remember that a glazed ceramic oil burner will not crack, burn or stain, and is easy to keep clean. Always try to use good quality night lights with a good quality wick so that it will not smell when alight or smoke when blown out.

How to use: Place a small amount of cold water in the bowl, enough to fill it but leaving some space for water expansion. The essential oils of your choice are then dropped into the water ( 6-8 drops will normally be used depending on the size of the bowl and the amount of water being used). Place the candle in the chamber, light it and leave in a safe place. Use for 25-30 minutes this will, of course, depend on the size of the room or house etc.

Benefits: Psychological conditions can be treated very effectively with a room burner. Headaches respond well to this method and all respiratory problems can be treated in this way. A major use of the room burner is to scent and purify the air, clear germs and create a 'therapeutic atmosphere'.

Aromatic Baths

Aromatic baths are one of the most convenient and health-giving methods of using pure essential oils. When used in this way these healing essences not only affect the physical body but the mental and emotional levels too. They can be detoxifying, relaxing, invigorating, emotionally uplifting and sensual. To some degree all essential oils have antibacterial properties, especially lavender and bergamot, while some like eucalyptus and tea tree are also effective when treating viruses. So regular aromatic baths can be useful to help prevent and treat a range of common ailments as well as uplifting or calming the emotions. These qualities plus the way the essences are readily absorbed by the body makes aromatic bathing an essential and luxurious addition to everyday life.

Recipes For Aromatic Baths

Invigorating bath: For an enlivening start to the day use the following blend of essential oils in a warm bath. To enhance the effect finish with a cool shower or splash your body briefly with cold water. For a more fruity aroma add 3 drops of lemon oil instead of geranium.
  • Sweet basil oil = 2 drops
  • Geranium oil = 3 drops
  • Rosemary = 4 drops

Relaxing bath: For a deeply relaxing bath at the end of the day add the following essential oils to a full, warm bath. For a more floral quality add 3 drops of neroli oil instead of sweet marjoram.
  • Clary sage oil = 3 drops
  • Lavender oil = 4 drops
  • Sweet marjoram oil = 3 drops

Revitalising bath: This combination of essences in a warm bath is ideal to use when you've had a long day and need re-energising. For a less fruity aroma but equally reviving effect add 3 drops of rosewood instead of grapefruit oil.
  • Geranium oil = 3 drops
  • Grapefruit oil = 3 drops
  • Myrtle = 4 drops

Emotionally uplifting bath: To melt away stressful or negative thoughts and uplift your spirits use the following combination of essential oils in a warm bath. Soak for at least 15 minutes inhaling the aromatic vapours. If you feel like treating yourself add 2 drops of rose or jasmine essential oil instead of petitgrain.
  • Bergamot oil = 4 drops
  • Clary sage oil = 3 drops
  • Petitgrain = 3 drops

Sensual bath: For a sensual bath for one or two add the following essential oils to a warm bath. Do make sure the blend is pleasing to both of you. For a more 'earthy' aroma use 3 drops of patchouli instead of myrtle oil, or leave out rose and myrtle altogether and substitute them with 3 drops of jasmine.
  • Sandalwood oil = 4 drops
  • Myrtle oil = 3 drops
  • Rose oil = 1 drops
  • Ylang Ylang oil = 2 drops

Purifying bath: Use this bath to help strengthen the body and combat infections like colds and flu. If desired use 2 drops of penetrating eucalyptus instead of bergamot oil.
  • Bergamot oil = 3 drops
  • Lavender oil = 4 drops
  • Tea Tree = 3 drops

Children's bath: If children see you relaxing in a fragrant bath it won't be long before they want one too! Mix the following essential oils into 2 to 3 teaspoons of base oil, then add warm water to create a delightful bath. The dosages are suitable for children over six years old. This combination is ideal for bedtime as it soothes the emotions.
  • Mandarin oil = 3 drops
  • Lavender oil = 3 drops

How to use: First ask yourself what effect you'd like from your aromatic bath, then select an essential oil whose aroma pleases you and also suits your physical and emotional needs. For example, if you have a cold, lavender oil will help to combat infection and has a very relaxing effect, on the other hand bergamot oil combines the ability to fight infection and induces an emotionally uplifting effect. Use only two or three essences in the bath. When you know each one very well you may choose to use a maximum of four, although just two can often have a more powerful effect than four - less generally means more with essential oils.
Fill the bath, add the essential oil(s) (up to 6 drops or as directed), then agitate the water to disperse the oil(s). Soak in the bath for at least 10 minutes, and make sure the bathroom door is closed so that you get the benefit of inhaling the aroma as well as getting the oil directly into the body via the water. For some conditions, or if preferred, the essential oils can be diluted in a massage carrier oil first, which will help to disperse the oil throughout the water. Alternatively, use ready blended (in carrier oil) or specially formulated bath oil, which has the added benefits of moisturising the body, giving a bubble/foam bath and helping to carry the essential oil out of the bath.

Benefits: The use of oils in a bath is useful for all conditions but will be particularly beneficial for muscular and skin conditions, while respiratory problems will benefit from the inhalation of the aroma. Stress, anxiety and other mental health problems will also be improved. Anyone suffering with insomnia will find a pre-retiring bath with Lavender, Bergamot, Petitgrain, Neroli as well as other oils a great aid to restful sleep.

Lotions And Creams

Essential oils can be added to fragrance-free lotions or creams, but make sure that you use a very good quality product that if preferably lanolin free (some people are sensitive to lanolin).

How to use: Add the essential oil(s) to a dark amber glass jar to help preserve the oil and prevent it from reacting with a plastic bottle. The recommended dosage is approximately 1-2 drops of essential oil to every 5mg of cream or 5ml of lotions. Apply lotion to the skin and rub until completely absorbed. Cream should be applied to the skin and gently rubbed in. Leave the rest to sit on the surface of the skin and gradually release the oil into the body and the aroma into the nose.

Benefits: This is a particularly good way of treating most skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, which will benefit greatly. A lotion is an excellent way to get essential oils rapidly into the bloodstream and is therefore useful for treating conditions such as circulation problems. Lotions and creams can be effectively used for headaches, while creams are a good way of treating respiratory conditions. Both are an essential medium for general body and skin care.

Inhalation

Inhalation is very useful for relieving congestion, easing catarrh and soothing the respiratory tract. The method of covering the head with a towel and inhaling the vapour from eucalyptus and camphor is still very popular today.

How to use: Pour a pint of very hot water into a bowl, then add up to 3-4 drops of essential oil(s) to the water. Cover your head with a towel and then lean over the bowl, keeping your head about 10 or 12 inches above the bowl. Keep your eyes closed and then inhale the vapours for a few minutes, then lean back and relax for a couple of minutes. Repeat for up to 10 minutes or as long as is comfortable. Repeat several times a day if required. A facial steamer may be used instead of a bowl with 3-5 drops of essential oil(s).

Benefits: Respiratory conditions will benefit most from this treatment method. Eucalyptus, Scots Pine, Niaouli and several other oils are excellent decongestants renowned for their ability to help most respiratory conditions. Inhalation is also a good way of treating facial skin problems as its effect is the same as that achieved by a facial sauna.

Compress

Compresses can be either hot or cold depending on the condition that is being treated. It is well-known and frequently used treatment method for sports injuries in particular, though its uses are much wider than this and can be very effective for pain, swelling and inflammation.

How to use: The method is the same whether hot or cold. Add up to 5 drops of essential oil(s) to a basin or bowl of hot or icy cold water. Use a face-cloth, lined pad, cotton wool or other absorbent fabric and dip this into water. Wring out the excess and place the pad on the affected area. Once the compress has achieved body temperature, renew it and continue as required. A hot compress can be held in place with crepe bandage on joints or with cling-film on larger areas, for example the lower back.

Benefits: Most conditions characterized by 'aches', for example earache, backache, etc, should be treated with hot compresses, while sprains, fevers, inflammations and headaches should be treated with cold compresses. Sprains and varicose veins respond very well to the 'hot/cold' treatment, ie start with a cold compress then alternate between hot and cold compresses over the next few days, finishing with a cold one.

Massage

Massage is a method favored by professional aromatherapists, who usually carry out a full body massage. Specific essential oils are chosen to suit the condition and temperament of the patient, and blended with a base oil, such as sweet almond oil or grapeseed oil.

How to use: The essential oil content in a blend should usually be between 1 per cent and 3 per cent depending on the type of disorder. As a general rule, physical ailments like rheumatism or indigestion demand a stronger concentration than the more emotional or nervous conditions. A rough guideline is to say that 20 drops of essential oil is equivalent to one milliliter, so to make a blend it is possible to use the following proportions:
  • 20 to 60 drops of essential oil to 100ml of base oil.
  • 7 to 25 drops of essential oil to 25ml of base oil.
  • 3 to 5 drops of essential oil to 1 tsp of base oil.

Benefits: Massage is a relaxing and nourishing experience in itself, not least because of the unspoken communication based on touch, but it also ensures that the oils are effectively absorbed through the skin and into the bloodstream. For general well-being it is beneficial to practice self-massage on specific areas of the body, especially concentrating on the feet and hands. It is also useful to rub those. It is also useful to rub those particular parts of the body that are causing discomfort; for example, peppermint ( in dilution) can be rubbed on the stomach in a clock-wise direction to ease indigestion; Marjoram can help to relax the neck and shoulders if they are stiff.

Other Methods

There are many other methods of using essential oils. The following is a brief summary of some of them.

Room Sprays

Make a home-made room spray using a sprayer that has been thoroughly cleaned, to provide your own favorite aromas to freshen your home. It is perfectly possible to make a room spray using a simple solution of cold water with added essential oils (stick to a 5 drops to 10ml maximum). This will mean that every time you use it you will have to make sure you shake it vigorously to disperse the oils in the water. You can 'fix' the aroma and also help to disperse the oils equally in the water by using distilled water (boiled then cooled water) and adding 10 per cent alcohol (preferably vodka).

Radiators And Humidifiers

Drops of oil can be placed in a saucer of water placed on top of a radiator, radiator fragrancer, or on to a ball of damp cotton wool placed behind the radiator. Drops of oil can also be added to the water in a humidifier. All these methods can be used as an alternative to a room burner.

Foot Bath

For foot problems, and as a way of introducing essential oils into the body for other problems, a foot bath can be used. This can either be a piece of equipment specially made for the purpose or a bowl of warm water. Add 2-4 drops of oil to the bath, disperse and immerse feet for up to 20 minutes; adding a bath carrier will help. A hand bath can achieve the same result for hand problems, and achieved in the same way, but only immerse for 10 minutes.

Tissue/Handkerchief/Pillow

Any method that allows inhalation of the oils is an alternative to steam inhalation. Some specific methods not mentioned so far are a tissue/handkerchief - add 1 or 2 drops of oil to your pillow at night so that the oil can be inhaled throughout the night.

Pot-pourri

Although not a recognized therapeutic method, a pot-pourri is a pleasant way of creating an aromatic atmosphere in a house or other rooms in the home. Adding essential oils to a pot-pourri will fragrance a room and introduce the essential oils into the body through inhalation.

Blending Oils

Essential oils can be used alone or blended together. Oils are blended for two reasons: to enhance or change their medicinal actions and to create a more sophisticated fragrance. In purfumery many oils are blended together. For therapeutic purposes it is unusual to mix more than four oils together. When blending oils at home it is best to mix no more than two or three oils. This is because blending has been shown to alter the molecular structure of essential oils and you may end up with a blend that acts differently from what you had intended. Make sure the properties of the oils are complementary.

Blending Guidelines

Choose two or three oils which you believe complement each other. Generally all flower oils work well together; woody oils enhance the resinous oils and other woody essences; the essential oils derived from herbs tend to blend harmoniously with each other; and the range of oils from fruits blend well with essences from their own botanical family .Mix a blend using a little of the strongest scented oils and more of the lighter fragrances. The best blend is usually the one you find most appealing.

Storing Oils

Essential oils are very volatile, ie they evaporate quickly when exposed to the air. Air will also cause oxidisation of the oils, and they are also affected by light and heat. Always buy and store your essential oils in brown amber glass bottles with air-tight, child-proof caps. Keep them in a cool dark place such as a refrigerator if it is kept at a reasonable temperature. Most essential oils, if stored correctly, will keep for up to two years. Some citrus oils such as Orange and Grapefruit may only be effectively used for up to six months. They will then go cloudy through oxidization. Some oils like Sandalwood, Frankincense and Patchouli actually mature and mellow with age. Once blended with other oils, and in carriers, oils will begin to oxidise, weaken and go rancid. This process, however, does take three months or more, and if you store your blends under the same conditions as your essential oils they should be perfectly satisfactory if used within the three months.

Safety Precautions

Warning: Never use essential oils directly on to the skin. Never take essential oils by mouth. If swallowed accidentally, eat bread, drink plenty of milk, and seek professional help. Always consult a qualified practitioner for advice and treatment:
  • If you are pregnant
  • Have an allergy
  • Have a chronic medical condition such as high blood pressure or epilepsy
  • Are receiving medical or psychiatric treatment Are taking homeopathic remedies
  • When treating babies or very young children




Grapefruit White Pure Essential Oil. Supplied in a 10ml Amber Glass Dropper Bottle.

Botanical Name: Citrus paradisi.

Country Of Origin: Israel.

Aroma: Pleasant fresh, sweet citrus aroma.

Extraction Description: The volatile oil obtained by cold-pressing the outer peels of the fruits.

General: Good for oily skin. Good for hair. Helps to tone and cleanses the skin. Can be used with blends to help with cellulite. Traditionally used as an astringent skin conditioner. As with the majority of essential oils, dilute with a carrier oil or base cream when applying to the skin. Good to use after exercise. High in Vitamin C. Handy pick me up for people with S.A.D. Refreshes and uplifts the spirit. A lovely fresh smelling oil that can help as a pick me up for exhaustion.

Properties: Uplifting, invigorating, refreshing, stimulating. Good for cellulite.

Blends Well With: Lemon, palmarosa, bergamot, neroli, rosemary, cardamon, geranium, lavender and cypress.


Methods Of Use (And General Help & Information About Essential Oils)

There are many ways of using essential oils, and at least one of them will be right for you. Essential oils are the basic tools of aromatherapy. The oils, which are extracted from plants, can be used to treat all systems of the mind, and imbalances of the emotions. There are many ways to use essential oils. Professional aromatherapists tend to favor massage as the most effective way of getting oils into the body. Massage also increases the healing potential of aromatherapy. The medicinal properties of the essential oils and the nurturing power of touch combine to form a potent healing treatment. Massage can be relaxing or energizing, it can sooth the nervous system or boost the blood and lymphatic systems to improve pysical and mental functioning. Not least among its benefits is the way it can ease pain and tension from tense or overworked muscles and lift the spirits. Whenever possible, try to include massage in your home aromatherapy treatments; where this is not possible, use any of the other methods mentioned below. It is not an exhaustive list and you may well know, or you may discover, other methods.

Room Burner (oil burner; lamp ring; diffuser; vaporiser)

Room burners are specifically made for use with essential oils. You can buy them in many different shapes, sizes, designs and patterns. They can be electric, radiator fragrancer, candle powered or a ceramic light bulb ring that is heated by a light bulb, but most are ceramic oil burners warmed by a small candle. Also remember that a glazed ceramic oil burner will not crack, burn or stain, and is easy to keep clean. Always try to use good quality night lights with a good quality wick so that it will not smell when alight or smoke when blown out.

How to use: Place a small amount of cold water in the bowl, enough to fill it but leaving some space for water expansion. The essential oils of your choice are then dropped into the water ( 6-8 drops will normally be used depending on the size of the bowl and the amount of water being used). Place the candle in the chamber, light it and leave in a safe place. Use for 25-30 minutes this will, of course, depend on the size of the room or house etc.

Benefits: Psychological conditions can be treated very effectively with a room burner. Headaches respond well to this method and all respiratory problems can be treated in this way. A major use of the room burner is to scent and purify the air, clear germs and create a 'therapeutic atmosphere'.

Aromatic Baths

Aromatic baths are one of the most convenient and health-giving methods of using pure essential oils. When used in this way these healing essences not only affect the physical body but the mental and emotional levels too. They can be detoxifying, relaxing, invigorating, emotionally uplifting and sensual. To some degree all essential oils have antibacterial properties, especially lavender and bergamot, while some like eucalyptus and tea tree are also effective when treating viruses. So regular aromatic baths can be useful to help prevent and treat a range of common ailments as well as uplifting or calming the emotions. These qualities plus the way the essences are readily absorbed by the body makes aromatic bathing an essential and luxurious addition to everyday life.

Recipes For Aromatic Baths

Invigorating bath: For an enlivening start to the day use the following blend of essential oils in a warm bath. To enhance the effect finish with a cool shower or splash your body briefly with cold water. For a more fruity aroma add 3 drops of lemon oil instead of geranium.
  • Sweet basil oil = 2 drops
  • Geranium oil = 3 drops
  • Rosemary = 4 drops

Relaxing bath: For a deeply relaxing bath at the end of the day add the following essential oils to a full, warm bath. For a more floral quality add 3 drops of neroli oil instead of sweet marjoram.
  • Clary sage oil = 3 drops
  • Lavender oil = 4 drops
  • Sweet marjoram oil = 3 drops

Revitalising bath: This combination of essences in a warm bath is ideal to use when you've had a long day and need re-energising. For a less fruity aroma but equally reviving effect add 3 drops of rosewood instead of grapefruit oil.
  • Geranium oil = 3 drops
  • Grapefruit oil = 3 drops
  • Myrtle = 4 drops

Emotionally uplifting bath: To melt away stressful or negative thoughts and uplift your spirits use the following combination of essential oils in a warm bath. Soak for at least 15 minutes inhaling the aromatic vapours. If you feel like treating yourself add 2 drops of rose or jasmine essential oil instead of petitgrain.
  • Bergamot oil = 4 drops
  • Clary sage oil = 3 drops
  • Petitgrain = 3 drops

Sensual bath: For a sensual bath for one or two add the following essential oils to a warm bath. Do make sure the blend is pleasing to both of you. For a more 'earthy' aroma use 3 drops of patchouli instead of myrtle oil, or leave out rose and myrtle altogether and substitute them with 3 drops of jasmine.
  • Sandalwood oil = 4 drops
  • Myrtle oil = 3 drops
  • Rose oil = 1 drops
  • Ylang Ylang oil = 2 drops

Purifying bath: Use this bath to help strengthen the body and combat infections like colds and flu. If desired use 2 drops of penetrating eucalyptus instead of bergamot oil.
  • Bergamot oil = 3 drops
  • Lavender oil = 4 drops
  • Tea Tree = 3 drops

Children's bath: If children see you relaxing in a fragrant bath it won't be long before they want one too! Mix the following essential oils into 2 to 3 teaspoons of base oil, then add warm water to create a delightful bath. The dosages are suitable for children over six years old. This combination is ideal for bedtime as it soothes the emotions.
  • Mandarin oil = 3 drops
  • Lavender oil = 3 drops

How to use: First ask yourself what effect you'd like from your aromatic bath, then select an essential oil whose aroma pleases you and also suits your physical and emotional needs. For example, if you have a cold, lavender oil will help to combat infection and has a very relaxing effect, on the other hand bergamot oil combines the ability to fight infection and induces an emotionally uplifting effect. Use only two or three essences in the bath. When you know each one very well you may choose to use a maximum of four, although just two can often have a more powerful effect than four - less generally means more with essential oils.
Fill the bath, add the essential oil(s) (up to 6 drops or as directed), then agitate the water to disperse the oil(s). Soak in the bath for at least 10 minutes, and make sure the bathroom door is closed so that you get the benefit of inhaling the aroma as well as getting the oil directly into the body via the water. For some conditions, or if preferred, the essential oils can be diluted in a massage carrier oil first, which will help to disperse the oil throughout the water. Alternatively, use ready blended (in carrier oil) or specially formulated bath oil, which has the added benefits of moisturising the body, giving a bubble/foam bath and helping to carry the essential oil out of the bath.

Benefits: The use of oils in a bath is useful for all conditions but will be particularly beneficial for muscular and skin conditions, while respiratory problems will benefit from the inhalation of the aroma. Stress, anxiety and other mental health problems will also be improved. Anyone suffering with insomnia will find a pre-retiring bath with Lavender, Bergamot, Petitgrain, Neroli as well as other oils a great aid to restful sleep.

Lotions And Creams

Essential oils can be added to fragrance-free lotions or creams, but make sure that you use a very good quality product that if preferably lanolin free (some people are sensitive to lanolin).

How to use: Add the essential oil(s) to a dark amber glass jar to help preserve the oil and prevent it from reacting with a plastic bottle. The recommended dosage is approximately 1-2 drops of essential oil to every 5mg of cream or 5ml of lotions. Apply lotion to the skin and rub until completely absorbed. Cream should be applied to the skin and gently rubbed in. Leave the rest to sit on the surface of the skin and gradually release the oil into the body and the aroma into the nose.

Benefits: This is a particularly good way of treating most skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, which will benefit greatly. A lotion is an excellent way to get essential oils rapidly into the bloodstream and is therefore useful for treating conditions such as circulation problems. Lotions and creams can be effectively used for headaches, while creams are a good way of treating respiratory conditions. Both are an essential medium for general body and skin care.

Inhalation

Inhalation is very useful for relieving congestion, easing catarrh and soothing the respiratory tract. The method of covering the head with a towel and inhaling the vapour from eucalyptus and camphor is still very popular today.

How to use: Pour a pint of very hot water into a bowl, then add up to 3-4 drops of essential oil(s) to the water. Cover your head with a towel and then lean over the bowl, keeping your head about 10 or 12 inches above the bowl. Keep your eyes closed and then inhale the vapours for a few minutes, then lean back and relax for a couple of minutes. Repeat for up to 10 minutes or as long as is comfortable. Repeat several times a day if required. A facial steamer may be used instead of a bowl with 3-5 drops of essential oil(s).

Benefits: Respiratory conditions will benefit most from this treatment method. Eucalyptus, Scots Pine, Niaouli and several other oils are excellent decongestants renowned for their ability to help most respiratory conditions. Inhalation is also a good way of treating facial skin problems as its effect is the same as that achieved by a facial sauna.

Compress

Compresses can be either hot or cold depending on the condition that is being treated. It is well-known and frequently used treatment method for sports injuries in particular, though its uses are much wider than this and can be very effective for pain, swelling and inflammation.

How to use: The method is the same whether hot or cold. Add up to 5 drops of essential oil(s) to a basin or bowl of hot or icy cold water. Use a face-cloth, lined pad, cotton wool or other absorbent fabric and dip this into water. Wring out the excess and place the pad on the affected area. Once the compress has achieved body temperature, renew it and continue as required. A hot compress can be held in place with crepe bandage on joints or with cling-film on larger areas, for example the lower back.

Benefits: Most conditions characterized by 'aches', for example earache, backache, etc, should be treated with hot compresses, while sprains, fevers, inflammations and headaches should be treated with cold compresses. Sprains and varicose veins respond very well to the 'hot/cold' treatment, ie start with a cold compress then alternate between hot and cold compresses over the next few days, finishing with a cold one.

Massage

Massage is a method favored by professional aromatherapists, who usually carry out a full body massage. Specific essential oils are chosen to suit the condition and temperament of the patient, and blended with a base oil, such as sweet almond oil or grapeseed oil.

How to use: The essential oil content in a blend should usually be between 1 per cent and 3 per cent depending on the type of disorder. As a general rule, physical ailments like rheumatism or indigestion demand a stronger concentration than the more emotional or nervous conditions. A rough guideline is to say that 20 drops of essential oil is equivalent to one milliliter, so to make a blend it is possible to use the following proportions:
  • 20 to 60 drops of essential oil to 100ml of base oil.
  • 7 to 25 drops of essential oil to 25ml of base oil.
  • 3 to 5 drops of essential oil to 1 tsp of base oil.

Benefits: Massage is a relaxing and nourishing experience in itself, not least because of the unspoken communication based on touch, but it also ensures that the oils are effectively absorbed through the skin and into the bloodstream. For general well-being it is beneficial to practice self-massage on specific areas of the body, especially concentrating on the feet and hands. It is also useful to rub those. It is also useful to rub those particular parts of the body that are causing discomfort; for example, peppermint ( in dilution) can be rubbed on the stomach in a clock-wise direction to ease indigestion; Marjoram can help to relax the neck and shoulders if they are stiff.

Other Methods

There are many other methods of using essential oils. The following is a brief summary of some of them.

Room Sprays

Make a home-made room spray using a sprayer that has been thoroughly cleaned, to provide your own favorite aromas to freshen your home. It is perfectly possible to make a room spray using a simple solution of cold water with added essential oils (stick to a 5 drops to 10ml maximum). This will mean that every time you use it you will have to make sure you shake it vigorously to disperse the oils in the water. You can 'fix' the aroma and also help to disperse the oils equally in the water by using distilled water (boiled then cooled water) and adding 10 per cent alcohol (preferably vodka).

Radiators And Humidifiers

Drops of oil can be placed in a saucer of water placed on top of a radiator, radiator fragrancer, or on to a ball of damp cotton wool placed behind the radiator. Drops of oil can also be added to the water in a humidifier. All these methods can be used as an alternative to a room burner.

Foot Bath

For foot problems, and as a way of introducing essential oils into the body for other problems, a foot bath can be used. This can either be a piece of equipment specially made for the purpose or a bowl of warm water. Add 2-4 drops of oil to the bath, disperse and immerse feet for up to 20 minutes; adding a bath carrier will help. A hand bath can achieve the same result for hand problems, and achieved in the same way, but only immerse for 10 minutes.

Tissue/Handkerchief/Pillow

Any method that allows inhalation of the oils is an alternative to steam inhalation. Some specific methods not mentioned so far are a tissue/handkerchief - add 1 or 2 drops of oil to your pillow at night so that the oil can be inhaled throughout the night.

Pot-pourri

Although not a recognized therapeutic method, a pot-pourri is a pleasant way of creating an aromatic atmosphere in a house or other rooms in the home. Adding essential oils to a pot-pourri will fragrance a room and introduce the essential oils into the body through inhalation.

Blending Oils

Essential oils can be used alone or blended together. Oils are blended for two reasons: to enhance or change their medicinal actions and to create a more sophisticated fragrance. In purfumery many oils are blended together. For therapeutic purposes it is unusual to mix more than four oils together. When blending oils at home it is best to mix no more than two or three oils. This is because blending has been shown to alter the molecular structure of essential oils and you may end up with a blend that acts differently from what you had intended. Make sure the properties of the oils are complementary.

Blending Guidelines

Choose two or three oils which you believe complement each other. Generally all flower oils work well together; woody oils enhance the resinous oils and other woody essences; the essential oils derived from herbs tend to blend harmoniously with each other; and the range of oils from fruits blend well with essences from their own botanical family .Mix a blend using a little of the strongest scented oils and more of the lighter fragrances. The best blend is usually the one you find most appealing.

Storing Oils

Essential oils are very volatile, ie they evaporate quickly when exposed to the air. Air will also cause oxidisation of the oils, and they are also affected by light and heat. Always buy and store your essential oils in brown amber glass bottles with air-tight, child-proof caps. Keep them in a cool dark place such as a refrigerator if it is kept at a reasonable temperature. Most essential oils, if stored correctly, will keep for up to two years. Some citrus oils such as Orange and Grapefruit may only be effectively used for up to six months. They will then go cloudy through oxidization. Some oils like Sandalwood, Frankincense and Patchouli actually mature and mellow with age. Once blended with other oils, and in carriers, oils will begin to oxidise, weaken and go rancid. This process, however, does take three months or more, and if you store your blends under the same conditions as your essential oils they should be perfectly satisfactory if used within the three months.

Safety Precautions

Warning: Never use essential oils directly on to the skin. Never take essential oils by mouth. If swallowed accidentally, eat bread, drink plenty of milk, and seek professional help. Always consult a qualified practitioner for advice and treatment:
  • If you are pregnant
  • Have an allergy
  • Have a chronic medical condition such as high blood pressure or epilepsy
  • Are receiving medical or psychiatric treatment Are taking homeopathic remedies
  • When treating babies or very young children




Grapefruit Pink Pure Essential Oil. Supplied in a 10ml Amber Glass Dropper Bottle.

Botanical Name: Citrus paradisi

Country Of Origin: USA

Aroma: Pleasant fresh, `tart sweet citrus aroma that is very characteristic of the fruit..

Extraction Description: The volatile oil obtained by cold-pressing the outer peels of the fruits.

General: The differences between the White and Pink Grapefruit are minor. The difference in cost is simply an example of supply and demand; there is more pink grapefruit produced because it is sweeter than the white variety. The grapefruit tree was originally from Asia. It is now grown and harvested in the United States, France, Brazil, Argentina and Israel. The Grapefruit tree itself is a large, shiny gloss-leaved tree, about 10 meters (30 feet) high, with white flowers and large, pale yellow fruit.

Properties: Uplifting, invigorating, refreshing, stimulating. Good for help with cellulite.

Blends Well With: Grapefruit pink blends well with other members of the citrus family and rosemary, cypress, lavender, geranium, cardamon and generally most spice oils.


Methods Of Use (And General Help & Information About Essential Oils)

There are many ways of using essential oils, and at least one of them will be right for you. Essential oils are the basic tools of aromatherapy. The oils, which are extracted from plants, can be used to treat all systems of the mind, and imbalances of the emotions. There are many ways to use essential oils. Professional aromatherapists tend to favor massage as the most effective way of getting oils into the body. Massage also increases the healing potential of aromatherapy. The medicinal properties of the essential oils and the nurturing power of touch combine to form a potent healing treatment. Massage can be relaxing or energizing, it can sooth the nervous system or boost the blood and lymphatic systems to improve pysical and mental functioning. Not least among its benefits is the way it can ease pain and tension from tense or overworked muscles and lift the spirits. Whenever possible, try to include massage in your home aromatherapy treatments; where this is not possible, use any of the other methods mentioned below. It is not an exhaustive list and you may well know, or you may discover, other methods.

Room Burner (oil burner; lamp ring; diffuser; vaporiser)

Room burners are specifically made for use with essential oils. You can buy them in many different shapes, sizes, designs and patterns. They can be electric, radiator fragrancer, candle powered or a ceramic light bulb ring that is heated by a light bulb, but most are ceramic oil burners warmed by a small candle. Also remember that a glazed ceramic oil burner will not crack, burn or stain, and is easy to keep clean. Always try to use good quality night lights with a good quality wick so that it will not smell when alight or smoke when blown out.

How to use: Place a small amount of cold water in the bowl, enough to fill it but leaving some space for water expansion. The essential oils of your choice are then dropped into the water ( 6-8 drops will normally be used depending on the size of the bowl and the amount of water being used). Place the candle in the chamber, light it and leave in a safe place. Use for 25-30 minutes this will, of course, depend on the size of the room or house etc.

Benefits: Psychological conditions can be treated very effectively with a room burner. Headaches respond well to this method and all respiratory problems can be treated in this way. A major use of the room burner is to scent and purify the air, clear germs and create a 'therapeutic atmosphere'.

Aromatic Baths

Aromatic baths are one of the most convenient and health-giving methods of using pure essential oils. When used in this way these healing essences not only affect the physical body but the mental and emotional levels too. They can be detoxifying, relaxing, invigorating, emotionally uplifting and sensual. To some degree all essential oils have antibacterial properties, especially lavender and bergamot, while some like eucalyptus and tea tree are also effective when treating viruses. So regular aromatic baths can be useful to help prevent and treat a range of common ailments as well as uplifting or calming the emotions. These qualities plus the way the essences are readily absorbed by the body makes aromatic bathing an essential and luxurious addition to everyday life.

Recipes For Aromatic Baths

Invigorating bath: For an enlivening start to the day use the following blend of essential oils in a warm bath. To enhance the effect finish with a cool shower or splash your body briefly with cold water. For a more fruity aroma add 3 drops of lemon oil instead of geranium.
  • Sweet basil oil = 2 drops
  • Geranium oil = 3 drops
  • Rosemary = 4 drops

Relaxing bath: For a deeply relaxing bath at the end of the day add the following essential oils to a full, warm bath. For a more floral quality add 3 drops of neroli oil instead of sweet marjoram.
  • Clary sage oil = 3 drops
  • Lavender oil = 4 drops
  • Sweet marjoram oil = 3 drops

Revitalising bath: This combination of essences in a warm bath is ideal to use when you've had a long day and need re-energising. For a less fruity aroma but equally reviving effect add 3 drops of rosewood instead of grapefruit oil.
  • Geranium oil = 3 drops
  • Grapefruit oil = 3 drops
  • Myrtle = 4 drops

Emotionally uplifting bath: To melt away stressful or negative thoughts and uplift your spirits use the following combination of essential oils in a warm bath. Soak for at least 15 minutes inhaling the aromatic vapours. If you feel like treating yourself add 2 drops of rose or jasmine essential oil instead of petitgrain.
  • Bergamot oil = 4 drops
  • Clary sage oil = 3 drops
  • Petitgrain = 3 drops

Sensual bath: For a sensual bath for one or two add the following essential oils to a warm bath. Do make sure the blend is pleasing to both of you. For a more 'earthy' aroma use 3 drops of patchouli instead of myrtle oil, or leave out rose and myrtle altogether and substitute them with 3 drops of jasmine.
  • Sandalwood oil = 4 drops
  • Myrtle oil = 3 drops
  • Rose oil = 1 drops
  • Ylang Ylang oil = 2 drops

Purifying bath: Use this bath to help strengthen the body and combat infections like colds and flu. If desired use 2 drops of penetrating eucalyptus instead of bergamot oil.
  • Bergamot oil = 3 drops
  • Lavender oil = 4 drops
  • Tea Tree = 3 drops

Children's bath: If children see you relaxing in a fragrant bath it won't be long before they want one too! Mix the following essential oils into 2 to 3 teaspoons of base oil, then add warm water to create a delightful bath. The dosages are suitable for children over six years old. This combination is ideal for bedtime as it soothes the emotions.
  • Mandarin oil = 3 drops
  • Lavender oil = 3 drops

How to use: First ask yourself what effect you'd like from your aromatic bath, then select an essential oil whose aroma pleases you and also suits your physical and emotional needs. For example, if you have a cold, lavender oil will help to combat infection and has a very relaxing effect, on the other hand bergamot oil combines the ability to fight infection and induces an emotionally uplifting effect. Use only two or three essences in the bath. When you know each one very well you may choose to use a maximum of four, although just two can often have a more powerful effect than four - less generally means more with essential oils.
Fill the bath, add the essential oil(s) (up to 6 drops or as directed), then agitate the water to disperse the oil(s). Soak in the bath for at least 10 minutes, and make sure the bathroom door is closed so that you get the benefit of inhaling the aroma as well as getting the oil directly into the body via the water. For some conditions, or if preferred, the essential oils can be diluted in a massage carrier oil first, which will help to disperse the oil throughout the water. Alternatively, use ready blended (in carrier oil) or specially formulated bath oil, which has the added benefits of moisturising the body, giving a bubble/foam bath and helping to carry the essential oil out of the bath.

Benefits: The use of oils in a bath is useful for all conditions but will be particularly beneficial for muscular and skin conditions, while respiratory problems will benefit from the inhalation of the aroma. Stress, anxiety and other mental health problems will also be improved. Anyone suffering with insomnia will find a pre-retiring bath with Lavender, Bergamot, Petitgrain, Neroli as well as other oils a great aid to restful sleep.

Lotions And Creams

Essential oils can be added to fragrance-free lotions or creams, but make sure that you use a very good quality product that if preferably lanolin free (some people are sensitive to lanolin).

How to use: Add the essential oil(s) to a dark amber glass jar to help preserve the oil and prevent it from reacting with a plastic bottle. The recommended dosage is approximately 1-2 drops of essential oil to every 5mg of cream or 5ml of lotions. Apply lotion to the skin and rub until completely absorbed. Cream should be applied to the skin and gently rubbed in. Leave the rest to sit on the surface of the skin and gradually release the oil into the body and the aroma into the nose.

Benefits: This is a particularly good way of treating most skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, which will benefit greatly. A lotion is an excellent way to get essential oils rapidly into the bloodstream and is therefore useful for treating conditions such as circulation problems. Lotions and creams can be effectively used for headaches, while creams are a good way of treating respiratory conditions. Both are an essential medium for general body and skin care.

Inhalation

Inhalation is very useful for relieving congestion, easing catarrh and soothing the respiratory tract. The method of covering the head with a towel and inhaling the vapour from eucalyptus and camphor is still very popular today.

How to use: Pour a pint of very hot water into a bowl, then add up to 3-4 drops of essential oil(s) to the water. Cover your head with a towel and then lean over the bowl, keeping your head about 10 or 12 inches above the bowl. Keep your eyes closed and then inhale the vapours for a few minutes, then lean back and relax for a couple of minutes. Repeat for up to 10 minutes or as long as is comfortable. Repeat several times a day if required. A facial steamer may be used instead of a bowl with 3-5 drops of essential oil(s).

Benefits: Respiratory conditions will benefit most from this treatment method. Eucalyptus, Scots Pine, Niaouli and several other oils are excellent decongestants renowned for their ability to help most respiratory conditions. Inhalation is also a good way of treating facial skin problems as its effect is the same as that achieved by a facial sauna.

Compress

Compresses can be either hot or cold depending on the condition that is being treated. It is well-known and frequently used treatment method for sports injuries in particular, though its uses are much wider than this and can be very effective for pain, swelling and inflammation.

How to use: The method is the same whether hot or cold. Add up to 5 drops of essential oil(s) to a basin or bowl of hot or icy cold water. Use a face-cloth, lined pad, cotton wool or other absorbent fabric and dip this into water. Wring out the excess and place the pad on the affected area. Once the compress has achieved body temperature, renew it and continue as required. A hot compress can be held in place with crepe bandage on joints or with cling-film on larger areas, for example the lower back.

Benefits: Most conditions characterized by 'aches', for example earache, backache, etc, should be treated with hot compresses, while sprains, fevers, inflammations and headaches should be treated with cold compresses. Sprains and varicose veins respond very well to the 'hot/cold' treatment, ie start with a cold compress then alternate between hot and cold compresses over the next few days, finishing with a cold one.

Massage

Massage is a method favored by professional aromatherapists, who usually carry out a full body massage. Specific essential oils are chosen to suit the condition and temperament of the patient, and blended with a base oil, such as sweet almond oil or grapeseed oil.

How to use: The essential oil content in a blend should usually be between 1 per cent and 3 per cent depending on the type of disorder. As a general rule, physical ailments like rheumatism or indigestion demand a stronger concentration than the more emotional or nervous conditions. A rough guideline is to say that 20 drops of essential oil is equivalent to one milliliter, so to make a blend it is possible to use the following proportions:
  • 20 to 60 drops of essential oil to 100ml of base oil.
  • 7 to 25 drops of essential oil to 25ml of base oil.
  • 3 to 5 drops of essential oil to 1 tsp of base oil.

Benefits: Massage is a relaxing and nourishing experience in itself, not least because of the unspoken communication based on touch, but it also ensures that the oils are effectively absorbed through the skin and into the bloodstream. For general well-being it is beneficial to practice self-massage on specific areas of the body, especially concentrating on the feet and hands. It is also useful to rub those. It is also useful to rub those particular parts of the body that are causing discomfort; for example, peppermint ( in dilution) can be rubbed on the stomach in a clock-wise direction to ease indigestion; Marjoram can help to relax the neck and shoulders if they are stiff.

Other Methods

There are many other methods of using essential oils. The following is a brief summary of some of them.

Room Sprays

Make a home-made room spray using a sprayer that has been thoroughly cleaned, to provide your own favorite aromas to freshen your home. It is perfectly possible to make a room spray using a simple solution of cold water with added essential oils (stick to a 5 drops to 10ml maximum). This will mean that every time you use it you will have to make sure you shake it vigorously to disperse the oils in the water. You can 'fix' the aroma and also help to disperse the oils equally in the water by using distilled water (boiled then cooled water) and adding 10 per cent alcohol (preferably vodka).

Radiators And Humidifiers

Drops of oil can be placed in a saucer of water placed on top of a radiator, radiator fragrancer, or on to a ball of damp cotton wool placed behind the radiator. Drops of oil can also be added to the water in a humidifier. All these methods can be used as an alternative to a room burner.

Foot Bath

For foot problems, and as a way of introducing essential oils into the body for other problems, a foot bath can be used. This can either be a piece of equipment specially made for the purpose or a bowl of warm water. Add 2-4 drops of oil to the bath, disperse and immerse feet for up to 20 minutes; adding a bath carrier will help. A hand bath can achieve the same result for hand problems, and achieved in the same way, but only immerse for 10 minutes.

Tissue/Handkerchief/Pillow

Any method that allows inhalation of the oils is an alternative to steam inhalation. Some specific methods not mentioned so far are a tissue/handkerchief - add 1 or 2 drops of oil to your pillow at night so that the oil can be inhaled throughout the night.

Pot-pourri

Although not a recognized therapeutic method, a pot-pourri is a pleasant way of creating an aromatic atmosphere in a house or other rooms in the home. Adding essential oils to a pot-pourri will fragrance a room and introduce the essential oils into the body through inhalation.

Blending Oils

Essential oils can be used alone or blended together. Oils are blended for two reasons: to enhance or change their medicinal actions and to create a more sophisticated fragrance. In purfumery many oils are blended together. For therapeutic purposes it is unusual to mix more than four oils together. When blending oils at home it is best to mix no more than two or three oils. This is because blending has been shown to alter the molecular structure of essential oils and you may end up with a blend that acts differently from what you had intended. Make sure the properties of the oils are complementary.

Blending Guidelines

Choose two or three oils which you believe complement each other. Generally all flower oils work well together; woody oils enhance the resinous oils and other woody essences; the essential oils derived from herbs tend to blend harmoniously with each other; and the range of oils from fruits blend well with essences from their own botanical family .Mix a blend using a little of the strongest scented oils and more of the lighter fragrances. The best blend is usually the one you find most appealing.

Storing Oils

Essential oils are very volatile, ie they evaporate quickly when exposed to the air. Air will also cause oxidisation of the oils, and they are also affected by light and heat. Always buy and store your essential oils in brown amber glass bottles with air-tight, child-proof caps. Keep them in a cool dark place such as a refrigerator if it is kept at a reasonable temperature. Most essential oils, if stored correctly, will keep for up to two years. Some citrus oils such as Orange and Grapefruit may only be effectively used for up to six months. They will then go cloudy through oxidization. Some oils like Sandalwood, Frankincense and Patchouli actually mature and mellow with age. Once blended with other oils, and in carriers, oils will begin to oxidise, weaken and go rancid. This process, however, does take three months or more, and if you store your blends under the same conditions as your essential oils they should be perfectly satisfactory if used within the three months.

Safety Precautions

Warning: Never use essential oils directly on to the skin. Never take essential oils by mouth. If swallowed accidentally, eat bread, drink plenty of milk, and seek professional help. Always consult a qualified practitioner for advice and treatment:
  • If you are pregnant
  • Have an allergy
  • Have a chronic medical condition such as high blood pressure or epilepsy
  • Are receiving medical or psychiatric treatment Are taking homeopathic remedies
  • When treating babies or very young children




Grapefruit Pure Organic Essential Oil Supplied In A 10ml Amber Glass Bottle, With Tamper Evident Dropper Cap To Ensure Perfect Quality.

Fully certified.

Botanical Name: Citrus paradisi.

Country Of Origin: Israel.

Aroma: Pleasant fresh, sweet citrus aroma.

Extraction Description: The volatile oil obtained by cold-pressing the outer peels of the fruits.

General: Good for oily skin. Good for hair. Help to tone and cleanses the skin. Can be used to help with cellulite. Traditionally used as an astringent skin conditioner. As with the majority of essential oils, dilute with a carrier oil or base cream when applying to the skin. Good to use after exercise. High in Vitamin C. Handy pick me up for people with S.A.D. Refreshes and uplifts the spirit. A lovely fresh smelling oil that can help as a pick me up for exhaustion.

Properties: Uplifting, invigorating, refreshing, stimulating. Good for cellulite.

Blends Well With: Lemon, palmarosa, bergamot, neroli, rosemary, cardamon, geranium, lavender and cypress.

organic bergamot essential oil



Methods Of Use (And General Help & Information About Essential Oils)

There are many ways of using essential oils, and at least one of them will be right for you. Essential oils are the basic tools of aromatherapy. The oils, which are extracted from plants, can be used to treat all systems of the mind, and imbalances of the emotions. There are many ways to use essential oils. Professional aromatherapists tend to favor massage as the most effective way of getting oils into the body. Massage also increases the healing potential of aromatherapy. The medicinal properties of the essential oils and the nurturing power of touch combine to form a potent healing treatment. Massage can be relaxing or energizing, it can sooth the nervous system or boost the blood and lymphatic systems to improve pysical and mental functioning. Not least among its benefits is the way it can ease pain and tension from tense or overworked muscles and lift the spirits. Whenever possible, try to include massage in your home aromatherapy treatments; where this is not possible, use any of the other methods mentioned below. It is not an exhaustive list and you may well know, or you may discover, other methods.

Room Burner (oil burner; lamp ring; diffuser; vaporiser)

Room burners are specifically made for use with essential oils. You can buy them in many different shapes, sizes, designs and patterns. They can be electric, radiator fragrancer, candle powered or a ceramic light bulb ring that is heated by a light bulb, but most are ceramic oil burners warmed by a small candle. Also remember that a glazed ceramic oil burner will not crack, burn or stain, and is easy to keep clean. Always try to use good quality night lights with a good quality wick so that it will not smell when alight or smoke when blown out.

How to use: Place a small amount of cold water in the bowl, enough to fill it but leaving some space for water expansion. The essential oils of your choice are then dropped into the water ( 6-8 drops will normally be used depending on the size of the bowl and the amount of water being used). Place the candle in the chamber, light it and leave in a safe place. Use for 25-30 minutes this will, of course, depend on the size of the room or house etc.

Benefits: Psychological conditions can be treated very effectively with a room burner. Headaches respond well to this method and all respiratory problems can be treated in this way. A major use of the room burner is to scent and purify the air, clear germs and create a 'therapeutic atmosphere'.

Aromatic Baths

Aromatic baths are one of the most convenient and health-giving methods of using pure essential oils. When used in this way these healing essences not only affect the physical body but the mental and emotional levels too. They can be detoxifying, relaxing, invigorating, emotionally uplifting and sensual. To some degree all essential oils have antibacterial properties, especially lavender and bergamot, while some like eucalyptus and tea tree are also effective when treating viruses. So regular aromatic baths can be useful to help prevent and treat a range of common ailments as well as uplifting or calming the emotions. These qualities plus the way the essences are readily absorbed by the body makes aromatic bathing an essential and luxurious addition to everyday life.

Recipes For Aromatic Baths

Invigorating bath: For an enlivening start to the day use the following blend of essential oils in a warm bath. To enhance the effect finish with a cool shower or splash your body briefly with cold water. For a more fruity aroma add 3 drops of lemon oil instead of geranium.
  • Sweet basil oil = 2 drops
  • Geranium oil = 3 drops
  • Rosemary = 4 drops

Relaxing bath: For a deeply relaxing bath at the end of the day add the following essential oils to a full, warm bath. For a more floral quality add 3 drops of neroli oil instead of sweet marjoram.
  • Clary sage oil = 3 drops
  • Lavender oil = 4 drops
  • Sweet marjoram oil = 3 drops

Revitalising bath: This combination of essences in a warm bath is ideal to use when you've had a long day and need re-energising. For a less fruity aroma but equally reviving effect add 3 drops of rosewood instead of grapefruit oil.
  • Geranium oil = 3 drops
  • Grapefruit oil = 3 drops
  • Myrtle = 4 drops

Emotionally uplifting bath: To melt away stressful or negative thoughts and uplift your spirits use the following combination of essential oils in a warm bath. Soak for at least 15 minutes inhaling the aromatic vapours. If you feel like treating yourself add 2 drops of rose or jasmine essential oil instead of petitgrain.
  • Bergamot oil = 4 drops
  • Clary sage oil = 3 drops
  • Petitgrain = 3 drops

Sensual bath: For a sensual bath for one or two add the following essential oils to a warm bath. Do make sure the blend is pleasing to both of you. For a more 'earthy' aroma use 3 drops of patchouli instead of myrtle oil, or leave out rose and myrtle altogether and substitute them with 3 drops of jasmine.
  • Sandalwood oil = 4 drops
  • Myrtle oil = 3 drops
  • Rose oil = 1 drops
  • Ylang Ylang oil = 2 drops

Purifying bath: Use this bath to help strengthen the body and combat infections like colds and flu. If desired use 2 drops of penetrating eucalyptus instead of bergamot oil.
  • Bergamot oil = 3 drops
  • Lavender oil = 4 drops
  • Tea Tree = 3 drops

Children's bath: If children see you relaxing in a fragrant bath it won't be long before they want one too! Mix the following essential oils into 2 to 3 teaspoons of base oil, then add warm water to create a delightful bath. The dosages are suitable for children over six years old. This combination is ideal for bedtime as it soothes the emotions.
  • Mandarin oil = 3 drops
  • Lavender oil = 3 drops

How to use: First ask yourself what effect you'd like from your aromatic bath, then select an essential oil whose aroma pleases you and also suits your physical and emotional needs. For example, if you have a cold, lavender oil will help to combat infection and has a very relaxing effect, on the other hand bergamot oil combines the ability to fight infection and induces an emotionally uplifting effect. Use only two or three essences in the bath. When you know each one very well you may choose to use a maximum of four, although just two can often have a more powerful effect than four - less generally means more with essential oils.
Fill the bath, add the essential oil(s) (up to 6 drops or as directed), then agitate the water to disperse the oil(s). Soak in the bath for at least 10 minutes, and make sure the bathroom door is closed so that you get the benefit of inhaling the aroma as well as getting the oil directly into the body via the water. For some conditions, or if preferred, the essential oils can be diluted in a massage carrier oil first, which will help to disperse the oil throughout the water. Alternatively, use ready blended (in carrier oil) or specially formulated bath oil, which has the added benefits of moisturising the body, giving a bubble/foam bath and helping to carry the essential oil out of the bath.

Benefits: The use of oils in a bath is useful for all conditions but will be particularly beneficial for muscular and skin conditions, while respiratory problems will benefit from the inhalation of the aroma. Stress, anxiety and other mental health problems will also be improved. Anyone suffering with insomnia will find a pre-retiring bath with Lavender, Bergamot, Petitgrain, Neroli as well as other oils a great aid to restful sleep.

Lotions And Creams

Essential oils can be added to fragrance-free lotions or creams, but make sure that you use a very good quality product that if preferably lanolin free (some people are sensitive to lanolin).

How to use: Add the essential oil(s) to a dark amber glass jar to help preserve the oil and prevent it from reacting with a plastic bottle. The recommended dosage is approximately 1-2 drops of essential oil to every 5mg of cream or 5ml of lotions. Apply lotion to the skin and rub until completely absorbed. Cream should be applied to the skin and gently rubbed in. Leave the rest to sit on the surface of the skin and gradually release the oil into the body and the aroma into the nose.

Benefits: This is a particularly good way of treating most skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, which will benefit greatly. A lotion is an excellent way to get essential oils rapidly into the bloodstream and is therefore useful for treating conditions such as circulation problems. Lotions and creams can be effectively used for headaches, while creams are a good way of treating respiratory conditions. Both are an essential medium for general body and skin care.

Inhalation

Inhalation is very useful for relieving congestion, easing catarrh and soothing the respiratory tract. The method of covering the head with a towel and inhaling the vapour from eucalyptus and camphor is still very popular today.

How to use: Pour a pint of very hot water into a bowl, then add up to 3-4 drops of essential oil(s) to the water. Cover your head with a towel and then lean over the bowl, keeping your head about 10 or 12 inches above the bowl. Keep your eyes closed and then inhale the vapours for a few minutes, then lean back and relax for a couple of minutes. Repeat for up to 10 minutes or as long as is comfortable. Repeat several times a day if required. A facial steamer may be used instead of a bowl with 3-5 drops of essential oil(s).

Benefits: Respiratory conditions will benefit most from this treatment method. Eucalyptus, Scots Pine, Niaouli and several other oils are excellent decongestants renowned for their ability to help most respiratory conditions. Inhalation is also a good way of treating facial skin problems as its effect is the same as that achieved by a facial sauna.

Compress

Compresses can be either hot or cold depending on the condition that is being treated. It is well-known and frequently used treatment method for sports injuries in particular, though its uses are much wider than this and can be very effective for pain, swelling and inflammation.

How to use: The method is the same whether hot or cold. Add up to 5 drops of essential oil(s) to a basin or bowl of hot or icy cold water. Use a face-cloth, lined pad, cotton wool or other absorbent fabric and dip this into water. Wring out the excess and place the pad on the affected area. Once the compress has achieved body temperature, renew it and continue as required. A hot compress can be held in place with crepe bandage on joints or with cling-film on larger areas, for example the lower back.

Benefits: Most conditions characterized by 'aches', for example earache, backache, etc, should be treated with hot compresses, while sprains, fevers, inflammations and headaches should be treated with cold compresses. Sprains and varicose veins respond very well to the 'hot/cold' treatment, ie start with a cold compress then alternate between hot and cold compresses over the next few days, finishing with a cold one.

Massage

Massage is a method favored by professional aromatherapists, who usually carry out a full body massage. Specific essential oils are chosen to suit the condition and temperament of the patient, and blended with a base oil, such as sweet almond oil or grapeseed oil.

How to use: The essential oil content in a blend should usually be between 1 per cent and 3 per cent depending on the type of disorder. As a general rule, physical ailments like rheumatism or indigestion demand a stronger concentration than the more emotional or nervous conditions. A rough guideline is to say that 20 drops of essential oil is equivalent to one milliliter, so to make a blend it is possible to use the following proportions:
  • 20 to 60 drops of essential oil to 100ml of base oil.
  • 7 to 25 drops of essential oil to 25ml of base oil.
  • 3 to 5 drops of essential oil to 1 tsp of base oil.

Benefits: Massage is a relaxing and nourishing experience in itself, not least because of the unspoken communication based on touch, but it also ensures that the oils are effectively absorbed through the skin and into the bloodstream. For general well-being it is beneficial to practice self-massage on specific areas of the body, especially concentrating on the feet and hands. It is also useful to rub those. It is also useful to rub those particular parts of the body that are causing discomfort; for example, peppermint ( in dilution) can be rubbed on the stomach in a clock-wise direction to ease indigestion; Marjoram can help to relax the neck and shoulders if they are stiff.

Other Methods

There are many other methods of using essential oils. The following is a brief summary of some of them.

Room Sprays

Make a home-made room spray using a sprayer that has been thoroughly cleaned, to provide your own favorite aromas to freshen your home. It is perfectly possible to make a room spray using a simple solution of cold water with added essential oils (stick to a 5 drops to 10ml maximum). This will mean that every time you use it you will have to make sure you shake it vigorously to disperse the oils in the water. You can 'fix' the aroma and also help to disperse the oils equally in the water by using distilled water (boiled then cooled water) and adding 10 per cent alcohol (preferably vodka).

Radiators And Humidifiers

Drops of oil can be placed in a saucer of water placed on top of a radiator, radiator fragrancer, or on to a ball of damp cotton wool placed behind the radiator. Drops of oil can also be added to the water in a humidifier. All these methods can be used as an alternative to a room burner.

Foot Bath

For foot problems, and as a way of introducing essential oils into the body for other problems, a foot bath can be used. This can either be a piece of equipment specially made for the purpose or a bowl of warm water. Add 2-4 drops of oil to the bath, disperse and immerse feet for up to 20 minutes; adding a bath carrier will help. A hand bath can achieve the same result for hand problems, and achieved in the same way, but only immerse for 10 minutes.

Tissue/Handkerchief/Pillow

Any method that allows inhalation of the oils is an alternative to steam inhalation. Some specific methods not mentioned so far are a tissue/handkerchief - add 1 or 2 drops of oil to your pillow at night so that the oil can be inhaled throughout the night.

Pot-pourri

Although not a recognized therapeutic method, a pot-pourri is a pleasant way of creating an aromatic atmosphere in a house or other rooms in the home. Adding essential oils to a pot-pourri will fragrance a room and introduce the essential oils into the body through inhalation.

Blending Oils

Essential oils can be used alone or blended together. Oils are blended for two reasons: to enhance or change their medicinal actions and to create a more sophisticated fragrance. In purfumery many oils are blended together. For therapeutic purposes it is unusual to mix more than four oils together. When blending oils at home it is best to mix no more than two or three oils. This is because blending has been shown to alter the molecular structure of essential oils and you may end up with a blend that acts differently from what you had intended. Make sure the properties of the oils are complementary.

Blending Guidelines

Choose two or three oils which you believe complement each other. Generally all flower oils work well together; woody oils enhance the resinous oils and other woody essences; the essential oils derived from herbs tend to blend harmoniously with each other; and the range of oils from fruits blend well with essences from their own botanical family .Mix a blend using a little of the strongest scented oils and more of the lighter fragrances. The best blend is usually the one you find most appealing.

Storing Oils

Essential oils are very volatile, ie they evaporate quickly when exposed to the air. Air will also cause oxidisation of the oils, and they are also affected by light and heat. Always buy and store your essential oils in brown amber glass bottles with air-tight, child-proof caps. Keep them in a cool dark place such as a refrigerator if it is kept at a reasonable temperature. Most essential oils, if stored correctly, will keep for up to two years. Some citrus oils such as Orange and Grapefruit may only be effectively used for up to six months. They will then go cloudy through oxidization. Some oils like Sandalwood, Frankincense and Patchouli actually mature and mellow with age. Once blended with other oils, and in carriers, oils will begin to oxidise, weaken and go rancid. This process, however, does take three months or more, and if you store your blends under the same conditions as your essential oils they should be perfectly satisfactory if used within the three months.

Safety Precautions

Warning: Never use essential oils directly on to the skin. Never take essential oils by mouth. If swallowed accidentally, eat bread, drink plenty of milk, and seek professional help. Always consult a qualified practitioner for advice and treatment:
  • If you are pregnant
  • Have an allergy
  • Have a chronic medical condition such as high blood pressure or epilepsy
  • Are receiving medical or psychiatric treatment Are taking homeopathic remedies
  • When treating babies or very young children




100% Pure Ginger Essential Oil Supplied In A 10ml Amber Glass Bottle, With Tamper Evident Dropper Cap To Ensure Perfect Quality.

Botanical Name: Zingiber officinalis.

Country Of Origin: India.

Family Name: Zingiberaceae.

Aroma: Spicy, sharp, warm and pleasant, very alive with a hint of lemon and pepper.

General: Ginger oil distilled from the root of the plant. It has a warm, spicy-woody odour. Ginger has been used as a healing remedy for thousands of years.

Blends Well With: Bay, cajuput, caraway, cardamon, cinnamon, coriander, clove, elemi, eucalyptus, frankincense, geranium, lemon, lime, myrtle, orange, rosemary, spearmint, verbena.


Methods Of Use (And General Help & Information About Essential Oils)

There are many ways of using essential oils, and at least one of them will be right for you. Essential oils are the basic tools of aromatherapy. The oils, which are extracted from plants, can be used to treat all systems of the mind, and imbalances of the emotions. There are many ways to use essential oils. Professional aromatherapists tend to favor massage as the most effective way of getting oils into the body. Massage also increases the healing potential of aromatherapy. The medicinal properties of the essential oils and the nurturing power of touch combine to form a potent healing treatment. Massage can be relaxing or energizing, it can sooth the nervous system or boost the blood and lymphatic systems to improve pysical and mental functioning. Not least among its benefits is the way it can ease pain and tension from tense or overworked muscles and lift the spirits. Whenever possible, try to include massage in your home aromatherapy treatments; where this is not possible, use any of the other methods mentioned below. It is not an exhaustive list and you may well know, or you may discover, other methods.

Room Burner (oil burner; lamp ring; diffuser; vaporiser)

Room burners are specifically made for use with essential oils. You can buy them in many different shapes, sizes, designs and patterns. They can be electric, radiator fragrancer, candle powered or a ceramic light bulb ring that is heated by a light bulb, but most are ceramic oil burners warmed by a small candle. Also remember that a glazed ceramic oil burner will not crack, burn or stain, and is easy to keep clean. Always try to use good quality night lights with a good quality wick so that it will not smell when alight or smoke when blown out.

How to use: Place a small amount of cold water in the bowl, enough to fill it but leaving some space for water expansion. The essential oils of your choice are then dropped into the water ( 6-8 drops will normally be used depending on the size of the bowl and the amount of water being used). Place the candle in the chamber, light it and leave in a safe place. Use for 25-30 minutes this will, of course, depend on the size of the room or house etc.

Benefits: Psychological conditions can be treated very effectively with a room burner. Headaches respond well to this method and all respiratory problems can be treated in this way. A major use of the room burner is to scent and purify the air, clear germs and create a 'therapeutic atmosphere'.

Aromatic Baths

Aromatic baths are one of the most convenient and health-giving methods of using pure essential oils. When used in this way these healing essences not only affect the physical body but the mental and emotional levels too. They can be detoxifying, relaxing, invigorating, emotionally uplifting and sensual. To some degree all essential oils have antibacterial properties, especially lavender and bergamot, while some like eucalyptus and tea tree are also effective when treating viruses. So regular aromatic baths can be useful to help prevent and treat a range of common ailments as well as uplifting or calming the emotions. These qualities plus the way the essences are readily absorbed by the body makes aromatic bathing an essential and luxurious addition to everyday life.

Recipes For Aromatic Baths

Invigorating bath: For an enlivening start to the day use the following blend of essential oils in a warm bath. To enhance the effect finish with a cool shower or splash your body briefly with cold water. For a more fruity aroma add 3 drops of lemon oil instead of geranium.
  • Sweet basil oil = 2 drops
  • Geranium oil = 3 drops
  • Rosemary = 4 drops

Relaxing bath: For a deeply relaxing bath at the end of the day add the following essential oils to a full, warm bath. For a more floral quality add 3 drops of neroli oil instead of sweet marjoram.
  • Clary sage oil = 3 drops
  • Lavender oil = 4 drops
  • Sweet marjoram oil = 3 drops

Revitalising bath: This combination of essences in a warm bath is ideal to use when you've had a long day and need re-energising. For a less fruity aroma but equally reviving effect add 3 drops of rosewood instead of grapefruit oil.
  • Geranium oil = 3 drops
  • Grapefruit oil = 3 drops
  • Myrtle = 4 drops

Emotionally uplifting bath: To melt away stressful or negative thoughts and uplift your spirits use the following combination of essential oils in a warm bath. Soak for at least 15 minutes inhaling the aromatic vapours. If you feel like treating yourself add 2 drops of rose or jasmine essential oil instead of petitgrain.
  • Bergamot oil = 4 drops
  • Clary sage oil = 3 drops
  • Petitgrain = 3 drops

Sensual bath: For a sensual bath for one or two add the following essential oils to a warm bath. Do make sure the blend is pleasing to both of you. For a more 'earthy' aroma use 3 drops of patchouli instead of myrtle oil, or leave out rose and myrtle altogether and substitute them with 3 drops of jasmine.
  • Sandalwood oil = 4 drops
  • Myrtle oil = 3 drops
  • Rose oil = 1 drops
  • Ylang Ylang oil = 2 drops

Purifying bath: Use this bath to help strengthen the body and combat infections like colds and flu. If desired use 2 drops of penetrating eucalyptus instead of bergamot oil.
  • Bergamot oil = 3 drops
  • Lavender oil = 4 drops
  • Tea Tree = 3 drops

Children's bath: If children see you relaxing in a fragrant bath it won't be long before they want one too! Mix the following essential oils into 2 to 3 teaspoons of base oil, then add warm water to create a delightful bath. The dosages are suitable for children over six years old. This combination is ideal for bedtime as it soothes the emotions.
  • Mandarin oil = 3 drops
  • Lavender oil = 3 drops

How to use: First ask yourself what effect you'd like from your aromatic bath, then select an essential oil whose aroma pleases you and also suits your physical and emotional needs. For example, if you have a cold, lavender oil will help to combat infection and has a very relaxing effect, on the other hand bergamot oil combines the ability to fight infection and induces an emotionally uplifting effect. Use only two or three essences in the bath. When you know each one very well you may choose to use a maximum of four, although just two can often have a more powerful effect than four - less generally means more with essential oils.
Fill the bath, add the essential oil(s) (up to 6 drops or as directed), then agitate the water to disperse the oil(s). Soak in the bath for at least 10 minutes, and make sure the bathroom door is closed so that you get the benefit of inhaling the aroma as well as getting the oil directly into the body via the water. For some conditions, or if preferred, the essential oils can be diluted in a massage carrier oil first, which will help to disperse the oil throughout the water. Alternatively, use ready blended (in carrier oil) or specially formulated bath oil, which has the added benefits of moisturising the body, giving a bubble/foam bath and helping to carry the essential oil out of the bath.

Benefits: The use of oils in a bath is useful for all conditions but will be particularly beneficial for muscular and skin conditions, while respiratory problems will benefit from the inhalation of the aroma. Stress, anxiety and other mental health problems will also be improved. Anyone suffering with insomnia will find a pre-retiring bath with Lavender, Bergamot, Petitgrain, Neroli as well as other oils a great aid to restful sleep.

Lotions And Creams

Essential oils can be added to fragrance-free lotions or creams, but make sure that you use a very good quality product that if preferably lanolin free (some people are sensitive to lanolin).

How to use: Add the essential oil(s) to a dark amber glass jar to help preserve the oil and prevent it from reacting with a plastic bottle. The recommended dosage is approximately 1-2 drops of essential oil to every 5mg of cream or 5ml of lotions. Apply lotion to the skin and rub until completely absorbed. Cream should be applied to the skin and gently rubbed in. Leave the rest to sit on the surface of the skin and gradually release the oil into the body and the aroma into the nose.

Benefits: This is a particularly good way of treating most skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, which will benefit greatly. A lotion is an excellent way to get essential oils rapidly into the bloodstream and is therefore useful for treating conditions such as circulation problems. Lotions and creams can be effectively used for headaches, while creams are a good way of treating respiratory conditions. Both are an essential medium for general body and skin care.

Inhalation

Inhalation is very useful for relieving congestion, easing catarrh and soothing the respiratory tract. The method of covering the head with a towel and inhaling the vapour from eucalyptus and camphor is still very popular today.

How to use: Pour a pint of very hot water into a bowl, then add up to 3-4 drops of essential oil(s) to the water. Cover your head with a towel and then lean over the bowl, keeping your head about 10 or 12 inches above the bowl. Keep your eyes closed and then inhale the vapours for a few minutes, then lean back and relax for a couple of minutes. Repeat for up to 10 minutes or as long as is comfortable. Repeat several times a day if required. A facial steamer may be used instead of a bowl with 3-5 drops of essential oil(s).

Benefits: Respiratory conditions will benefit most from this treatment method. Eucalyptus, Scots Pine, Niaouli and several other oils are excellent decongestants renowned for their ability to help most respiratory conditions. Inhalation is also a good way of treating facial skin problems as its effect is the same as that achieved by a facial sauna.

Compress

Compresses can be either hot or cold depending on the condition that is being treated. It is well-known and frequently used treatment method for sports injuries in particular, though its uses are much wider than this and can be very effective for pain, swelling and inflammation.

How to use: The method is the same whether hot or cold. Add up to 5 drops of essential oil(s) to a basin or bowl of hot or icy cold water. Use a face-cloth, lined pad, cotton wool or other absorbent fabric and dip this into water. Wring out the excess and place the pad on the affected area. Once the compress has achieved body temperature, renew it and continue as required. A hot compress can be held in place with crepe bandage on joints or with cling-film on larger areas, for example the lower back.

Benefits: Most conditions characterized by 'aches', for example earache, backache, etc, should be treated with hot compresses, while sprains, fevers, inflammations and headaches should be treated with cold compresses. Sprains and varicose veins respond very well to the 'hot/cold' treatment, ie start with a cold compress then alternate between hot and cold compresses over the next few days, finishing with a cold one.

Massage

Massage is a method favored by professional aromatherapists, who usually carry out a full body massage. Specific essential oils are chosen to suit the condition and temperament of the patient, and blended with a base oil, such as sweet almond oil or grapeseed oil.

How to use: The essential oil content in a blend should usually be between 1 per cent and 3 per cent depending on the type of disorder. As a general rule, physical ailments like rheumatism or indigestion demand a stronger concentration than the more emotional or nervous conditions. A rough guideline is to say that 20 drops of essential oil is equivalent to one milliliter, so to make a blend it is possible to use the following proportions:
  • 20 to 60 drops of essential oil to 100ml of base oil.
  • 7 to 25 drops of essential oil to 25ml of base oil.
  • 3 to 5 drops of essential oil to 1 tsp of base oil.

Benefits: Massage is a relaxing and nourishing experience in itself, not least because of the unspoken communication based on touch, but it also ensures that the oils are effectively absorbed through the skin and into the bloodstream. For general well-being it is beneficial to practice self-massage on specific areas of the body, especially concentrating on the feet and hands. It is also useful to rub those. It is also useful to rub those particular parts of the body that are causing discomfort; for example, peppermint ( in dilution) can be rubbed on the stomach in a clock-wise direction to ease indigestion; Marjoram can help to relax the neck and shoulders if they are stiff.

Other Methods

There are many other methods of using essential oils. The following is a brief summary of some of them.

Room Sprays

Make a home-made room spray using a sprayer that has been thoroughly cleaned, to provide your own favorite aromas to freshen your home. It is perfectly possible to make a room spray using a simple solution of cold water with added essential oils (stick to a 5 drops to 10ml maximum). This will mean that every time you use it you will have to make sure you shake it vigorously to disperse the oils in the water. You can 'fix' the aroma and also help to disperse the oils equally in the water by using distilled water (boiled then cooled water) and adding 10 per cent alcohol (preferably vodka).

Radiators And Humidifiers

Drops of oil can be placed in a saucer of water placed on top of a radiator, radiator fragrancer, or on to a ball of damp cotton wool placed behind the radiator. Drops of oil can also be added to the water in a humidifier. All these methods can be used as an alternative to a room burner.

Foot Bath

For foot problems, and as a way of introducing essential oils into the body for other problems, a foot bath can be used. This can either be a piece of equipment specially made for the purpose or a bowl of warm water. Add 2-4 drops of oil to the bath, disperse and immerse feet for up to 20 minutes; adding a bath carrier will help. A hand bath can achieve the same result for hand problems, and achieved in the same way, but only immerse for 10 minutes.

Tissue/Handkerchief/Pillow

Any method that allows inhalation of the oils is an alternative to steam inhalation. Some specific methods not mentioned so far are a tissue/handkerchief - add 1 or 2 drops of oil to your pillow at night so that the oil can be inhaled throughout the night.

Pot-pourri

Although not a recognized therapeutic method, a pot-pourri is a pleasant way of creating an aromatic atmosphere in a house or other rooms in the home. Adding essential oils to a pot-pourri will fragrance a room and introduce the essential oils into the body through inhalation.

Blending Oils

Essential oils can be used alone or blended together. Oils are blended for two reasons: to enhance or change their medicinal actions and to create a more sophisticated fragrance. In purfumery many oils are blended together. For therapeutic purposes it is unusual to mix more than four oils together. When blending oils at home it is best to mix no more than two or three oils. This is because blending has been shown to alter the molecular structure of essential oils and you may end up with a blend that acts differently from what you had intended. Make sure the properties of the oils are complementary.

Blending Guidelines

Choose two or three oils which you believe complement each other. Generally all flower oils work well together; woody oils enhance the resinous oils and other woody essences; the essential oils derived from herbs tend to blend harmoniously with each other; and the range of oils from fruits blend well with essences from their own botanical family .Mix a blend using a little of the strongest scented oils and more of the lighter fragrances. The best blend is usually the one you find most appealing.

Storing Oils

Essential oils are very volatile, ie they evaporate quickly when exposed to the air. Air will also cause oxidisation of the oils, and they are also affected by light and heat. Always buy and store your essential oils in brown amber glass bottles with air-tight, child-proof caps. Keep them in a cool dark place such as a refrigerator if it is kept at a reasonable temperature. Most essential oils, if stored correctly, will keep for up to two years. Some citrus oils such as Orange and Grapefruit may only be effectively used for up to six months. They will then go cloudy through oxidization. Some oils like Sandalwood, Frankincense and Patchouli actually mature and mellow with age. Once blended with other oils, and in carriers, oils will begin to oxidise, weaken and go rancid. This process, however, does take three months or more, and if you store your blends under the same conditions as your essential oils they should be perfectly satisfactory if used within the three months.

Safety Precautions

Warning: Never use essential oils directly on to the skin. Never take essential oils by mouth. If swallowed accidentally, eat bread, drink plenty of milk, and seek professional help. Always consult a qualified practitioner for advice and treatment:
  • If you are pregnant
  • Have an allergy
  • Have a chronic medical condition such as high blood pressure or epilepsy
  • Are receiving medical or psychiatric treatment Are taking homeopathic remedies
  • When treating babies or very young children




100% Pure Hyssop Essential Oil Supplied In A 10ml Amber Glass Bottle, With Tamper Evident Dropper Cap To Ensure Perfect Quality.

Botanical Name: Hyssopus officinalis.

Country Of Origin: France.

Family Name: Labiatae.

Aroma: Warm sweet and penetrating.

General: Distilled from the leaves and flowering tops and imported from France. It has a sweet, warm and spicy-herbaceous aroma. It has a long medicinal and religious history.

Some Traditional Uses: To help with stress and tension.

Emotional Profile: To increase creativity, to lessen anger, greed, jealousy, despair, desire, stress and tension and mental and verbal aggression.

Blends Well With: Angelica, celery, fennel, lavender, melissa, orange, rosemary, tangerine.


Methods Of Use (And General Help & Information About Essential Oils)

There are many ways of using essential oils, and at least one of them will be right for you. Essential oils are the basic tools of aromatherapy. The oils, which are extracted from plants, can be used to treat all systems of the mind, and imbalances of the emotions. There are many ways to use essential oils. Professional aromatherapists tend to favor massage as the most effective way of getting oils into the body. Massage also increases the healing potential of aromatherapy. The medicinal properties of the essential oils and the nurturing power of touch combine to form a potent healing treatment. Massage can be relaxing or energizing, it can sooth the nervous system or boost the blood and lymphatic systems to improve pysical and mental functioning. Not least among its benefits is the way it can ease pain and tension from tense or overworked muscles and lift the spirits. Whenever possible, try to include massage in your home aromatherapy treatments; where this is not possible, use any of the other methods mentioned below. It is not an exhaustive list and you may well know, or you may discover, other methods.

Room Burner (oil burner; lamp ring; diffuser; vaporiser)

Room burners are specifically made for use with essential oils. You can buy them in many different shapes, sizes, designs and patterns. They can be electric, radiator fragrancer, candle powered or a ceramic light bulb ring that is heated by a light bulb, but most are ceramic oil burners warmed by a small candle. Also remember that a glazed ceramic oil burner will not crack, burn or stain, and is easy to keep clean. Always try to use good quality night lights with a good quality wick so that it will not smell when alight or smoke when blown out.

How to use: Place a small amount of cold water in the bowl, enough to fill it but leaving some space for water expansion. The essential oils of your choice are then dropped into the water ( 6-8 drops will normally be used depending on the size of the bowl and the amount of water being used). Place the candle in the chamber, light it and leave in a safe place. Use for 25-30 minutes this will, of course, depend on the size of the room or house etc.

Benefits: Psychological conditions can be treated very effectively with a room burner. Headaches respond well to this method and all respiratory problems can be treated in this way. A major use of the room burner is to scent and purify the air, clear germs and create a 'therapeutic atmosphere'.

Aromatic Baths

Aromatic baths are one of the most convenient and health-giving methods of using pure essential oils. When used in this way these healing essences not only affect the physical body but the mental and emotional levels too. They can be detoxifying, relaxing, invigorating, emotionally uplifting and sensual. To some degree all essential oils have antibacterial properties, especially lavender and bergamot, while some like eucalyptus and tea tree are also effective when treating viruses. So regular aromatic baths can be useful to help prevent and treat a range of common ailments as well as uplifting or calming the emotions. These qualities plus the way the essences are readily absorbed by the body makes aromatic bathing an essential and luxurious addition to everyday life.

Recipes For Aromatic Baths

Invigorating bath: For an enlivening start to the day use the following blend of essential oils in a warm bath. To enhance the effect finish with a cool shower or splash your body briefly with cold water. For a more fruity aroma add 3 drops of lemon oil instead of geranium.
  • Sweet basil oil = 2 drops
  • Geranium oil = 3 drops
  • Rosemary = 4 drops

Relaxing bath: For a deeply relaxing bath at the end of the day add the following essential oils to a full, warm bath. For a more floral quality add 3 drops of neroli oil instead of sweet marjoram.
  • Clary sage oil = 3 drops
  • Lavender oil = 4 drops
  • Sweet marjoram oil = 3 drops

Revitalising bath: This combination of essences in a warm bath is ideal to use when you've had a long day and need re-energising. For a less fruity aroma but equally reviving effect add 3 drops of rosewood instead of grapefruit oil.
  • Geranium oil = 3 drops
  • Grapefruit oil = 3 drops
  • Myrtle = 4 drops

Emotionally uplifting bath: To melt away stressful or negative thoughts and uplift your spirits use the following combination of essential oils in a warm bath. Soak for at least 15 minutes inhaling the aromatic vapours. If you feel like treating yourself add 2 drops of rose or jasmine essential oil instead of petitgrain.
  • Bergamot oil = 4 drops
  • Clary sage oil = 3 drops
  • Petitgrain = 3 drops

Sensual bath: For a sensual bath for one or two add the following essential oils to a warm bath. Do make sure the blend is pleasing to both of you. For a more 'earthy' aroma use 3 drops of patchouli instead of myrtle oil, or leave out rose and myrtle altogether and substitute them with 3 drops of jasmine.
  • Sandalwood oil = 4 drops
  • Myrtle oil = 3 drops
  • Rose oil = 1 drops
  • Ylang Ylang oil = 2 drops

Purifying bath: Use this bath to help strengthen the body and combat infections like colds and flu. If desired use 2 drops of penetrating eucalyptus instead of bergamot oil.
  • Bergamot oil = 3 drops
  • Lavender oil = 4 drops
  • Tea Tree = 3 drops

Children's bath: If children see you relaxing in a fragrant bath it won't be long before they want one too! Mix the following essential oils into 2 to 3 teaspoons of base oil, then add warm water to create a delightful bath. The dosages are suitable for children over six years old. This combination is ideal for bedtime as it soothes the emotions.
  • Mandarin oil = 3 drops
  • Lavender oil = 3 drops

How to use: First ask yourself what effect you'd like from your aromatic bath, then select an essential oil whose aroma pleases you and also suits your physical and emotional needs. For example, if you have a cold, lavender oil will help to combat infection and has a very relaxing effect, on the other hand bergamot oil combines the ability to fight infection and induces an emotionally uplifting effect. Use only two or three essences in the bath. When you know each one very well you may choose to use a maximum of four, although just two can often have a more powerful effect than four - less generally means more with essential oils.
Fill the bath, add the essential oil(s) (up to 6 drops or as directed), then agitate the water to disperse the oil(s). Soak in the bath for at least 10 minutes, and make sure the bathroom door is closed so that you get the benefit of inhaling the aroma as well as getting the oil directly into the body via the water. For some conditions, or if preferred, the essential oils can be diluted in a massage carrier oil first, which will help to disperse the oil throughout the water. Alternatively, use ready blended (in carrier oil) or specially formulated bath oil, which has the added benefits of moisturising the body, giving a bubble/foam bath and helping to carry the essential oil out of the bath.

Benefits: The use of oils in a bath is useful for all conditions but will be particularly beneficial for muscular and skin conditions, while respiratory problems will benefit from the inhalation of the aroma. Stress, anxiety and other mental health problems will also be improved. Anyone suffering with insomnia will find a pre-retiring bath with Lavender, Bergamot, Petitgrain, Neroli as well as other oils a great aid to restful sleep.

Lotions And Creams

Essential oils can be added to fragrance-free lotions or creams, but make sure that you use a very good quality product that if preferably lanolin free (some people are sensitive to lanolin).

How to use: Add the essential oil(s) to a dark amber glass jar to help preserve the oil and prevent it from reacting with a plastic bottle. The recommended dosage is approximately 1-2 drops of essential oil to every 5mg of cream or 5ml of lotions. Apply lotion to the skin and rub until completely absorbed. Cream should be applied to the skin and gently rubbed in. Leave the rest to sit on the surface of the skin and gradually release the oil into the body and the aroma into the nose.

Benefits: This is a particularly good way of treating most skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, which will benefit greatly. A lotion is an excellent way to get essential oils rapidly into the bloodstream and is therefore useful for treating conditions such as circulation problems. Lotions and creams can be effectively used for headaches, while creams are a good way of treating respiratory conditions. Both are an essential medium for general body and skin care.

Inhalation

Inhalation is very useful for relieving congestion, easing catarrh and soothing the respiratory tract. The method of covering the head with a towel and inhaling the vapour from eucalyptus and camphor is still very popular today.

How to use: Pour a pint of very hot water into a bowl, then add up to 3-4 drops of essential oil(s) to the water. Cover your head with a towel and then lean over the bowl, keeping your head about 10 or 12 inches above the bowl. Keep your eyes closed and then inhale the vapours for a few minutes, then lean back and relax for a couple of minutes. Repeat for up to 10 minutes or as long as is comfortable. Repeat several times a day if required. A facial steamer may be used instead of a bowl with 3-5 drops of essential oil(s).

Benefits: Respiratory conditions will benefit most from this treatment method. Eucalyptus, Scots Pine, Niaouli and several other oils are excellent decongestants renowned for their ability to help most respiratory conditions. Inhalation is also a good way of treating facial skin problems as its effect is the same as that achieved by a facial sauna.

Compress

Compresses can be either hot or cold depending on the condition that is being treated. It is well-known and frequently used treatment method for sports injuries in particular, though its uses are much wider than this and can be very effective for pain, swelling and inflammation.

How to use: The method is the same whether hot or cold. Add up to 5 drops of essential oil(s) to a basin or bowl of hot or icy cold water. Use a face-cloth, lined pad, cotton wool or other absorbent fabric and dip this into water. Wring out the excess and place the pad on the affected area. Once the compress has achieved body temperature, renew it and continue as required. A hot compress can be held in place with crepe bandage on joints or with cling-film on larger areas, for example the lower back.

Benefits: Most conditions characterized by 'aches', for example earache, backache, etc, should be treated with hot compresses, while sprains, fevers, inflammations and headaches should be treated with cold compresses. Sprains and varicose veins respond very well to the 'hot/cold' treatment, ie start with a cold compress then alternate between hot and cold compresses over the next few days, finishing with a cold one.

Massage

Massage is a method favored by professional aromatherapists, who usually carry out a full body massage. Specific essential oils are chosen to suit the condition and temperament of the patient, and blended with a base oil, such as sweet almond oil or grapeseed oil.

How to use: The essential oil content in a blend should usually be between 1 per cent and 3 per cent depending on the type of disorder. As a general rule, physical ailments like rheumatism or indigestion demand a stronger concentration than the more emotional or nervous conditions. A rough guideline is to say that 20 drops of essential oil is equivalent to one milliliter, so to make a blend it is possible to use the following proportions:
  • 20 to 60 drops of essential oil to 100ml of base oil.
  • 7 to 25 drops of essential oil to 25ml of base oil.
  • 3 to 5 drops of essential oil to 1 tsp of base oil.

Benefits: Massage is a relaxing and nourishing experience in itself, not least because of the unspoken communication based on touch, but it also ensures that the oils are effectively absorbed through the skin and into the bloodstream. For general well-being it is beneficial to practice self-massage on specific areas of the body, especially concentrating on the feet and hands. It is also useful to rub those. It is also useful to rub those particular parts of the body that are causing discomfort; for example, peppermint ( in dilution) can be rubbed on the stomach in a clock-wise direction to ease indigestion; Marjoram can help to relax the neck and shoulders if they are stiff.

Other Methods

There are many other methods of using essential oils. The following is a brief summary of some of them.

Room Sprays

Make a home-made room spray using a sprayer that has been thoroughly cleaned, to provide your own favorite aromas to freshen your home. It is perfectly possible to make a room spray using a simple solution of cold water with added essential oils (stick to a 5 drops to 10ml maximum). This will mean that every time you use it you will have to make sure you shake it vigorously to disperse the oils in the water. You can 'fix' the aroma and also help to disperse the oils equally in the water by using distilled water (boiled then cooled water) and adding 10 per cent alcohol (preferably vodka).

Radiators And Humidifiers

Drops of oil can be placed in a saucer of water placed on top of a radiator, radiator fragrancer, or on to a ball of damp cotton wool placed behind the radiator. Drops of oil can also be added to the water in a humidifier. All these methods can be used as an alternative to a room burner.

Foot Bath

For foot problems, and as a way of introducing essential oils into the body for other problems, a foot bath can be used. This can either be a piece of equipment specially made for the purpose or a bowl of warm water. Add 2-4 drops of oil to the bath, disperse and immerse feet for up to 20 minutes; adding a bath carrier will help. A hand bath can achieve the same result for hand problems, and achieved in the same way, but only immerse for 10 minutes.

Tissue/Handkerchief/Pillow

Any method that allows inhalation of the oils is an alternative to steam inhalation. Some specific methods not mentioned so far are a tissue/handkerchief - add 1 or 2 drops of oil to your pillow at night so that the oil can be inhaled throughout the night.

Pot-pourri

Although not a recognized therapeutic method, a pot-pourri is a pleasant way of creating an aromatic atmosphere in a house or other rooms in the home. Adding essential oils to a pot-pourri will fragrance a room and introduce the essential oils into the body through inhalation.

Blending Oils

Essential oils can be used alone or blended together. Oils are blended for two reasons: to enhance or change their medicinal actions and to create a more sophisticated fragrance. In purfumery many oils are blended together. For therapeutic purposes it is unusual to mix more than four oils together. When blending oils at home it is best to mix no more than two or three oils. This is because blending has been shown to alter the molecular structure of essential oils and you may end up with a blend that acts differently from what you had intended. Make sure the properties of the oils are complementary.

Blending Guidelines

Choose two or three oils which you believe complement each other. Generally all flower oils work well together; woody oils enhance the resinous oils and other woody essences; the essential oils derived from herbs tend to blend harmoniously with each other; and the range of oils from fruits blend well with essences from their own botanical family .Mix a blend using a little of the strongest scented oils and more of the lighter fragrances. The best blend is usually the one you find most appealing.

Storing Oils

Essential oils are very volatile, ie they evaporate quickly when exposed to the air. Air will also cause oxidisation of the oils, and they are also affected by light and heat. Always buy and store your essential oils in brown amber glass bottles with air-tight, child-proof caps. Keep them in a cool dark place such as a refrigerator if it is kept at a reasonable temperature. Most essential oils, if stored correctly, will keep for up to two years. Some citrus oils such as Orange and Grapefruit may only be effectively used for up to six months. They will then go cloudy through oxidization. Some oils like Sandalwood, Frankincense and Patchouli actually mature and mellow with age. Once blended with other oils, and in carriers, oils will begin to oxidise, weaken and go rancid. This process, however, does take three months or more, and if you store your blends under the same conditions as your essential oils they should be perfectly satisfactory if used within the three months.

Safety Precautions

Warning: Never use essential oils directly on to the skin. Never take essential oils by mouth. If swallowed accidentally, eat bread, drink plenty of milk, and seek professional help. Always consult a qualified practitioner for advice and treatment:
  • If you are pregnant
  • Have an allergy
  • Have a chronic medical condition such as high blood pressure or epilepsy
  • Are receiving medical or psychiatric treatment Are taking homeopathic remedies
  • When treating babies or very young children




Ho Wood Pure Essential Oil. Supplied in a 10ml Amber Glass Dropper Bottle.

Botanical Name: Cinnamomum camphora.

Country Of Origin: China.

Aroma: The aroma is similar to Rosewood, and can possibly be used as an alternative to Rosewood.

Extraction Description: Steam distillation. Obtained from the branches and leaves of the tree, followed by rectification.

General: Camphor and Ho Wood come from the same tree. Camphor is distilled from the wood of the tree, while Ho Wood comes from the leaf and contains Linalol (80-90%). Its properties are very similar to Camphor. When well diluted can be used as a chest rub, or to vapourise. Traditionally used for deodorant, soothing agent, skin conditioner, muscle relaxant, antiseptic.

Properties: Antiseptic, deodorant, soothing agent, skin conditioner, aphrodisiac, muscle relaxant.


Methods Of Use (And General Help & Information About Essential Oils)

There are many ways of using essential oils, and at least one of them will be right for you. Essential oils are the basic tools of aromatherapy. The oils, which are extracted from plants, can be used to treat all systems of the mind, and imbalances of the emotions. There are many ways to use essential oils. Professional aromatherapists tend to favor massage as the most effective way of getting oils into the body. Massage also increases the healing potential of aromatherapy. The medicinal properties of the essential oils and the nurturing power of touch combine to form a potent healing treatment. Massage can be relaxing or energizing, it can sooth the nervous system or boost the blood and lymphatic systems to improve pysical and mental functioning. Not least among its benefits is the way it can ease pain and tension from tense or overworked muscles and lift the spirits. Whenever possible, try to include massage in your home aromatherapy treatments; where this is not possible, use any of the other methods mentioned below. It is not an exhaustive list and you may well know, or you may discover, other methods.

Room Burner (oil burner; lamp ring; diffuser; vaporiser)

Room burners are specifically made for use with essential oils. You can buy them in many different shapes, sizes, designs and patterns. They can be electric, radiator fragrancer, candle powered or a ceramic light bulb ring that is heated by a light bulb, but most are ceramic oil burners warmed by a small candle. Also remember that a glazed ceramic oil burner will not crack, burn or stain, and is easy to keep clean. Always try to use good quality night lights with a good quality wick so that it will not smell when alight or smoke when blown out.

How to use: Place a small amount of cold water in the bowl, enough to fill it but leaving some space for water expansion. The essential oils of your choice are then dropped into the water ( 6-8 drops will normally be used depending on the size of the bowl and the amount of water being used). Place the candle in the chamber, light it and leave in a safe place. Use for 25-30 minutes this will, of course, depend on the size of the room or house etc.

Benefits: Psychological conditions can be treated very effectively with a room burner. Headaches respond well to this method and all respiratory problems can be treated in this way. A major use of the room burner is to scent and purify the air, clear germs and create a 'therapeutic atmosphere'.

Aromatic Baths

Aromatic baths are one of the most convenient and health-giving methods of using pure essential oils. When used in this way these healing essences not only affect the physical body but the mental and emotional levels too. They can be detoxifying, relaxing, invigorating, emotionally uplifting and sensual. To some degree all essential oils have antibacterial properties, especially lavender and bergamot, while some like eucalyptus and tea tree are also effective when treating viruses. So regular aromatic baths can be useful to help prevent and treat a range of common ailments as well as uplifting or calming the emotions. These qualities plus the way the essences are readily absorbed by the body makes aromatic bathing an essential and luxurious addition to everyday life.

Recipes For Aromatic Baths

Invigorating bath: For an enlivening start to the day use the following blend of essential oils in a warm bath. To enhance the effect finish with a cool shower or splash your body briefly with cold water. For a more fruity aroma add 3 drops of lemon oil instead of geranium.
  • Sweet basil oil = 2 drops
  • Geranium oil = 3 drops
  • Rosemary = 4 drops

Relaxing bath: For a deeply relaxing bath at the end of the day add the following essential oils to a full, warm bath. For a more floral quality add 3 drops of neroli oil instead of sweet marjoram.
  • Clary sage oil = 3 drops
  • Lavender oil = 4 drops
  • Sweet marjoram oil = 3 drops

Revitalising bath: This combination of essences in a warm bath is ideal to use when you've had a long day and need re-energising. For a less fruity aroma but equally reviving effect add 3 drops of rosewood instead of grapefruit oil.
  • Geranium oil = 3 drops
  • Grapefruit oil = 3 drops
  • Myrtle = 4 drops

Emotionally uplifting bath: To melt away stressful or negative thoughts and uplift your spirits use the following combination of essential oils in a warm bath. Soak for at least 15 minutes inhaling the aromatic vapours. If you feel like treating yourself add 2 drops of rose or jasmine essential oil instead of petitgrain.
  • Bergamot oil = 4 drops
  • Clary sage oil = 3 drops
  • Petitgrain = 3 drops

Sensual bath: For a sensual bath for one or two add the following essential oils to a warm bath. Do make sure the blend is pleasing to both of you. For a more 'earthy' aroma use 3 drops of patchouli instead of myrtle oil, or leave out rose and myrtle altogether and substitute them with 3 drops of jasmine.
  • Sandalwood oil = 4 drops
  • Myrtle oil = 3 drops
  • Rose oil = 1 drops
  • Ylang Ylang oil = 2 drops

Purifying bath: Use this bath to help strengthen the body and combat infections like colds and flu. If desired use 2 drops of penetrating eucalyptus instead of bergamot oil.
  • Bergamot oil = 3 drops
  • Lavender oil = 4 drops
  • Tea Tree = 3 drops

Children's bath: If children see you relaxing in a fragrant bath it won't be long before they want one too! Mix the following essential oils into 2 to 3 teaspoons of base oil, then add warm water to create a delightful bath. The dosages are suitable for children over six years old. This combination is ideal for bedtime as it soothes the emotions.
  • Mandarin oil = 3 drops
  • Lavender oil = 3 drops

How to use: First ask yourself what effect you'd like from your aromatic bath, then select an essential oil whose aroma pleases you and also suits your physical and emotional needs. For example, if you have a cold, lavender oil will help to combat infection and has a very relaxing effect, on the other hand bergamot oil combines the ability to fight infection and induces an emotionally uplifting effect. Use only two or three essences in the bath. When you know each one very well you may choose to use a maximum of four, although just two can often have a more powerful effect than four - less generally means more with essential oils.
Fill the bath, add the essential oil(s) (up to 6 drops or as directed), then agitate the water to disperse the oil(s). Soak in the bath for at least 10 minutes, and make sure the bathroom door is closed so that you get the benefit of inhaling the aroma as well as getting the oil directly into the body via the water. For some conditions, or if preferred, the essential oils can be diluted in a massage carrier oil first, which will help to disperse the oil throughout the water. Alternatively, use ready blended (in carrier oil) or specially formulated bath oil, which has the added benefits of moisturising the body, giving a bubble/foam bath and helping to carry the essential oil out of the bath.

Benefits: The use of oils in a bath is useful for all conditions but will be particularly beneficial for muscular and skin conditions, while respiratory problems will benefit from the inhalation of the aroma. Stress, anxiety and other mental health problems will also be improved. Anyone suffering with insomnia will find a pre-retiring bath with Lavender, Bergamot, Petitgrain, Neroli as well as other oils a great aid to restful sleep.

Lotions And Creams

Essential oils can be added to fragrance-free lotions or creams, but make sure that you use a very good quality product that if preferably lanolin free (some people are sensitive to lanolin).

How to use: Add the essential oil(s) to a dark amber glass jar to help preserve the oil and prevent it from reacting with a plastic bottle. The recommended dosage is approximately 1-2 drops of essential oil to every 5mg of cream or 5ml of lotions. Apply lotion to the skin and rub until completely absorbed. Cream should be applied to the skin and gently rubbed in. Leave the rest to sit on the surface of the skin and gradually release the oil into the body and the aroma into the nose.

Benefits: This is a particularly good way of treating most skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, which will benefit greatly. A lotion is an excellent way to get essential oils rapidly into the bloodstream and is therefore useful for treating conditions such as circulation problems. Lotions and creams can be effectively used for headaches, while creams are a good way of treating respiratory conditions. Both are an essential medium for general body and skin care.

Inhalation

Inhalation is very useful for relieving congestion, easing catarrh and soothing the respiratory tract. The method of covering the head with a towel and inhaling the vapour from eucalyptus and camphor is still very popular today.

How to use: Pour a pint of very hot water into a bowl, then add up to 3-4 drops of essential oil(s) to the water. Cover your head with a towel and then lean over the bowl, keeping your head about 10 or 12 inches above the bowl. Keep your eyes closed and then inhale the vapours for a few minutes, then lean back and relax for a couple of minutes. Repeat for up to 10 minutes or as long as is comfortable. Repeat several times a day if required. A facial steamer may be used instead of a bowl with 3-5 drops of essential oil(s).

Benefits: Respiratory conditions will benefit most from this treatment method. Eucalyptus, Scots Pine, Niaouli and several other oils are excellent decongestants renowned for their ability to help most respiratory conditions. Inhalation is also a good way of treating facial skin problems as its effect is the same as that achieved by a facial sauna.

Compress

Compresses can be either hot or cold depending on the condition that is being treated. It is well-known and frequently used treatment method for sports injuries in particular, though its uses are much wider than this and can be very effective for pain, swelling and inflammation.

How to use: The method is the same whether hot or cold. Add up to 5 drops of essential oil(s) to a basin or bowl of hot or icy cold water. Use a face-cloth, lined pad, cotton wool or other absorbent fabric and dip this into water. Wring out the excess and place the pad on the affected area. Once the compress has achieved body temperature, renew it and continue as required. A hot compress can be held in place with crepe bandage on joints or with cling-film on larger areas, for example the lower back.

Benefits: Most conditions characterized by 'aches', for example earache, backache, etc, should be treated with hot compresses, while sprains, fevers, inflammations and headaches should be treated with cold compresses. Sprains and varicose veins respond very well to the 'hot/cold' treatment, ie start with a cold compress then alternate between hot and cold compresses over the next few days, finishing with a cold one.

Massage

Massage is a method favored by professional aromatherapists, who usually carry out a full body massage. Specific essential oils are chosen to suit the condition and temperament of the patient, and blended with a base oil, such as sweet almond oil or grapeseed oil.

How to use: The essential oil content in a blend should usually be between 1 per cent and 3 per cent depending on the type of disorder. As a general rule, physical ailments like rheumatism or indigestion demand a stronger concentration than the more emotional or nervous conditions. A rough guideline is to say that 20 drops of essential oil is equivalent to one milliliter, so to make a blend it is possible to use the following proportions:
  • 20 to 60 drops of essential oil to 100ml of base oil.
  • 7 to 25 drops of essential oil to 25ml of base oil.
  • 3 to 5 drops of essential oil to 1 tsp of base oil.

Benefits: Massage is a relaxing and nourishing experience in itself, not least because of the unspoken communication based on touch, but it also ensures that the oils are effectively absorbed through the skin and into the bloodstream. For general well-being it is beneficial to practice self-massage on specific areas of the body, especially concentrating on the feet and hands. It is also useful to rub those. It is also useful to rub those particular parts of the body that are causing discomfort; for example, peppermint ( in dilution) can be rubbed on the stomach in a clock-wise direction to ease indigestion; Marjoram can help to relax the neck and shoulders if they are stiff.

Other Methods

There are many other methods of using essential oils. The following is a brief summary of some of them.

Room Sprays

Make a home-made room spray using a sprayer that has been thoroughly cleaned, to provide your own favorite aromas to freshen your home. It is perfectly possible to make a room spray using a simple solution of cold water with added essential oils (stick to a 5 drops to 10ml maximum). This will mean that every time you use it you will have to make sure you shake it vigorously to disperse the oils in the water. You can 'fix' the aroma and also help to disperse the oils equally in the water by using distilled water (boiled then cooled water) and adding 10 per cent alcohol (preferably vodka).

Radiators And Humidifiers

Drops of oil can be placed in a saucer of water placed on top of a radiator, radiator fragrancer, or on to a ball of damp cotton wool placed behind the radiator. Drops of oil can also be added to the water in a humidifier. All these methods can be used as an alternative to a room burner.

Foot Bath

For foot problems, and as a way of introducing essential oils into the body for other problems, a foot bath can be used. This can either be a piece of equipment specially made for the purpose or a bowl of warm water. Add 2-4 drops of oil to the bath, disperse and immerse feet for up to 20 minutes; adding a bath carrier will help. A hand bath can achieve the same result for hand problems, and achieved in the same way, but only immerse for 10 minutes.

Tissue/Handkerchief/Pillow

Any method that allows inhalation of the oils is an alternative to steam inhalation. Some specific methods not mentioned so far are a tissue/handkerchief - add 1 or 2 drops of oil to your pillow at night so that the oil can be inhaled throughout the night.

Pot-pourri

Although not a recognized therapeutic method, a pot-pourri is a pleasant way of creating an aromatic atmosphere in a house or other rooms in the home. Adding essential oils to a pot-pourri will fragrance a room and introduce the essential oils into the body through inhalation.

Blending Oils

Essential oils can be used alone or blended together. Oils are blended for two reasons: to enhance or change their medicinal actions and to create a more sophisticated fragrance. In purfumery many oils are blended together. For therapeutic purposes it is unusual to mix more than four oils together. When blending oils at home it is best to mix no more than two or three oils. This is because blending has been shown to alter the molecular structure of essential oils and you may end up with a blend that acts differently from what you had intended. Make sure the properties of the oils are complementary.

Blending Guidelines

Choose two or three oils which you believe complement each other. Generally all flower oils work well together; woody oils enhance the resinous oils and other woody essences; the essential oils derived from herbs tend to blend harmoniously with each other; and the range of oils from fruits blend well with essences from their own botanical family .Mix a blend using a little of the strongest scented oils and more of the lighter fragrances. The best blend is usually the one you find most appealing.

Storing Oils

Essential oils are very volatile, ie they evaporate quickly when exposed to the air. Air will also cause oxidisation of the oils, and they are also affected by light and heat. Always buy and store your essential oils in brown amber glass bottles with air-tight, child-proof caps. Keep them in a cool dark place such as a refrigerator if it is kept at a reasonable temperature. Most essential oils, if stored correctly, will keep for up to two years. Some citrus oils such as Orange and Grapefruit may only be effectively used for up to six months. They will then go cloudy through oxidization. Some oils like Sandalwood, Frankincense and Patchouli actually mature and mellow with age. Once blended with other oils, and in carriers, oils will begin to oxidise, weaken and go rancid. This process, however, does take three months or more, and if you store your blends under the same conditions as your essential oils they should be perfectly satisfactory if used within the three months.

Safety Precautions

Warning: Never use essential oils directly on to the skin. Never take essential oils by mouth. If swallowed accidentally, eat bread, drink plenty of milk, and seek professional help. Always consult a qualified practitioner for advice and treatment:
  • If you are pregnant
  • Have an allergy
  • Have a chronic medical condition such as high blood pressure or epilepsy
  • Are receiving medical or psychiatric treatment Are taking homeopathic remedies
  • When treating babies or very young children




100% Pure Jasmine (Dilute) 5% Dilution Essential Oil Supplied In A 10ml Amber Glass Bottle, With Tamper Evident Dropper Cap To Ensure Perfect Quality.

Botanical Name: Jasminum officinale.

Country Of Origin: India.

Family Name: Jasminaceae.

Aroma: Sweet, flowery and exotic - slightly heady.

General: Jasmine oil is extracted from the flowers. It has a rich, sweet scent.

Some Traditional Uses: To lift melancholy, to help relieve anxiety and nervous exhaustion, an aphrodisiac.

Emotional Profile: To relieve repressed feelings, bitter jealously, low self-esteem, guilt, emotional abuse.

Blends Well With: Bergamot, frankincense, geranium, guaiacwood, immortelle, orange, mandarin, melissa, neroli, palmarosa, rose, rosewood, sandalwood.


Methods Of Use (And General Help & Information About Essential Oils)

There are many ways of using essential oils, and at least one of them will be right for you. Essential oils are the basic tools of aromatherapy. The oils, which are extracted from plants, can be used to treat all systems of the mind, and imbalances of the emotions. There are many ways to use essential oils. Professional aromatherapists tend to favor massage as the most effective way of getting oils into the body. Massage also increases the healing potential of aromatherapy. The medicinal properties of the essential oils and the nurturing power of touch combine to form a potent healing treatment. Massage can be relaxing or energizing, it can sooth the nervous system or boost the blood and lymphatic systems to improve pysical and mental functioning. Not least among its benefits is the way it can ease pain and tension from tense or overworked muscles and lift the spirits. Whenever possible, try to include massage in your home aromatherapy treatments; where this is not possible, use any of the other methods mentioned below. It is not an exhaustive list and you may well know, or you may discover, other methods.

Room Burner (oil burner; lamp ring; diffuser; vaporiser)

Room burners are specifically made for use with essential oils. You can buy them in many different shapes, sizes, designs and patterns. They can be electric, radiator fragrancer, candle powered or a ceramic light bulb ring that is heated by a light bulb, but most are ceramic oil burners warmed by a small candle. Also remember that a glazed ceramic oil burner will not crack, burn or stain, and is easy to keep clean. Always try to use good quality night lights with a good quality wick so that it will not smell when alight or smoke when blown out.

How to use: Place a small amount of cold water in the bowl, enough to fill it but leaving some space for water expansion. The essential oils of your choice are then dropped into the water ( 6-8 drops will normally be used depending on the size of the bowl and the amount of water being used). Place the candle in the chamber, light it and leave in a safe place. Use for 25-30 minutes this will, of course, depend on the size of the room or house etc.

Benefits: Psychological conditions can be treated very effectively with a room burner. Headaches respond well to this method and all respiratory problems can be treated in this way. A major use of the room burner is to scent and purify the air, clear germs and create a 'therapeutic atmosphere'.

Aromatic Baths

Aromatic baths are one of the most convenient and health-giving methods of using pure essential oils. When used in this way these healing essences not only affect the physical body but the mental and emotional levels too. They can be detoxifying, relaxing, invigorating, emotionally uplifting and sensual. To some degree all essential oils have antibacterial properties, especially lavender and bergamot, while some like eucalyptus and tea tree are also effective when treating viruses. So regular aromatic baths can be useful to help prevent and treat a range of common ailments as well as uplifting or calming the emotions. These qualities plus the way the essences are readily absorbed by the body makes aromatic bathing an essential and luxurious addition to everyday life.

Recipes For Aromatic Baths

Invigorating bath: For an enlivening start to the day use the following blend of essential oils in a warm bath. To enhance the effect finish with a cool shower or splash your body briefly with cold water. For a more fruity aroma add 3 drops of lemon oil instead of geranium.
  • Sweet basil oil = 2 drops
  • Geranium oil = 3 drops
  • Rosemary = 4 drops

Relaxing bath: For a deeply relaxing bath at the end of the day add the following essential oils to a full, warm bath. For a more floral quality add 3 drops of neroli oil instead of sweet marjoram.
  • Clary sage oil = 3 drops
  • Lavender oil = 4 drops
  • Sweet marjoram oil = 3 drops

Revitalising bath: This combination of essences in a warm bath is ideal to use when you've had a long day and need re-energising. For a less fruity aroma but equally reviving effect add 3 drops of rosewood instead of grapefruit oil.
  • Geranium oil = 3 drops
  • Grapefruit oil = 3 drops
  • Myrtle = 4 drops

Emotionally uplifting bath: To melt away stressful or negative thoughts and uplift your spirits use the following combination of essential oils in a warm bath. Soak for at least 15 minutes inhaling the aromatic vapours. If you feel like treating yourself add 2 drops of rose or jasmine essential oil instead of petitgrain.
  • Bergamot oil = 4 drops
  • Clary sage oil = 3 drops
  • Petitgrain = 3 drops

Sensual bath: For a sensual bath for one or two add the following essential oils to a warm bath. Do make sure the blend is pleasing to both of you. For a more 'earthy' aroma use 3 drops of patchouli instead of myrtle oil, or leave out rose and myrtle altogether and substitute them with 3 drops of jasmine.
  • Sandalwood oil = 4 drops
  • Myrtle oil = 3 drops
  • Rose oil = 1 drops
  • Ylang Ylang oil = 2 drops

Purifying bath: Use this bath to help strengthen the body and combat infections like colds and flu. If desired use 2 drops of penetrating eucalyptus instead of bergamot oil.
  • Bergamot oil = 3 drops
  • Lavender oil = 4 drops
  • Tea Tree = 3 drops

Children's bath: If children see you relaxing in a fragrant bath it won't be long before they want one too! Mix the following essential oils into 2 to 3 teaspoons of base oil, then add warm water to create a delightful bath. The dosages are suitable for children over six years old. This combination is ideal for bedtime as it soothes the emotions.
  • Mandarin oil = 3 drops
  • Lavender oil = 3 drops

How to use: First ask yourself what effect you'd like from your aromatic bath, then select an essential oil whose aroma pleases you and also suits your physical and emotional needs. For example, if you have a cold, lavender oil will help to combat infection and has a very relaxing effect, on the other hand bergamot oil combines the ability to fight infection and induces an emotionally uplifting effect. Use only two or three essences in the bath. When you know each one very well you may choose to use a maximum of four, although just two can often have a more powerful effect than four - less generally means more with essential oils.
Fill the bath, add the essential oil(s) (up to 6 drops or as directed), then agitate the water to disperse the oil(s). Soak in the bath for at least 10 minutes, and make sure the bathroom door is closed so that you get the benefit of inhaling the aroma as well as getting the oil directly into the body via the water. For some conditions, or if preferred, the essential oils can be diluted in a massage carrier oil first, which will help to disperse the oil throughout the water. Alternatively, use ready blended (in carrier oil) or specially formulated bath oil, which has the added benefits of moisturising the body, giving a bubble/foam bath and helping to carry the essential oil out of the bath.

Benefits: The use of oils in a bath is useful for all conditions but will be particularly beneficial for muscular and skin conditions, while respiratory problems will benefit from the inhalation of the aroma. Stress, anxiety and other mental health problems will also be improved. Anyone suffering with insomnia will find a pre-retiring bath with Lavender, Bergamot, Petitgrain, Neroli as well as other oils a great aid to restful sleep.

Lotions And Creams

Essential oils can be added to fragrance-free lotions or creams, but make sure that you use a very good quality product that if preferably lanolin free (some people are sensitive to lanolin).

How to use: Add the essential oil(s) to a dark amber glass jar to help preserve the oil and prevent it from reacting with a plastic bottle. The recommended dosage is approximately 1-2 drops of essential oil to every 5mg of cream or 5ml of lotions. Apply lotion to the skin and rub until completely absorbed. Cream should be applied to the skin and gently rubbed in. Leave the rest to sit on the surface of the skin and gradually release the oil into the body and the aroma into the nose.

Benefits: This is a particularly good way of treating most skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, which will benefit greatly. A lotion is an excellent way to get essential oils rapidly into the bloodstream and is therefore useful for treating conditions such as circulation problems. Lotions and creams can be effectively used for headaches, while creams are a good way of treating respiratory conditions. Both are an essential medium for general body and skin care.

Inhalation

Inhalation is very useful for relieving congestion, easing catarrh and soothing the respiratory tract. The method of covering the head with a towel and inhaling the vapour from eucalyptus and camphor is still very popular today.

How to use: Pour a pint of very hot water into a bowl, then add up to 3-4 drops of essential oil(s) to the water. Cover your head with a towel and then lean over the bowl, keeping your head about 10 or 12 inches above the bowl. Keep your eyes closed and then inhale the vapours for a few minutes, then lean back and relax for a couple of minutes. Repeat for up to 10 minutes or as long as is comfortable. Repeat several times a day if required. A facial steamer may be used instead of a bowl with 3-5 drops of essential oil(s).

Benefits: Respiratory conditions will benefit most from this treatment method. Eucalyptus, Scots Pine, Niaouli and several other oils are excellent decongestants renowned for their ability to help most respiratory conditions. Inhalation is also a good way of treating facial skin problems as its effect is the same as that achieved by a facial sauna.

Compress

Compresses can be either hot or cold depending on the condition that is being treated. It is well-known and frequently used treatment method for sports injuries in particular, though its uses are much wider than this and can be very effective for pain, swelling and inflammation.

How to use: The method is the same whether hot or cold. Add up to 5 drops of essential oil(s) to a basin or bowl of hot or icy cold water. Use a face-cloth, lined pad, cotton wool or other absorbent fabric and dip this into water. Wring out the excess and place the pad on the affected area. Once the compress has achieved body temperature, renew it and continue as required. A hot compress can be held in place with crepe bandage on joints or with cling-film on larger areas, for example the lower back.

Benefits: Most conditions characterized by 'aches', for example earache, backache, etc, should be treated with hot compresses, while sprains, fevers, inflammations and headaches should be treated with cold compresses. Sprains and varicose veins respond very well to the 'hot/cold' treatment, ie start with a cold compress then alternate between hot and cold compresses over the next few days, finishing with a cold one.

Massage

Massage is a method favored by professional aromatherapists, who usually carry out a full body massage. Specific essential oils are chosen to suit the condition and temperament of the patient, and blended with a base oil, such as sweet almond oil or grapeseed oil.

How to use: The essential oil content in a blend should usually be between 1 per cent and 3 per cent depending on the type of disorder. As a general rule, physical ailments like rheumatism or indigestion demand a stronger concentration than the more emotional or nervous conditions. A rough guideline is to say that 20 drops of essential oil is equivalent to one milliliter, so to make a blend it is possible to use the following proportions:
  • 20 to 60 drops of essential oil to 100ml of base oil.
  • 7 to 25 drops of essential oil to 25ml of base oil.
  • 3 to 5 drops of essential oil to 1 tsp of base oil.

Benefits: Massage is a relaxing and nourishing experience in itself, not least because of the unspoken communication based on touch, but it also ensures that the oils are effectively absorbed through the skin and into the bloodstream. For general well-being it is beneficial to practice self-massage on specific areas of the body, especially concentrating on the feet and hands. It is also useful to rub those. It is also useful to rub those particular parts of the body that are causing discomfort; for example, peppermint ( in dilution) can be rubbed on the stomach in a clock-wise direction to ease indigestion; Marjoram can help to relax the neck and shoulders if they are stiff.

Other Methods

There are many other methods of using essential oils. The following is a brief summary of some of them.

Room Sprays

Make a home-made room spray using a sprayer that has been thoroughly cleaned, to provide your own favorite aromas to freshen your home. It is perfectly possible to make a room spray using a simple solution of cold water with added essential oils (stick to a 5 drops to 10ml maximum). This will mean that every time you use it you will have to make sure you shake it vigorously to disperse the oils in the water. You can 'fix' the aroma and also help to disperse the oils equally in the water by using distilled water (boiled then cooled water) and adding 10 per cent alcohol (preferably vodka).

Radiators And Humidifiers

Drops of oil can be placed in a saucer of water placed on top of a radiator, radiator fragrancer, or on to a ball of damp cotton wool placed behind the radiator. Drops of oil can also be added to the water in a humidifier. All these methods can be used as an alternative to a room burner.

Foot Bath

For foot problems, and as a way of introducing essential oils into the body for other problems, a foot bath can be used. This can either be a piece of equipment specially made for the purpose or a bowl of warm water. Add 2-4 drops of oil to the bath, disperse and immerse feet for up to 20 minutes; adding a bath carrier will help. A hand bath can achieve the same result for hand problems, and achieved in the same way, but only immerse for 10 minutes.

Tissue/Handkerchief/Pillow

Any method that allows inhalation of the oils is an alternative to steam inhalation. Some specific methods not mentioned so far are a tissue/handkerchief - add 1 or 2 drops of oil to your pillow at night so that the oil can be inhaled throughout the night.

Pot-pourri

Although not a recognized therapeutic method, a pot-pourri is a pleasant way of creating an aromatic atmosphere in a house or other rooms in the home. Adding essential oils to a pot-pourri will fragrance a room and introduce the essential oils into the body through inhalation.

Blending Oils

Essential oils can be used alone or blended together. Oils are blended for two reasons: to enhance or change their medicinal actions and to create a more sophisticated fragrance. In purfumery many oils are blended together. For therapeutic purposes it is unusual to mix more than four oils together. When blending oils at home it is best to mix no more than two or three oils. This is because blending has been shown to alter the molecular structure of essential oils and you may end up with a blend that acts differently from what you had intended. Make sure the properties of the oils are complementary.

Blending Guidelines

Choose two or three oils which you believe complement each other. Generally all flower oils work well together; woody oils enhance the resinous oils and other woody essences; the essential oils derived from herbs tend to blend harmoniously with each other; and the range of oils from fruits blend well with essences from their own botanical family .Mix a blend using a little of the strongest scented oils and more of the lighter fragrances. The best blend is usually the one you find most appealing.

Storing Oils

Essential oils are very volatile, ie they evaporate quickly when exposed to the air. Air will also cause oxidisation of the oils, and they are also affected by light and heat. Always buy and store your essential oils in brown amber glass bottles with air-tight, child-proof caps. Keep them in a cool dark place such as a refrigerator if it is kept at a reasonable temperature. Most essential oils, if stored correctly, will keep for up to two years. Some citrus oils such as Orange and Grapefruit may only be effectively used for up to six months. They will then go cloudy through oxidization. Some oils like Sandalwood, Frankincense and Patchouli actually mature and mellow with age. Once blended with other oils, and in carriers, oils will begin to oxidise, weaken and go rancid. This process, however, does take three months or more, and if you store your blends under the same conditions as your essential oils they should be perfectly satisfactory if used within the three months.

Safety Precautions

Warning: Never use essential oils directly on to the skin. Never take essential oils by mouth. If swallowed accidentally, eat bread, drink plenty of milk, and seek professional help. Always consult a qualified practitioner for advice and treatment:
  • If you are pregnant
  • Have an allergy
  • Have a chronic medical condition such as high blood pressure or epilepsy
  • Are receiving medical or psychiatric treatment Are taking homeopathic remedies
  • When treating babies or very young children




Species: Jasminum grandiflorum L

Origin: India.

Extraction Process: Solvent extraction.

Perfume Note: Middle.

Extraction Description: Obtained by ethanolic extraction of the concrete, itself produced by solvent extraction of the flowers.

Scent Description: Aroma is long lasting and has a deep, musky, rich, warm floral type scent. Blends well with virtually anything, but particularly Citrus Oils.

General Description: Jasmin Absolute. The 'King of oils'. The Jasmin 'vine' grows up to 33 feet, has delicate green leaves and star-shaped fragrant white flowers. Reputed to be an aphrodisiac. Ideal for massage due to it's deep penetrating effect. Useful oil in skincare, particularly good for hot, dry and sensitive skin. Can also be used on greasy skin.

Properties: Relaxing, warming, de-stressing, emotionally warming.

100% Pure Jasmine Sambac (Dilute) 5% Dilution Essential Oil Supplied In A 10ml Amber Glass Bottle, With Tamper Evident Dropper Cap To Ensure Perfect Quality.

Species: Jasminum sambac

Origin: Ukraine

Perfume Note: Middle.

Extraction Process: The oil is extracted through enfleurage and is a very delicate and tricky operation needing very skilled workers.

Scent Description: Heady and strong oil. Jasmine sambac is a perfumers choice of the Jasmin oils. When diluted it is evocative and sophisticated.

General Description: Jasmin Sambac Absolute is often used in toiletries. The 'King of oils'. The Jasmin 'vine' grows up to 33 feet, has delicate green leaves and star-shaped fragrant white flowers. Reputed to be an aphrodisiac.Ideal for massage due to it's deep penetrating effect. Useful oil in skincare, particularly good for hot, dry and sensitive skin. Can also be used on greasy skin.

Properties: Relaxing, warming, de-stressing, emotionally warming.

Species: Jasminum sambac

Origin: Ukraine

Perfume Note: Middle.

Extraction Process: The oil is extracted through enfleurage and is a very delicate and tricky operation needing very skilled workers.

Scent Description: Heady and strong oil. Jasmine sambac is a perfumers choice of the Jasmin oils. When diluted it is evocative and sophisticated.

General Description: Jasmin Sambac Absolute is often used in toiletries. The 'King of oils'. The Jasmin 'vine' grows up to 33 feet, has delicate green leaves and star-shaped fragrant white flowers. Reputed to be an aphrodisiac. Ideal for massage due to it's deep penetrating effect. Useful oil in skincare, particularly good for hot, dry and sensitive skin. Can also be used on greasy skin.

Properties: Relaxing, warming, de-stressing, emotionally warming.

100% Pure Juniperberry Essential Oil Supplied In A 10ml Amber Glass Bottle, With Tamper Evident Dropper Cap To Ensure Perfect Quality.

Botanical Name: Juniperus communis.

Country Of Origin: Bosnia.

Family Name: Cupressaceae.

Aroma: Clear, refreshing and slightly woody.

General: Juniperberry has a clear, refreshing and slightly woody aroma.

Features: An evergreen shrub and though cultivated to a height of six feet, it spurts to another thirty in the Scandinavian wild.

Properties: Antiseptic, carminative, depurative, disinfectant. Mind: Clears, stimulates and strengthens the nerves. It purifies the atmosphere and supports the spirit in challenging situations.

Blends Well With: Benzoin, bergamot, cypress, frankincense, geranium, grapefruit, orange, lemongrass, lime, melissa, rosemary, sandalwood.


Methods Of Use (And General Help & Information About Essential Oils)

There are many ways of using essential oils, and at least one of them will be right for you. Essential oils are the basic tools of aromatherapy. The oils, which are extracted from plants, can be used to treat all systems of the mind, and imbalances of the emotions. There are many ways to use essential oils. Professional aromatherapists tend to favor massage as the most effective way of getting oils into the body. Massage also increases the healing potential of aromatherapy. The medicinal properties of the essential oils and the nurturing power of touch combine to form a potent healing treatment. Massage can be relaxing or energizing, it can sooth the nervous system or boost the blood and lymphatic systems to improve pysical and mental functioning. Not least among its benefits is the way it can ease pain and tension from tense or overworked muscles and lift the spirits. Whenever possible, try to include massage in your home aromatherapy treatments; where this is not possible, use any of the other methods mentioned below. It is not an exhaustive list and you may well know, or you may discover, other methods.

Room Burner (oil burner; lamp ring; diffuser; vaporiser)

Room burners are specifically made for use with essential oils. You can buy them in many different shapes, sizes, designs and patterns. They can be electric, radiator fragrancer, candle powered or a ceramic light bulb ring that is heated by a light bulb, but most are ceramic oil burners warmed by a small candle. Also remember that a glazed ceramic oil burner will not crack, burn or stain, and is easy to keep clean. Always try to use good quality night lights with a good quality wick so that it will not smell when alight or smoke when blown out.

How to use: Place a small amount of cold water in the bowl, enough to fill it but leaving some space for water expansion. The essential oils of your choice are then dropped into the water ( 6-8 drops will normally be used depending on the size of the bowl and the amount of water being used). Place the candle in the chamber, light it and leave in a safe place. Use for 25-30 minutes this will, of course, depend on the size of the room or house etc.

Benefits: Psychological conditions can be treated very effectively with a room burner. Headaches respond well to this method and all respiratory problems can be treated in this way. A major use of the room burner is to scent and purify the air, clear germs and create a 'therapeutic atmosphere'.

Aromatic Baths

Aromatic baths are one of the most convenient and health-giving methods of using pure essential oils. When used in this way these healing essences not only affect the physical body but the mental and emotional levels too. They can be detoxifying, relaxing, invigorating, emotionally uplifting and sensual. To some degree all essential oils have antibacterial properties, especially lavender and bergamot, while some like eucalyptus and tea tree are also effective when treating viruses. So regular aromatic baths can be useful to help prevent and treat a range of common ailments as well as uplifting or calming the emotions. These qualities plus the way the essences are readily absorbed by the body makes aromatic bathing an essential and luxurious addition to everyday life.

Recipes For Aromatic Baths

Invigorating bath: For an enlivening start to the day use the following blend of essential oils in a warm bath. To enhance the effect finish with a cool shower or splash your body briefly with cold water. For a more fruity aroma add 3 drops of lemon oil instead of geranium.
  • Sweet basil oil = 2 drops
  • Geranium oil = 3 drops
  • Rosemary = 4 drops

Relaxing bath: For a deeply relaxing bath at the end of the day add the following essential oils to a full, warm bath. For a more floral quality add 3 drops of neroli oil instead of sweet marjoram.
  • Clary sage oil = 3 drops
  • Lavender oil = 4 drops
  • Sweet marjoram oil = 3 drops

Revitalising bath: This combination of essences in a warm bath is ideal to use when you've had a long day and need re-energising. For a less fruity aroma but equally reviving effect add 3 drops of rosewood instead of grapefruit oil.
  • Geranium oil = 3 drops
  • Grapefruit oil = 3 drops
  • Myrtle = 4 drops

Emotionally uplifting bath: To melt away stressful or negative thoughts and uplift your spirits use the following combination of essential oils in a warm bath. Soak for at least 15 minutes inhaling the aromatic vapours. If you feel like treating yourself add 2 drops of rose or jasmine essential oil instead of petitgrain.
  • Bergamot oil = 4 drops
  • Clary sage oil = 3 drops
  • Petitgrain = 3 drops

Sensual bath: For a sensual bath for one or two add the following essential oils to a warm bath. Do make sure the blend is pleasing to both of you. For a more 'earthy' aroma use 3 drops of patchouli instead of myrtle oil, or leave out rose and myrtle altogether and substitute them with 3 drops of jasmine.
  • Sandalwood oil = 4 drops
  • Myrtle oil = 3 drops
  • Rose oil = 1 drops
  • Ylang Ylang oil = 2 drops

Purifying bath: Use this bath to help strengthen the body and combat infections like colds and flu. If desired use 2 drops of penetrating eucalyptus instead of bergamot oil.
  • Bergamot oil = 3 drops
  • Lavender oil = 4 drops
  • Tea Tree = 3 drops

Children's bath: If children see you relaxing in a fragrant bath it won't be long before they want one too! Mix the following essential oils into 2 to 3 teaspoons of base oil, then add warm water to create a delightful bath. The dosages are suitable for children over six years old. This combination is ideal for bedtime as it soothes the emotions.
  • Mandarin oil = 3 drops
  • Lavender oil = 3 drops

How to use: First ask yourself what effect you'd like from your aromatic bath, then select an essential oil whose aroma pleases you and also suits your physical and emotional needs. For example, if you have a cold, lavender oil will help to combat infection and has a very relaxing effect, on the other hand bergamot oil combines the ability to fight infection and induces an emotionally uplifting effect. Use only two or three essences in the bath. When you know each one very well you may choose to use a maximum of four, although just two can often have a more powerful effect than four - less generally means more with essential oils.
Fill the bath, add the essential oil(s) (up to 6 drops or as directed), then agitate the water to disperse the oil(s). Soak in the bath for at least 10 minutes, and make sure the bathroom door is closed so that you get the benefit of inhaling the aroma as well as getting the oil directly into the body via the water. For some conditions, or if preferred, the essential oils can be diluted in a massage carrier oil first, which will help to disperse the oil throughout the water. Alternatively, use ready blended (in carrier oil) or specially formulated bath oil, which has the added benefits of moisturising the body, giving a bubble/foam bath and helping to carry the essential oil out of the bath.

Benefits: The use of oils in a bath is useful for all conditions but will be particularly beneficial for muscular and skin conditions, while respiratory problems will benefit from the inhalation of the aroma. Stress, anxiety and other mental health problems will also be improved. Anyone suffering with insomnia will find a pre-retiring bath with Lavender, Bergamot, Petitgrain, Neroli as well as other oils a great aid to restful sleep.

Lotions And Creams

Essential oils can be added to fragrance-free lotions or creams, but make sure that you use a very good quality product that if preferably lanolin free (some people are sensitive to lanolin).

How to use: Add the essential oil(s) to a dark amber glass jar to help preserve the oil and prevent it from reacting with a plastic bottle. The recommended dosage is approximately 1-2 drops of essential oil to every 5mg of cream or 5ml of lotions. Apply lotion to the skin and rub until completely absorbed. Cream should be applied to the skin and gently rubbed in. Leave the rest to sit on the surface of the skin and gradually release the oil into the body and the aroma into the nose.

Benefits: This is a particularly good way of treating most skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, which will benefit greatly. A lotion is an excellent way to get essential oils rapidly into the bloodstream and is therefore useful for treating conditions such as circulation problems. Lotions and creams can be effectively used for headaches, while creams are a good way of treating respiratory conditions. Both are an essential medium for general body and skin care.

Inhalation

Inhalation is very useful for relieving congestion, easing catarrh and soothing the respiratory tract. The method of covering the head with a towel and inhaling the vapour from eucalyptus and camphor is still very popular today.

How to use: Pour a pint of very hot water into a bowl, then add up to 3-4 drops of essential oil(s) to the water. Cover your head with a towel and then lean over the bowl, keeping your head about 10 or 12 inches above the bowl. Keep your eyes closed and then inhale the vapours for a few minutes, then lean back and relax for a couple of minutes. Repeat for up to 10 minutes or as long as is comfortable. Repeat several times a day if required. A facial steamer may be used instead of a bowl with 3-5 drops of essential oil(s).

Benefits: Respiratory conditions will benefit most from this treatment method. Eucalyptus, Scots Pine, Niaouli and several other oils are excellent decongestants renowned for their ability to help most respiratory conditions. Inhalation is also a good way of treating facial skin problems as its effect is the same as that achieved by a facial sauna.

Compress

Compresses can be either hot or cold depending on the condition that is being treated. It is well-known and frequently used treatment method for sports injuries in particular, though its uses are much wider than this and can be very effective for pain, swelling and inflammation.

How to use: The method is the same whether hot or cold. Add up to 5 drops of essential oil(s) to a basin or bowl of hot or icy cold water. Use a face-cloth, lined pad, cotton wool or other absorbent fabric and dip this into water. Wring out the excess and place the pad on the affected area. Once the compress has achieved body temperature, renew it and continue as required. A hot compress can be held in place with crepe bandage on joints or with cling-film on larger areas, for example the lower back.

Benefits: Most conditions characterized by 'aches', for example earache, backache, etc, should be treated with hot compresses, while sprains, fevers, inflammations and headaches should be treated with cold compresses. Sprains and varicose veins respond very well to the 'hot/cold' treatment, ie start with a cold compress then alternate between hot and cold compresses over the next few days, finishing with a cold one.

Massage

Massage is a method favored by professional aromatherapists, who usually carry out a full body massage. Specific essential oils are chosen to suit the condition and temperament of the patient, and blended with a base oil, such as sweet almond oil or grapeseed oil.

How to use: The essential oil content in a blend should usually be between 1 per cent and 3 per cent depending on the type of disorder. As a general rule, physical ailments like rheumatism or indigestion demand a stronger concentration than the more emotional or nervous conditions. A rough guideline is to say that 20 drops of essential oil is equivalent to one milliliter, so to make a blend it is possible to use the following proportions:
  • 20 to 60 drops of essential oil to 100ml of base oil.
  • 7 to 25 drops of essential oil to 25ml of base oil.
  • 3 to 5 drops of essential oil to 1 tsp of base oil.

Benefits: Massage is a relaxing and nourishing experience in itself, not least because of the unspoken communication based on touch, but it also ensures that the oils are effectively absorbed through the skin and into the bloodstream. For general well-being it is beneficial to practice self-massage on specific areas of the body, especially concentrating on the feet and hands. It is also useful to rub those. It is also useful to rub those particular parts of the body that are causing discomfort; for example, peppermint ( in dilution) can be rubbed on the stomach in a clock-wise direction to ease indigestion; Marjoram can help to relax the neck and shoulders if they are stiff.

Other Methods

There are many other methods of using essential oils. The following is a brief summary of some of them.

Room Sprays

Make a home-made room spray using a sprayer that has been thoroughly cleaned, to provide your own favorite aromas to freshen your home. It is perfectly possible to make a room spray using a simple solution of cold water with added essential oils (stick to a 5 drops to 10ml maximum). This will mean that every time you use it you will have to make sure you shake it vigorously to disperse the oils in the water. You can 'fix' the aroma and also help to disperse the oils equally in the water by using distilled water (boiled then cooled water) and adding 10 per cent alcohol (preferably vodka).

Radiators And Humidifiers

Drops of oil can be placed in a saucer of water placed on top of a radiator, radiator fragrancer, or on to a ball of damp cotton wool placed behind the radiator. Drops of oil can also be added to the water in a humidifier. All these methods can be used as an alternative to a room burner.

Foot Bath

For foot problems, and as a way of introducing essential oils into the body for other problems, a foot bath can be used. This can either be a piece of equipment specially made for the purpose or a bowl of warm water. Add 2-4 drops of oil to the bath, disperse and immerse feet for up to 20 minutes; adding a bath carrier will help. A hand bath can achieve the same result for hand problems, and achieved in the same way, but only immerse for 10 minutes.

Tissue/Handkerchief/Pillow

Any method that allows inhalation of the oils is an alternative to steam inhalation. Some specific methods not mentioned so far are a tissue/handkerchief - add 1 or 2 drops of oil to your pillow at night so that the oil can be inhaled throughout the night.

Pot-pourri

Although not a recognized therapeutic method, a pot-pourri is a pleasant way of creating an aromatic atmosphere in a house or other rooms in the home. Adding essential oils to a pot-pourri will fragrance a room and introduce the essential oils into the body through inhalation.

Blending Oils

Essential oils can be used alone or blended together. Oils are blended for two reasons: to enhance or change their medicinal actions and to create a more sophisticated fragrance. In purfumery many oils are blended together. For therapeutic purposes it is unusual to mix more than four oils together. When blending oils at home it is best to mix no more than two or three oils. This is because blending has been shown to alter the molecular structure of essential oils and you may end up with a blend that acts differently from what you had intended. Make sure the properties of the oils are complementary.

Blending Guidelines

Choose two or three oils which you believe complement each other. Generally all flower oils work well together; woody oils enhance the resinous oils and other woody essences; the essential oils derived from herbs tend to blend harmoniously with each other; and the range of oils from fruits blend well with essences from their own botanical family .Mix a blend using a little of the strongest scented oils and more of the lighter fragrances. The best blend is usually the one you find most appealing.

Storing Oils

Essential oils are very volatile, ie they evaporate quickly when exposed to the air. Air will also cause oxidisation of the oils, and they are also affected by light and heat. Always buy and store your essential oils in brown amber glass bottles with air-tight, child-proof caps. Keep them in a cool dark place such as a refrigerator if it is kept at a reasonable temperature. Most essential oils, if stored correctly, will keep for up to two years. Some citrus oils such as Orange and Grapefruit may only be effectively used for up to six months. They will then go cloudy through oxidization. Some oils like Sandalwood, Frankincense and Patchouli actually mature and mellow with age. Once blended with other oils, and in carriers, oils will begin to oxidise, weaken and go rancid. This process, however, does take three months or more, and if you store your blends under the same conditions as your essential oils they should be perfectly satisfactory if used within the three months.

Safety Precautions

Warning: Never use essential oils directly on to the skin. Never take essential oils by mouth. If swallowed accidentally, eat bread, drink plenty of milk, and seek professional help. Always consult a qualified practitioner for advice and treatment:
  • If you are pregnant
  • Have an allergy
  • Have a chronic medical condition such as high blood pressure or epilepsy
  • Are receiving medical or psychiatric treatment Are taking homeopathic remedies
  • When treating babies or very young children




100% Pure Juniperberry Organic Essential Oil Supplied In A 10ml Amber Glass Bottle, With Tamper Evident Dropper Cap To Ensure Perfect Quality.

Fully certified.

Botanical Name: Juniperus communis.

Country Of Origin: Croatia.

Family Name: Cupressaceae.

Aroma: Clear, refreshing and slightly woody.

General: Juniperberry has a clear, refreshing and slightly woody aroma.

Features: An evergreen shrub and though cultivated to a height of six feet, it spurts to another thirty in the Scandinavian wild.

Properties: Antiseptic, carminative, depurative, disinfectant. Mind: Clears, stimulates and strengthens the nerves. It purifies the atmosphere and supports the spirit in challenging situations.

Blends Well With: Benzoin, bergamot, cypress, frankincense, geranium, grapefruit, orange, lemongrass, lime, melissa, rosemary, sandalwood.

organic bergamot essential oil



Methods Of Use (And General Help & Information About Essential Oils)

There are many ways of using essential oils, and at least one of them will be right for you. Essential oils are the basic tools of aromatherapy. The oils, which are extracted from plants, can be used to treat all systems of the mind, and imbalances of the emotions. There are many ways to use essential oils. Professional aromatherapists tend to favor massage as the most effective way of getting oils into the body. Massage also increases the healing potential of aromatherapy. The medicinal properties of the essential oils and the nurturing power of touch combine to form a potent healing treatment. Massage can be relaxing or energizing, it can sooth the nervous system or boost the blood and lymphatic systems to improve pysical and mental functioning. Not least among its benefits is the way it can ease pain and tension from tense or overworked muscles and lift the spirits. Whenever possible, try to include massage in your home aromatherapy treatments; where this is not possible, use any of the other methods mentioned below. It is not an exhaustive list and you may well know, or you may discover, other methods.

Room Burner (oil burner; lamp ring; diffuser; vaporiser)

Room burners are specifically made for use with essential oils. You can buy them in many different shapes, sizes, designs and patterns. They can be electric, radiator fragrancer, candle powered or a ceramic light bulb ring that is heated by a light bulb, but most are ceramic oil burners warmed by a small candle. Also remember that a glazed ceramic oil burner will not crack, burn or stain, and is easy to keep clean. Always try to use good quality night lights with a good quality wick so that it will not smell when alight or smoke when blown out.

How to use: Place a small amount of cold water in the bowl, enough to fill it but leaving some space for water expansion. The essential oils of your choice are then dropped into the water ( 6-8 drops will normally be used depending on the size of the bowl and the amount of water being used). Place the candle in the chamber, light it and leave in a safe place. Use for 25-30 minutes this will, of course, depend on the size of the room or house etc.

Benefits: Psychological conditions can be treated very effectively with a room burner. Headaches respond well to this method and all respiratory problems can be treated in this way. A major use of the room burner is to scent and purify the air, clear germs and create a 'therapeutic atmosphere'.

Aromatic Baths

Aromatic baths are one of the most convenient and health-giving methods of using pure essential oils. When used in this way these healing essences not only affect the physical body but the mental and emotional levels too. They can be detoxifying, relaxing, invigorating, emotionally uplifting and sensual. To some degree all essential oils have antibacterial properties, especially lavender and bergamot, while some like eucalyptus and tea tree are also effective when treating viruses. So regular aromatic baths can be useful to help prevent and treat a range of common ailments as well as uplifting or calming the emotions. These qualities plus the way the essences are readily absorbed by the body makes aromatic bathing an essential and luxurious addition to everyday life.

Recipes For Aromatic Baths

Invigorating bath: For an enlivening start to the day use the following blend of essential oils in a warm bath. To enhance the effect finish with a cool shower or splash your body briefly with cold water. For a more fruity aroma add 3 drops of lemon oil instead of geranium.
  • Sweet basil oil = 2 drops
  • Geranium oil = 3 drops
  • Rosemary = 4 drops

Relaxing bath: For a deeply relaxing bath at the end of the day add the following essential oils to a full, warm bath. For a more floral quality add 3 drops of neroli oil instead of sweet marjoram.
  • Clary sage oil = 3 drops
  • Lavender oil = 4 drops
  • Sweet marjoram oil = 3 drops

Revitalising bath: This combination of essences in a warm bath is ideal to use when you've had a long day and need re-energising. For a less fruity aroma but equally reviving effect add 3 drops of rosewood instead of grapefruit oil.
  • Geranium oil = 3 drops
  • Grapefruit oil = 3 drops
  • Myrtle = 4 drops

Emotionally uplifting bath: To melt away stressful or negative thoughts and uplift your spirits use the following combination of essential oils in a warm bath. Soak for at least 15 minutes inhaling the aromatic vapours. If you feel like treating yourself add 2 drops of rose or jasmine essential oil instead of petitgrain.
  • Bergamot oil = 4 drops
  • Clary sage oil = 3 drops
  • Petitgrain = 3 drops

Sensual bath: For a sensual bath for one or two add the following essential oils to a warm bath. Do make sure the blend is pleasing to both of you. For a more 'earthy' aroma use 3 drops of patchouli instead of myrtle oil, or leave out rose and myrtle altogether and substitute them with 3 drops of jasmine.
  • Sandalwood oil = 4 drops
  • Myrtle oil = 3 drops
  • Rose oil = 1 drops
  • Ylang Ylang oil = 2 drops

Purifying bath: Use this bath to help strengthen the body and combat infections like colds and flu. If desired use 2 drops of penetrating eucalyptus instead of bergamot oil.
  • Bergamot oil = 3 drops
  • Lavender oil = 4 drops
  • Tea Tree = 3 drops

Children's bath: If children see you relaxing in a fragrant bath it won't be long before they want one too! Mix the following essential oils into 2 to 3 teaspoons of base oil, then add warm water to create a delightful bath. The dosages are suitable for children over six years old. This combination is ideal for bedtime as it soothes the emotions.
  • Mandarin oil = 3 drops
  • Lavender oil = 3 drops

How to use: First ask yourself what effect you'd like from your aromatic bath, then select an essential oil whose aroma pleases you and also suits your physical and emotional needs. For example, if you have a cold, lavender oil will help to combat infection and has a very relaxing effect, on the other hand bergamot oil combines the ability to fight infection and induces an emotionally uplifting effect. Use only two or three essences in the bath. When you know each one very well you may choose to use a maximum of four, although just two can often have a more powerful effect than four - less generally means more with essential oils.
Fill the bath, add the essential oil(s) (up to 6 drops or as directed), then agitate the water to disperse the oil(s). Soak in the bath for at least 10 minutes, and make sure the bathroom door is closed so that you get the benefit of inhaling the aroma as well as getting the oil directly into the body via the water. For some conditions, or if preferred, the essential oils can be diluted in a massage carrier oil first, which will help to disperse the oil throughout the water. Alternatively, use ready blended (in carrier oil) or specially formulated bath oil, which has the added benefits of moisturising the body, giving a bubble/foam bath and helping to carry the essential oil out of the bath.

Benefits: The use of oils in a bath is useful for all conditions but will be particularly beneficial for muscular and skin conditions, while respiratory problems will benefit from the inhalation of the aroma. Stress, anxiety and other mental health problems will also be improved. Anyone suffering with insomnia will find a pre-retiring bath with Lavender, Bergamot, Petitgrain, Neroli as well as other oils a great aid to restful sleep.

Lotions And Creams

Essential oils can be added to fragrance-free lotions or creams, but make sure that you use a very good quality product that if preferably lanolin free (some people are sensitive to lanolin).

How to use: Add the essential oil(s) to a dark amber glass jar to help preserve the oil and prevent it from reacting with a plastic bottle. The recommended dosage is approximately 1-2 drops of essential oil to every 5mg of cream or 5ml of lotions. Apply lotion to the skin and rub until completely absorbed. Cream should be applied to the skin and gently rubbed in. Leave the rest to sit on the surface of the skin and gradually release the oil into the body and the aroma into the nose.

Benefits: This is a particularly good way of treating most skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, which will benefit greatly. A lotion is an excellent way to get essential oils rapidly into the bloodstream and is therefore useful for treating conditions such as circulation problems. Lotions and creams can be effectively used for headaches, while creams are a good way of treating respiratory conditions. Both are an essential medium for general body and skin care.

Inhalation

Inhalation is very useful for relieving congestion, easing catarrh and soothing the respiratory tract. The method of covering the head with a towel and inhaling the vapour from eucalyptus and camphor is still very popular today.

How to use: Pour a pint of very hot water into a bowl, then add up to 3-4 drops of essential oil(s) to the water. Cover your head with a towel and then lean over the bowl, keeping your head about 10 or 12 inches above the bowl. Keep your eyes closed and then inhale the vapours for a few minutes, then lean back and relax for a couple of minutes. Repeat for up to 10 minutes or as long as is comfortable. Repeat several times a day if required. A facial steamer may be used instead of a bowl with 3-5 drops of essential oil(s).

Benefits: Respiratory conditions will benefit most from this treatment method. Eucalyptus, Scots Pine, Niaouli and several other oils are excellent decongestants renowned for their ability to help most respiratory conditions. Inhalation is also a good way of treating facial skin problems as its effect is the same as that achieved by a facial sauna.

Compress

Compresses can be either hot or cold depending on the condition that is being treated. It is well-known and frequently used treatment method for sports injuries in particular, though its uses are much wider than this and can be very effective for pain, swelling and inflammation.

How to use: The method is the same whether hot or cold. Add up to 5 drops of essential oil(s) to a basin or bowl of hot or icy cold water. Use a face-cloth, lined pad, cotton wool or other absorbent fabric and dip this into water. Wring out the excess and place the pad on the affected area. Once the compress has achieved body temperature, renew it and continue as required. A hot compress can be held in place with crepe bandage on joints or with cling-film on larger areas, for example the lower back.

Benefits: Most conditions characterized by 'aches', for example earache, backache, etc, should be treated with hot compresses, while sprains, fevers, inflammations and headaches should be treated with cold compresses. Sprains and varicose veins respond very well to the 'hot/cold' treatment, ie start with a cold compress then alternate between hot and cold compresses over the next few days, finishing with a cold one.

Massage

Massage is a method favored by professional aromatherapists, who usually carry out a full body massage. Specific essential oils are chosen to suit the condition and temperament of the patient, and blended with a base oil, such as sweet almond oil or grapeseed oil.

How to use: The essential oil content in a blend should usually be between 1 per cent and 3 per cent depending on the type of disorder. As a general rule, physical ailments like rheumatism or indigestion demand a stronger concentration than the more emotional or nervous conditions. A rough guideline is to say that 20 drops of essential oil is equivalent to one milliliter, so to make a blend it is possible to use the following proportions:
  • 20 to 60 drops of essential oil to 100ml of base oil.
  • 7 to 25 drops of essential oil to 25ml of base oil.
  • 3 to 5 drops of essential oil to 1 tsp of base oil.

Benefits: Massage is a relaxing and nourishing experience in itself, not least because of the unspoken communication based on touch, but it also ensures that the oils are effectively absorbed through the skin and into the bloodstream. For general well-being it is beneficial to practice self-massage on specific areas of the body, especially concentrating on the feet and hands. It is also useful to rub those. It is also useful to rub those particular parts of the body that are causing discomfort; for example, peppermint ( in dilution) can be rubbed on the stomach in a clock-wise direction to ease indigestion; Marjoram can help to relax the neck and shoulders if they are stiff.

Other Methods

There are many other methods of using essential oils. The following is a brief summary of some of them.

Room Sprays

Make a home-made room spray using a sprayer that has been thoroughly cleaned, to provide your own favorite aromas to freshen your home. It is perfectly possible to make a room spray using a simple solution of cold water with added essential oils (stick to a 5 drops to 10ml maximum). This will mean that every time you use it you will have to make sure you shake it vigorously to disperse the oils in the water. You can 'fix' the aroma and also help to disperse the oils equally in the water by using distilled water (boiled then cooled water) and adding 10 per cent alcohol (preferably vodka).

Radiators And Humidifiers

Drops of oil can be placed in a saucer of water placed on top of a radiator, radiator fragrancer, or on to a ball of damp cotton wool placed behind the radiator. Drops of oil can also be added to the water in a humidifier. All these methods can be used as an alternative to a room burner.

Foot Bath

For foot problems, and as a way of introducing essential oils into the body for other problems, a foot bath can be used. This can either be a piece of equipment specially made for the purpose or a bowl of warm water. Add 2-4 drops of oil to the bath, disperse and immerse feet for up to 20 minutes; adding a bath carrier will help. A hand bath can achieve the same result for hand problems, and achieved in the same way, but only immerse for 10 minutes.

Tissue/Handkerchief/Pillow

Any method that allows inhalation of the oils is an alternative to steam inhalation. Some specific methods not mentioned so far are a tissue/handkerchief - add 1 or 2 drops of oil to your pillow at night so that the oil can be inhaled throughout the night.

Pot-pourri

Although not a recognized therapeutic method, a pot-pourri is a pleasant way of creating an aromatic atmosphere in a house or other rooms in the home. Adding essential oils to a pot-pourri will fragrance a room and introduce the essential oils into the body through inhalation.

Blending Oils

Essential oils can be used alone or blended together. Oils are blended for two reasons: to enhance or change their medicinal actions and to create a more sophisticated fragrance. In purfumery many oils are blended together. For therapeutic purposes it is unusual to mix more than four oils together. When blending oils at home it is best to mix no more than two or three oils. This is because blending has been shown to alter the molecular structure of essential oils and you may end up with a blend that acts differently from what you had intended. Make sure the properties of the oils are complementary.

Blending Guidelines

Choose two or three oils which you believe complement each other. Generally all flower oils work well together; woody oils enhance the resinous oils and other woody essences; the essential oils derived from herbs tend to blend harmoniously with each other; and the range of oils from fruits blend well with essences from their own botanical family .Mix a blend using a little of the strongest scented oils and more of the lighter fragrances. The best blend is usually the one you find most appealing.

Storing Oils

Essential oils are very volatile, ie they evaporate quickly when exposed to the air. Air will also cause oxidisation of the oils, and they are also affected by light and heat. Always buy and store your essential oils in brown amber glass bottles with air-tight, child-proof caps. Keep them in a cool dark place such as a refrigerator if it is kept at a reasonable temperature. Most essential oils, if stored correctly, will keep for up to two years. Some citrus oils such as Orange and Grapefruit may only be effectively used for up to six months. They will then go cloudy through oxidization. Some oils like Sandalwood, Frankincense and Patchouli actually mature and mellow with age. Once blended with other oils, and in carriers, oils will begin to oxidise, weaken and go rancid. This process, however, does take three months or more, and if you store your blends under the same conditions as your essential oils they should be perfectly satisfactory if used within the three months.

Safety Precautions

Warning: Never use essential oils directly on to the skin. Never take essential oils by mouth. If swallowed accidentally, eat bread, drink plenty of milk, and seek professional help. Always consult a qualified practitioner for advice and treatment:
  • If you are pregnant
  • Have an allergy
  • Have a chronic medical condition such as high blood pressure or epilepsy
  • Are receiving medical or psychiatric treatment Are taking homeopathic remedies
  • When treating babies or very young children




100% Pure Lavender Essential Oil Supplied In A 10ml Amber Glass Bottle, With Tamper Evident Dropper Cap To Ensure Perfect Quality.

Botanical Name: Lavandula angustifolia.

Country Of Origin: France.

Family Name: Labiatae.

Aroma: Floral, light and clear with woody undertones.

General: Lavender oil is distilled from the flowering tops of the plant and is imported from France. It has a sweet, fresh scent. Lavender has been used for centuries as a fragrance and a medicine.

Some Traditional Uses: Balancing emotions, relieving stress and tension to promote restful sleep.

Emotional Profile: For panic, hysteria, fears, insecurity, trauma, worry, burnout, addiction, obsessive and agitated behaviors.

Blends Well With: Most oils including florals such as rose, geranium, ylang ylang, chamomile, and jasmine. Citrus oils such as orange, lemon, bergamot, and grapefruit. Rosemary, marjoram, patchouli, clary sage, chamomile, cedarwood, clove, and tea tree.


Methods Of Use (And General Help & Information About Essential Oils)

There are many ways of using essential oils, and at least one of them will be right for you. Essential oils are the basic tools of aromatherapy. The oils, which are extracted from plants, can be used to treat all systems of the mind, and imbalances of the emotions. There are many ways to use essential oils. Professional aromatherapists tend to favor massage as the most effective way of getting oils into the body. Massage also increases the healing potential of aromatherapy. The medicinal properties of the essential oils and the nurturing power of touch combine to form a potent healing treatment. Massage can be relaxing or energizing, it can sooth the nervous system or boost the blood and lymphatic systems to improve pysical and mental functioning. Not least among its benefits is the way it can ease pain and tension from tense or overworked muscles and lift the spirits. Whenever possible, try to include massage in your home aromatherapy treatments; where this is not possible, use any of the other methods mentioned below. It is not an exhaustive list and you may well know, or you may discover, other methods.

Room Burner (oil burner; lamp ring; diffuser; vaporiser)

Room burners are specifically made for use with essential oils. You can buy them in many different shapes, sizes, designs and patterns. They can be electric, radiator fragrancer, candle powered or a ceramic light bulb ring that is heated by a light bulb, but most are ceramic oil burners warmed by a small candle. Also remember that a glazed ceramic oil burner will not crack, burn or stain, and is easy to keep clean. Always try to use good quality night lights with a good quality wick so that it will not smell when alight or smoke when blown out.

How to use: Place a small amount of cold water in the bowl, enough to fill it but leaving some space for water expansion. The essential oils of your choice are then dropped into the water ( 6-8 drops will normally be used depending on the size of the bowl and the amount of water being used). Place the candle in the chamber, light it and leave in a safe place. Use for 25-30 minutes this will, of course, depend on the size of the room or house etc.

Benefits: Psychological conditions can be treated very effectively with a room burner. Headaches respond well to this method and all respiratory problems can be treated in this way. A major use of the room burner is to scent and purify the air, clear germs and create a 'therapeutic atmosphere'.

Aromatic Baths

Aromatic baths are one of the most convenient and health-giving methods of using pure essential oils. When used in this way these healing essences not only affect the physical body but the mental and emotional levels too. They can be detoxifying, relaxing, invigorating, emotionally uplifting and sensual. To some degree all essential oils have antibacterial properties, especially lavender and bergamot, while some like eucalyptus and tea tree are also effective when treating viruses. So regular aromatic baths can be useful to help prevent and treat a range of common ailments as well as uplifting or calming the emotions. These qualities plus the way the essences are readily absorbed by the body makes aromatic bathing an essential and luxurious addition to everyday life.

Recipes For Aromatic Baths

Invigorating bath: For an enlivening start to the day use the following blend of essential oils in a warm bath. To enhance the effect finish with a cool shower or splash your body briefly with cold water. For a more fruity aroma add 3 drops of lemon oil instead of geranium.
  • Sweet basil oil = 2 drops
  • Geranium oil = 3 drops
  • Rosemary = 4 drops

Relaxing bath: For a deeply relaxing bath at the end of the day add the following essential oils to a full, warm bath. For a more floral quality add 3 drops of neroli oil instead of sweet marjoram.
  • Clary sage oil = 3 drops
  • Lavender oil = 4 drops
  • Sweet marjoram oil = 3 drops

Revitalising bath: This combination of essences in a warm bath is ideal to use when you've had a long day and need re-energising. For a less fruity aroma but equally reviving effect add 3 drops of rosewood instead of grapefruit oil.
  • Geranium oil = 3 drops
  • Grapefruit oil = 3 drops
  • Myrtle = 4 drops

Emotionally uplifting bath: To melt away stressful or negative thoughts and uplift your spirits use the following combination of essential oils in a warm bath. Soak for at least 15 minutes inhaling the aromatic vapours. If you feel like treating yourself add 2 drops of rose or jasmine essential oil instead of petitgrain.
  • Bergamot oil = 4 drops
  • Clary sage oil = 3 drops
  • Petitgrain = 3 drops

Sensual bath: For a sensual bath for one or two add the following essential oils to a warm bath. Do make sure the blend is pleasing to both of you. For a more 'earthy' aroma use 3 drops of patchouli instead of myrtle oil, or leave out rose and myrtle altogether and substitute them with 3 drops of jasmine.
  • Sandalwood oil = 4 drops
  • Myrtle oil = 3 drops
  • Rose oil = 1 drops
  • Ylang Ylang oil = 2 drops

Purifying bath: Use this bath to help strengthen the body and combat infections like colds and flu. If desired use 2 drops of penetrating eucalyptus instead of bergamot oil.
  • Bergamot oil = 3 drops
  • Lavender oil = 4 drops
  • Tea Tree = 3 drops

Children's bath: If children see you relaxing in a fragrant bath it won't be long before they want one too! Mix the following essential oils into 2 to 3 teaspoons of base oil, then add warm water to create a delightful bath. The dosages are suitable for children over six years old. This combination is ideal for bedtime as it soothes the emotions.
  • Mandarin oil = 3 drops
  • Lavender oil = 3 drops

How to use: First ask yourself what effect you'd like from your aromatic bath, then select an essential oil whose aroma pleases you and also suits your physical and emotional needs. For example, if you have a cold, lavender oil will help to combat infection and has a very relaxing effect, on the other hand bergamot oil combines the ability to fight infection and induces an emotionally uplifting effect. Use only two or three essences in the bath. When you know each one very well you may choose to use a maximum of four, although just two can often have a more powerful effect than four - less generally means more with essential oils.
Fill the bath, add the essential oil(s) (up to 6 drops or as directed), then agitate the water to disperse the oil(s). Soak in the bath for at least 10 minutes, and make sure the bathroom door is closed so that you get the benefit of inhaling the aroma as well as getting the oil directly into the body via the water. For some conditions, or if preferred, the essential oils can be diluted in a massage carrier oil first, which will help to disperse the oil throughout the water. Alternatively, use ready blended (in carrier oil) or specially formulated bath oil, which has the added benefits of moisturising the body, giving a bubble/foam bath and helping to carry the essential oil out of the bath.

Benefits: The use of oils in a bath is useful for all conditions but will be particularly beneficial for muscular and skin conditions, while respiratory problems will benefit from the inhalation of the aroma. Stress, anxiety and other mental health problems will also be improved. Anyone suffering with insomnia will find a pre-retiring bath with Lavender, Bergamot, Petitgrain, Neroli as well as other oils a great aid to restful sleep.

Lotions And Creams

Essential oils can be added to fragrance-free lotions or creams, but make sure that you use a very good quality product that if preferably lanolin free (some people are sensitive to lanolin).

How to use: Add the essential oil(s) to a dark amber glass jar to help preserve the oil and prevent it from reacting with a plastic bottle. The recommended dosage is approximately 1-2 drops of essential oil to every 5mg of cream or 5ml of lotions. Apply lotion to the skin and rub until completely absorbed. Cream should be applied to the skin and gently rubbed in. Leave the rest to sit on the surface of the skin and gradually release the oil into the body and the aroma into the nose.

Benefits: This is a particularly good way of treating most skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, which will benefit greatly. A lotion is an excellent way to get essential oils rapidly into the bloodstream and is therefore useful for treating conditions such as circulation problems. Lotions and creams can be effectively used for headaches, while creams are a good way of treating respiratory conditions. Both are an essential medium for general body and skin care.

Inhalation

Inhalation is very useful for relieving congestion, easing catarrh and soothing the respiratory tract. The method of covering the head with a towel and inhaling the vapour from eucalyptus and camphor is still very popular today.

How to use: Pour a pint of very hot water into a bowl, then add up to 3-4 drops of essential oil(s) to the water. Cover your head with a towel and then lean over the bowl, keeping your head about 10 or 12 inches above the bowl. Keep your eyes closed and then inhale the vapours for a few minutes, then lean back and relax for a couple of minutes. Repeat for up to 10 minutes or as long as is comfortable. Repeat several times a day if required. A facial steamer may be used instead of a bowl with 3-5 drops of essential oil(s).

Benefits: Respiratory conditions will benefit most from this treatment method. Eucalyptus, Scots Pine, Niaouli and several other oils are excellent decongestants renowned for their ability to help most respiratory conditions. Inhalation is also a good way of treating facial skin problems as its effect is the same as that achieved by a facial sauna.

Compress

Compresses can be either hot or cold depending on the condition that is being treated. It is well-known and frequently used treatment method for sports injuries in particular, though its uses are much wider than this and can be very effective for pain, swelling and inflammation.

How to use: The method is the same whether hot or cold. Add up to 5 drops of essential oil(s) to a basin or bowl of hot or icy cold water. Use a face-cloth, lined pad, cotton wool or other absorbent fabric and dip this into water. Wring out the excess and place the pad on the affected area. Once the compress has achieved body temperature, renew it and continue as required. A hot compress can be held in place with crepe bandage on joints or with cling-film on larger areas, for example the lower back.

Benefits: Most conditions characterized by 'aches', for example earache, backache, etc, should be treated with hot compresses, while sprains, fevers, inflammations and headaches should be treated with cold compresses. Sprains and varicose veins respond very well to the 'hot/cold' treatment, ie start with a cold compress then alternate between hot and cold compresses over the next few days, finishing with a cold one.

Massage

Massage is a method favored by professional aromatherapists, who usually carry out a full body massage. Specific essential oils are chosen to suit the condition and temperament of the patient, and blended with a base oil, such as sweet almond oil or grapeseed oil.

How to use: The essential oil content in a blend should usually be between 1 per cent and 3 per cent depending on the type of disorder. As a general rule, physical ailments like rheumatism or indigestion demand a stronger concentration than the more emotional or nervous conditions. A rough guideline is to say that 20 drops of essential oil is equivalent to one milliliter, so to make a blend it is possible to use the following proportions:
  • 20 to 60 drops of essential oil to 100ml of base oil.
  • 7 to 25 drops of essential oil to 25ml of base oil.
  • 3 to 5 drops of essential oil to 1 tsp of base oil.

Benefits: Massage is a relaxing and nourishing experience in itself, not least because of the unspoken communication based on touch, but it also ensures that the oils are effectively absorbed through the skin and into the bloodstream. For general well-being it is beneficial to practice self-massage on specific areas of the body, especially concentrating on the feet and hands. It is also useful to rub those. It is also useful to rub those particular parts of the body that are causing discomfort; for example, peppermint ( in dilution) can be rubbed on the stomach in a clock-wise direction to ease indigestion; Marjoram can help to relax the neck and shoulders if they are stiff.

Other Methods

There are many other methods of using essential oils. The following is a brief summary of some of them.

Room Sprays

Make a home-made room spray using a sprayer that has been thoroughly cleaned, to provide your own favorite aromas to freshen your home. It is perfectly possible to make a room spray using a simple solution of cold water with added essential oils (stick to a 5 drops to 10ml maximum). This will mean that every time you use it you will have to make sure you shake it vigorously to disperse the oils in the water. You can 'fix' the aroma and also help to disperse the oils equally in the water by using distilled water (boiled then cooled water) and adding 10 per cent alcohol (preferably vodka).

Radiators And Humidifiers

Drops of oil can be placed in a saucer of water placed on top of a radiator, radiator fragrancer, or on to a ball of damp cotton wool placed behind the radiator. Drops of oil can also be added to the water in a humidifier. All these methods can be used as an alternative to a room burner.

Foot Bath

For foot problems, and as a way of introducing essential oils into the body for other problems, a foot bath can be used. This can either be a piece of equipment specially made for the purpose or a bowl of warm water. Add 2-4 drops of oil to the bath, disperse and immerse feet for up to 20 minutes; adding a bath carrier will help. A hand bath can achieve the same result for hand problems, and achieved in the same way, but only immerse for 10 minutes.

Tissue/Handkerchief/Pillow

Any method that allows inhalation of the oils is an alternative to steam inhalation. Some specific methods not mentioned so far are a tissue/handkerchief - add 1 or 2 drops of oil to your pillow at night so that the oil can be inhaled throughout the night.

Pot-pourri

Although not a recognized therapeutic method, a pot-pourri is a pleasant way of creating an aromatic atmosphere in a house or other rooms in the home. Adding essential oils to a pot-pourri will fragrance a room and introduce the essential oils into the body through inhalation.

Blending Oils

Essential oils can be used alone or blended together. Oils are blended for two reasons: to enhance or change their medicinal actions and to create a more sophisticated fragrance. In purfumery many oils are blended together. For therapeutic purposes it is unusual to mix more than four oils together. When blending oils at home it is best to mix no more than two or three oils. This is because blending has been shown to alter the molecular structure of essential oils and you may end up with a blend that acts differently from what you had intended. Make sure the properties of the oils are complementary.

Blending Guidelines

Choose two or three oils which you believe complement each other. Generally all flower oils work well together; woody oils enhance the resinous oils and other woody essences; the essential oils derived from herbs tend to blend harmoniously with each other; and the range of oils from fruits blend well with essences from their own botanical family .Mix a blend using a little of the strongest scented oils and more of the lighter fragrances. The best blend is usually the one you find most appealing.

Storing Oils

Essential oils are very volatile, ie they evaporate quickly when exposed to the air. Air will also cause oxidisation of the oils, and they are also affected by light and heat. Always buy and store your essential oils in brown amber glass bottles with air-tight, child-proof caps. Keep them in a cool dark place such as a refrigerator if it is kept at a reasonable temperature. Most essential oils, if stored correctly, will keep for up to two years. Some citrus oils such as Orange and Grapefruit may only be effectively used for up to six months. They will then go cloudy through oxidization. Some oils like Sandalwood, Frankincense and Patchouli actually mature and mellow with age. Once blended with other oils, and in carriers, oils will begin to oxidise, weaken and go rancid. This process, however, does take three months or more, and if you store your blends under the same conditions as your essential oils they should be perfectly satisfactory if used within the three months.

Safety Precautions

Warning: Never use essential oils directly on to the skin. Never take essential oils by mouth. If swallowed accidentally, eat bread, drink plenty of milk, and seek professional help. Always consult a qualified practitioner for advice and treatment:
  • If you are pregnant
  • Have an allergy
  • Have a chronic medical condition such as high blood pressure or epilepsy
  • Are receiving medical or psychiatric treatment Are taking homeopathic remedies
  • When treating babies or very young children




100% Pure English Lavender Organic Essential Oil Supplied In A 10ml Amber Glass Bottle, With Tamper Evident Dropper Cap To Ensure Perfect Quality.

Fully certified.

Botanical Name: Lavandula angustifolia.

Country Of Origin: France.

Family Name: Labiatae.

Aroma: Floral, light and clear with woody undertones.

General: Lavender oil is distilled from the flowering tops of the plant and is grown in Lancashire, England. It has a sweet, fresh scent. Lavender has been used for centuries as a fragrance and a medicine.

Some traditional uses: Balancing emotions, to promote restful sleep.

Emotional profile: For help with panic, hysteria, fears, insecurity, trauma, worry, burnout, addiction, obsessive and agitated behaviors.

Blends well with: Most oils including florals such as rose, geranium, ylang ylang, chamomile, and jasmine. Citrus oils such as orange, lemon, bergamot, and grapefruit. Rosemary, marjoram, patchouli, clary sage, chamomile, cedarwood, clove, and tea tree.

organic bergamot essential oil



Methods Of Use (And General Help & Information About Essential Oils)

There are many ways of using essential oils, and at least one of them will be right for you. Essential oils are the basic tools of aromatherapy. The oils, which are extracted from plants, can be used to treat all systems of the mind, and imbalances of the emotions. There are many ways to use essential oils. Professional aromatherapists tend to favor massage as the most effective way of getting oils into the body. Massage also increases the healing potential of aromatherapy. The medicinal properties of the essential oils and the nurturing power of touch combine to form a potent healing treatment. Massage can be relaxing or energizing, it can sooth the nervous system or boost the blood and lymphatic systems to improve pysical and mental functioning. Not least among its benefits is the way it can ease pain and tension from tense or overworked muscles and lift the spirits. Whenever possible, try to include massage in your home aromatherapy treatments; where this is not possible, use any of the other methods mentioned below. It is not an exhaustive list and you may well know, or you may discover, other methods.

Room Burner (oil burner; lamp ring; diffuser; vaporiser)

Room burners are specifically made for use with essential oils. You can buy them in many different shapes, sizes, designs and patterns. They can be electric, radiator fragrancer, candle powered or a ceramic light bulb ring that is heated by a light bulb, but most are ceramic oil burners warmed by a small candle. Also remember that a glazed ceramic oil burner will not crack, burn or stain, and is easy to keep clean. Always try to use good quality night lights with a good quality wick so that it will not smell when alight or smoke when blown out.

How to use: Place a small amount of cold water in the bowl, enough to fill it but leaving some space for water expansion. The essential oils of your choice are then dropped into the water ( 6-8 drops will normally be used depending on the size of the bowl and the amount of water being used). Place the candle in the chamber, light it and leave in a safe place. Use for 25-30 minutes this will, of course, depend on the size of the room or house etc.

Benefits: Psychological conditions can be treated very effectively with a room burner. Headaches respond well to this method and all respiratory problems can be treated in this way. A major use of the room burner is to scent and purify the air, clear germs and create a 'therapeutic atmosphere'.

Aromatic Baths

Aromatic baths are one of the most convenient and health-giving methods of using pure essential oils. When used in this way these healing essences not only affect the physical body but the mental and emotional levels too. They can be detoxifying, relaxing, invigorating, emotionally uplifting and sensual. To some degree all essential oils have antibacterial properties, especially lavender and bergamot, while some like eucalyptus and tea tree are also effective when treating viruses. So regular aromatic baths can be useful to help prevent and treat a range of common ailments as well as uplifting or calming the emotions. These qualities plus the way the essences are readily absorbed by the body makes aromatic bathing an essential and luxurious addition to everyday life.

Recipes For Aromatic Baths

Invigorating bath: For an enlivening start to the day use the following blend of essential oils in a warm bath. To enhance the effect finish with a cool shower or splash your body briefly with cold water. For a more fruity aroma add 3 drops of lemon oil instead of geranium.
  • Sweet basil oil = 2 drops
  • Geranium oil = 3 drops
  • Rosemary = 4 drops

Relaxing bath: For a deeply relaxing bath at the end of the day add the following essential oils to a full, warm bath. For a more floral quality add 3 drops of neroli oil instead of sweet marjoram.
  • Clary sage oil = 3 drops
  • Lavender oil = 4 drops
  • Sweet marjoram oil = 3 drops

Revitalising bath: This combination of essences in a warm bath is ideal to use when you've had a long day and need re-energising. For a less fruity aroma but equally reviving effect add 3 drops of rosewood instead of grapefruit oil.
  • Geranium oil = 3 drops
  • Grapefruit oil = 3 drops
  • Myrtle = 4 drops

Emotionally uplifting bath: To melt away stressful or negative thoughts and uplift your spirits use the following combination of essential oils in a warm bath. Soak for at least 15 minutes inhaling the aromatic vapours. If you feel like treating yourself add 2 drops of rose or jasmine essential oil instead of petitgrain.
  • Bergamot oil = 4 drops
  • Clary sage oil = 3 drops
  • Petitgrain = 3 drops

Sensual bath: For a sensual bath for one or two add the following essential oils to a warm bath. Do make sure the blend is pleasing to both of you. For a more 'earthy' aroma use 3 drops of patchouli instead of myrtle oil, or leave out rose and myrtle altogether and substitute them with 3 drops of jasmine.
  • Sandalwood oil = 4 drops
  • Myrtle oil = 3 drops
  • Rose oil = 1 drops
  • Ylang Ylang oil = 2 drops

Purifying bath: Use this bath to help strengthen the body and combat infections like colds and flu. If desired use 2 drops of penetrating eucalyptus instead of bergamot oil.
  • Bergamot oil = 3 drops
  • Lavender oil = 4 drops
  • Tea Tree = 3 drops

Children's bath: If children see you relaxing in a fragrant bath it won't be long before they want one too! Mix the following essential oils into 2 to 3 teaspoons of base oil, then add warm water to create a delightful bath. The dosages are suitable for children over six years old. This combination is ideal for bedtime as it soothes the emotions.
  • Mandarin oil = 3 drops
  • Lavender oil = 3 drops

How to use: First ask yourself what effect you'd like from your aromatic bath, then select an essential oil whose aroma pleases you and also suits your physical and emotional needs. For example, if you have a cold, lavender oil will help to combat infection and has a very relaxing effect, on the other hand bergamot oil combines the ability to fight infection and induces an emotionally uplifting effect. Use only two or three essences in the bath. When you know each one very well you may choose to use a maximum of four, although just two can often have a more powerful effect than four - less generally means more with essential oils.
Fill the bath, add the essential oil(s) (up to 6 drops or as directed), then agitate the water to disperse the oil(s). Soak in the bath for at least 10 minutes, and make sure the bathroom door is closed so that you get the benefit of inhaling the aroma as well as getting the oil directly into the body via the water. For some conditions, or if preferred, the essential oils can be diluted in a massage carrier oil first, which will help to disperse the oil throughout the water. Alternatively, use ready blended (in carrier oil) or specially formulated bath oil, which has the added benefits of moisturising the body, giving a bubble/foam bath and helping to carry the essential oil out of the bath.

Benefits: The use of oils in a bath is useful for all conditions but will be particularly beneficial for muscular and skin conditions, while respiratory problems will benefit from the inhalation of the aroma. Stress, anxiety and other mental health problems will also be improved. Anyone suffering with insomnia will find a pre-retiring bath with Lavender, Bergamot, Petitgrain, Neroli as well as other oils a great aid to restful sleep.

Lotions And Creams

Essential oils can be added to fragrance-free lotions or creams, but make sure that you use a very good quality product that if preferably lanolin free (some people are sensitive to lanolin).

How to use: Add the essential oil(s) to a dark amber glass jar to help preserve the oil and prevent it from reacting with a plastic bottle. The recommended dosage is approximately 1-2 drops of essential oil to every 5mg of cream or 5ml of lotions. Apply lotion to the skin and rub until completely absorbed. Cream should be applied to the skin and gently rubbed in. Leave the rest to sit on the surface of the skin and gradually release the oil into the body and the aroma into the nose.

Benefits: This is a particularly good way of treating most skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, which will benefit greatly. A lotion is an excellent way to get essential oils rapidly into the bloodstream and is therefore useful for treating conditions such as circulation problems. Lotions and creams can be effectively used for headaches, while creams are a good way of treating respiratory conditions. Both are an essential medium for general body and skin care.

Inhalation

Inhalation is very useful for relieving congestion, easing catarrh and soothing the respiratory tract. The method of covering the head with a towel and inhaling the vapour from eucalyptus and camphor is still very popular today.

How to use: Pour a pint of very hot water into a bowl, then add up to 3-4 drops of essential oil(s) to the water. Cover your head with a towel and then lean over the bowl, keeping your head about 10 or 12 inches above the bowl. Keep your eyes closed and then inhale the vapours for a few minutes, then lean back and relax for a couple of minutes. Repeat for up to 10 minutes or as long as is comfortable. Repeat several times a day if required. A facial steamer may be used instead of a bowl with 3-5 drops of essential oil(s).

Benefits: Respiratory conditions will benefit most from this treatment method. Eucalyptus, Scots Pine, Niaouli and several other oils are excellent decongestants renowned for their ability to help most respiratory conditions. Inhalation is also a good way of treating facial skin problems as its effect is the same as that achieved by a facial sauna.

Compress

Compresses can be either hot or cold depending on the condition that is being treated. It is well-known and frequently used treatment method for sports injuries in particular, though its uses are much wider than this and can be very effective for pain, swelling and inflammation.

How to use: The method is the same whether hot or cold. Add up to 5 drops of essential oil(s) to a basin or bowl of hot or icy cold water. Use a face-cloth, lined pad, cotton wool or other absorbent fabric and dip this into water. Wring out the excess and place the pad on the affected area. Once the compress has achieved body temperature, renew it and continue as required. A hot compress can be held in place with crepe bandage on joints or with cling-film on larger areas, for example the lower back.

Benefits: Most conditions characterized by 'aches', for example earache, backache, etc, should be treated with hot compresses, while sprains, fevers, inflammations and headaches should be treated with cold compresses. Sprains and varicose veins respond very well to the 'hot/cold' treatment, ie start with a cold compress then alternate between hot and cold compresses over the next few days, finishing with a cold one.

Massage

Massage is a method favored by professional aromatherapists, who usually carry out a full body massage. Specific essential oils are chosen to suit the condition and temperament of the patient, and blended with a base oil, such as sweet almond oil or grapeseed oil.

How to use: The essential oil content in a blend should usually be between 1 per cent and 3 per cent depending on the type of disorder. As a general rule, physical ailments like rheumatism or indigestion demand a stronger concentration than the more emotional or nervous conditions. A rough guideline is to say that 20 drops of essential oil is equivalent to one milliliter, so to make a blend it is possible to use the following proportions:
  • 20 to 60 drops of essential oil to 100ml of base oil.
  • 7 to 25 drops of essential oil to 25ml of base oil.
  • 3 to 5 drops of essential oil to 1 tsp of base oil.

Benefits: Massage is a relaxing and nourishing experience in itself, not least because of the unspoken communication based on touch, but it also ensures that the oils are effectively absorbed through the skin and into the bloodstream. For general well-being it is beneficial to practice self-massage on specific areas of the body, especially concentrating on the feet and hands. It is also useful to rub those. It is also useful to rub those particular parts of the body that are causing discomfort; for example, peppermint ( in dilution) can be rubbed on the stomach in a clock-wise direction to ease indigestion; Marjoram can help to relax the neck and shoulders if they are stiff.

Other Methods

There are many other methods of using essential oils. The following is a brief summary of some of them.

Room Sprays

Make a home-made room spray using a sprayer that has been thoroughly cleaned, to provide your own favorite aromas to freshen your home. It is perfectly possible to make a room spray using a simple solution of cold water with added essential oils (stick to a 5 drops to 10ml maximum). This will mean that every time you use it you will have to make sure you shake it vigorously to disperse the oils in the water. You can 'fix' the aroma and also help to disperse the oils equally in the water by using distilled water (boiled then cooled water) and adding 10 per cent alcohol (preferably vodka).

Radiators And Humidifiers

Drops of oil can be placed in a saucer of water placed on top of a radiator, radiator fragrancer, or on to a ball of damp cotton wool placed behind the radiator. Drops of oil can also be added to the water in a humidifier. All these methods can be used as an alternative to a room burner.

Foot Bath

For foot problems, and as a way of introducing essential oils into the body for other problems, a foot bath can be used. This can either be a piece of equipment specially made for the purpose or a bowl of warm water. Add 2-4 drops of oil to the bath, disperse and immerse feet for up to 20 minutes; adding a bath carrier will help. A hand bath can achieve the same result for hand problems, and achieved in the same way, but only immerse for 10 minutes.

Tissue/Handkerchief/Pillow

Any method that allows inhalation of the oils is an alternative to steam inhalation. Some specific methods not mentioned so far are a tissue/handkerchief - add 1 or 2 drops of oil to your pillow at night so that the oil can be inhaled throughout the night.

Pot-pourri

Although not a recognized therapeutic method, a pot-pourri is a pleasant way of creating an aromatic atmosphere in a house or other rooms in the home. Adding essential oils to a pot-pourri will fragrance a room and introduce the essential oils into the body through inhalation.

Blending Oils

Essential oils can be used alone or blended together. Oils are blended for two reasons: to enhance or change their medicinal actions and to create a more sophisticated fragrance. In purfumery many oils are blended together. For therapeutic purposes it is unusual to mix more than four oils together. When blending oils at home it is best to mix no more than two or three oils. This is because blending has been shown to alter the molecular structure of essential oils and you may end up with a blend that acts differently from what you had intended. Make sure the properties of the oils are complementary.

Blending Guidelines

Choose two or three oils which you believe complement each other. Generally all flower oils work well together; woody oils enhance the resinous oils and other woody essences; the essential oils derived from herbs tend to blend harmoniously with each other; and the range of oils from fruits blend well with essences from their own botanical family .Mix a blend using a little of the strongest scented oils and more of the lighter fragrances. The best blend is usually the one you find most appealing.

Storing Oils

Essential oils are very volatile, ie they evaporate quickly when exposed to the air. Air will also cause oxidisation of the oils, and they are also affected by light and heat. Always buy and store your essential oils in brown amber glass bottles with air-tight, child-proof caps. Keep them in a cool dark place such as a refrigerator if it is kept at a reasonable temperature. Most essential oils, if stored correctly, will keep for up to two years. Some citrus oils such as Orange and Grapefruit may only be effectively used for up to six months. They will then go cloudy through oxidization. Some oils like Sandalwood, Frankincense and Patchouli actually mature and mellow with age. Once blended with other oils, and in carriers, oils will begin to oxidise, weaken and go rancid. This process, however, does take three months or more, and if you store your blends under the same conditions as your essential oils they should be perfectly satisfactory if used within the three months.

Safety Precautions

Warning: Never use essential oils directly on to the skin. Never take essential oils by mouth. If swallowed accidentally, eat bread, drink plenty of milk, and seek professional help. Always consult a qualified practitioner for advice and treatment:
  • If you are pregnant
  • Have an allergy
  • Have a chronic medical condition such as high blood pressure or epilepsy
  • Are receiving medical or psychiatric treatment Are taking homeopathic remedies
  • When treating babies or very young children




100% Pure Lavender Lavender High Alpine (High Altitude) Essential Oil Supplied In A 10ml Amber Glass Bottle, With Tamper Evident Dropper Cap To Ensure Perfect Quality.

Botanical Name: Lavandula angustifolia.

Country Of Origin: France.

Family Name: Labiatae.

Perfume Note: Middle to Top.

Extraction Description: Steam distilled to give a Lavender with a high Linalol content. Entirely French grown at high altitudes.

Aroma: Floral, light and clear with woody undertones. With a richer, floral fragrant quality.

General: Lavender grown at high altitudes is said to have the best scent and most therapeutic properties. Lavender High Alpine Essential Oil is the most versatile and useful oil, Lavender has an abundance of uses. It relaxes and soothes the mind & body, and is number 1 for use in first aid kit at home. Blends happily with many other oils. Used as an insect repellent, to scent linen and deter moths. Help to neutralise insect bites and stings (bees, wasps, mosquitoes and nettlerash). Can be used as a massage, in vaporiser, bath preparations, and on pillow. Lavender oil is distilled from the flowering tops of the plant and is imported from France. It has a sweet, fresh scent. Lavender has been used for centuries as a fragrance.

Properties: Antiseptic, antibacterial, soothing, relaxing, calming.

Some Traditional Uses: Balancing emotions, relieving stress, tension and headache, to promote restful sleep, for disinfecting.

Emotional Profile: For panic, hysteria, fears, insecurity, trauma, worry, burnout, addiction, obsessive and agitated behaviors.

Blends Well With: Most oils including florals such as rose, geranium, ylang ylang, chamomile, and jasmine. Citrus oils such as orange, lemon, bergamot, and grapefruit. Rosemary, marjoram, patchouli, clary sage, chamomile, cedarwood, clove, and tea tree.


Methods Of Use (And General Help & Information About Essential Oils)

There are many ways of using essential oils, and at least one of them will be right for you. Essential oils are the basic tools of aromatherapy. The oils, which are extracted from plants, can be used to treat all systems of the mind, and imbalances of the emotions. There are many ways to use essential oils. Professional aromatherapists tend to favor massage as the most effective way of getting oils into the body. Massage also increases the healing potential of aromatherapy. The medicinal properties of the essential oils and the nurturing power of touch combine to form a potent healing treatment. Massage can be relaxing or energizing, it can sooth the nervous system or boost the blood and lymphatic systems to improve pysical and mental functioning. Not least among its benefits is the way it can ease pain and tension from tense or overworked muscles and lift the spirits. Whenever possible, try to include massage in your home aromatherapy treatments; where this is not possible, use any of the other methods mentioned below. It is not an exhaustive list and you may well know, or you may discover, other methods.

Room Burner (oil burner; lamp ring; diffuser; vaporiser)

Room burners are specifically made for use with essential oils. You can buy them in many different shapes, sizes, designs and patterns. They can be electric, radiator fragrancer, candle powered or a ceramic light bulb ring that is heated by a light bulb, but most are ceramic oil burners warmed by a small candle. Also remember that a glazed ceramic oil burner will not crack, burn or stain, and is easy to keep clean. Always try to use good quality night lights with a good quality wick so that it will not smell when alight or smoke when blown out.

How to use: Place a small amount of cold water in the bowl, enough to fill it but leaving some space for water expansion. The essential oils of your choice are then dropped into the water ( 6-8 drops will normally be used depending on the size of the bowl and the amount of water being used). Place the candle in the chamber, light it and leave in a safe place. Use for 25-30 minutes this will, of course, depend on the size of the room or house etc.

Benefits: Psychological conditions can be treated very effectively with a room burner. Headaches respond well to this method and all respiratory problems can be treated in this way. A major use of the room burner is to scent and purify the air, clear germs and create a 'therapeutic atmosphere'.

Aromatic Baths

Aromatic baths are one of the most convenient and health-giving methods of using pure essential oils. When used in this way these healing essences not only affect the physical body but the mental and emotional levels too. They can be detoxifying, relaxing, invigorating, emotionally uplifting and sensual. To some degree all essential oils have antibacterial properties, especially lavender and bergamot, while some like eucalyptus and tea tree are also effective when treating viruses. So regular aromatic baths can be useful to help prevent and treat a range of common ailments as well as uplifting or calming the emotions. These qualities plus the way the essences are readily absorbed by the body makes aromatic bathing an essential and luxurious addition to everyday life.

Recipes For Aromatic Baths

Invigorating bath: For an enlivening start to the day use the following blend of essential oils in a warm bath. To enhance the effect finish with a cool shower or splash your body briefly with cold water. For a more fruity aroma add 3 drops of lemon oil instead of geranium.
  • Sweet basil oil = 2 drops
  • Geranium oil = 3 drops
  • Rosemary = 4 drops

Relaxing bath: For a deeply relaxing bath at the end of the day add the following essential oils to a full, warm bath. For a more floral quality add 3 drops of neroli oil instead of sweet marjoram.
  • Clary sage oil = 3 drops
  • Lavender oil = 4 drops
  • Sweet marjoram oil = 3 drops

Revitalising bath: This combination of essences in a warm bath is ideal to use when you've had a long day and need re-energising. For a less fruity aroma but equally reviving effect add 3 drops of rosewood instead of grapefruit oil.
  • Geranium oil = 3 drops
  • Grapefruit oil = 3 drops
  • Myrtle = 4 drops

Emotionally uplifting bath: To melt away stressful or negative thoughts and uplift your spirits use the following combination of essential oils in a warm bath. Soak for at least 15 minutes inhaling the aromatic vapours. If you feel like treating yourself add 2 drops of rose or jasmine essential oil instead of petitgrain.
  • Bergamot oil = 4 drops
  • Clary sage oil = 3 drops
  • Petitgrain = 3 drops

Sensual bath: For a sensual bath for one or two add the following essential oils to a warm bath. Do make sure the blend is pleasing to both of you. For a more 'earthy' aroma use 3 drops of patchouli instead of myrtle oil, or leave out rose and myrtle altogether and substitute them with 3 drops of jasmine.
  • Sandalwood oil = 4 drops
  • Myrtle oil = 3 drops
  • Rose oil = 1 drops
  • Ylang Ylang oil = 2 drops

Purifying bath: Use this bath to help strengthen the body and combat infections like colds and flu. If desired use 2 drops of penetrating eucalyptus instead of bergamot oil.
  • Bergamot oil = 3 drops
  • Lavender oil = 4 drops
  • Tea Tree = 3 drops

Children's bath: If children see you relaxing in a fragrant bath it won't be long before they want one too! Mix the following essential oils into 2 to 3 teaspoons of base oil, then add warm water to create a delightful bath. The dosages are suitable for children over six years old. This combination is ideal for bedtime as it soothes the emotions.
  • Mandarin oil = 3 drops
  • Lavender oil = 3 drops

How to use: First ask yourself what effect you'd like from your aromatic bath, then select an essential oil whose aroma pleases you and also suits your physical and emotional needs. For example, if you have a cold, lavender oil will help to combat infection and has a very relaxing effect, on the other hand bergamot oil combines the ability to fight infection and induces an emotionally uplifting effect. Use only two or three essences in the bath. When you know each one very well you may choose to use a maximum of four, although just two can often have a more powerful effect than four - less generally means more with essential oils.
Fill the bath, add the essential oil(s) (up to 6 drops or as directed), then agitate the water to disperse the oil(s). Soak in the bath for at least 10 minutes, and make sure the bathroom door is closed so that you get the benefit of inhaling the aroma as well as getting the oil directly into the body via the water. For some conditions, or if preferred, the essential oils can be diluted in a massage carrier oil first, which will help to disperse the oil throughout the water. Alternatively, use ready blended (in carrier oil) or specially formulated bath oil, which has the added benefits of moisturising the body, giving a bubble/foam bath and helping to carry the essential oil out of the bath.

Benefits: The use of oils in a bath is useful for all conditions but will be particularly beneficial for muscular and skin conditions, while respiratory problems will benefit from the inhalation of the aroma. Stress, anxiety and other mental health problems will also be improved. Anyone suffering with insomnia will find a pre-retiring bath with Lavender, Bergamot, Petitgrain, Neroli as well as other oils a great aid to restful sleep.

Lotions And Creams

Essential oils can be added to fragrance-free lotions or creams, but make sure that you use a very good quality product that if preferably lanolin free (some people are sensitive to lanolin).

How to use: Add the essential oil(s) to a dark amber glass jar to help preserve the oil and prevent it from reacting with a plastic bottle. The recommended dosage is approximately 1-2 drops of essential oil to every 5mg of cream or 5ml of lotions. Apply lotion to the skin and rub until completely absorbed. Cream should be applied to the skin and gently rubbed in. Leave the rest to sit on the surface of the skin and gradually release the oil into the body and the aroma into the nose.

Benefits: This is a particularly good way of treating most skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, which will benefit greatly. A lotion is an excellent way to get essential oils rapidly into the bloodstream and is therefore useful for treating conditions such as circulation problems. Lotions and creams can be effectively used for headaches, while creams are a good way of treating respiratory conditions. Both are an essential medium for general body and skin care.

Inhalation

Inhalation is very useful for relieving congestion, easing catarrh and soothing the respiratory tract. The method of covering the head with a towel and inhaling the vapour from eucalyptus and camphor is still very popular today.

How to use: Pour a pint of very hot water into a bowl, then add up to 3-4 drops of essential oil(s) to the water. Cover your head with a towel and then lean over the bowl, keeping your head about 10 or 12 inches above the bowl. Keep your eyes closed and then inhale the vapours for a few minutes, then lean back and relax for a couple of minutes. Repeat for up to 10 minutes or as long as is comfortable. Repeat several times a day if required. A facial steamer may be used instead of a bowl with 3-5 drops of essential oil(s).

Benefits: Respiratory conditions will benefit most from this treatment method. Eucalyptus, Scots Pine, Niaouli and several other oils are excellent decongestants renowned for their ability to help most respiratory conditions. Inhalation is also a good way of treating facial skin problems as its effect is the same as that achieved by a facial sauna.

Compress

Compresses can be either hot or cold depending on the condition that is being treated. It is well-known and frequently used treatment method for sports injuries in particular, though its uses are much wider than this and can be very effective for pain, swelling and inflammation.

How to use: The method is the same whether hot or cold. Add up to 5 drops of essential oil(s) to a basin or bowl of hot or icy cold water. Use a face-cloth, lined pad, cotton wool or other absorbent fabric and dip this into water. Wring out the excess and place the pad on the affected area. Once the compress has achieved body temperature, renew it and continue as required. A hot compress can be held in place with crepe bandage on joints or with cling-film on larger areas, for example the lower back.

Benefits: Most conditions characterized by 'aches', for example earache, backache, etc, should be treated with hot compresses, while sprains, fevers, inflammations and headaches should be treated with cold compresses. Sprains and varicose veins respond very well to the 'hot/cold' treatment, ie start with a cold compress then alternate between hot and cold compresses over the next few days, finishing with a cold one.

Massage

Massage is a method favored by professional aromatherapists, who usually carry out a full body massage. Specific essential oils are chosen to suit the condition and temperament of the patient, and blended with a base oil, such as sweet almond oil or grapeseed oil.

How to use: The essential oil content in a blend should usually be between 1 per cent and 3 per cent depending on the type of disorder. As a general rule, physical ailments like rheumatism or indigestion demand a stronger concentration than the more emotional or nervous conditions. A rough guideline is to say that 20 drops of essential oil is equivalent to one milliliter, so to make a blend it is possible to use the following proportions:
  • 20 to 60 drops of essential oil to 100ml of base oil.
  • 7 to 25 drops of essential oil to 25ml of base oil.
  • 3 to 5 drops of essential oil to 1 tsp of base oil.

Benefits: Massage is a relaxing and nourishing experience in itself, not least because of the unspoken communication based on touch, but it also ensures that the oils are effectively absorbed through the skin and into the bloodstream. For general well-being it is beneficial to practice self-massage on specific areas of the body, especially concentrating on the feet and hands. It is also useful to rub those. It is also useful to rub those particular parts of the body that are causing discomfort; for example, peppermint ( in dilution) can be rubbed on the stomach in a clock-wise direction to ease indigestion; Marjoram can help to relax the neck and shoulders if they are stiff.

Other Methods

There are many other methods of using essential oils. The following is a brief summary of some of them.

Room Sprays

Make a home-made room spray using a sprayer that has been thoroughly cleaned, to provide your own favorite aromas to freshen your home. It is perfectly possible to make a room spray using a simple solution of cold water with added essential oils (stick to a 5 drops to 10ml maximum). This will mean that every time you use it you will have to make sure you shake it vigorously to disperse the oils in the water. You can 'fix' the aroma and also help to disperse the oils equally in the water by using distilled water (boiled then cooled water) and adding 10 per cent alcohol (preferably vodka).

Radiators And Humidifiers

Drops of oil can be placed in a saucer of water placed on top of a radiator, radiator fragrancer, or on to a ball of damp cotton wool placed behind the radiator. Drops of oil can also be added to the water in a humidifier. All these methods can be used as an alternative to a room burner.

Foot Bath

For foot problems, and as a way of introducing essential oils into the body for other problems, a foot bath can be used. This can either be a piece of equipment specially made for the purpose or a bowl of warm water. Add 2-4 drops of oil to the bath, disperse and immerse feet for up to 20 minutes; adding a bath carrier will help. A hand bath can achieve the same result for hand problems, and achieved in the same way, but only immerse for 10 minutes.

Tissue/Handkerchief/Pillow

Any method that allows inhalation of the oils is an alternative to steam inhalation. Some specific methods not mentioned so far are a tissue/handkerchief - add 1 or 2 drops of oil to your pillow at night so that the oil can be inhaled throughout the night.

Pot-pourri

Although not a recognized therapeutic method, a pot-pourri is a pleasant way of creating an aromatic atmosphere in a house or other rooms in the home. Adding essential oils to a pot-pourri will fragrance a room and introduce the essential oils into the body through inhalation.

Blending Oils

Essential oils can be used alone or blended together. Oils are blended for two reasons: to enhance or change their medicinal actions and to create a more sophisticated fragrance. In purfumery many oils are blended together. For therapeutic purposes it is unusual to mix more than four oils together. When blending oils at home it is best to mix no more than two or three oils. This is because blending has been shown to alter the molecular structure of essential oils and you may end up with a blend that acts differently from what you had intended. Make sure the properties of the oils are complementary.

Blending Guidelines

Choose two or three oils which you believe complement each other. Generally all flower oils work well together; woody oils enhance the resinous oils and other woody essences; the essential oils derived from herbs tend to blend harmoniously with each other; and the range of oils from fruits blend well with essences from their own botanical family .Mix a blend using a little of the strongest scented oils and more of the lighter fragrances. The best blend is usually the one you find most appealing.

Storing Oils

Essential oils are very volatile, ie they evaporate quickly when exposed to the air. Air will also cause oxidisation of the oils, and they are also affected by light and heat. Always buy and store your essential oils in brown amber glass bottles with air-tight, child-proof caps. Keep them in a cool dark place such as a refrigerator if it is kept at a reasonable temperature. Most essential oils, if stored correctly, will keep for up to two years. Some citrus oils such as Orange and Grapefruit may only be effectively used for up to six months. They will then go cloudy through oxidization. Some oils like Sandalwood, Frankincense and Patchouli actually mature and mellow with age. Once blended with other oils, and in carriers, oils will begin to oxidise, weaken and go rancid. This process, however, does take three months or more, and if you store your blends under the same conditions as your essential oils they should be perfectly satisfactory if used within the three months.

Safety Precautions

Warning: Never use essential oils directly on to the skin. Never take essential oils by mouth. If swallowed accidentally, eat bread, drink plenty of milk, and seek professional help. Always consult a qualified practitioner for advice and treatment:
  • If you are pregnant
  • Have an allergy
  • Have a chronic medical condition such as high blood pressure or epilepsy
  • Are receiving medical or psychiatric treatment Are taking homeopathic remedies
  • When treating babies or very young children




100% Pure Lavender Lavender Hyb. Sumian Essential Oil Supplied In A 10ml Amber Glass Bottle, With Tamper Evident Dropper Cap To Ensure Perfect Quality.

Botanical Name: Lavandula hybrida sumian.

Country Of Origin: France.

Perfume Note: Top/Middle.

Extraction Description: Lavandula latifolia was hybridised with Lavandula angustifolia to produce the Sumian in Provence and is steam distilled.

Aroma: An exquisite aroma reminiscent of old English Lavender on a hot summer's day. A sweet floral top note with a balsamic undertone.

General: Lavender Hyb. Sumian Essential Oil. This particular hybrid will eventually die off and will be unable to be replaced so take advantage of it while you can. The most versatile and useful oil. It relaxes and soothes the mind & body. Can be used as a massage, in vaporizer, bath preparations, and on pillow. Lavender has an abundance of uses: Insect repellent, scents linen and deters moths.

Properties: Antiseptic, antibacterial, soothing, relaxing, calming.

Blends Well With: Most oils including florals such as rose, geranium, ylang ylang, chamomile, and jasmine. Citrus oils such as orange, lemon, bergamot, and grapefruit. Rosemary, marjoram, patchouli, clary sage, chamomile, cedarwood, clove, and tea tree.


Methods Of Use (And General Help & Information About Essential Oils)

There are many ways of using essential oils, and at least one of them will be right for you. Essential oils are the basic tools of aromatherapy. The oils, which are extracted from plants, can be used to treat all systems of the mind, and imbalances of the emotions. There are many ways to use essential oils. Professional aromatherapists tend to favor massage as the most effective way of getting oils into the body. Massage also increases the healing potential of aromatherapy. The medicinal properties of the essential oils and the nurturing power of touch combine to form a potent healing treatment. Massage can be relaxing or energizing, it can sooth the nervous system or boost the blood and lymphatic systems to improve pysical and mental functioning. Not least among its benefits is the way it can ease pain and tension from tense or overworked muscles and lift the spirits. Whenever possible, try to include massage in your home aromatherapy treatments; where this is not possible, use any of the other methods mentioned below. It is not an exhaustive list and you may well know, or you may discover, other methods.

Room Burner (oil burner; lamp ring; diffuser; vaporiser)

Room burners are specifically made for use with essential oils. You can buy them in many different shapes, sizes, designs and patterns. They can be electric, radiator fragrancer, candle powered or a ceramic light bulb ring that is heated by a light bulb, but most are ceramic oil burners warmed by a small candle. Also remember that a glazed ceramic oil burner will not crack, burn or stain, and is easy to keep clean. Always try to use good quality night lights with a good quality wick so that it will not smell when alight or smoke when blown out.

How to use: Place a small amount of cold water in the bowl, enough to fill it but leaving some space for water expansion. The essential oils of your choice are then dropped into the water ( 6-8 drops will normally be used depending on the size of the bowl and the amount of water being used). Place the candle in the chamber, light it and leave in a safe place. Use for 25-30 minutes this will, of course, depend on the size of the room or house etc.

Benefits: Psychological conditions can be treated very effectively with a room burner. Headaches respond well to this method and all respiratory problems can be treated in this way. A major use of the room burner is to scent and purify the air, clear germs and create a 'therapeutic atmosphere'.

Aromatic Baths

Aromatic baths are one of the most convenient and health-giving methods of using pure essential oils. When used in this way these healing essences not only affect the physical body but the mental and emotional levels too. They can be detoxifying, relaxing, invigorating, emotionally uplifting and sensual. To some degree all essential oils have antibacterial properties, especially lavender and bergamot, while some like eucalyptus and tea tree are also effective when treating viruses. So regular aromatic baths can be useful to help prevent and treat a range of common ailments as well as uplifting or calming the emotions. These qualities plus the way the essences are readily absorbed by the body makes aromatic bathing an essential and luxurious addition to everyday life.

Recipes For Aromatic Baths

Invigorating bath: For an enlivening start to the day use the following blend of essential oils in a warm bath. To enhance the effect finish with a cool shower or splash your body briefly with cold water. For a more fruity aroma add 3 drops of lemon oil instead of geranium.
  • Sweet basil oil = 2 drops
  • Geranium oil = 3 drops
  • Rosemary = 4 drops

Relaxing bath: For a deeply relaxing bath at the end of the day add the following essential oils to a full, warm bath. For a more floral quality add 3 drops of neroli oil instead of sweet marjoram.
  • Clary sage oil = 3 drops
  • Lavender oil = 4 drops
  • Sweet marjoram oil = 3 drops

Revitalising bath: This combination of essences in a warm bath is ideal to use when you've had a long day and need re-energising. For a less fruity aroma but equally reviving effect add 3 drops of rosewood instead of grapefruit oil.
  • Geranium oil = 3 drops
  • Grapefruit oil = 3 drops
  • Myrtle = 4 drops

Emotionally uplifting bath: To melt away stressful or negative thoughts and uplift your spirits use the following combination of essential oils in a warm bath. Soak for at least 15 minutes inhaling the aromatic vapours. If you feel like treating yourself add 2 drops of rose or jasmine essential oil instead of petitgrain.
  • Bergamot oil = 4 drops
  • Clary sage oil = 3 drops
  • Petitgrain = 3 drops

Sensual bath: For a sensual bath for one or two add the following essential oils to a warm bath. Do make sure the blend is pleasing to both of you. For a more 'earthy' aroma use 3 drops of patchouli instead of myrtle oil, or leave out rose and myrtle altogether and substitute them with 3 drops of jasmine.
  • Sandalwood oil = 4 drops
  • Myrtle oil = 3 drops
  • Rose oil = 1 drops
  • Ylang Ylang oil = 2 drops

Purifying bath: Use this bath to help strengthen the body and combat infections like colds and flu. If desired use 2 drops of penetrating eucalyptus instead of bergamot oil.
  • Bergamot oil = 3 drops
  • Lavender oil = 4 drops
  • Tea Tree = 3 drops

Children's bath: If children see you relaxing in a fragrant bath it won't be long before they want one too! Mix the following essential oils into 2 to 3 teaspoons of base oil, then add warm water to create a delightful bath. The dosages are suitable for children over six years old. This combination is ideal for bedtime as it soothes the emotions.
  • Mandarin oil = 3 drops
  • Lavender oil = 3 drops

How to use: First ask yourself what effect you'd like from your aromatic bath, then select an essential oil whose aroma pleases you and also suits your physical and emotional needs. For example, if you have a cold, lavender oil will help to combat infection and has a very relaxing effect, on the other hand bergamot oil combines the ability to fight infection and induces an emotionally uplifting effect. Use only two or three essences in the bath. When you know each one very well you may choose to use a maximum of four, although just two can often have a more powerful effect than four - less generally means more with essential oils.
Fill the bath, add the essential oil(s) (up to 6 drops or as directed), then agitate the water to disperse the oil(s). Soak in the bath for at least 10 minutes, and make sure the bathroom door is closed so that you get the benefit of inhaling the aroma as well as getting the oil directly into the body via the water. For some conditions, or if preferred, the essential oils can be diluted in a massage carrier oil first, which will help to disperse the oil throughout the water. Alternatively, use ready blended (in carrier oil) or specially formulated bath oil, which has the added benefits of moisturising the body, giving a bubble/foam bath and helping to carry the essential oil out of the bath.

Benefits: The use of oils in a bath is useful for all conditions but will be particularly beneficial for muscular and skin conditions, while respiratory problems will benefit from the inhalation of the aroma. Stress, anxiety and other mental health problems will also be improved. Anyone suffering with insomnia will find a pre-retiring bath with Lavender, Bergamot, Petitgrain, Neroli as well as other oils a great aid to restful sleep.

Lotions And Creams

Essential oils can be added to fragrance-free lotions or creams, but make sure that you use a very good quality product that if preferably lanolin free (some people are sensitive to lanolin).

How to use: Add the essential oil(s) to a dark amber glass jar to help preserve the oil and prevent it from reacting with a plastic bottle. The recommended dosage is approximately 1-2 drops of essential oil to every 5mg of cream or 5ml of lotions. Apply lotion to the skin and rub until completely absorbed. Cream should be applied to the skin and gently rubbed in. Leave the rest to sit on the surface of the skin and gradually release the oil into the body and the aroma into the nose.

Benefits: This is a particularly good way of treating most skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, which will benefit greatly. A lotion is an excellent way to get essential oils rapidly into the bloodstream and is therefore useful for treating conditions such as circulation problems. Lotions and creams can be effectively used for headaches, while creams are a good way of treating respiratory conditions. Both are an essential medium for general body and skin care.

Inhalation

Inhalation is very useful for relieving congestion, easing catarrh and soothing the respiratory tract. The method of covering the head with a towel and inhaling the vapour from eucalyptus and camphor is still very popular today.

How to use: Pour a pint of very hot water into a bowl, then add up to 3-4 drops of essential oil(s) to the water. Cover your head with a towel and then lean over the bowl, keeping your head about 10 or 12 inches above the bowl. Keep your eyes closed and then inhale the vapours for a few minutes, then lean back and relax for a couple of minutes. Repeat for up to 10 minutes or as long as is comfortable. Repeat several times a day if required. A facial steamer may be used instead of a bowl with 3-5 drops of essential oil(s).

Benefits: Respiratory conditions will benefit most from this treatment method. Eucalyptus, Scots Pine, Niaouli and several other oils are excellent decongestants renowned for their ability to help most respiratory conditions. Inhalation is also a good way of treating facial skin problems as its effect is the same as that achieved by a facial sauna.

Compress

Compresses can be either hot or cold depending on the condition that is being treated. It is well-known and frequently used treatment method for sports injuries in particular, though its uses are much wider than this and can be very effective for pain, swelling and inflammation.

How to use: The method is the same whether hot or cold. Add up to 5 drops of essential oil(s) to a basin or bowl of hot or icy cold water. Use a face-cloth, lined pad, cotton wool or other absorbent fabric and dip this into water. Wring out the excess and place the pad on the affected area. Once the compress has achieved body temperature, renew it and continue as required. A hot compress can be held in place with crepe bandage on joints or with cling-film on larger areas, for example the lower back.

Benefits: Most conditions characterized by 'aches', for example earache, backache, etc, should be treated with hot compresses, while sprains, fevers, inflammations and headaches should be treated with cold compresses. Sprains and varicose veins respond very well to the 'hot/cold' treatment, ie start with a cold compress then alternate between hot and cold compresses over the next few days, finishing with a cold one.

Massage

Massage is a method favored by professional aromatherapists, who usually carry out a full body massage. Specific essential oils are chosen to suit the condition and temperament of the patient, and blended with a base oil, such as sweet almond oil or grapeseed oil.

How to use: The essential oil content in a blend should usually be between 1 per cent and 3 per cent depending on the type of disorder. As a general rule, physical ailments like rheumatism or indigestion demand a stronger concentration than the more emotional or nervous conditions. A rough guideline is to say that 20 drops of essential oil is equivalent to one milliliter, so to make a blend it is possible to use the following proportions:
  • 20 to 60 drops of essential oil to 100ml of base oil.
  • 7 to 25 drops of essential oil to 25ml of base oil.
  • 3 to 5 drops of essential oil to 1 tsp of base oil.

Benefits: Massage is a relaxing and nourishing experience in itself, not least because of the unspoken communication based on touch, but it also ensures that the oils are effectively absorbed through the skin and into the bloodstream. For general well-being it is beneficial to practice self-massage on specific areas of the body, especially concentrating on the feet and hands. It is also useful to rub those. It is also useful to rub those particular parts of the body that are causing discomfort; for example, peppermint ( in dilution) can be rubbed on the stomach in a clock-wise direction to ease indigestion; Marjoram can help to relax the neck and shoulders if they are stiff.

Other Methods

There are many other methods of using essential oils. The following is a brief summary of some of them.

Room Sprays

Make a home-made room spray using a sprayer that has been thoroughly cleaned, to provide your own favorite aromas to freshen your home. It is perfectly possible to make a room spray using a simple solution of cold water with added essential oils (stick to a 5 drops to 10ml maximum). This will mean that every time you use it you will have to make sure you shake it vigorously to disperse the oils in the water. You can 'fix' the aroma and also help to disperse the oils equally in the water by using distilled water (boiled then cooled water) and adding 10 per cent alcohol (preferably vodka).

Radiators And Humidifiers

Drops of oil can be placed in a saucer of water placed on top of a radiator, radiator fragrancer, or on to a ball of damp cotton wool placed behind the radiator. Drops of oil can also be added to the water in a humidifier. All these methods can be used as an alternative to a room burner.

Foot Bath

For foot problems, and as a way of introducing essential oils into the body for other problems, a foot bath can be used. This can either be a piece of equipment specially made for the purpose or a bowl of warm water. Add 2-4 drops of oil to the bath, disperse and immerse feet for up to 20 minutes; adding a bath carrier will help. A hand bath can achieve the same result for hand problems, and achieved in the same way, but only immerse for 10 minutes.

Tissue/Handkerchief/Pillow

Any method that allows inhalation of the oils is an alternative to steam inhalation. Some specific methods not mentioned so far are a tissue/handkerchief - add 1 or 2 drops of oil to your pillow at night so that the oil can be inhaled throughout the night.

Pot-pourri

Although not a recognized therapeutic method, a pot-pourri is a pleasant way of creating an aromatic atmosphere in a house or other rooms in the home. Adding essential oils to a pot-pourri will fragrance a room and introduce the essential oils into the body through inhalation.

Blending Oils

Essential oils can be used alone or blended together. Oils are blended for two reasons: to enhance or change their medicinal actions and to create a more sophisticated fragrance. In purfumery many oils are blended together. For therapeutic purposes it is unusual to mix more than four oils together. When blending oils at home it is best to mix no more than two or three oils. This is because blending has been shown to alter the molecular structure of essential oils and you may end up with a blend that acts differently from what you had intended. Make sure the properties of the oils are complementary.

Blending Guidelines

Choose two or three oils which you believe complement each other. Generally all flower oils work well together; woody oils enhance the resinous oils and other woody essences; the essential oils derived from herbs tend to blend harmoniously with each other; and the range of oils from fruits blend well with essences from their own botanical family .Mix a blend using a little of the strongest scented oils and more of the lighter fragrances. The best blend is usually the one you find most appealing.

Storing Oils

Essential oils are very volatile, ie they evaporate quickly when exposed to the air. Air will also cause oxidisation of the oils, and they are also affected by light and heat. Always buy and store your essential oils in brown amber glass bottles with air-tight, child-proof caps. Keep them in a cool dark place such as a refrigerator if it is kept at a reasonable temperature. Most essential oils, if stored correctly, will keep for up to two years. Some citrus oils such as Orange and Grapefruit may only be effectively used for up to six months. They will then go cloudy through oxidization. Some oils like Sandalwood, Frankincense and Patchouli actually mature and mellow with age. Once blended with other oils, and in carriers, oils will begin to oxidise, weaken and go rancid. This process, however, does take three months or more, and if you store your blends under the same conditions as your essential oils they should be perfectly satisfactory if used within the three months.

Safety Precautions

Warning: Never use essential oils directly on to the skin. Never take essential oils by mouth. If swallowed accidentally, eat bread, drink plenty of milk, and seek professional help. Always consult a qualified practitioner for advice and treatment:
  • If you are pregnant
  • Have an allergy
  • Have a chronic medical condition such as high blood pressure or epilepsy
  • Are receiving medical or psychiatric treatment Are taking homeopathic remedies
  • When treating babies or very young children




100% Pure Lavender Lavender Hyb. Sumian Essential Oil Supplied In A 10ml Amber Glass Bottle, With Tamper Evident Dropper Cap To Ensure Perfect Quality.

Botanical Name: Lavandula latifolia.

Country Of Origin: Spain.

Perfume Note: MIDDLE TO TOP.

Extraction Description: The volatile oil obtained by steam distillation of the freshly cut flowering tops of the herb.

Aroma: It has a penetrating fresh, herbaceous camphoraceous odour.

General: Lavender Spike Essential Oil. This particular lavender is often used in room sprays, due to its reasonable cost. Used to repel lice in animals. It relaxes and soothes the mind & body. Can be used neat on wounds & burns but care should still be taken. Blends happily with many other omany other oils. Number 1 for use in first aid kit at home. Can be used as a massage, in vaporiser, bath preparations, and on pillow. Can be used by all ages). Lavender has an abundance of uses: Insect repellent, scents linen and deters moths. Dandruff, PMT. Neutralises insect bites and stings (bees, wasps, mosquitoes and nettlerash).

Properties: Antiseptic, antibacterial, soothing, relaxing, calming.

Blends Well With: Most oils including florals such as rose, geranium, ylang ylang, chamomile, and jasmine. Citrus oils such as orange, lemon, bergamot, and grapefruit. Rosemary, marjoram, patchouli, clary sage, chamomile, cedarwood, clove, and tea tree.


Methods Of Use (And General Help & Information About Essential Oils)

There are many ways of using essential oils, and at least one of them will be right for you. Essential oils are the basic tools of aromatherapy. The oils, which are extracted from plants, can be used to treat all systems of the mind, and imbalances of the emotions. There are many ways to use essential oils. Professional aromatherapists tend to favor massage as the most effective way of getting oils into the body. Massage also increases the healing potential of aromatherapy. The medicinal properties of the essential oils and the nurturing power of touch combine to form a potent healing treatment. Massage can be relaxing or energizing, it can sooth the nervous system or boost the blood and lymphatic systems to improve pysical and mental functioning. Not least among its benefits is the way it can ease pain and tension from tense or overworked muscles and lift the spirits. Whenever possible, try to include massage in your home aromatherapy treatments; where this is not possible, use any of the other methods mentioned below. It is not an exhaustive list and you may well know, or you may discover, other methods.

Room Burner (oil burner; lamp ring; diffuser; vaporiser)

Room burners are specifically made for use with essential oils. You can buy them in many different shapes, sizes, designs and patterns. They can be electric, radiator fragrancer, candle powered or a ceramic light bulb ring that is heated by a light bulb, but most are ceramic oil burners warmed by a small candle. Also remember that a glazed ceramic oil burner will not crack, burn or stain, and is easy to keep clean. Always try to use good quality night lights with a good quality wick so that it will not smell when alight or smoke when blown out.

How to use: Place a small amount of cold water in the bowl, enough to fill it but leaving some space for water expansion. The essential oils of your choice are then dropped into the water ( 6-8 drops will normally be used depending on the size of the bowl and the amount of water being used). Place the candle in the chamber, light it and leave in a safe place. Use for 25-30 minutes this will, of course, depend on the size of the room or house etc.

Benefits: Psychological conditions can be treated very effectively with a room burner. Headaches respond well to this method and all respiratory problems can be treated in this way. A major use of the room burner is to scent and purify the air, clear germs and create a 'therapeutic atmosphere'.

Aromatic Baths

Aromatic baths are one of the most convenient and health-giving methods of using pure essential oils. When used in this way these healing essences not only affect the physical body but the mental and emotional levels too. They can be detoxifying, relaxing, invigorating, emotionally uplifting and sensual. To some degree all essential oils have antibacterial properties, especially lavender and bergamot, while some like eucalyptus and tea tree are also effective when treating viruses. So regular aromatic baths can be useful to help prevent and treat a range of common ailments as well as uplifting or calming the emotions. These qualities plus the way the essences are readily absorbed by the body makes aromatic bathing an essential and luxurious addition to everyday life.

Recipes For Aromatic Baths

Invigorating bath: For an enlivening start to the day use the following blend of essential oils in a warm bath. To enhance the effect finish with a cool shower or splash your body briefly with cold water. For a more fruity aroma add 3 drops of lemon oil instead of geranium.
  • Sweet basil oil = 2 drops
  • Geranium oil = 3 drops
  • Rosemary = 4 drops

Relaxing bath: For a deeply relaxing bath at the end of the day add the following essential oils to a full, warm bath. For a more floral quality add 3 drops of neroli oil instead of sweet marjoram.
  • Clary sage oil = 3 drops
  • Lavender oil = 4 drops
  • Sweet marjoram oil = 3 drops

Revitalising bath: This combination of essences in a warm bath is ideal to use when you've had a long day and need re-energising. For a less fruity aroma but equally reviving effect add 3 drops of rosewood instead of grapefruit oil.
  • Geranium oil = 3 drops
  • Grapefruit oil = 3 drops
  • Myrtle = 4 drops

Emotionally uplifting bath: To melt away stressful or negative thoughts and uplift your spirits use the following combination of essential oils in a warm bath. Soak for at least 15 minutes inhaling the aromatic vapours. If you feel like treating yourself add 2 drops of rose or jasmine essential oil instead of petitgrain.
  • Bergamot oil = 4 drops
  • Clary sage oil = 3 drops
  • Petitgrain = 3 drops

Sensual bath: For a sensual bath for one or two add the following essential oils to a warm bath. Do make sure the blend is pleasing to both of you. For a more 'earthy' aroma use 3 drops of patchouli instead of myrtle oil, or leave out rose and myrtle altogether and substitute them with 3 drops of jasmine.
  • Sandalwood oil = 4 drops
  • Myrtle oil = 3 drops
  • Rose oil = 1 drops
  • Ylang Ylang oil = 2 drops

Purifying bath: Use this bath to help strengthen the body and combat infections like colds and flu. If desired use 2 drops of penetrating eucalyptus instead of bergamot oil.
  • Bergamot oil = 3 drops
  • Lavender oil = 4 drops
  • Tea Tree = 3 drops

Children's bath: If children see you relaxing in a fragrant bath it won't be long before they want one too! Mix the following essential oils into 2 to 3 teaspoons of base oil, then add warm water to create a delightful bath. The dosages are suitable for children over six years old. This combination is ideal for bedtime as it soothes the emotions.
  • Mandarin oil = 3 drops
  • Lavender oil = 3 drops

How to use: First ask yourself what effect you'd like from your aromatic bath, then select an essential oil whose aroma pleases you and also suits your physical and emotional needs. For example, if you have a cold, lavender oil will help to combat infection and has a very relaxing effect, on the other hand bergamot oil combines the ability to fight infection and induces an emotionally uplifting effect. Use only two or three essences in the bath. When you know each one very well you may choose to use a maximum of four, although just two can often have a more powerful effect than four - less generally means more with essential oils.
Fill the bath, add the essential oil(s) (up to 6 drops or as directed), then agitate the water to disperse the oil(s). Soak in the bath for at least 10 minutes, and make sure the bathroom door is closed so that you get the benefit of inhaling the aroma as well as getting the oil directly into the body via the water. For some conditions, or if preferred, the essential oils can be diluted in a massage carrier oil first, which will help to disperse the oil throughout the water. Alternatively, use ready blended (in carrier oil) or specially formulated bath oil, which has the added benefits of moisturising the body, giving a bubble/foam bath and helping to carry the essential oil out of the bath.

Benefits: The use of oils in a bath is useful for all conditions but will be particularly beneficial for muscular and skin conditions, while respiratory problems will benefit from the inhalation of the aroma. Stress, anxiety and other mental health problems will also be improved. Anyone suffering with insomnia will find a pre-retiring bath with Lavender, Bergamot, Petitgrain, Neroli as well as other oils a great aid to restful sleep.

Lotions And Creams

Essential oils can be added to fragrance-free lotions or creams, but make sure that you use a very good quality product that if preferably lanolin free (some people are sensitive to lanolin).

How to use: Add the essential oil(s) to a dark amber glass jar to help preserve the oil and prevent it from reacting with a plastic bottle. The recommended dosage is approximately 1-2 drops of essential oil to every 5mg of cream or 5ml of lotions. Apply lotion to the skin and rub until completely absorbed. Cream should be applied to the skin and gently rubbed in. Leave the rest to sit on the surface of the skin and gradually release the oil into the body and the aroma into the nose.

Benefits: This is a particularly good way of treating most skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, which will benefit greatly. A lotion is an excellent way to get essential oils rapidly into the bloodstream and is therefore useful for treating conditions such as circulation problems. Lotions and creams can be effectively used for headaches, while creams are a good way of treating respiratory conditions. Both are an essential medium for general body and skin care.

Inhalation

Inhalation is very useful for relieving congestion, easing catarrh and soothing the respiratory tract. The method of covering the head with a towel and inhaling the vapour from eucalyptus and camphor is still very popular today.

How to use: Pour a pint of very hot water into a bowl, then add up to 3-4 drops of essential oil(s) to the water. Cover your head with a towel and then lean over the bowl, keeping your head about 10 or 12 inches above the bowl. Keep your eyes closed and then inhale the vapours for a few minutes, then lean back and relax for a couple of minutes. Repeat for up to 10 minutes or as long as is comfortable. Repeat several times a day if required. A facial steamer may be used instead of a bowl with 3-5 drops of essential oil(s).

Benefits: Respiratory conditions will benefit most from this treatment method. Eucalyptus, Scots Pine, Niaouli and several other oils are excellent decongestants renowned for their ability to help most respiratory conditions. Inhalation is also a good way of treating facial skin problems as its effect is the same as that achieved by a facial sauna.

Compress

Compresses can be either hot or cold depending on the condition that is being treated. It is well-known and frequently used treatment method for sports injuries in particular, though its uses are much wider than this and can be very effective for pain, swelling and inflammation.

How to use: The method is the same whether hot or cold. Add up to 5 drops of essential oil(s) to a basin or bowl of hot or icy cold water. Use a face-cloth, lined pad, cotton wool or other absorbent fabric and dip this into water. Wring out the excess and place the pad on the affected area. Once the compress has achieved body temperature, renew it and continue as required. A hot compress can be held in place with crepe bandage on joints or with cling-film on larger areas, for example the lower back.

Benefits: Most conditions characterized by 'aches', for example earache, backache, etc, should be treated with hot compresses, while sprains, fevers, inflammations and headaches should be treated with cold compresses. Sprains and varicose veins respond very well to the 'hot/cold' treatment, ie start with a cold compress then alternate between hot and cold compresses over the next few days, finishing with a cold one.

Massage

Massage is a method favored by professional aromatherapists, who usually carry out a full body massage. Specific essential oils are chosen to suit the condition and temperament of the patient, and blended with a base oil, such as sweet almond oil or grapeseed oil.

How to use: The essential oil content in a blend should usually be between 1 per cent and 3 per cent depending on the type of disorder. As a general rule, physical ailments like rheumatism or indigestion demand a stronger concentration than the more emotional or nervous conditions. A rough guideline is to say that 20 drops of essential oil is equivalent to one milliliter, so to make a blend it is possible to use the following proportions:
  • 20 to 60 drops of essential oil to 100ml of base oil.
  • 7 to 25 drops of essential oil to 25ml of base oil.
  • 3 to 5 drops of essential oil to 1 tsp of base oil.

Benefits: Massage is a relaxing and nourishing experience in itself, not least because of the unspoken communication based on touch, but it also ensures that the oils are effectively absorbed through the skin and into the bloodstream. For general well-being it is beneficial to practice self-massage on specific areas of the body, especially concentrating on the feet and hands. It is also useful to rub those. It is also useful to rub those particular parts of the body that are causing discomfort; for example, peppermint ( in dilution) can be rubbed on the stomach in a clock-wise direction to ease indigestion; Marjoram can help to relax the neck and shoulders if they are stiff.

Other Methods

There are many other methods of using essential oils. The following is a brief summary of some of them.

Room Sprays

Make a home-made room spray using a sprayer that has been thoroughly cleaned, to provide your own favorite aromas to freshen your home. It is perfectly possible to make a room spray using a simple solution of cold water with added essential oils (stick to a 5 drops to 10ml maximum). This will mean that every time you use it you will have to make sure you shake it vigorously to disperse the oils in the water. You can 'fix' the aroma and also help to disperse the oils equally in the water by using distilled water (boiled then cooled water) and adding 10 per cent alcohol (preferably vodka).

Radiators And Humidifiers

Drops of oil can be placed in a saucer of water placed on top of a radiator, radiator fragrancer, or on to a ball of damp cotton wool placed behind the radiator. Drops of oil can also be added to the water in a humidifier. All these methods can be used as an alternative to a room burner.

Foot Bath

For foot problems, and as a way of introducing essential oils into the body for other problems, a foot bath can be used. This can either be a piece of equipment specially made for the purpose or a bowl of warm water. Add 2-4 drops of oil to the bath, disperse and immerse feet for up to 20 minutes; adding a bath carrier will help. A hand bath can achieve the same result for hand problems, and achieved in the same way, but only immerse for 10 minutes.

Tissue/Handkerchief/Pillow

Any method that allows inhalation of the oils is an alternative to steam inhalation. Some specific methods not mentioned so far are a tissue/handkerchief - add 1 or 2 drops of oil to your pillow at night so that the oil can be inhaled throughout the night.

Pot-pourri

Although not a recognized therapeutic method, a pot-pourri is a pleasant way of creating an aromatic atmosphere in a house or other rooms in the home. Adding essential oils to a pot-pourri will fragrance a room and introduce the essential oils into the body through inhalation.

Blending Oils

Essential oils can be used alone or blended together. Oils are blended for two reasons: to enhance or change their medicinal actions and to create a more sophisticated fragrance. In purfumery many oils are blended together. For therapeutic purposes it is unusual to mix more than four oils together. When blending oils at home it is best to mix no more than two or three oils. This is because blending has been shown to alter the molecular structure of essential oils and you may end up with a blend that acts differently from what you had intended. Make sure the properties of the oils are complementary.

Blending Guidelines

Choose two or three oils which you believe complement each other. Generally all flower oils work well together; woody oils enhance the resinous oils and other woody essences; the essential oils derived from herbs tend to blend harmoniously with each other; and the range of oils from fruits blend well with essences from their own botanical family .Mix a blend using a little of the strongest scented oils and more of the lighter fragrances. The best blend is usually the one you find most appealing.

Storing Oils

Essential oils are very volatile, ie they evaporate quickly when exposed to the air. Air will also cause oxidisation of the oils, and they are also affected by light and heat. Always buy and store your essential oils in brown amber glass bottles with air-tight, child-proof caps. Keep them in a cool dark place such as a refrigerator if it is kept at a reasonable temperature. Most essential oils, if stored correctly, will keep for up to two years. Some citrus oils such as Orange and Grapefruit may only be effectively used for up to six months. They will then go cloudy through oxidization. Some oils like Sandalwood, Frankincense and Patchouli actually mature and mellow with age. Once blended with other oils, and in carriers, oils will begin to oxidise, weaken and go rancid. This process, however, does take three months or more, and if you store your blends under the same conditions as your essential oils they should be perfectly satisfactory if used within the three months.

Safety Precautions

Warning: Never use essential oils directly on to the skin. Never take essential oils by mouth. If swallowed accidentally, eat bread, drink plenty of milk, and seek professional help. Always consult a qualified practitioner for advice and treatment:
  • If you are pregnant
  • Have an allergy
  • Have a chronic medical condition such as high blood pressure or epilepsy
  • Are receiving medical or psychiatric treatment Are taking homeopathic remedies
  • When treating babies or very young children




100% Pure Lavandin Grosso Essential Oil Supplied In A 10ml Amber Glass Bottle, With Tamper Evident Dropper Cap To Ensure Perfect Quality.

Botanical Name: Lavandula Hybrida.

Country Of Origin: France.

Extraction Method: Steam Distillation.

Aroma: Lavandin Grosso Essential Oil has a strong, somewhat piercing camphor like smell with some light, floral undertones characteristic of Lavender.

General: Lavandin Grosso Essential Oil is used almost exclusively for scent. Many commercial manufacturers use both Lavandin Grosso and Lavandin Super as replacements for Lavender 40/42. However, it should be noted that Lavandin Grosso has a much rougher, camphor type fragrance that is not as well rounded as traditional Lavender 40/42.

Blends Well With: Lavandin Grosso Essential Oil blends well with most oils but has a tendency to overpower with heavy camphor overtones.


Methods Of Use (And General Help & Information About Essential Oils)

There are many ways of using essential oils, and at least one of them will be right for you. Essential oils are the basic tools of aromatherapy. The oils, which are extracted from plants, can be used to treat all systems of the mind, and imbalances of the emotions. There are many ways to use essential oils. Professional aromatherapists tend to favor massage as the most effective way of getting oils into the body. Massage also increases the healing potential of aromatherapy. The medicinal properties of the essential oils and the nurturing power of touch combine to form a potent healing treatment. Massage can be relaxing or energizing, it can sooth the nervous system or boost the blood and lymphatic systems to improve pysical and mental functioning. Not least among its benefits is the way it can ease pain and tension from tense or overworked muscles and lift the spirits. Whenever possible, try to include massage in your home aromatherapy treatments; where this is not possible, use any of the other methods mentioned below. It is not an exhaustive list and you may well know, or you may discover, other methods.

Room Burner (oil burner; lamp ring; diffuser; vaporiser)

Room burners are specifically made for use with essential oils. You can buy them in many different shapes, sizes, designs and patterns. They can be electric, radiator fragrancer, candle powered or a ceramic light bulb ring that is heated by a light bulb, but most are ceramic oil burners warmed by a small candle. Also remember that a glazed ceramic oil burner will not crack, burn or stain, and is easy to keep clean. Always try to use good quality night lights with a good quality wick so that it will not smell when alight or smoke when blown out.

How to use: Place a small amount of cold water in the bowl, enough to fill it but leaving some space for water expansion. The essential oils of your choice are then dropped into the water ( 6-8 drops will normally be used depending on the size of the bowl and the amount of water being used). Place the candle in the chamber, light it and leave in a safe place. Use for 25-30 minutes this will, of course, depend on the size of the room or house etc.

Benefits: Psychological conditions can be treated very effectively with a room burner. Headaches respond well to this method and all respiratory problems can be treated in this way. A major use of the room burner is to scent and purify the air, clear germs and create a 'therapeutic atmosphere'.

Aromatic Baths

Aromatic baths are one of the most convenient and health-giving methods of using pure essential oils. When used in this way these healing essences not only affect the physical body but the mental and emotional levels too. They can be detoxifying, relaxing, invigorating, emotionally uplifting and sensual. To some degree all essential oils have antibacterial properties, especially lavender and bergamot, while some like eucalyptus and tea tree are also effective when treating viruses. So regular aromatic baths can be useful to help prevent and treat a range of common ailments as well as uplifting or calming the emotions. These qualities plus the way the essences are readily absorbed by the body makes aromatic bathing an essential and luxurious addition to everyday life.

Recipes For Aromatic Baths

Invigorating bath: For an enlivening start to the day use the following blend of essential oils in a warm bath. To enhance the effect finish with a cool shower or splash your body briefly with cold water. For a more fruity aroma add 3 drops of lemon oil instead of geranium.
  • Sweet basil oil = 2 drops
  • Geranium oil = 3 drops
  • Rosemary = 4 drops

Relaxing bath: For a deeply relaxing bath at the end of the day add the following essential oils to a full, warm bath. For a more floral quality add 3 drops of neroli oil instead of sweet marjoram.
  • Clary sage oil = 3 drops
  • Lavender oil = 4 drops
  • Sweet marjoram oil = 3 drops

Revitalising bath: This combination of essences in a warm bath is ideal to use when you've had a long day and need re-energising. For a less fruity aroma but equally reviving effect add 3 drops of rosewood instead of grapefruit oil.
  • Geranium oil = 3 drops
  • Grapefruit oil = 3 drops
  • Myrtle = 4 drops

Emotionally uplifting bath: To melt away stressful or negative thoughts and uplift your spirits use the following combination of essential oils in a warm bath. Soak for at least 15 minutes inhaling the aromatic vapours. If you feel like treating yourself add 2 drops of rose or jasmine essential oil instead of petitgrain.
  • Bergamot oil = 4 drops
  • Clary sage oil = 3 drops
  • Petitgrain = 3 drops

Sensual bath: For a sensual bath for one or two add the following essential oils to a warm bath. Do make sure the blend is pleasing to both of you. For a more 'earthy' aroma use 3 drops of patchouli instead of myrtle oil, or leave out rose and myrtle altogether and substitute them with 3 drops of jasmine.
  • Sandalwood oil = 4 drops
  • Myrtle oil = 3 drops
  • Rose oil = 1 drops
  • Ylang Ylang oil = 2 drops

Purifying bath: Use this bath to help strengthen the body and combat infections like colds and flu. If desired use 2 drops of penetrating eucalyptus instead of bergamot oil.
  • Bergamot oil = 3 drops
  • Lavender oil = 4 drops
  • Tea Tree = 3 drops

Children's bath: If children see you relaxing in a fragrant bath it won't be long before they want one too! Mix the following essential oils into 2 to 3 teaspoons of base oil, then add warm water to create a delightful bath. The dosages are suitable for children over six years old. This combination is ideal for bedtime as it soothes the emotions.
  • Mandarin oil = 3 drops
  • Lavender oil = 3 drops

How to use: First ask yourself what effect you'd like from your aromatic bath, then select an essential oil whose aroma pleases you and also suits your physical and emotional needs. For example, if you have a cold, lavender oil will help to combat infection and has a very relaxing effect, on the other hand bergamot oil combines the ability to fight infection and induces an emotionally uplifting effect. Use only two or three essences in the bath. When you know each one very well you may choose to use a maximum of four, although just two can often have a more powerful effect than four - less generally means more with essential oils.
Fill the bath, add the essential oil(s) (up to 6 drops or as directed), then agitate the water to disperse the oil(s). Soak in the bath for at least 10 minutes, and make sure the bathroom door is closed so that you get the benefit of inhaling the aroma as well as getting the oil directly into the body via the water. For some conditions, or if preferred, the essential oils can be diluted in a massage carrier oil first, which will help to disperse the oil throughout the water. Alternatively, use ready blended (in carrier oil) or specially formulated bath oil, which has the added benefits of moisturising the body, giving a bubble/foam bath and helping to carry the essential oil out of the bath.

Benefits: The use of oils in a bath is useful for all conditions but will be particularly beneficial for muscular and skin conditions, while respiratory problems will benefit from the inhalation of the aroma. Stress, anxiety and other mental health problems will also be improved. Anyone suffering with insomnia will find a pre-retiring bath with Lavender, Bergamot, Petitgrain, Neroli as well as other oils a great aid to restful sleep.

Lotions And Creams

Essential oils can be added to fragrance-free lotions or creams, but make sure that you use a very good quality product that if preferably lanolin free (some people are sensitive to lanolin).

How to use: Add the essential oil(s) to a dark amber glass jar to help preserve the oil and prevent it from reacting with a plastic bottle. The recommended dosage is approximately 1-2 drops of essential oil to every 5mg of cream or 5ml of lotions. Apply lotion to the skin and rub until completely absorbed. Cream should be applied to the skin and gently rubbed in. Leave the rest to sit on the surface of the skin and gradually release the oil into the body and the aroma into the nose.

Benefits: This is a particularly good way of treating most skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, which will benefit greatly. A lotion is an excellent way to get essential oils rapidly into the bloodstream and is therefore useful for treating conditions such as circulation problems. Lotions and creams can be effectively used for headaches, while creams are a good way of treating respiratory conditions. Both are an essential medium for general body and skin care.

Inhalation

Inhalation is very useful for relieving congestion, easing catarrh and soothing the respiratory tract. The method of covering the head with a towel and inhaling the vapour from eucalyptus and camphor is still very popular today.

How to use: Pour a pint of very hot water into a bowl, then add up to 3-4 drops of essential oil(s) to the water. Cover your head with a towel and then lean over the bowl, keeping your head about 10 or 12 inches above the bowl. Keep your eyes closed and then inhale the vapours for a few minutes, then lean back and relax for a couple of minutes. Repeat for up to 10 minutes or as long as is comfortable. Repeat several times a day if required. A facial steamer may be used instead of a bowl with 3-5 drops of essential oil(s).

Benefits: Respiratory conditions will benefit most from this treatment method. Eucalyptus, Scots Pine, Niaouli and several other oils are excellent decongestants renowned for their ability to help most respiratory conditions. Inhalation is also a good way of treating facial skin problems as its effect is the same as that achieved by a facial sauna.

Compress

Compresses can be either hot or cold depending on the condition that is being treated. It is well-known and frequently used treatment method for sports injuries in particular, though its uses are much wider than this and can be very effective for pain, swelling and inflammation.

How to use: The method is the same whether hot or cold. Add up to 5 drops of essential oil(s) to a basin or bowl of hot or icy cold water. Use a face-cloth, lined pad, cotton wool or other absorbent fabric and dip this into water. Wring out the excess and place the pad on the affected area. Once the compress has achieved body temperature, renew it and continue as required. A hot compress can be held in place with crepe bandage on joints or with cling-film on larger areas, for example the lower back.

Benefits: Most conditions characterized by 'aches', for example earache, backache, etc, should be treated with hot compresses, while sprains, fevers, inflammations and headaches should be treated with cold compresses. Sprains and varicose veins respond very well to the 'hot/cold' treatment, ie start with a cold compress then alternate between hot and cold compresses over the next few days, finishing with a cold one.

Massage

Massage is a method favored by professional aromatherapists, who usually carry out a full body massage. Specific essential oils are chosen to suit the condition and temperament of the patient, and blended with a base oil, such as sweet almond oil or grapeseed oil.

How to use: The essential oil content in a blend should usually be between 1 per cent and 3 per cent depending on the type of disorder. As a general rule, physical ailments like rheumatism or indigestion demand a stronger concentration than the more emotional or nervous conditions. A rough guideline is to say that 20 drops of essential oil is equivalent to one milliliter, so to make a blend it is possible to use the following proportions:
  • 20 to 60 drops of essential oil to 100ml of base oil.
  • 7 to 25 drops of essential oil to 25ml of base oil.
  • 3 to 5 drops of essential oil to 1 tsp of base oil.

Benefits: Massage is a relaxing and nourishing experience in itself, not least because of the unspoken communication based on touch, but it also ensures that the oils are effectively absorbed through the skin and into the bloodstream. For general well-being it is beneficial to practice self-massage on specific areas of the body, especially concentrating on the feet and hands. It is also useful to rub those. It is also useful to rub those particular parts of the body that are causing discomfort; for example, peppermint ( in dilution) can be rubbed on the stomach in a clock-wise direction to ease indigestion; Marjoram can help to relax the neck and shoulders if they are stiff.

Other Methods

There are many other methods of using essential oils. The following is a brief summary of some of them.

Room Sprays

Make a home-made room spray using a sprayer that has been thoroughly cleaned, to provide your own favorite aromas to freshen your home. It is perfectly possible to make a room spray using a simple solution of cold water with added essential oils (stick to a 5 drops to 10ml maximum). This will mean that every time you use it you will have to make sure you shake it vigorously to disperse the oils in the water. You can 'fix' the aroma and also help to disperse the oils equally in the water by using distilled water (boiled then cooled water) and adding 10 per cent alcohol (preferably vodka).

Radiators And Humidifiers

Drops of oil can be placed in a saucer of water placed on top of a radiator, radiator fragrancer, or on to a ball of damp cotton wool placed behind the radiator. Drops of oil can also be added to the water in a humidifier. All these methods can be used as an alternative to a room burner.

Foot Bath

For foot problems, and as a way of introducing essential oils into the body for other problems, a foot bath can be used. This can either be a piece of equipment specially made for the purpose or a bowl of warm water. Add 2-4 drops of oil to the bath, disperse and immerse feet for up to 20 minutes; adding a bath carrier will help. A hand bath can achieve the same result for hand problems, and achieved in the same way, but only immerse for 10 minutes.

Tissue/Handkerchief/Pillow

Any method that allows inhalation of the oils is an alternative to steam inhalation. Some specific methods not mentioned so far are a tissue/handkerchief - add 1 or 2 drops of oil to your pillow at night so that the oil can be inhaled throughout the night.

Pot-pourri

Although not a recognized therapeutic method, a pot-pourri is a pleasant way of creating an aromatic atmosphere in a house or other rooms in the home. Adding essential oils to a pot-pourri will fragrance a room and introduce the essential oils into the body through inhalation.

Blending Oils

Essential oils can be used alone or blended together. Oils are blended for two reasons: to enhance or change their medicinal actions and to create a more sophisticated fragrance. In purfumery many oils are blended together. For therapeutic purposes it is unusual to mix more than four oils together. When blending oils at home it is best to mix no more than two or three oils. This is because blending has been shown to alter the molecular structure of essential oils and you may end up with a blend that acts differently from what you had intended. Make sure the properties of the oils are complementary.

Blending Guidelines

Choose two or three oils which you believe complement each other. Generally all flower oils work well together; woody oils enhance the resinous oils and other woody essences; the essential oils derived from herbs tend to blend harmoniously with each other; and the range of oils from fruits blend well with essences from their own botanical family .Mix a blend using a little of the strongest scented oils and more of the lighter fragrances. The best blend is usually the one you find most appealing.

Storing Oils

Essential oils are very volatile, ie they evaporate quickly when exposed to the air. Air will also cause oxidisation of the oils, and they are also affected by light and heat. Always buy and store your essential oils in brown amber glass bottles with air-tight, child-proof caps. Keep them in a cool dark place such as a refrigerator if it is kept at a reasonable temperature. Most essential oils, if stored correctly, will keep for up to two years. Some citrus oils such as Orange and Grapefruit may only be effectively used for up to six months. They will then go cloudy through oxidization. Some oils like Sandalwood, Frankincense and Patchouli actually mature and mellow with age. Once blended with other oils, and in carriers, oils will begin to oxidise, weaken and go rancid. This process, however, does take three months or more, and if you store your blends under the same conditions as your essential oils they should be perfectly satisfactory if used within the three months.

Safety Precautions

Warning: Never use essential oils directly on to the skin. Never take essential oils by mouth. If swallowed accidentally, eat bread, drink plenty of milk, and seek professional help. Always consult a qualified practitioner for advice and treatment:
  • If you are pregnant
  • Have an allergy
  • Have a chronic medical condition such as high blood pressure or epilepsy
  • Are receiving medical or psychiatric treatment Are taking homeopathic remedies
  • When treating babies or very young children






100% Pure Lemon Essential Oil Supplied In A 10ml Amber Glass Bottle, With Tamper Evident Dropper Cap To Ensure Perfect Quality.



Botanical Name: Citrus limonum.

Country Of Origin: Italy.

Family Name: Rutaceae.

Aroma: A citrus fragrance - fresh and sharp.

General: Lemon is cold pressed from the lemon peel. It has a fresh lemon scent.

Some Traditional Uses: To balance the nervous system, as a disinfectant, to refresh and uplift, for purifying the body. May cause skin sensitivity to the sun or irritate sensitive skin.

Emotional Profile: To relieve bitter resentment, distrust, irrational thinking, apathy.

Blends Well With: Lavender, rose, ylang ylang, neroli, chamomile, juniper, benzoin, frankincense, black pepper, basil, sandalwood. Other oils such as orange, lime, bergamot.




Methods Of Use (And General Help & Information About Essential Oils)

There are many ways of using essential oils, and at least one of them will be right for you. Essential oils are the basic tools of aromatherapy. The oils, which are extracted from plants, can be used to treat all systems of the mind, and imbalances of the emotions. There are many ways to use essential oils. Professional aromatherapists tend to favor massage as the most effective way of getting oils into the body. Massage also increases the healing potential of aromatherapy. The medicinal properties of the essential oils and the nurturing power of touch combine to form a potent healing treatment. Massage can be relaxing or energizing, it can sooth the nervous system or boost the blood and lymphatic systems to improve pysical and mental functioning. Not least among its benefits is the way it can ease pain and tension from tense or overworked muscles and lift the spirits. Whenever possible, try to include massage in your home aromatherapy treatments; where this is not possible, use any of the other methods mentioned below. It is not an exhaustive list and you may well know, or you may discover, other methods.

Room Burner (oil burner; lamp ring; diffuser; vaporiser)

Room burners are specifically made for use with essential oils. You can buy them in many different shapes, sizes, designs and patterns. They can be electric, radiator fragrancer, candle powered or a ceramic light bulb ring that is heated by a light bulb, but most are ceramic oil burners warmed by a small candle. Also remember that a glazed ceramic oil burner will not crack, burn or stain, and is easy to keep clean. Always try to use good quality night lights with a good quality wick so that it will not smell when alight or smoke when blown out.

How to use: Place a small amount of cold water in the bowl, enough to fill it but leaving some space for water expansion. The essential oils of your choice are then dropped into the water ( 6-8 drops will normally be used depending on the size of the bowl and the amount of water being used). Place the candle in the chamber, light it and leave in a safe place. Use for 25-30 minutes this will, of course, depend on the size of the room or house etc.

Benefits: Psychological conditions can be treated very effectively with a room burner. Headaches respond well to this method and all respiratory problems can be treated in this way. A major use of the room burner is to scent and purify the air, clear germs and create a 'therapeutic atmosphere'.

Aromatic Baths

Aromatic baths are one of the most convenient and health-giving methods of using pure essential oils. When used in this way these healing essences not only affect the physical body but the mental and emotional levels too. They can be detoxifying, relaxing, invigorating, emotionally uplifting and sensual. To some degree all essential oils have antibacterial properties, especially lavender and bergamot, while some like eucalyptus and tea tree are also effective when treating viruses. So regular aromatic baths can be useful to help prevent and treat a range of common ailments as well as uplifting or calming the emotions. These qualities plus the way the essences are readily absorbed by the body makes aromatic bathing an essential and luxurious addition to everyday life.

Recipes For Aromatic Baths

Invigorating bath: For an enlivening start to the day use the following blend of essential oils in a warm bath. To enhance the effect finish with a cool shower or splash your body briefly with cold water. For a more fruity aroma add 3 drops of lemon oil instead of geranium.
  • Sweet basil oil = 2 drops
  • Geranium oil = 3 drops
  • Rosemary = 4 drops

Relaxing bath: For a deeply relaxing bath at the end of the day add the following essential oils to a full, warm bath. For a more floral quality add 3 drops of neroli oil instead of sweet marjoram.
  • Clary sage oil = 3 drops
  • Lavender oil = 4 drops
  • Sweet marjoram oil = 3 drops

Revitalising bath: This combination of essences in a warm bath is ideal to use when you've had a long day and need re-energising. For a less fruity aroma but equally reviving effect add 3 drops of rosewood instead of grapefruit oil.
  • Geranium oil = 3 drops
  • Grapefruit oil = 3 drops
  • Myrtle = 4 drops

Emotionally uplifting bath: To melt away stressful or negative thoughts and uplift your spirits use the following combination of essential oils in a warm bath. Soak for at least 15 minutes inhaling the aromatic vapours. If you feel like treating yourself add 2 drops of rose or jasmine essential oil instead of petitgrain.
  • Bergamot oil = 4 drops
  • Clary sage oil = 3 drops
  • Petitgrain = 3 drops

Sensual bath: For a sensual bath for one or two add the following essential oils to a warm bath. Do make sure the blend is pleasing to both of you. For a more 'earthy' aroma use 3 drops of patchouli instead of myrtle oil, or leave out rose and myrtle altogether and substitute them with 3 drops of jasmine.
  • Sandalwood oil = 4 drops
  • Myrtle oil = 3 drops
  • Rose oil = 1 drops
  • Ylang Ylang oil = 2 drops

Purifying bath: Use this bath to help strengthen the body and combat infections like colds and flu. If desired use 2 drops of penetrating eucalyptus instead of bergamot oil.
  • Bergamot oil = 3 drops
  • Lavender oil = 4 drops
  • Tea Tree = 3 drops

Children's bath: If children see you relaxing in a fragrant bath it won't be long before they want one too! Mix the following essential oils into 2 to 3 teaspoons of base oil, then add warm water to create a delightful bath. The dosages are suitable for children over six years old. This combination is ideal for bedtime as it soothes the emotions.
  • Mandarin oil = 3 drops
  • Lavender oil = 3 drops

How to use: First ask yourself what effect you'd like from your aromatic bath, then select an essential oil whose aroma pleases you and also suits your physical and emotional needs. For example, if you have a cold, lavender oil will help to combat infection and has a very relaxing effect, on the other hand bergamot oil combines the ability to fight infection and induces an emotionally uplifting effect. Use only two or three essences in the bath. When you know each one very well you may choose to use a maximum of four, although just two can often have a more powerful effect than four - less generally means more with essential oils.
Fill the bath, add the essential oil(s) (up to 6 drops or as directed), then agitate the water to disperse the oil(s). Soak in the bath for at least 10 minutes, and make sure the bathroom door is closed so that you get the benefit of inhaling the aroma as well as getting the oil directly into the body via the water. For some conditions, or if preferred, the essential oils can be diluted in a massage carrier oil first, which will help to disperse the oil throughout the water. Alternatively, use ready blended (in carrier oil) or specially formulated bath oil, which has the added benefits of moisturising the body, giving a bubble/foam bath and helping to carry the essential oil out of the bath.

Benefits: The use of oils in a bath is useful for all conditions but will be particularly beneficial for muscular and skin conditions, while respiratory problems will benefit from the inhalation of the aroma. Stress, anxiety and other mental health problems will also be improved. Anyone suffering with insomnia will find a pre-retiring bath with Lavender, Bergamot, Petitgrain, Neroli as well as other oils a great aid to restful sleep.

Lotions And Creams

Essential oils can be added to fragrance-free lotions or creams, but make sure that you use a very good quality product that if preferably lanolin free (some people are sensitive to lanolin).

How to use: Add the essential oil(s) to a dark amber glass jar to help preserve the oil and prevent it from reacting with a plastic bottle. The recommended dosage is approximately 1-2 drops of essential oil to every 5mg of cream or 5ml of lotions. Apply lotion to the skin and rub until completely absorbed. Cream should be applied to the skin and gently rubbed in. Leave the rest to sit on the surface of the skin and gradually release the oil into the body and the aroma into the nose.

Benefits: This is a particularly good way of treating most skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, which will benefit greatly. A lotion is an excellent way to get essential oils rapidly into the bloodstream and is therefore useful for treating conditions such as circulation problems. Lotions and creams can be effectively used for headaches, while creams are a good way of treating respiratory conditions. Both are an essential medium for general body and skin care.

Inhalation

Inhalation is very useful for relieving congestion, easing catarrh and soothing the respiratory tract. The method of covering the head with a towel and inhaling the vapour from eucalyptus and camphor is still very popular today.

How to use: Pour a pint of very hot water into a bowl, then add up to 3-4 drops of essential oil(s) to the water. Cover your head with a towel and then lean over the bowl, keeping your head about 10 or 12 inches above the bowl. Keep your eyes closed and then inhale the vapours for a few minutes, then lean back and relax for a couple of minutes. Repeat for up to 10 minutes or as long as is comfortable. Repeat several times a day if required. A facial steamer may be used instead of a bowl with 3-5 drops of essential oil(s).

Benefits: Respiratory conditions will benefit most from this treatment method. Eucalyptus, Scots Pine, Niaouli and several other oils are excellent decongestants renowned for their ability to help most respiratory conditions. Inhalation is also a good way of treating facial skin problems as its effect is the same as that achieved by a facial sauna.

Compress

Compresses can be either hot or cold depending on the condition that is being treated. It is well-known and frequently used treatment method for sports injuries in particular, though its uses are much wider than this and can be very effective for pain, swelling and inflammation.

How to use: The method is the same whether hot or cold. Add up to 5 drops of essential oil(s) to a basin or bowl of hot or icy cold water. Use a face-cloth, lined pad, cotton wool or other absorbent fabric and dip this into water. Wring out the excess and place the pad on the affected area. Once the compress has achieved body temperature, renew it and continue as required. A hot compress can be held in place with crepe bandage on joints or with cling-film on larger areas, for example the lower back.

Benefits: Most conditions characterized by 'aches', for example earache, backache, etc, should be treated with hot compresses, while sprains, fevers, inflammations and headaches should be treated with cold compresses. Sprains and varicose veins respond very well to the 'hot/cold' treatment, ie start with a cold compress then alternate between hot and cold compresses over the next few days, finishing with a cold one.

Massage

Massage is a method favored by professional aromatherapists, who usually carry out a full body massage. Specific essential oils are chosen to suit the condition and temperament of the patient, and blended with a base oil, such as sweet almond oil or grapeseed oil.

How to use: The essential oil content in a blend should usually be between 1 per cent and 3 per cent depending on the type of disorder. As a general rule, physical ailments like rheumatism or indigestion demand a stronger concentration than the more emotional or nervous conditions. A rough guideline is to say that 20 drops of essential oil is equivalent to one milliliter, so to make a blend it is possible to use the following proportions:
  • 20 to 60 drops of essential oil to 100ml of base oil.
  • 7 to 25 drops of essential oil to 25ml of base oil.
  • 3 to 5 drops of essential oil to 1 tsp of base oil.

Benefits: Massage is a relaxing and nourishing experience in itself, not least because of the unspoken communication based on touch, but it also ensures that the oils are effectively absorbed through the skin and into the bloodstream. For general well-being it is beneficial to practice self-massage on specific areas of the body, especially concentrating on the feet and hands. It is also useful to rub those. It is also useful to rub those particular parts of the body that are causing discomfort; for example, peppermint ( in dilution) can be rubbed on the stomach in a clock-wise direction to ease indigestion; Marjoram can help to relax the neck and shoulders if they are stiff.

Other Methods

There are many other methods of using essential oils. The following is a brief summary of some of them.

Room Sprays

Make a home-made room spray using a sprayer that has been thoroughly cleaned, to provide your own favorite aromas to freshen your home. It is perfectly possible to make a room spray using a simple solution of cold water with added essential oils (stick to a 5 drops to 10ml maximum). This will mean that every time you use it you will have to make sure you shake it vigorously to disperse the oils in the water. You can 'fix' the aroma and also help to disperse the oils equally in the water by using distilled water (boiled then cooled water) and adding 10 per cent alcohol (preferably vodka).

Radiators And Humidifiers

Drops of oil can be placed in a saucer of water placed on top of a radiator, radiator fragrancer, or on to a ball of damp cotton wool placed behind the radiator. Drops of oil can also be added to the water in a humidifier. All these methods can be used as an alternative to a room burner.

Foot Bath

For foot problems, and as a way of introducing essential oils into the body for other problems, a foot bath can be used. This can either be a piece of equipment specially made for the purpose or a bowl of warm water. Add 2-4 drops of oil to the bath, disperse and immerse feet for up to 20 minutes; adding a bath carrier will help. A hand bath can achieve the same result for hand problems, and achieved in the same way, but only immerse for 10 minutes.

Tissue/Handkerchief/Pillow

Any method that allows inhalation of the oils is an alternative to steam inhalation. Some specific methods not mentioned so far are a tissue/handkerchief - add 1 or 2 drops of oil to your pillow at night so that the oil can be inhaled throughout the night.

Pot-pourri

Although not a recognized therapeutic method, a pot-pourri is a pleasant way of creating an aromatic atmosphere in a house or other rooms in the home. Adding essential oils to a pot-pourri will fragrance a room and introduce the essential oils into the body through inhalation.

Blending Oils

Essential oils can be used alone or blended together. Oils are blended for two reasons: to enhance or change their medicinal actions and to create a more sophisticated fragrance. In purfumery many oils are blended together. For therapeutic purposes it is unusual to mix more than four oils together. When blending oils at home it is best to mix no more than two or three oils. This is because blending has been shown to alter the molecular structure of essential oils and you may end up with a blend that acts differently from what you had intended. Make sure the properties of the oils are complementary.

Blending Guidelines

Choose two or three oils which you believe complement each other. Generally all flower oils work well together; woody oils enhance the resinous oils and other woody essences; the essential oils derived from herbs tend to blend harmoniously with each other; and the range of oils from fruits blend well with essences from their own botanical family .Mix a blend using a little of the strongest scented oils and more of the lighter fragrances. The best blend is usually the one you find most appealing.

Storing Oils

Essential oils are very volatile, ie they evaporate quickly when exposed to the air. Air will also cause oxidisation of the oils, and they are also affected by light and heat. Always buy and store your essential oils in brown amber glass bottles with air-tight, child-proof caps. Keep them in a cool dark place such as a refrigerator if it is kept at a reasonable temperature. Most essential oils, if stored correctly, will keep for up to two years. Some citrus oils such as Orange and Grapefruit may only be effectively used for up to six months. They will then go cloudy through oxidization. Some oils like Sandalwood, Frankincense and Patchouli actually mature and mellow with age. Once blended with other oils, and in carriers, oils will begin to oxidise, weaken and go rancid. This process, however, does take three months or more, and if you store your blends under the same conditions as your essential oils they should be perfectly satisfactory if used within the three months.

Safety Precautions

Warning: Never use essential oils directly on to the skin. Never take essential oils by mouth. If swallowed accidentally, eat bread, drink plenty of milk, and seek professional help. Always consult a qualified practitioner for advice and treatment:
  • If you are pregnant
  • Have an allergy
  • Have a chronic medical condition such as high blood pressure or epilepsy
  • Are receiving medical or psychiatric treatment Are taking homeopathic remedies
  • When treating babies or very young children






100% Pure Lemon Organic Essential Oil Supplied In A 10ml Amber Glass Bottle, With Tamper Evident Dropper Cap To Ensure Perfect Quality.



Fully certified.

Botanical Name: Citrus limonum.

Country Of Origin: Italy.

Family Name: Rutaceae.

Aroma: A citrus fragrance - fresh and sharp.

General: Lemon is cold pressed from the lemon peel. It has a fresh lemon scent.

Some Traditional Uses: To balance the nervous system, as a disinfectant, to refresh and uplift, for purifying the body. May cause skin sensitivity to the sun or irritate sensitive skin.

Emotional Profile: To relieve bitter resentment, distrust, irrational thinking, apathy.

Blends Well With: Lavender, rose, ylang ylang, neroli, chamomile, juniper, benzoin, frankincense, black pepper, basil, sandalwood. Other oils such as orange, lime, bergamot.

organic bergamot essential oil




Methods Of Use (And General Help & Information About Essential Oils)

There are many ways of using essential oils, and at least one of them will be right for you. Essential oils are the basic tools of aromatherapy. The oils, which are extracted from plants, can be used to treat all systems of the mind, and imbalances of the emotions. There are many ways to use essential oils. Professional aromatherapists tend to favor massage as the most effective way of getting oils into the body. Massage also increases the healing potential of aromatherapy. The medicinal properties of the essential oils and the nurturing power of touch combine to form a potent healing treatment. Massage can be relaxing or energizing, it can sooth the nervous system or boost the blood and lymphatic systems to improve pysical and mental functioning. Not least among its benefits is the way it can ease pain and tension from tense or overworked muscles and lift the spirits. Whenever possible, try to include massage in your home aromatherapy treatments; where this is not possible, use any of the other methods mentioned below. It is not an exhaustive list and you may well know, or you may discover, other methods.

Room Burner (oil burner; lamp ring; diffuser; vaporiser)

Room burners are specifically made for use with essential oils. You can buy them in many different shapes, sizes, designs and patterns. They can be electric, radiator fragrancer, candle powered or a ceramic light bulb ring that is heated by a light bulb, but most are ceramic oil burners warmed by a small candle. Also remember that a glazed ceramic oil burner will not crack, burn or stain, and is easy to keep clean. Always try to use good quality night lights with a good quality wick so that it will not smell when alight or smoke when blown out.

How to use: Place a small amount of cold water in the bowl, enough to fill it but leaving some space for water expansion. The essential oils of your choice are then dropped into the water ( 6-8 drops will normally be used depending on the size of the bowl and the amount of water being used). Place the candle in the chamber, light it and leave in a safe place. Use for 25-30 minutes this will, of course, depend on the size of the room or house etc.

Benefits: Psychological conditions can be treated very effectively with a room burner. Headaches respond well to this method and all respiratory problems can be treated in this way. A major use of the room burner is to scent and purify the air, clear germs and create a 'therapeutic atmosphere'.

Aromatic Baths

Aromatic baths are one of the most convenient and health-giving methods of using pure essential oils. When used in this way these healing essences not only affect the physical body but the mental and emotional levels too. They can be detoxifying, relaxing, invigorating, emotionally uplifting and sensual. To some degree all essential oils have antibacterial properties, especially lavender and bergamot, while some like eucalyptus and tea tree are also effective when treating viruses. So regular aromatic baths can be useful to help prevent and treat a range of common ailments as well as uplifting or calming the emotions. These qualities plus the way the essences are readily absorbed by the body makes aromatic bathing an essential and luxurious addition to everyday life.

Recipes For Aromatic Baths

Invigorating bath: For an enlivening start to the day use the following blend of essential oils in a warm bath. To enhance the effect finish with a cool shower or splash your body briefly with cold water. For a more fruity aroma add 3 drops of lemon oil instead of geranium.
  • Sweet basil oil = 2 drops
  • Geranium oil = 3 drops
  • Rosemary = 4 drops

Relaxing bath: For a deeply relaxing bath at the end of the day add the following essential oils to a full, warm bath. For a more floral quality add 3 drops of neroli oil instead of sweet marjoram.
  • Clary sage oil = 3 drops
  • Lavender oil = 4 drops
  • Sweet marjoram oil = 3 drops

Revitalising bath: This combination of essences in a warm bath is ideal to use when you've had a long day and need re-energising. For a less fruity aroma but equally reviving effect add 3 drops of rosewood instead of grapefruit oil.
  • Geranium oil = 3 drops
  • Grapefruit oil = 3 drops
  • Myrtle = 4 drops

Emotionally uplifting bath: To melt away stressful or negative thoughts and uplift your spirits use the following combination of essential oils in a warm bath. Soak for at least 15 minutes inhaling the aromatic vapours. If you feel like treating yourself add 2 drops of rose or jasmine essential oil instead of petitgrain.
  • Bergamot oil = 4 drops
  • Clary sage oil = 3 drops
  • Petitgrain = 3 drops

Sensual bath: For a sensual bath for one or two add the following essential oils to a warm bath. Do make sure the blend is pleasing to both of you. For a more 'earthy' aroma use 3 drops of patchouli instead of myrtle oil, or leave out rose and myrtle altogether and substitute them with 3 drops of jasmine.
  • Sandalwood oil = 4 drops
  • Myrtle oil = 3 drops
  • Rose oil = 1 drops
  • Ylang Ylang oil = 2 drops

Purifying bath: Use this bath to help strengthen the body and combat infections like colds and flu. If desired use 2 drops of penetrating eucalyptus instead of bergamot oil.
  • Bergamot oil = 3 drops
  • Lavender oil = 4 drops
  • Tea Tree = 3 drops

Children's bath: If children see you relaxing in a fragrant bath it won't be long before they want one too! Mix the following essential oils into 2 to 3 teaspoons of base oil, then add warm water to create a delightful bath. The dosages are suitable for children over six years old. This combination is ideal for bedtime as it soothes the emotions.
  • Mandarin oil = 3 drops
  • Lavender oil = 3 drops

How to use: First ask yourself what effect you'd like from your aromatic bath, then select an essential oil whose aroma pleases you and also suits your physical and emotional needs. For example, if you have a cold, lavender oil will help to combat infection and has a very relaxing effect, on the other hand bergamot oil combines the ability to fight infection and induces an emotionally uplifting effect. Use only two or three essences in the bath. When you know each one very well you may choose to use a maximum of four, although just two can often have a more powerful effect than four - less generally means more with essential oils.
Fill the bath, add the essential oil(s) (up to 6 drops or as directed), then agitate the water to disperse the oil(s). Soak in the bath for at least 10 minutes, and make sure the bathroom door is closed so that you get the benefit of inhaling the aroma as well as getting the oil directly into the body via the water. For some conditions, or if preferred, the essential oils can be diluted in a massage carrier oil first, which will help to disperse the oil throughout the water. Alternatively, use ready blended (in carrier oil) or specially formulated bath oil, which has the added benefits of moisturising the body, giving a bubble/foam bath and helping to carry the essential oil out of the bath.

Benefits: The use of oils in a bath is useful for all conditions but will be particularly beneficial for muscular and skin conditions, while respiratory problems will benefit from the inhalation of the aroma. Stress, anxiety and other mental health problems will also be improved. Anyone suffering with insomnia will find a pre-retiring bath with Lavender, Bergamot, Petitgrain, Neroli as well as other oils a great aid to restful sleep.

Lotions And Creams

Essential oils can be added to fragrance-free lotions or creams, but make sure that you use a very good quality product that if preferably lanolin free (some people are sensitive to lanolin).

How to use: Add the essential oil(s) to a dark amber glass jar to help preserve the oil and prevent it from reacting with a plastic bottle. The recommended dosage is approximately 1-2 drops of essential oil to every 5mg of cream or 5ml of lotions. Apply lotion to the skin and rub until completely absorbed. Cream should be applied to the skin and gently rubbed in. Leave the rest to sit on the surface of the skin and gradually release the oil into the body and the aroma into the nose.

Benefits: This is a particularly good way of treating most skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, which will benefit greatly. A lotion is an excellent way to get essential oils rapidly into the bloodstream and is therefore useful for treating conditions such as circulation problems. Lotions and creams can be effectively used for headaches, while creams are a good way of treating respiratory conditions. Both are an essential medium for general body and skin care.

Inhalation

Inhalation is very useful for relieving congestion, easing catarrh and soothing the respiratory tract. The method of covering the head with a towel and inhaling the vapour from eucalyptus and camphor is still very popular today.

How to use: Pour a pint of very hot water into a bowl, then add up to 3-4 drops of essential oil(s) to the water. Cover your head with a towel and then lean over the bowl, keeping your head about 10 or 12 inches above the bowl. Keep your eyes closed and then inhale the vapours for a few minutes, then lean back and relax for a couple of minutes. Repeat for up to 10 minutes or as long as is comfortable. Repeat several times a day if required. A facial steamer may be used instead of a bowl with 3-5 drops of essential oil(s).

Benefits: Respiratory conditions will benefit most from this treatment method. Eucalyptus, Scots Pine, Niaouli and several other oils are excellent decongestants renowned for their ability to help most respiratory conditions. Inhalation is also a good way of treating facial skin problems as its effect is the same as that achieved by a facial sauna.

Compress

Compresses can be either hot or cold depending on the condition that is being treated. It is well-known and frequently used treatment method for sports injuries in particular, though its uses are much wider than this and can be very effective for pain, swelling and inflammation.

How to use: The method is the same whether hot or cold. Add up to 5 drops of essential oil(s) to a basin or bowl of hot or icy cold water. Use a face-cloth, lined pad, cotton wool or other absorbent fabric and dip this into water. Wring out the excess and place the pad on the affected area. Once the compress has achieved body temperature, renew it and continue as required. A hot compress can be held in place with crepe bandage on joints or with cling-film on larger areas, for example the lower back.

Benefits: Most conditions characterized by 'aches', for example earache, backache, etc, should be treated with hot compresses, while sprains, fevers, inflammations and headaches should be treated with cold compresses. Sprains and varicose veins respond very well to the 'hot/cold' treatment, ie start with a cold compress then alternate between hot and cold compresses over the next few days, finishing with a cold one.

Massage

Massage is a method favored by professional aromatherapists, who usually carry out a full body massage. Specific essential oils are chosen to suit the condition and temperament of the patient, and blended with a base oil, such as sweet almond oil or grapeseed oil.

How to use: The essential oil content in a blend should usually be between 1 per cent and 3 per cent depending on the type of disorder. As a general rule, physical ailments like rheumatism or indigestion demand a stronger concentration than the more emotional or nervous conditions. A rough guideline is to say that 20 drops of essential oil is equivalent to one milliliter, so to make a blend it is possible to use the following proportions:
  • 20 to 60 drops of essential oil to 100ml of base oil.
  • 7 to 25 drops of essential oil to 25ml of base oil.
  • 3 to 5 drops of essential oil to 1 tsp of base oil.

Benefits: Massage is a relaxing and nourishing experience in itself, not least because of the unspoken communication based on touch, but it also ensures that the oils are effectively absorbed through the skin and into the bloodstream. For general well-being it is beneficial to practice self-massage on specific areas of the body, especially concentrating on the feet and hands. It is also useful to rub those. It is also useful to rub those particular parts of the body that are causing discomfort; for example, peppermint ( in dilution) can be rubbed on the stomach in a clock-wise direction to ease indigestion; Marjoram can help to relax the neck and shoulders if they are stiff.

Other Methods

There are many other methods of using essential oils. The following is a brief summary of some of them.

Room Sprays

Make a home-made room spray using a sprayer that has been thoroughly cleaned, to provide your own favorite aromas to freshen your home. It is perfectly possible to make a room spray using a simple solution of cold water with added essential oils (stick to a 5 drops to 10ml maximum). This will mean that every time you use it you will have to make sure you shake it vigorously to disperse the oils in the water. You can 'fix' the aroma and also help to disperse the oils equally in the water by using distilled water (boiled then cooled water) and adding 10 per cent alcohol (preferably vodka).

Radiators And Humidifiers

Drops of oil can be placed in a saucer of water placed on top of a radiator, radiator fragrancer, or on to a ball of damp cotton wool placed behind the radiator. Drops of oil can also be added to the water in a humidifier. All these methods can be used as an alternative to a room burner.

Foot Bath

For foot problems, and as a way of introducing essential oils into the body for other problems, a foot bath can be used. This can either be a piece of equipment specially made for the purpose or a bowl of warm water. Add 2-4 drops of oil to the bath, disperse and immerse feet for up to 20 minutes; adding a bath carrier will help. A hand bath can achieve the same result for hand problems, and achieved in the same way, but only immerse for 10 minutes.

Tissue/Handkerchief/Pillow

Any method that allows inhalation of the oils is an alternative to steam inhalation. Some specific methods not mentioned so far are a tissue/handkerchief - add 1 or 2 drops of oil to your pillow at night so that the oil can be inhaled throughout the night.

Pot-pourri

Although not a recognized therapeutic method, a pot-pourri is a pleasant way of creating an aromatic atmosphere in a house or other rooms in the home. Adding essential oils to a pot-pourri will fragrance a room and introduce the essential oils into the body through inhalation.

Blending Oils

Essential oils can be used alone or blended together. Oils are blended for two reasons: to enhance or change their medicinal actions and to create a more sophisticated fragrance. In purfumery many oils are blended together. For therapeutic purposes it is unusual to mix more than four oils together. When blending oils at home it is best to mix no more than two or three oils. This is because blending has been shown to alter the molecular structure of essential oils and you may end up with a blend that acts differently from what you had intended. Make sure the properties of the oils are complementary.

Blending Guidelines

Choose two or three oils which you believe complement each other. Generally all flower oils work well together; woody oils enhance the resinous oils and other woody essences; the essential oils derived from herbs tend to blend harmoniously with each other; and the range of oils from fruits blend well with essences from their own botanical family .Mix a blend using a little of the strongest scented oils and more of the lighter fragrances. The best blend is usually the one you find most appealing.

Storing Oils

Essential oils are very volatile, ie they evaporate quickly when exposed to the air. Air will also cause oxidisation of the oils, and they are also affected by light and heat. Always buy and store your essential oils in brown amber glass bottles with air-tight, child-proof caps. Keep them in a cool dark place such as a refrigerator if it is kept at a reasonable temperature. Most essential oils, if stored correctly, will keep for up to two years. Some citrus oils such as Orange and Grapefruit may only be effectively used for up to six months. They will then go cloudy through oxidization. Some oils like Sandalwood, Frankincense and Patchouli actually mature and mellow with age. Once blended with other oils, and in carriers, oils will begin to oxidise, weaken and go rancid. This process, however, does take three months or more, and if you store your blends under the same conditions as your essential oils they should be perfectly satisfactory if used within the three months.

Safety Precautions

Warning: Never use essential oils directly on to the skin. Never take essential oils by mouth. If swallowed accidentally, eat bread, drink plenty of milk, and seek professional help. Always consult a qualified practitioner for advice and treatment:
  • If you are pregnant
  • Have an allergy
  • Have a chronic medical condition such as high blood pressure or epilepsy
  • Are receiving medical or psychiatric treatment Are taking homeopathic remedies
  • When treating babies or very young children






Lemon Eucalyptus, Pure Essential Oil. Supplied in a 10ml Amber Glass Dropper Bottle.



Botanical Name: Eucalyptus citriodora.

Country Of Origin: China.

Aroma: With a strong fresh Citronella-like odour, sweet balsamic undertone.

Perfume Note: Top.

Extraction Description: Steam distilled from leaves and twigs.

General: Lemon Eucalyptus Essential Oil. The gum contains the antibiotic substance ?citriodoral? A tall evergreen tree. The oil appears to have bacteriostatic activity towards staphylococcus aureus. Used in roomsprays and insect repellents. Useful to repel cockroaches and silverfish (cockroach deterrent). Useful to vaporise for airborne germs.

Properties: Antiseptic, antiviral, bactericidal, fungicidal, insecticide.




Methods Of Use (And General Help & Information About Essential Oils)

There are many ways of using essential oils, and at least one of them will be right for you. Essential oils are the basic tools of aromatherapy. The oils, which are extracted from plants, can be used to treat all systems of the mind, and imbalances of the emotions. There are many ways to use essential oils. Professional aromatherapists tend to favor massage as the most effective way of getting oils into the body. Massage also increases the healing potential of aromatherapy. The medicinal properties of the essential oils and the nurturing power of touch combine to form a potent healing treatment. Massage can be relaxing or energizing, it can sooth the nervous system or boost the blood and lymphatic systems to improve pysical and mental functioning. Not least among its benefits is the way it can ease pain and tension from tense or overworked muscles and lift the spirits. Whenever possible, try to include massage in your home aromatherapy treatments; where this is not possible, use any of the other methods mentioned below. It is not an exhaustive list and you may well know, or you may discover, other methods.

Room Burner (oil burner; lamp ring; diffuser; vaporiser)

Room burners are specifically made for use with essential oils. You can buy them in many different shapes, sizes, designs and patterns. They can be electric, radiator fragrancer, candle powered or a ceramic light bulb ring that is heated by a light bulb, but most are ceramic oil burners warmed by a small candle. Also remember that a glazed ceramic oil burner will not crack, burn or stain, and is easy to keep clean. Always try to use good quality night lights with a good quality wick so that it will not smell when alight or smoke when blown out.

How to use: Place a small amount of cold water in the bowl, enough to fill it but leaving some space for water expansion. The essential oils of your choice are then dropped into the water ( 6-8 drops will normally be used depending on the size of the bowl and the amount of water being used). Place the candle in the chamber, light it and leave in a safe place. Use for 25-30 minutes this will, of course, depend on the size of the room or house etc.

Benefits: Psychological conditions can be treated very effectively with a room burner. Headaches respond well to this method and all respiratory problems can be treated in this way. A major use of the room burner is to scent and purify the air, clear germs and create a 'therapeutic atmosphere'.

Aromatic Baths

Aromatic baths are one of the most convenient and health-giving methods of using pure essential oils. When used in this way these healing essences not only affect the physical body but the mental and emotional levels too. They can be detoxifying, relaxing, invigorating, emotionally uplifting and sensual. To some degree all essential oils have antibacterial properties, especially lavender and bergamot, while some like eucalyptus and tea tree are also effective when treating viruses. So regular aromatic baths can be useful to help prevent and treat a range of common ailments as well as uplifting or calming the emotions. These qualities plus the way the essences are readily absorbed by the body makes aromatic bathing an essential and luxurious addition to everyday life.

Recipes For Aromatic Baths

Invigorating bath: For an enlivening start to the day use the following blend of essential oils in a warm bath. To enhance the effect finish with a cool shower or splash your body briefly with cold water. For a more fruity aroma add 3 drops of lemon oil instead of geranium.
  • Sweet basil oil = 2 drops
  • Geranium oil = 3 drops
  • Rosemary = 4 drops

Relaxing bath: For a deeply relaxing bath at the end of the day add the following essential oils to a full, warm bath. For a more floral quality add 3 drops of neroli oil instead of sweet marjoram.
  • Clary sage oil = 3 drops
  • Lavender oil = 4 drops
  • Sweet marjoram oil = 3 drops

Revitalising bath: This combination of essences in a warm bath is ideal to use when you've had a long day and need re-energising. For a less fruity aroma but equally reviving effect add 3 drops of rosewood instead of grapefruit oil.
  • Geranium oil = 3 drops
  • Grapefruit oil = 3 drops
  • Myrtle = 4 drops

Emotionally uplifting bath: To melt away stressful or negative thoughts and uplift your spirits use the following combination of essential oils in a warm bath. Soak for at least 15 minutes inhaling the aromatic vapours. If you feel like treating yourself add 2 drops of rose or jasmine essential oil instead of petitgrain.
  • Bergamot oil = 4 drops
  • Clary sage oil = 3 drops
  • Petitgrain = 3 drops

Sensual bath: For a sensual bath for one or two add the following essential oils to a warm bath. Do make sure the blend is pleasing to both of you. For a more 'earthy' aroma use 3 drops of patchouli instead of myrtle oil, or leave out rose and myrtle altogether and substitute them with 3 drops of jasmine.
  • Sandalwood oil = 4 drops
  • Myrtle oil = 3 drops
  • Rose oil = 1 drops
  • Ylang Ylang oil = 2 drops

Purifying bath: Use this bath to help strengthen the body and combat infections like colds and flu. If desired use 2 drops of penetrating eucalyptus instead of bergamot oil.
  • Bergamot oil = 3 drops
  • Lavender oil = 4 drops
  • Tea Tree = 3 drops

Children's bath: If children see you relaxing in a fragrant bath it won't be long before they want one too! Mix the following essential oils into 2 to 3 teaspoons of base oil, then add warm water to create a delightful bath. The dosages are suitable for children over six years old. This combination is ideal for bedtime as it soothes the emotions.
  • Mandarin oil = 3 drops
  • Lavender oil = 3 drops

How to use: First ask yourself what effect you'd like from your aromatic bath, then select an essential oil whose aroma pleases you and also suits your physical and emotional needs. For example, if you have a cold, lavender oil will help to combat infection and has a very relaxing effect, on the other hand bergamot oil combines the ability to fight infection and induces an emotionally uplifting effect. Use only two or three essences in the bath. When you know each one very well you may choose to use a maximum of four, although just two can often have a more powerful effect than four - less generally means more with essential oils.
Fill the bath, add the essential oil(s) (up to 6 drops or as directed), then agitate the water to disperse the oil(s). Soak in the bath for at least 10 minutes, and make sure the bathroom door is closed so that you get the benefit of inhaling the aroma as well as getting the oil directly into the body via the water. For some conditions, or if preferred, the essential oils can be diluted in a massage carrier oil first, which will help to disperse the oil throughout the water. Alternatively, use ready blended (in carrier oil) or specially formulated bath oil, which has the added benefits of moisturising the body, giving a bubble/foam bath and helping to carry the essential oil out of the bath.

Benefits: The use of oils in a bath is useful for all conditions but will be particularly beneficial for muscular and skin conditions, while respiratory problems will benefit from the inhalation of the aroma. Stress, anxiety and other mental health problems will also be improved. Anyone suffering with insomnia will find a pre-retiring bath with Lavender, Bergamot, Petitgrain, Neroli as well as other oils a great aid to restful sleep.

Lotions And Creams

Essential oils can be added to fragrance-free lotions or creams, but make sure that you use a very good quality product that if preferably lanolin free (some people are sensitive to lanolin).

How to use: Add the essential oil(s) to a dark amber glass jar to help preserve the oil and prevent it from reacting with a plastic bottle. The recommended dosage is approximately 1-2 drops of essential oil to every 5mg of cream or 5ml of lotions. Apply lotion to the skin and rub until completely absorbed. Cream should be applied to the skin and gently rubbed in. Leave the rest to sit on the surface of the skin and gradually release the oil into the body and the aroma into the nose.

Benefits: This is a particularly good way of treating most skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, which will benefit greatly. A lotion is an excellent way to get essential oils rapidly into the bloodstream and is therefore useful for treating conditions such as circulation problems. Lotions and creams can be effectively used for headaches, while creams are a good way of treating respiratory conditions. Both are an essential medium for general body and skin care.

Inhalation

Inhalation is very useful for relieving congestion, easing catarrh and soothing the respiratory tract. The method of covering the head with a towel and inhaling the vapour from eucalyptus and camphor is still very popular today.

How to use: Pour a pint of very hot water into a bowl, then add up to 3-4 drops of essential oil(s) to the water. Cover your head with a towel and then lean over the bowl, keeping your head about 10 or 12 inches above the bowl. Keep your eyes closed and then inhale the vapours for a few minutes, then lean back and relax for a couple of minutes. Repeat for up to 10 minutes or as long as is comfortable. Repeat several times a day if required. A facial steamer may be used instead of a bowl with 3-5 drops of essential oil(s).

Benefits: Respiratory conditions will benefit most from this treatment method. Eucalyptus, Scots Pine, Niaouli and several other oils are excellent decongestants renowned for their ability to help most respiratory conditions. Inhalation is also a good way of treating facial skin problems as its effect is the same as that achieved by a facial sauna.

Compress

Compresses can be either hot or cold depending on the condition that is being treated. It is well-known and frequently used treatment method for sports injuries in particular, though its uses are much wider than this and can be very effective for pain, swelling and inflammation.

How to use: The method is the same whether hot or cold. Add up to 5 drops of essential oil(s) to a basin or bowl of hot or icy cold water. Use a face-cloth, lined pad, cotton wool or other absorbent fabric and dip this into water. Wring out the excess and place the pad on the affected area. Once the compress has achieved body temperature, renew it and continue as required. A hot compress can be held in place with crepe bandage on joints or with cling-film on larger areas, for example the lower back.

Benefits: Most conditions characterized by 'aches', for example earache, backache, etc, should be treated with hot compresses, while sprains, fevers, inflammations and headaches should be treated with cold compresses. Sprains and varicose veins respond very well to the 'hot/cold' treatment, ie start with a cold compress then alternate between hot and cold compresses over the next few days, finishing with a cold one.

Massage

Massage is a method favored by professional aromatherapists, who usually carry out a full body massage. Specific essential oils are chosen to suit the condition and temperament of the patient, and blended with a base oil, such as sweet almond oil or grapeseed oil.

How to use: The essential oil content in a blend should usually be between 1 per cent and 3 per cent depending on the type of disorder. As a general rule, physical ailments like rheumatism or indigestion demand a stronger concentration than the more emotional or nervous conditions. A rough guideline is to say that 20 drops of essential oil is equivalent to one milliliter, so to make a blend it is possible to use the following proportions:
  • 20 to 60 drops of essential oil to 100ml of base oil.
  • 7 to 25 drops of essential oil to 25ml of base oil.
  • 3 to 5 drops of essential oil to 1 tsp of base oil.

Benefits: Massage is a relaxing and nourishing experience in itself, not least because of the unspoken communication based on touch, but it also ensures that the oils are effectively absorbed through the skin and into the bloodstream. For general well-being it is beneficial to practice self-massage on specific areas of the body, especially concentrating on the feet and hands. It is also useful to rub those. It is also useful to rub those particular parts of the body that are causing discomfort; for example, peppermint ( in dilution) can be rubbed on the stomach in a clock-wise direction to ease indigestion; Marjoram can help to relax the neck and shoulders if they are stiff.

Other Methods

There are many other methods of using essential oils. The following is a brief summary of some of them.

Room Sprays

Make a home-made room spray using a sprayer that has been thoroughly cleaned, to provide your own favorite aromas to freshen your home. It is perfectly possible to make a room spray using a simple solution of cold water with added essential oils (stick to a 5 drops to 10ml maximum). This will mean that every time you use it you will have to make sure you shake it vigorously to disperse the oils in the water. You can 'fix' the aroma and also help to disperse the oils equally in the water by using distilled water (boiled then cooled water) and adding 10 per cent alcohol (preferably vodka).

Radiators And Humidifiers

Drops of oil can be placed in a saucer of water placed on top of a radiator, radiator fragrancer, or on to a ball of damp cotton wool placed behind the radiator. Drops of oil can also be added to the water in a humidifier. All these methods can be used as an alternative to a room burner.

Foot Bath

For foot problems, and as a way of introducing essential oils into the body for other problems, a foot bath can be used. This can either be a piece of equipment specially made for the purpose or a bowl of warm water. Add 2-4 drops of oil to the bath, disperse and immerse feet for up to 20 minutes; adding a bath carrier will help. A hand bath can achieve the same result for hand problems, and achieved in the same way, but only immerse for 10 minutes.

Tissue/Handkerchief/Pillow

Any method that allows inhalation of the oils is an alternative to steam inhalation. Some specific methods not mentioned so far are a tissue/handkerchief - add 1 or 2 drops of oil to your pillow at night so that the oil can be inhaled throughout the night.

Pot-pourri

Although not a recognized therapeutic method, a pot-pourri is a pleasant way of creating an aromatic atmosphere in a house or other rooms in the home. Adding essential oils to a pot-pourri will fragrance a room and introduce the essential oils into the body through inhalation.

Blending Oils

Essential oils can be used alone or blended together. Oils are blended for two reasons: to enhance or change their medicinal actions and to create a more sophisticated fragrance. In purfumery many oils are blended together. For therapeutic purposes it is unusual to mix more than four oils together. When blending oils at home it is best to mix no more than two or three oils. This is because blending has been shown to alter the molecular structure of essential oils and you may end up with a blend that acts differently from what you had intended. Make sure the properties of the oils are complementary.

Blending Guidelines

Choose two or three oils which you believe complement each other. Generally all flower oils work well together; woody oils enhance the resinous oils and other woody essences; the essential oils derived from herbs tend to blend harmoniously with each other; and the range of oils from fruits blend well with essences from their own botanical family .Mix a blend using a little of the strongest scented oils and more of the lighter fragrances. The best blend is usually the one you find most appealing.

Storing Oils

Essential oils are very volatile, ie they evaporate quickly when exposed to the air. Air will also cause oxidisation of the oils, and they are also affected by light and heat. Always buy and store your essential oils in brown amber glass bottles with air-tight, child-proof caps. Keep them in a cool dark place such as a refrigerator if it is kept at a reasonable temperature. Most essential oils, if stored correctly, will keep for up to two years. Some citrus oils such as Orange and Grapefruit may only be effectively used for up to six months. They will then go cloudy through oxidization. Some oils like Sandalwood, Frankincense and Patchouli actually mature and mellow with age. Once blended with other oils, and in carriers, oils will begin to oxidise, weaken and go rancid. This process, however, does take three months or more, and if you store your blends under the same conditions as your essential oils they should be perfectly satisfactory if used within the three months.

Safety Precautions

Warning: Never use essential oils directly on to the skin. Never take essential oils by mouth. If swallowed accidentally, eat bread, drink plenty of milk, and seek professional help. Always consult a qualified practitioner for advice and treatment:
  • If you are pregnant
  • Have an allergy
  • Have a chronic medical condition such as high blood pressure or epilepsy
  • Are receiving medical or psychiatric treatment Are taking homeopathic remedies
  • When treating babies or very young children






100% Pure Lemon Tea Tree Essential Oil Supplied In A 10ml Amber Glass Bottle, With Tamper Evident Dropper Cap To Ensure Perfect Quality.



Botanical Name: Leptospermum petersonii.

Country Of Origin: Australia.

Aroma: Lemon-Tea-Tree has a much nicer, rounder''lemony'' scent Citronella or Lemongrass.

General: Australia's 'forgotten' tea tree, becoming very popular in the USA, and will be in the UK. Also known as Leptospermum citratum. Mainly composed of Citral and Citronella, and said to have antiseptic, anti-microbial, carminative and sedative properties. It is used in aromatic blends for the oil burner. It is also successfully used as a powerful insect repellent.

This oil provides the clinical advantages of tea tree oil with a pleasant aroma. Also reputed to be anti-viral. Often used by Chiropodists to treat fungal infections or chronic foot odour. Makes an excellent antiseptic room spray.




Methods Of Use (And General Help & Information About Essential Oils)

There are many ways of using essential oils, and at least one of them will be right for you. Essential oils are the basic tools of aromatherapy. The oils, which are extracted from plants, can be used to treat all systems of the mind, and imbalances of the emotions. There are many ways to use essential oils. Professional aromatherapists tend to favor massage as the most effective way of getting oils into the body. Massage also increases the healing potential of aromatherapy. The medicinal properties of the essential oils and the nurturing power of touch combine to form a potent healing treatment. Massage can be relaxing or energizing, it can sooth the nervous system or boost the blood and lymphatic systems to improve pysical and mental functioning. Not least among its benefits is the way it can ease pain and tension from tense or overworked muscles and lift the spirits. Whenever possible, try to include massage in your home aromatherapy treatments; where this is not possible, use any of the other methods mentioned below. It is not an exhaustive list and you may well know, or you may discover, other methods.

Room Burner (oil burner; lamp ring; diffuser; vaporiser)

Room burners are specifically made for use with essential oils. You can buy them in many different shapes, sizes, designs and patterns. They can be electric, radiator fragrancer, candle powered or a ceramic light bulb ring that is heated by a light bulb, but most are ceramic oil burners warmed by a small candle. Also remember that a glazed ceramic oil burner will not crack, burn or stain, and is easy to keep clean. Always try to use good quality night lights with a good quality wick so that it will not smell when alight or smoke when blown out.

How to use: Place a small amount of cold water in the bowl, enough to fill it but leaving some space for water expansion. The essential oils of your choice are then dropped into the water ( 6-8 drops will normally be used depending on the size of the bowl and the amount of water being used). Place the candle in the chamber, light it and leave in a safe place. Use for 25-30 minutes this will, of course, depend on the size of the room or house etc.

Benefits: Psychological conditions can be treated very effectively with a room burner. Headaches respond well to this method and all respiratory problems can be treated in this way. A major use of the room burner is to scent and purify the air, clear germs and create a 'therapeutic atmosphere'.

Aromatic Baths

Aromatic baths are one of the most convenient and health-giving methods of using pure essential oils. When used in this way these healing essences not only affect the physical body but the mental and emotional levels too. They can be detoxifying, relaxing, invigorating, emotionally uplifting and sensual. To some degree all essential oils have antibacterial properties, especially lavender and bergamot, while some like eucalyptus and tea tree are also effective when treating viruses. So regular aromatic baths can be useful to help prevent and treat a range of common ailments as well as uplifting or calming the emotions. These qualities plus the way the essences are readily absorbed by the body makes aromatic bathing an essential and luxurious addition to everyday life.

Recipes For Aromatic Baths

Invigorating bath: For an enlivening start to the day use the following blend of essential oils in a warm bath. To enhance the effect finish with a cool shower or splash your body briefly with cold water. For a more fruity aroma add 3 drops of lemon oil instead of geranium.
  • Sweet basil oil = 2 drops
  • Geranium oil = 3 drops
  • Rosemary = 4 drops

Relaxing bath: For a deeply relaxing bath at the end of the day add the following essential oils to a full, warm bath. For a more floral quality add 3 drops of neroli oil instead of sweet marjoram.
  • Clary sage oil = 3 drops
  • Lavender oil = 4 drops
  • Sweet marjoram oil = 3 drops

Revitalising bath: This combination of essences in a warm bath is ideal to use when you've had a long day and need re-energising. For a less fruity aroma but equally reviving effect add 3 drops of rosewood instead of grapefruit oil.
  • Geranium oil = 3 drops
  • Grapefruit oil = 3 drops
  • Myrtle = 4 drops

Emotionally uplifting bath: To melt away stressful or negative thoughts and uplift your spirits use the following combination of essential oils in a warm bath. Soak for at least 15 minutes inhaling the aromatic vapours. If you feel like treating yourself add 2 drops of rose or jasmine essential oil instead of petitgrain.
  • Bergamot oil = 4 drops
  • Clary sage oil = 3 drops
  • Petitgrain = 3 drops

Sensual bath: For a sensual bath for one or two add the following essential oils to a warm bath. Do make sure the blend is pleasing to both of you. For a more 'earthy' aroma use 3 drops of patchouli instead of myrtle oil, or leave out rose and myrtle altogether and substitute them with 3 drops of jasmine.
  • Sandalwood oil = 4 drops
  • Myrtle oil = 3 drops
  • Rose oil = 1 drops
  • Ylang Ylang oil = 2 drops

Purifying bath: Use this bath to help strengthen the body and combat infections like colds and flu. If desired use 2 drops of penetrating eucalyptus instead of bergamot oil.
  • Bergamot oil = 3 drops
  • Lavender oil = 4 drops
  • Tea Tree = 3 drops

Children's bath: If children see you relaxing in a fragrant bath it won't be long before they want one too! Mix the following essential oils into 2 to 3 teaspoons of base oil, then add warm water to create a delightful bath. The dosages are suitable for children over six years old. This combination is ideal for bedtime as it soothes the emotions.
  • Mandarin oil = 3 drops
  • Lavender oil = 3 drops

How to use: First ask yourself what effect you'd like from your aromatic bath, then select an essential oil whose aroma pleases you and also suits your physical and emotional needs. For example, if you have a cold, lavender oil will help to combat infection and has a very relaxing effect, on the other hand bergamot oil combines the ability to fight infection and induces an emotionally uplifting effect. Use only two or three essences in the bath. When you know each one very well you may choose to use a maximum of four, although just two can often have a more powerful effect than four - less generally means more with essential oils.
Fill the bath, add the essential oil(s) (up to 6 drops or as directed), then agitate the water to disperse the oil(s). Soak in the bath for at least 10 minutes, and make sure the bathroom door is closed so that you get the benefit of inhaling the aroma as well as getting the oil directly into the body via the water. For some conditions, or if preferred, the essential oils can be diluted in a massage carrier oil first, which will help to disperse the oil throughout the water. Alternatively, use ready blended (in carrier oil) or specially formulated bath oil, which has the added benefits of moisturising the body, giving a bubble/foam bath and helping to carry the essential oil out of the bath.

Benefits: The use of oils in a bath is useful for all conditions but will be particularly beneficial for muscular and skin conditions, while respiratory problems will benefit from the inhalation of the aroma. Stress, anxiety and other mental health problems will also be improved. Anyone suffering with insomnia will find a pre-retiring bath with Lavender, Bergamot, Petitgrain, Neroli as well as other oils a great aid to restful sleep.

Lotions And Creams

Essential oils can be added to fragrance-free lotions or creams, but make sure that you use a very good quality product that if preferably lanolin free (some people are sensitive to lanolin).

How to use: Add the essential oil(s) to a dark amber glass jar to help preserve the oil and prevent it from reacting with a plastic bottle. The recommended dosage is approximately 1-2 drops of essential oil to every 5mg of cream or 5ml of lotions. Apply lotion to the skin and rub until completely absorbed. Cream should be applied to the skin and gently rubbed in. Leave the rest to sit on the surface of the skin and gradually release the oil into the body and the aroma into the nose.

Benefits: This is a particularly good way of treating most skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, which will benefit greatly. A lotion is an excellent way to get essential oils rapidly into the bloodstream and is therefore useful for treating conditions such as circulation problems. Lotions and creams can be effectively used for headaches, while creams are a good way of treating respiratory conditions. Both are an essential medium for general body and skin care.

Inhalation

Inhalation is very useful for relieving congestion, easing catarrh and soothing the respiratory tract. The method of covering the head with a towel and inhaling the vapour from eucalyptus and camphor is still very popular today.

How to use: Pour a pint of very hot water into a bowl, then add up to 3-4 drops of essential oil(s) to the water. Cover your head with a towel and then lean over the bowl, keeping your head about 10 or 12 inches above the bowl. Keep your eyes closed and then inhale the vapours for a few minutes, then lean back and relax for a couple of minutes. Repeat for up to 10 minutes or as long as is comfortable. Repeat several times a day if required. A facial steamer may be used instead of a bowl with 3-5 drops of essential oil(s).

Benefits: Respiratory conditions will benefit most from this treatment method. Eucalyptus, Scots Pine, Niaouli and several other oils are excellent decongestants renowned for their ability to help most respiratory conditions. Inhalation is also a good way of treating facial skin problems as its effect is the same as that achieved by a facial sauna.

Compress

Compresses can be either hot or cold depending on the condition that is being treated. It is well-known and frequently used treatment method for sports injuries in particular, though its uses are much wider than this and can be very effective for pain, swelling and inflammation.

How to use: The method is the same whether hot or cold. Add up to 5 drops of essential oil(s) to a basin or bowl of hot or icy cold water. Use a face-cloth, lined pad, cotton wool or other absorbent fabric and dip this into water. Wring out the excess and place the pad on the affected area. Once the compress has achieved body temperature, renew it and continue as required. A hot compress can be held in place with crepe bandage on joints or with cling-film on larger areas, for example the lower back.

Benefits: Most conditions characterized by 'aches', for example earache, backache, etc, should be treated with hot compresses, while sprains, fevers, inflammations and headaches should be treated with cold compresses. Sprains and varicose veins respond very well to the 'hot/cold' treatment, ie start with a cold compress then alternate between hot and cold compresses over the next few days, finishing with a cold one.

Massage

Massage is a method favored by professional aromatherapists, who usually carry out a full body massage. Specific essential oils are chosen to suit the condition and temperament of the patient, and blended with a base oil, such as sweet almond oil or grapeseed oil.

How to use: The essential oil content in a blend should usually be between 1 per cent and 3 per cent depending on the type of disorder. As a general rule, physical ailments like rheumatism or indigestion demand a stronger concentration than the more emotional or nervous conditions. A rough guideline is to say that 20 drops of essential oil is equivalent to one milliliter, so to make a blend it is possible to use the following proportions:
  • 20 to 60 drops of essential oil to 100ml of base oil.
  • 7 to 25 drops of essential oil to 25ml of base oil.
  • 3 to 5 drops of essential oil to 1 tsp of base oil.

Benefits: Massage is a relaxing and nourishing experience in itself, not least because of the unspoken communication based on touch, but it also ensures that the oils are effectively absorbed through the skin and into the bloodstream. For general well-being it is beneficial to practice self-massage on specific areas of the body, especially concentrating on the feet and hands. It is also useful to rub those. It is also useful to rub those particular parts of the body that are causing discomfort; for example, peppermint ( in dilution) can be rubbed on the stomach in a clock-wise direction to ease indigestion; Marjoram can help to relax the neck and shoulders if they are stiff.

Other Methods

There are many other methods of using essential oils. The following is a brief summary of some of them.

Room Sprays

Make a home-made room spray using a sprayer that has been thoroughly cleaned, to provide your own favorite aromas to freshen your home. It is perfectly possible to make a room spray using a simple solution of cold water with added essential oils (stick to a 5 drops to 10ml maximum). This will mean that every time you use it you will have to make sure you shake it vigorously to disperse the oils in the water. You can 'fix' the aroma and also help to disperse the oils equally in the water by using distilled water (boiled then cooled water) and adding 10 per cent alcohol (preferably vodka).

Radiators And Humidifiers

Drops of oil can be placed in a saucer of water placed on top of a radiator, radiator fragrancer, or on to a ball of damp cotton wool placed behind the radiator. Drops of oil can also be added to the water in a humidifier. All these methods can be used as an alternative to a room burner.

Foot Bath

For foot problems, and as a way of introducing essential oils into the body for other problems, a foot bath can be used. This can either be a piece of equipment specially made for the purpose or a bowl of warm water. Add 2-4 drops of oil to the bath, disperse and immerse feet for up to 20 minutes; adding a bath carrier will help. A hand bath can achieve the same result for hand problems, and achieved in the same way, but only immerse for 10 minutes.

Tissue/Handkerchief/Pillow

Any method that allows inhalation of the oils is an alternative to steam inhalation. Some specific methods not mentioned so far are a tissue/handkerchief - add 1 or 2 drops of oil to your pillow at night so that the oil can be inhaled throughout the night.

Pot-pourri

Although not a recognized therapeutic method, a pot-pourri is a pleasant way of creating an aromatic atmosphere in a house or other rooms in the home. Adding essential oils to a pot-pourri will fragrance a room and introduce the essential oils into the body through inhalation.

Blending Oils

Essential oils can be used alone or blended together. Oils are blended for two reasons: to enhance or change their medicinal actions and to create a more sophisticated fragrance. In purfumery many oils are blended together. For therapeutic purposes it is unusual to mix more than four oils together. When blending oils at home it is best to mix no more than two or three oils. This is because blending has been shown to alter the molecular structure of essential oils and you may end up with a blend that acts differently from what you had intended. Make sure the properties of the oils are complementary.

Blending Guidelines

Choose two or three oils which you believe complement each other. Generally all flower oils work well together; woody oils enhance the resinous oils and other woody essences; the essential oils derived from herbs tend to blend harmoniously with each other; and the range of oils from fruits blend well with essences from their own botanical family .Mix a blend using a little of the strongest scented oils and more of the lighter fragrances. The best blend is usually the one you find most appealing.

Storing Oils

Essential oils are very volatile, ie they evaporate quickly when exposed to the air. Air will also cause oxidisation of the oils, and they are also affected by light and heat. Always buy and store your essential oils in brown amber glass bottles with air-tight, child-proof caps. Keep them in a cool dark place such as a refrigerator if it is kept at a reasonable temperature. Most essential oils, if stored correctly, will keep for up to two years. Some citrus oils such as Orange and Grapefruit may only be effectively used for up to six months. They will then go cloudy through oxidization. Some oils like Sandalwood, Frankincense and Patchouli actually mature and mellow with age. Once blended with other oils, and in carriers, oils will begin to oxidise, weaken and go rancid. This process, however, does take three months or more, and if you store your blends under the same conditions as your essential oils they should be perfectly satisfactory if used within the three months.

Safety Precautions

Warning: Never use essential oils directly on to the skin. Never take essential oils by mouth. If swallowed accidentally, eat bread, drink plenty of milk, and seek professional help. Always consult a qualified practitioner for advice and treatment:
  • If you are pregnant
  • Have an allergy
  • Have a chronic medical condition such as high blood pressure or epilepsy
  • Are receiving medical or psychiatric treatment Are taking homeopathic remedies
  • When treating babies or very young children






Lemon Verbena Essential Oil. Supplied in a 10ml Amber Glass Dropper Bottle.



Botanical Name: Aloysia Triphylia.

Country Of Origin: Spain.

Aroma: Sweet fresh, lemony fruity floral fragrance.

Extraction Description: Steam distillation.

General: A handsome deciduous perennial shrub up to 5 metres high with a woody, stem, very fragrant, delicate, pale green, lanceolat leaves arranged in threes, and small, pale purple flowers. Often grown as an ornamental bush in gardens. Characteristics: A pale olive or yellow mobile liquid with a sweet, fresh, lemony, fruity-floral fragrance.

Properties: Antiseptic, antispasmodic, carminative, detoxifying, digestive, febrifuge, hepatobiliary stimulant, sedative (nervous), stomachic

Blends Well With: Neroli, palmarosa, olibanum (frankincense), lemon and other citrus oils.




Methods Of Use (And General Help & Information About Essential Oils)

There are many ways of using essential oils, and at least one of them will be right for you. Essential oils are the basic tools of aromatherapy. The oils, which are extracted from plants, can be used to treat all systems of the mind, and imbalances of the emotions. There are many ways to use essential oils. Professional aromatherapists tend to favor massage as the most effective way of getting oils into the body. Massage also increases the healing potential of aromatherapy. The medicinal properties of the essential oils and the nurturing power of touch combine to form a potent healing treatment. Massage can be relaxing or energizing, it can sooth the nervous system or boost the blood and lymphatic systems to improve pysical and mental functioning. Not least among its benefits is the way it can ease pain and tension from tense or overworked muscles and lift the spirits. Whenever possible, try to include massage in your home aromatherapy treatments; where this is not possible, use any of the other methods mentioned below. It is not an exhaustive list and you may well know, or you may discover, other methods.

Room Burner (oil burner; lamp ring; diffuser; vaporiser)

Room burners are specifically made for use with essential oils. You can buy them in many different shapes, sizes, designs and patterns. They can be electric, radiator fragrancer, candle powered or a ceramic light bulb ring that is heated by a light bulb, but most are ceramic oil burners warmed by a small candle. Also remember that a glazed ceramic oil burner will not crack, burn or stain, and is easy to keep clean. Always try to use good quality night lights with a good quality wick so that it will not smell when alight or smoke when blown out.

How to use: Place a small amount of cold water in the bowl, enough to fill it but leaving some space for water expansion. The essential oils of your choice are then dropped into the water ( 6-8 drops will normally be used depending on the size of the bowl and the amount of water being used). Place the candle in the chamber, light it and leave in a safe place. Use for 25-30 minutes this will, of course, depend on the size of the room or house etc.

Benefits: Psychological conditions can be treated very effectively with a room burner. Headaches respond well to this method and all respiratory problems can be treated in this way. A major use of the room burner is to scent and purify the air, clear germs and create a 'therapeutic atmosphere'.

Aromatic Baths

Aromatic baths are one of the most convenient and health-giving methods of using pure essential oils. When used in this way these healing essences not only affect the physical body but the mental and emotional levels too. They can be detoxifying, relaxing, invigorating, emotionally uplifting and sensual. To some degree all essential oils have antibacterial properties, especially lavender and bergamot, while some like eucalyptus and tea tree are also effective when treating viruses. So regular aromatic baths can be useful to help prevent and treat a range of common ailments as well as uplifting or calming the emotions. These qualities plus the way the essences are readily absorbed by the body makes aromatic bathing an essential and luxurious addition to everyday life.

Recipes For Aromatic Baths

Invigorating bath: For an enlivening start to the day use the following blend of essential oils in a warm bath. To enhance the effect finish with a cool shower or splash your body briefly with cold water. For a more fruity aroma add 3 drops of lemon oil instead of geranium.
  • Sweet basil oil = 2 drops
  • Geranium oil = 3 drops
  • Rosemary = 4 drops

Relaxing bath: For a deeply relaxing bath at the end of the day add the following essential oils to a full, warm bath. For a more floral quality add 3 drops of neroli oil instead of sweet marjoram.
  • Clary sage oil = 3 drops
  • Lavender oil = 4 drops
  • Sweet marjoram oil = 3 drops

Revitalising bath: This combination of essences in a warm bath is ideal to use when you've had a long day and need re-energising. For a less fruity aroma but equally reviving effect add 3 drops of rosewood instead of grapefruit oil.
  • Geranium oil = 3 drops
  • Grapefruit oil = 3 drops
  • Myrtle = 4 drops

Emotionally uplifting bath: To melt away stressful or negative thoughts and uplift your spirits use the following combination of essential oils in a warm bath. Soak for at least 15 minutes inhaling the aromatic vapours. If you feel like treating yourself add 2 drops of rose or jasmine essential oil instead of petitgrain.
  • Bergamot oil = 4 drops
  • Clary sage oil = 3 drops
  • Petitgrain = 3 drops

Sensual bath: For a sensual bath for one or two add the following essential oils to a warm bath. Do make sure the blend is pleasing to both of you. For a more 'earthy' aroma use 3 drops of patchouli instead of myrtle oil, or leave out rose and myrtle altogether and substitute them with 3 drops of jasmine.
  • Sandalwood oil = 4 drops
  • Myrtle oil = 3 drops
  • Rose oil = 1 drops
  • Ylang Ylang oil = 2 drops

Purifying bath: Use this bath to help strengthen the body and combat infections like colds and flu. If desired use 2 drops of penetrating eucalyptus instead of bergamot oil.
  • Bergamot oil = 3 drops
  • Lavender oil = 4 drops
  • Tea Tree = 3 drops

Children's bath: If children see you relaxing in a fragrant bath it won't be long before they want one too! Mix the following essential oils into 2 to 3 teaspoons of base oil, then add warm water to create a delightful bath. The dosages are suitable for children over six years old. This combination is ideal for bedtime as it soothes the emotions.
  • Mandarin oil = 3 drops
  • Lavender oil = 3 drops

How to use: First ask yourself what effect you'd like from your aromatic bath, then select an essential oil whose aroma pleases you and also suits your physical and emotional needs. For example, if you have a cold, lavender oil will help to combat infection and has a very relaxing effect, on the other hand bergamot oil combines the ability to fight infection and induces an emotionally uplifting effect. Use only two or three essences in the bath. When you know each one very well you may choose to use a maximum of four, although just two can often have a more powerful effect than four - less generally means more with essential oils.
Fill the bath, add the essential oil(s) (up to 6 drops or as directed), then agitate the water to disperse the oil(s). Soak in the bath for at least 10 minutes, and make sure the bathroom door is closed so that you get the benefit of inhaling the aroma as well as getting the oil directly into the body via the water. For some conditions, or if preferred, the essential oils can be diluted in a massage carrier oil first, which will help to disperse the oil throughout the water. Alternatively, use ready blended (in carrier oil) or specially formulated bath oil, which has the added benefits of moisturising the body, giving a bubble/foam bath and helping to carry the essential oil out of the bath.

Benefits: The use of oils in a bath is useful for all conditions but will be particularly beneficial for muscular and skin conditions, while respiratory problems will benefit from the inhalation of the aroma. Stress, anxiety and other mental health problems will also be improved. Anyone suffering with insomnia will find a pre-retiring bath with Lavender, Bergamot, Petitgrain, Neroli as well as other oils a great aid to restful sleep.

Lotions And Creams

Essential oils can be added to fragrance-free lotions or creams, but make sure that you use a very good quality product that if preferably lanolin free (some people are sensitive to lanolin).

How to use: Add the essential oil(s) to a dark amber glass jar to help preserve the oil and prevent it from reacting with a plastic bottle. The recommended dosage is approximately 1-2 drops of essential oil to every 5mg of cream or 5ml of lotions. Apply lotion to the skin and rub until completely absorbed. Cream should be applied to the skin and gently rubbed in. Leave the rest to sit on the surface of the skin and gradually release the oil into the body and the aroma into the nose.

Benefits: This is a particularly good way of treating most skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, which will benefit greatly. A lotion is an excellent way to get essential oils rapidly into the bloodstream and is therefore useful for treating conditions such as circulation problems. Lotions and creams can be effectively used for headaches, while creams are a good way of treating respiratory conditions. Both are an essential medium for general body and skin care.

Inhalation

Inhalation is very useful for relieving congestion, easing catarrh and soothing the respiratory tract. The method of covering the head with a towel and inhaling the vapour from eucalyptus and camphor is still very popular today.

How to use: Pour a pint of very hot water into a bowl, then add up to 3-4 drops of essential oil(s) to the water. Cover your head with a towel and then lean over the bowl, keeping your head about 10 or 12 inches above the bowl. Keep your eyes closed and then inhale the vapours for a few minutes, then lean back and relax for a couple of minutes. Repeat for up to 10 minutes or as long as is comfortable. Repeat several times a day if required. A facial steamer may be used instead of a bowl with 3-5 drops of essential oil(s).

Benefits: Respiratory conditions will benefit most from this treatment method. Eucalyptus, Scots Pine, Niaouli and several other oils are excellent decongestants renowned for their ability to help most respiratory conditions. Inhalation is also a good way of treating facial skin problems as its effect is the same as that achieved by a facial sauna.

Compress

Compresses can be either hot or cold depending on the condition that is being treated. It is well-known and frequently used treatment method for sports injuries in particular, though its uses are much wider than this and can be very effective for pain, swelling and inflammation.

How to use: The method is the same whether hot or cold. Add up to 5 drops of essential oil(s) to a basin or bowl of hot or icy cold water. Use a face-cloth, lined pad, cotton wool or other absorbent fabric and dip this into water. Wring out the excess and place the pad on the affected area. Once the compress has achieved body temperature, renew it and continue as required. A hot compress can be held in place with crepe bandage on joints or with cling-film on larger areas, for example the lower back.

Benefits: Most conditions characterized by 'aches', for example earache, backache, etc, should be treated with hot compresses, while sprains, fevers, inflammations and headaches should be treated with cold compresses. Sprains and varicose veins respond very well to the 'hot/cold' treatment, ie start with a cold compress then alternate between hot and cold compresses over the next few days, finishing with a cold one.

Massage

Massage is a method favored by professional aromatherapists, who usually carry out a full body massage. Specific essential oils are chosen to suit the condition and temperament of the patient, and blended with a base oil, such as sweet almond oil or grapeseed oil.

How to use: The essential oil content in a blend should usually be between 1 per cent and 3 per cent depending on the type of disorder. As a general rule, physical ailments like rheumatism or indigestion demand a stronger concentration than the more emotional or nervous conditions. A rough guideline is to say that 20 drops of essential oil is equivalent to one milliliter, so to make a blend it is possible to use the following proportions:
  • 20 to 60 drops of essential oil to 100ml of base oil.
  • 7 to 25 drops of essential oil to 25ml of base oil.
  • 3 to 5 drops of essential oil to 1 tsp of base oil.

Benefits: Massage is a relaxing and nourishing experience in itself, not least because of the unspoken communication based on touch, but it also ensures that the oils are effectively absorbed through the skin and into the bloodstream. For general well-being it is beneficial to practice self-massage on specific areas of the body, especially concentrating on the feet and hands. It is also useful to rub those. It is also useful to rub those particular parts of the body that are causing discomfort; for example, peppermint ( in dilution) can be rubbed on the stomach in a clock-wise direction to ease indigestion; Marjoram can help to relax the neck and shoulders if they are stiff.

Other Methods

There are many other methods of using essential oils. The following is a brief summary of some of them.

Room Sprays

Make a home-made room spray using a sprayer that has been thoroughly cleaned, to provide your own favorite aromas to freshen your home. It is perfectly possible to make a room spray using a simple solution of cold water with added essential oils (stick to a 5 drops to 10ml maximum). This will mean that every time you use it you will have to make sure you shake it vigorously to disperse the oils in the water. You can 'fix' the aroma and also help to disperse the oils equally in the water by using distilled water (boiled then cooled water) and adding 10 per cent alcohol (preferably vodka).

Radiators And Humidifiers

Drops of oil can be placed in a saucer of water placed on top of a radiator, radiator fragrancer, or on to a ball of damp cotton wool placed behind the radiator. Drops of oil can also be added to the water in a humidifier. All these methods can be used as an alternative to a room burner.

Foot Bath

For foot problems, and as a way of introducing essential oils into the body for other problems, a foot bath can be used. This can either be a piece of equipment specially made for the purpose or a bowl of warm water. Add 2-4 drops of oil to the bath, disperse and immerse feet for up to 20 minutes; adding a bath carrier will help. A hand bath can achieve the same result for hand problems, and achieved in the same way, but only immerse for 10 minutes.

Tissue/Handkerchief/Pillow

Any method that allows inhalation of the oils is an alternative to steam inhalation. Some specific methods not mentioned so far are a tissue/handkerchief - add 1 or 2 drops of oil to your pillow at night so that the oil can be inhaled throughout the night.

Pot-pourri

Although not a recognized therapeutic method, a pot-pourri is a pleasant way of creating an aromatic atmosphere in a house or other rooms in the home. Adding essential oils to a pot-pourri will fragrance a room and introduce the essential oils into the body through inhalation.

Blending Oils

Essential oils can be used alone or blended together. Oils are blended for two reasons: to enhance or change their medicinal actions and to create a more sophisticated fragrance. In purfumery many oils are blended together. For therapeutic purposes it is unusual to mix more than four oils together. When blending oils at home it is best to mix no more than two or three oils. This is because blending has been shown to alter the molecular structure of essential oils and you may end up with a blend that acts differently from what you had intended. Make sure the properties of the oils are complementary.

Blending Guidelines

Choose two or three oils which you believe complement each other. Generally all flower oils work well together; woody oils enhance the resinous oils and other woody essences; the essential oils derived from herbs tend to blend harmoniously with each other; and the range of oils from fruits blend well with essences from their own botanical family .Mix a blend using a little of the strongest scented oils and more of the lighter fragrances. The best blend is usually the one you find most appealing.

Storing Oils

Essential oils are very volatile, ie they evaporate quickly when exposed to the air. Air will also cause oxidisation of the oils, and they are also affected by light and heat. Always buy and store your essential oils in brown amber glass bottles with air-tight, child-proof caps. Keep them in a cool dark place such as a refrigerator if it is kept at a reasonable temperature. Most essential oils, if stored correctly, will keep for up to two years. Some citrus oils such as Orange and Grapefruit may only be effectively used for up to six months. They will then go cloudy through oxidization. Some oils like Sandalwood, Frankincense and Patchouli actually mature and mellow with age. Once blended with other oils, and in carriers, oils will begin to oxidise, weaken and go rancid. This process, however, does take three months or more, and if you store your blends under the same conditions as your essential oils they should be perfectly satisfactory if used within the three months.

Safety Precautions

Warning: Never use essential oils directly on to the skin. Never take essential oils by mouth. If swallowed accidentally, eat bread, drink plenty of milk, and seek professional help. Always consult a qualified practitioner for advice and treatment:
  • If you are pregnant
  • Have an allergy
  • Have a chronic medical condition such as high blood pressure or epilepsy
  • Are receiving medical or psychiatric treatment Are taking homeopathic remedies
  • When treating babies or very young children






Lemon Thyme Essential Oil. In a 10ml Amber Glass Dropper Bottle.


Botanical Name: Thymus citriodorus.

Country Of Origin: Spain.

Aroma: Fresh, Leather like smell with subdued Lemon undertone.

Extraction Description: Produced by distillation from the fresh or dried leaves and flowering tips of the herb.

General: Lemon Thyme Essential Oil. For use on the skin, lemon thyme is more gentle than ordinary thyme. Lemon Thyme has fewer irritants than common thyme and less possibility of sensitisation, and also has a more pleasant fragrance. For a muscle ease add 5% to a carrer oil. Useful after sports activities or as athletic massage. Useful to vaporise as a winter oil. Add to chest rubs.

Properties: Antibacterial, antiseptic.




Methods Of Use (And General Help & Information About Essential Oils)

There are many ways of using essential oils, and at least one of them will be right for you. Essential oils are the basic tools of aromatherapy. The oils, which are extracted from plants, can be used to treat all systems of the mind, and imbalances of the emotions. There are many ways to use essential oils. Professional aromatherapists tend to favor massage as the most effective way of getting oils into the body. Massage also increases the healing potential of aromatherapy. The medicinal properties of the essential oils and the nurturing power of touch combine to form a potent healing treatment. Massage can be relaxing or energizing, it can sooth the nervous system or boost the blood and lymphatic systems to improve pysical and mental functioning. Not least among its benefits is the way it can ease pain and tension from tense or overworked muscles and lift the spirits. Whenever possible, try to include massage in your home aromatherapy treatments; where this is not possible, use any of the other methods mentioned below. It is not an exhaustive list and you may well know, or you may discover, other methods.

Room Burner (oil burner; lamp ring; diffuser; vaporiser)

Room burners are specifically made for use with essential oils. You can buy them in many different shapes, sizes, designs and patterns. They can be electric, radiator fragrancer, candle powered or a ceramic light bulb ring that is heated by a light bulb, but most are ceramic oil burners warmed by a small candle. Also remember that a glazed ceramic oil burner will not crack, burn or stain, and is easy to keep clean. Always try to use good quality night lights with a good quality wick so that it will not smell when alight or smoke when blown out.

How to use: Place a small amount of cold water in the bowl, enough to fill it but leaving some space for water expansion. The essential oils of your choice are then dropped into the water ( 6-8 drops will normally be used depending on the size of the bowl and the amount of water being used). Place the candle in the chamber, light it and leave in a safe place. Use for 25-30 minutes this will, of course, depend on the size of the room or house etc.

Benefits: Psychological conditions can be treated very effectively with a room burner. Headaches respond well to this method and all respiratory problems can be treated in this way. A major use of the room burner is to scent and purify the air, clear germs and create a 'therapeutic atmosphere'.

Aromatic Baths

Aromatic baths are one of the most convenient and health-giving methods of using pure essential oils. When used in this way these healing essences not only affect the physical body but the mental and emotional levels too. They can be detoxifying, relaxing, invigorating, emotionally uplifting and sensual. To some degree all essential oils have antibacterial properties, especially lavender and bergamot, while some like eucalyptus and tea tree are also effective when treating viruses. So regular aromatic baths can be useful to help prevent and treat a range of common ailments as well as uplifting or calming the emotions. These qualities plus the way the essences are readily absorbed by the body makes aromatic bathing an essential and luxurious addition to everyday life.

Recipes For Aromatic Baths

Invigorating bath: For an enlivening start to the day use the following blend of essential oils in a warm bath. To enhance the effect finish with a cool shower or splash your body briefly with cold water. For a more fruity aroma add 3 drops of lemon oil instead of geranium.
  • Sweet basil oil = 2 drops
  • Geranium oil = 3 drops
  • Rosemary = 4 drops

Relaxing bath: For a deeply relaxing bath at the end of the day add the following essential oils to a full, warm bath. For a more floral quality add 3 drops of neroli oil instead of sweet marjoram.
  • Clary sage oil = 3 drops
  • Lavender oil = 4 drops
  • Sweet marjoram oil = 3 drops

Revitalising bath: This combination of essences in a warm bath is ideal to use when you've had a long day and need re-energising. For a less fruity aroma but equally reviving effect add 3 drops of rosewood instead of grapefruit oil.
  • Geranium oil = 3 drops
  • Grapefruit oil = 3 drops
  • Myrtle = 4 drops

Emotionally uplifting bath: To melt away stressful or negative thoughts and uplift your spirits use the following combination of essential oils in a warm bath. Soak for at least 15 minutes inhaling the aromatic vapours. If you feel like treating yourself add 2 drops of rose or jasmine essential oil instead of petitgrain.
  • Bergamot oil = 4 drops
  • Clary sage oil = 3 drops
  • Petitgrain = 3 drops

Sensual bath: For a sensual bath for one or two add the following essential oils to a warm bath. Do make sure the blend is pleasing to both of you. For a more 'earthy' aroma use 3 drops of patchouli instead of myrtle oil, or leave out rose and myrtle altogether and substitute them with 3 drops of jasmine.
  • Sandalwood oil = 4 drops
  • Myrtle oil = 3 drops
  • Rose oil = 1 drops
  • Ylang Ylang oil = 2 drops

Purifying bath: Use this bath to help strengthen the body and combat infections like colds and flu. If desired use 2 drops of penetrating eucalyptus instead of bergamot oil.
  • Bergamot oil = 3 drops
  • Lavender oil = 4 drops
  • Tea Tree = 3 drops

Children's bath: If children see you relaxing in a fragrant bath it won't be long before they want one too! Mix the following essential oils into 2 to 3 teaspoons of base oil, then add warm water to create a delightful bath. The dosages are suitable for children over six years old. This combination is ideal for bedtime as it soothes the emotions.
  • Mandarin oil = 3 drops
  • Lavender oil = 3 drops

How to use: First ask yourself what effect you'd like from your aromatic bath, then select an essential oil whose aroma pleases you and also suits your physical and emotional needs. For example, if you have a cold, lavender oil will help to combat infection and has a very relaxing effect, on the other hand bergamot oil combines the ability to fight infection and induces an emotionally uplifting effect. Use only two or three essences in the bath. When you know each one very well you may choose to use a maximum of four, although just two can often have a more powerful effect than four - less generally means more with essential oils.
Fill the bath, add the essential oil(s) (up to 6 drops or as directed), then agitate the water to disperse the oil(s). Soak in the bath for at least 10 minutes, and make sure the bathroom door is closed so that you get the benefit of inhaling the aroma as well as getting the oil directly into the body via the water. For some conditions, or if preferred, the essential oils can be diluted in a massage carrier oil first, which will help to disperse the oil throughout the water. Alternatively, use ready blended (in carrier oil) or specially formulated bath oil, which has the added benefits of moisturising the body, giving a bubble/foam bath and helping to carry the essential oil out of the bath.

Benefits: The use of oils in a bath is useful for all conditions but will be particularly beneficial for muscular and skin conditions, while respiratory problems will benefit from the inhalation of the aroma. Stress, anxiety and other mental health problems will also be improved. Anyone suffering with insomnia will find a pre-retiring bath with Lavender, Bergamot, Petitgrain, Neroli as well as other oils a great aid to restful sleep.

Lotions And Creams

Essential oils can be added to fragrance-free lotions or creams, but make sure that you use a very good quality product that if preferably lanolin free (some people are sensitive to lanolin).

How to use: Add the essential oil(s) to a dark amber glass jar to help preserve the oil and prevent it from reacting with a plastic bottle. The recommended dosage is approximately 1-2 drops of essential oil to every 5mg of cream or 5ml of lotions. Apply lotion to the skin and rub until completely absorbed. Cream should be applied to the skin and gently rubbed in. Leave the rest to sit on the surface of the skin and gradually release the oil into the body and the aroma into the nose.

Benefits: This is a particularly good way of treating most skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, which will benefit greatly. A lotion is an excellent way to get essential oils rapidly into the bloodstream and is therefore useful for treating conditions such as circulation problems. Lotions and creams can be effectively used for headaches, while creams are a good way of treating respiratory conditions. Both are an essential medium for general body and skin care.

Inhalation

Inhalation is very useful for relieving congestion, easing catarrh and soothing the respiratory tract. The method of covering the head with a towel and inhaling the vapour from eucalyptus and camphor is still very popular today.

How to use: Pour a pint of very hot water into a bowl, then add up to 3-4 drops of essential oil(s) to the water. Cover your head with a towel and then lean over the bowl, keeping your head about 10 or 12 inches above the bowl. Keep your eyes closed and then inhale the vapours for a few minutes, then lean back and relax for a couple of minutes. Repeat for up to 10 minutes or as long as is comfortable. Repeat several times a day if required. A facial steamer may be used instead of a bowl with 3-5 drops of essential oil(s).

Benefits: Respiratory conditions will benefit most from this treatment method. Eucalyptus, Scots Pine, Niaouli and several other oils are excellent decongestants renowned for their ability to help most respiratory conditions. Inhalation is also a good way of treating facial skin problems as its effect is the same as that achieved by a facial sauna.

Compress

Compresses can be either hot or cold depending on the condition that is being treated. It is well-known and frequently used treatment method for sports injuries in particular, though its uses are much wider than this and can be very effective for pain, swelling and inflammation.

How to use: The method is the same whether hot or cold. Add up to 5 drops of essential oil(s) to a basin or bowl of hot or icy cold water. Use a face-cloth, lined pad, cotton wool or other absorbent fabric and dip this into water. Wring out the excess and place the pad on the affected area. Once the compress has achieved body temperature, renew it and continue as required. A hot compress can be held in place with crepe bandage on joints or with cling-film on larger areas, for example the lower back.

Benefits: Most conditions characterized by 'aches', for example earache, backache, etc, should be treated with hot compresses, while sprains, fevers, inflammations and headaches should be treated with cold compresses. Sprains and varicose veins respond very well to the 'hot/cold' treatment, ie start with a cold compress then alternate between hot and cold compresses over the next few days, finishing with a cold one.

Massage

Massage is a method favored by professional aromatherapists, who usually carry out a full body massage. Specific essential oils are chosen to suit the condition and temperament of the patient, and blended with a base oil, such as sweet almond oil or grapeseed oil.

How to use: The essential oil content in a blend should usually be between 1 per cent and 3 per cent depending on the type of disorder. As a general rule, physical ailments like rheumatism or indigestion demand a stronger concentration than the more emotional or nervous conditions. A rough guideline is to say that 20 drops of essential oil is equivalent to one milliliter, so to make a blend it is possible to use the following proportions:
  • 20 to 60 drops of essential oil to 100ml of base oil.
  • 7 to 25 drops of essential oil to 25ml of base oil.
  • 3 to 5 drops of essential oil to 1 tsp of base oil.

Benefits: Massage is a relaxing and nourishing experience in itself, not least because of the unspoken communication based on touch, but it also ensures that the oils are effectively absorbed through the skin and into the bloodstream. For general well-being it is beneficial to practice self-massage on specific areas of the body, especially concentrating on the feet and hands. It is also useful to rub those. It is also useful to rub those particular parts of the body that are causing discomfort; for example, peppermint ( in dilution) can be rubbed on the stomach in a clock-wise direction to ease indigestion; Marjoram can help to relax the neck and shoulders if they are stiff.

Other Methods

There are many other methods of using essential oils. The following is a brief summary of some of them.

Room Sprays

Make a home-made room spray using a sprayer that has been thoroughly cleaned, to provide your own favorite aromas to freshen your home. It is perfectly possible to make a room spray using a simple solution of cold water with added essential oils (stick to a 5 drops to 10ml maximum). This will mean that every time you use it you will have to make sure you shake it vigorously to disperse the oils in the water. You can 'fix' the aroma and also help to disperse the oils equally in the water by using distilled water (boiled then cooled water) and adding 10 per cent alcohol (preferably vodka).

Radiators And Humidifiers

Drops of oil can be placed in a saucer of water placed on top of a radiator, radiator fragrancer, or on to a ball of damp cotton wool placed behind the radiator. Drops of oil can also be added to the water in a humidifier. All these methods can be used as an alternative to a room burner.

Foot Bath

For foot problems, and as a way of introducing essential oils into the body for other problems, a foot bath can be used. This can either be a piece of equipment specially made for the purpose or a bowl of warm water. Add 2-4 drops of oil to the bath, disperse and immerse feet for up to 20 minutes; adding a bath carrier will help. A hand bath can achieve the same result for hand problems, and achieved in the same way, but only immerse for 10 minutes.

Tissue/Handkerchief/Pillow

Any method that allows inhalation of the oils is an alternative to steam inhalation. Some specific methods not mentioned so far are a tissue/handkerchief - add 1 or 2 drops of oil to your pillow at night so that the oil can be inhaled throughout the night.

Pot-pourri

Although not a recognized therapeutic method, a pot-pourri is a pleasant way of creating an aromatic atmosphere in a house or other rooms in the home. Adding essential oils to a pot-pourri will fragrance a room and introduce the essential oils into the body through inhalation.

Blending Oils

Essential oils can be used alone or blended together. Oils are blended for two reasons: to enhance or change their medicinal actions and to create a more sophisticated fragrance. In purfumery many oils are blended together. For therapeutic purposes it is unusual to mix more than four oils together. When blending oils at home it is best to mix no more than two or three oils. This is because blending has been shown to alter the molecular structure of essential oils and you may end up with a blend that acts differently from what you had intended. Make sure the properties of the oils are complementary.

Blending Guidelines

Choose two or three oils which you believe complement each other. Generally all flower oils work well together; woody oils enhance the resinous oils and other woody essences; the essential oils derived from herbs tend to blend harmoniously with each other; and the range of oils from fruits blend well with essences from their own botanical family .Mix a blend using a little of the strongest scented oils and more of the lighter fragrances. The best blend is usually the one you find most appealing.

Storing Oils

Essential oils are very volatile, ie they evaporate quickly when exposed to the air. Air will also cause oxidisation of the oils, and they are also affected by light and heat. Always buy and store your essential oils in brown amber glass bottles with air-tight, child-proof caps. Keep them in a cool dark place such as a refrigerator if it is kept at a reasonable temperature. Most essential oils, if stored correctly, will keep for up to two years. Some citrus oils such as Orange and Grapefruit may only be effectively used for up to six months. They will then go cloudy through oxidization. Some oils like Sandalwood, Frankincense and Patchouli actually mature and mellow with age. Once blended with other oils, and in carriers, oils will begin to oxidise, weaken and go rancid. This process, however, does take three months or more, and if you store your blends under the same conditions as your essential oils they should be perfectly satisfactory if used within the three months.

Safety Precautions

Warning: Never use essential oils directly on to the skin. Never take essential oils by mouth. If swallowed accidentally, eat bread, drink plenty of milk, and seek professional help. Always consult a qualified practitioner for advice and treatment:
  • If you are pregnant
  • Have an allergy
  • Have a chronic medical condition such as high blood pressure or epilepsy
  • Are receiving medical or psychiatric treatment Are taking homeopathic remedies
  • When treating babies or very young children






100% Pure Lemongrass Essential Oil Supplied In A 10ml Amber Glass Bottle, With Tamper Evident Dropper Cap To Ensure Perfect Quality.



Botanical Name: Cymbopogon citratus.

Country Of Origin: Guatamala.

Family Name: Gramineae.

Aroma: Strong, sweet and lemony.

General: Lemongrass is distilled from the leaves. It has powerful, lemongrass aroma. There has been recent research in India which shows that Lemongrass acts as sedative on the central nervous system.

Some Traditional Uses: Helful ss an insect repellent and deodorizer, for athlete's foot, as a tissue toner. to relieve muscular pain (sports-muscle pain), increase circulation, for headaches, for nervous exhaustion and other stress related problems.

Blends Well With: Basil, cedarwood, coriander, geranium, jasmine, lavender, neroli, niaouli, palmarosa, rosemary, tee tree, yarrow.




Methods Of Use (And General Help & Information About Essential Oils)

There are many ways of using essential oils, and at least one of them will be right for you. Essential oils are the basic tools of aromatherapy. The oils, which are extracted from plants, can be used to treat all systems of the mind, and imbalances of the emotions. There are many ways to use essential oils. Professional aromatherapists tend to favor massage as the most effective way of getting oils into the body. Massage also increases the healing potential of aromatherapy. The medicinal properties of the essential oils and the nurturing power of touch combine to form a potent healing treatment. Massage can be relaxing or energizing, it can sooth the nervous system or boost the blood and lymphatic systems to improve pysical and mental functioning. Not least among its benefits is the way it can ease pain and tension from tense or overworked muscles and lift the spirits. Whenever possible, try to include massage in your home aromatherapy treatments; where this is not possible, use any of the other methods mentioned below. It is not an exhaustive list and you may well know, or you may discover, other methods.

Room Burner (oil burner; lamp ring; diffuser; vaporiser)

Room burners are specifically made for use with essential oils. You can buy them in many different shapes, sizes, designs and patterns. They can be electric, radiator fragrancer, candle powered or a ceramic light bulb ring that is heated by a light bulb, but most are ceramic oil burners warmed by a small candle. Also remember that a glazed ceramic oil burner will not crack, burn or stain, and is easy to keep clean. Always try to use good quality night lights with a good quality wick so that it will not smell when alight or smoke when blown out.

How to use: Place a small amount of cold water in the bowl, enough to fill it but leaving some space for water expansion. The essential oils of your choice are then dropped into the water ( 6-8 drops will normally be used depending on the size of the bowl and the amount of water being used). Place the candle in the chamber, light it and leave in a safe place. Use for 25-30 minutes this will, of course, depend on the size of the room or house etc.

Benefits: Psychological conditions can be treated very effectively with a room burner. Headaches respond well to this method and all respiratory problems can be treated in this way. A major use of the room burner is to scent and purify the air, clear germs and create a 'therapeutic atmosphere'.

Aromatic Baths

Aromatic baths are one of the most convenient and health-giving methods of using pure essential oils. When used in this way these healing essences not only affect the physical body but the mental and emotional levels too. They can be detoxifying, relaxing, invigorating, emotionally uplifting and sensual. To some degree all essential oils have antibacterial properties, especially lavender and bergamot, while some like eucalyptus and tea tree are also effective when treating viruses. So regular aromatic baths can be useful to help prevent and treat a range of common ailments as well as uplifting or calming the emotions. These qualities plus the way the essences are readily absorbed by the body makes aromatic bathing an essential and luxurious addition to everyday life.

Recipes For Aromatic Baths

Invigorating bath: For an enlivening start to the day use the following blend of essential oils in a warm bath. To enhance the effect finish with a cool shower or splash your body briefly with cold water. For a more fruity aroma add 3 drops of lemon oil instead of geranium.
  • Sweet basil oil = 2 drops
  • Geranium oil = 3 drops
  • Rosemary = 4 drops

Relaxing bath: For a deeply relaxing bath at the end of the day add the following essential oils to a full, warm bath. For a more floral quality add 3 drops of neroli oil instead of sweet marjoram.
  • Clary sage oil = 3 drops
  • Lavender oil = 4 drops
  • Sweet marjoram oil = 3 drops

Revitalising bath: This combination of essences in a warm bath is ideal to use when you've had a long day and need re-energising. For a less fruity aroma but equally reviving effect add 3 drops of rosewood instead of grapefruit oil.
  • Geranium oil = 3 drops
  • Grapefruit oil = 3 drops
  • Myrtle = 4 drops

Emotionally uplifting bath: To melt away stressful or negative thoughts and uplift your spirits use the following combination of essential oils in a warm bath. Soak for at least 15 minutes inhaling the aromatic vapours. If you feel like treating yourself add 2 drops of rose or jasmine essential oil instead of petitgrain.
  • Bergamot oil = 4 drops
  • Clary sage oil = 3 drops
  • Petitgrain = 3 drops

Sensual bath: For a sensual bath for one or two add the following essential oils to a warm bath. Do make sure the blend is pleasing to both of you. For a more 'earthy' aroma use 3 drops of patchouli instead of myrtle oil, or leave out rose and myrtle altogether and substitute them with 3 drops of jasmine.
  • Sandalwood oil = 4 drops
  • Myrtle oil = 3 drops
  • Rose oil = 1 drops
  • Ylang Ylang oil = 2 drops

Purifying bath: Use this bath to help strengthen the body and combat infections like colds and flu. If desired use 2 drops of penetrating eucalyptus instead of bergamot oil.
  • Bergamot oil = 3 drops
  • Lavender oil = 4 drops
  • Tea Tree = 3 drops

Children's bath: If children see you relaxing in a fragrant bath it won't be long before they want one too! Mix the following essential oils into 2 to 3 teaspoons of base oil, then add warm water to create a delightful bath. The dosages are suitable for children over six years old. This combination is ideal for bedtime as it soothes the emotions.
  • Mandarin oil = 3 drops
  • Lavender oil = 3 drops

How to use: First ask yourself what effect you'd like from your aromatic bath, then select an essential oil whose aroma pleases you and also suits your physical and emotional needs. For example, if you have a cold, lavender oil will help to combat infection and has a very relaxing effect, on the other hand bergamot oil combines the ability to fight infection and induces an emotionally uplifting effect. Use only two or three essences in the bath. When you know each one very well you may choose to use a maximum of four, although just two can often have a more powerful effect than four - less generally means more with essential oils.
Fill the bath, add the essential oil(s) (up to 6 drops or as directed), then agitate the water to disperse the oil(s). Soak in the bath for at least 10 minutes, and make sure the bathroom door is closed so that you get the benefit of inhaling the aroma as well as getting the oil directly into the body via the water. For some conditions, or if preferred, the essential oils can be diluted in a massage carrier oil first, which will help to disperse the oil throughout the water. Alternatively, use ready blended (in carrier oil) or specially formulated bath oil, which has the added benefits of moisturising the body, giving a bubble/foam bath and helping to carry the essential oil out of the bath.

Benefits: The use of oils in a bath is useful for all conditions but will be particularly beneficial for muscular and skin conditions, while respiratory problems will benefit from the inhalation of the aroma. Stress, anxiety and other mental health problems will also be improved. Anyone suffering with insomnia will find a pre-retiring bath with Lavender, Bergamot, Petitgrain, Neroli as well as other oils a great aid to restful sleep.

Lotions And Creams

Essential oils can be added to fragrance-free lotions or creams, but make sure that you use a very good quality product that if preferably lanolin free (some people are sensitive to lanolin).

How to use: Add the essential oil(s) to a dark amber glass jar to help preserve the oil and prevent it from reacting with a plastic bottle. The recommended dosage is approximately 1-2 drops of essential oil to every 5mg of cream or 5ml of lotions. Apply lotion to the skin and rub until completely absorbed. Cream should be applied to the skin and gently rubbed in. Leave the rest to sit on the surface of the skin and gradually release the oil into the body and the aroma into the nose.

Benefits: This is a particularly good way of treating most skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, which will benefit greatly. A lotion is an excellent way to get essential oils rapidly into the bloodstream and is therefore useful for treating conditions such as circulation problems. Lotions and creams can be effectively used for headaches, while creams are a good way of treating respiratory conditions. Both are an essential medium for general body and skin care.

Inhalation

Inhalation is very useful for relieving congestion, easing catarrh and soothing the respiratory tract. The method of covering the head with a towel and inhaling the vapour from eucalyptus and camphor is still very popular today.

How to use: Pour a pint of very hot water into a bowl, then add up to 3-4 drops of essential oil(s) to the water. Cover your head with a towel and then lean over the bowl, keeping your head about 10 or 12 inches above the bowl. Keep your eyes closed and then inhale the vapours for a few minutes, then lean back and relax for a couple of minutes. Repeat for up to 10 minutes or as long as is comfortable. Repeat several times a day if required. A facial steamer may be used instead of a bowl with 3-5 drops of essential oil(s).

Benefits: Respiratory conditions will benefit most from this treatment method. Eucalyptus, Scots Pine, Niaouli and several other oils are excellent decongestants renowned for their ability to help most respiratory conditions. Inhalation is also a good way of treating facial skin problems as its effect is the same as that achieved by a facial sauna.

Compress

Compresses can be either hot or cold depending on the condition that is being treated. It is well-known and frequently used treatment method for sports injuries in particular, though its uses are much wider than this and can be very effective for pain, swelling and inflammation.

How to use: The method is the same whether hot or cold. Add up to 5 drops of essential oil(s) to a basin or bowl of hot or icy cold water. Use a face-cloth, lined pad, cotton wool or other absorbent fabric and dip this into water. Wring out the excess and place the pad on the affected area. Once the compress has achieved body temperature, renew it and continue as required. A hot compress can be held in place with crepe bandage on joints or with cling-film on larger areas, for example the lower back.

Benefits: Most conditions characterized by 'aches', for example earache, backache, etc, should be treated with hot compresses, while sprains, fevers, inflammations and headaches should be treated with cold compresses. Sprains and varicose veins respond very well to the 'hot/cold' treatment, ie start with a cold compress then alternate between hot and cold compresses over the next few days, finishing with a cold one.

Massage

Massage is a method favored by professional aromatherapists, who usually carry out a full body massage. Specific essential oils are chosen to suit the condition and temperament of the patient, and blended with a base oil, such as sweet almond oil or grapeseed oil.

How to use: The essential oil content in a blend should usually be between 1 per cent and 3 per cent depending on the type of disorder. As a general rule, physical ailments like rheumatism or indigestion demand a stronger concentration than the more emotional or nervous conditions. A rough guideline is to say that 20 drops of essential oil is equivalent to one milliliter, so to make a blend it is possible to use the following proportions:
  • 20 to 60 drops of essential oil to 100ml of base oil.
  • 7 to 25 drops of essential oil to 25ml of base oil.
  • 3 to 5 drops of essential oil to 1 tsp of base oil.

Benefits: Massage is a relaxing and nourishing experience in itself, not least because of the unspoken communication based on touch, but it also ensures that the oils are effectively absorbed through the skin and into the bloodstream. For general well-being it is beneficial to practice self-massage on specific areas of the body, especially concentrating on the feet and hands. It is also useful to rub those. It is also useful to rub those particular parts of the body that are causing discomfort; for example, peppermint ( in dilution) can be rubbed on the stomach in a clock-wise direction to ease indigestion; Marjoram can help to relax the neck and shoulders if they are stiff.

Other Methods

There are many other methods of using essential oils. The following is a brief summary of some of them.

Room Sprays

Make a home-made room spray using a sprayer that has been thoroughly cleaned, to provide your own favorite aromas to freshen your home. It is perfectly possible to make a room spray using a simple solution of cold water with added essential oils (stick to a 5 drops to 10ml maximum). This will mean that every time you use it you will have to make sure you shake it vigorously to disperse the oils in the water. You can 'fix' the aroma and also help to disperse the oils equally in the water by using distilled water (boiled then cooled water) and adding 10 per cent alcohol (preferably vodka).

Radiators And Humidifiers

Drops of oil can be placed in a saucer of water placed on top of a radiator, radiator fragrancer, or on to a ball of damp cotton wool placed behind the radiator. Drops of oil can also be added to the water in a humidifier. All these methods can be used as an alternative to a room burner.

Foot Bath

For foot problems, and as a way of introducing essential oils into the body for other problems, a foot bath can be used. This can either be a piece of equipment specially made for the purpose or a bowl of warm water. Add 2-4 drops of oil to the bath, disperse and immerse feet for up to 20 minutes; adding a bath carrier will help. A hand bath can achieve the same result for hand problems, and achieved in the same way, but only immerse for 10 minutes.

Tissue/Handkerchief/Pillow

Any method that allows inhalation of the oils is an alternative to steam inhalation. Some specific methods not mentioned so far are a tissue/handkerchief - add 1 or 2 drops of oil to your pillow at night so that the oil can be inhaled throughout the night.

Pot-pourri

Although not a recognized therapeutic method, a pot-pourri is a pleasant way of creating an aromatic atmosphere in a house or other rooms in the home. Adding essential oils to a pot-pourri will fragrance a room and introduce the essential oils into the body through inhalation.

Blending Oils

Essential oils can be used alone or blended together. Oils are blended for two reasons: to enhance or change their medicinal actions and to create a more sophisticated fragrance. In purfumery many oils are blended together. For therapeutic purposes it is unusual to mix more than four oils together. When blending oils at home it is best to mix no more than two or three oils. This is because blending has been shown to alter the molecular structure of essential oils and you may end up with a blend that acts differently from what you had intended. Make sure the properties of the oils are complementary.

Blending Guidelines

Choose two or three oils which you believe complement each other. Generally all flower oils work well together; woody oils enhance the resinous oils and other woody essences; the essential oils derived from herbs tend to blend harmoniously with each other; and the range of oils from fruits blend well with essences from their own botanical family .Mix a blend using a little of the strongest scented oils and more of the lighter fragrances. The best blend is usually the one you find most appealing.

Storing Oils

Essential oils are very volatile, ie they evaporate quickly when exposed to the air. Air will also cause oxidisation of the oils, and they are also affected by light and heat. Always buy and store your essential oils in brown amber glass bottles with air-tight, child-proof caps. Keep them in a cool dark place such as a refrigerator if it is kept at a reasonable temperature. Most essential oils, if stored correctly, will keep for up to two years. Some citrus oils such as Orange and Grapefruit may only be effectively used for up to six months. They will then go cloudy through oxidization. Some oils like Sandalwood, Frankincense and Patchouli actually mature and mellow with age. Once blended with other oils, and in carriers, oils will begin to oxidise, weaken and go rancid. This process, however, does take three months or more, and if you store your blends under the same conditions as your essential oils they should be perfectly satisfactory if used within the three months.

Safety Precautions

Warning: Never use essential oils directly on to the skin. Never take essential oils by mouth. If swallowed accidentally, eat bread, drink plenty of milk, and seek professional help. Always consult a qualified practitioner for advice and treatment:
  • If you are pregnant
  • Have an allergy
  • Have a chronic medical condition such as high blood pressure or epilepsy
  • Are receiving medical or psychiatric treatment Are taking homeopathic remedies
  • When treating babies or very young children






100% Pure Lemongrass Organic Essential Oil Supplied In A 10ml Amber Glass Bottle, With Tamper Evident Dropper Cap To Ensure Perfect Quality.



Fully certified.

Botanical Name: Cymbopogon citratus.

Country Of Origin: Nepal.

Family Name: Gramineae.

Aroma: Strong, sweet and lemony.

General: Lemongrass is distilled from the leaves. It has powerful, lemongrass aroma. There has been recent research in India which shows that Lemongrass acts as sedative on the central nervous system.

Blends well with: Basil, cedarwood, coriander, geranium, jasmine, lavender, neroli, niaouli, palmarosa, rosemary, tee tree, yarrow.

organic bergamot essential oil




Methods Of Use (And General Help & Information About Essential Oils)

There are many ways of using essential oils, and at least one of them will be right for you. Essential oils are the basic tools of aromatherapy. The oils, which are extracted from plants, can be used to treat all systems of the mind, and imbalances of the emotions. There are many ways to use essential oils. Professional aromatherapists tend to favor massage as the most effective way of getting oils into the body. Massage also increases the healing potential of aromatherapy. The medicinal properties of the essential oils and the nurturing power of touch combine to form a potent healing treatment. Massage can be relaxing or energizing, it can sooth the nervous system or boost the blood and lymphatic systems to improve pysical and mental functioning. Not least among its benefits is the way it can ease pain and tension from tense or overworked muscles and lift the spirits. Whenever possible, try to include massage in your home aromatherapy treatments; where this is not possible, use any of the other methods mentioned below. It is not an exhaustive list and you may well know, or you may discover, other methods.

Room Burner (oil burner; lamp ring; diffuser; vaporiser)

Room burners are specifically made for use with essential oils. You can buy them in many different shapes, sizes, designs and patterns. They can be electric, radiator fragrancer, candle powered or a ceramic light bulb ring that is heated by a light bulb, but most are ceramic oil burners warmed by a small candle. Also remember that a glazed ceramic oil burner will not crack, burn or stain, and is easy to keep clean. Always try to use good quality night lights with a good quality wick so that it will not smell when alight or smoke when blown out.

How to use: Place a small amount of cold water in the bowl, enough to fill it but leaving some space for water expansion. The essential oils of your choice are then dropped into the water ( 6-8 drops will normally be used depending on the size of the bowl and the amount of water being used). Place the candle in the chamber, light it and leave in a safe place. Use for 25-30 minutes this will, of course, depend on the size of the room or house etc.

Benefits: Psychological conditions can be treated very effectively with a room burner. Headaches respond well to this method and all respiratory problems can be treated in this way. A major use of the room burner is to scent and purify the air, clear germs and create a 'therapeutic atmosphere'.

Aromatic Baths

Aromatic baths are one of the most convenient and health-giving methods of using pure essential oils. When used in this way these healing essences not only affect the physical body but the mental and emotional levels too. They can be detoxifying, relaxing, invigorating, emotionally uplifting and sensual. To some degree all essential oils have antibacterial properties, especially lavender and bergamot, while some like eucalyptus and tea tree are also effective when treating viruses. So regular aromatic baths can be useful to help prevent and treat a range of common ailments as well as uplifting or calming the emotions. These qualities plus the way the essences are readily absorbed by the body makes aromatic bathing an essential and luxurious addition to everyday life.

Recipes For Aromatic Baths

Invigorating bath: For an enlivening start to the day use the following blend of essential oils in a warm bath. To enhance the effect finish with a cool shower or splash your body briefly with cold water. For a more fruity aroma add 3 drops of lemon oil instead of geranium.
  • Sweet basil oil = 2 drops
  • Geranium oil = 3 drops
  • Rosemary = 4 drops

Relaxing bath: For a deeply relaxing bath at the end of the day add the following essential oils to a full, warm bath. For a more floral quality add 3 drops of neroli oil instead of sweet marjoram.
  • Clary sage oil = 3 drops
  • Lavender oil = 4 drops
  • Sweet marjoram oil = 3 drops

Revitalising bath: This combination of essences in a warm bath is ideal to use when you've had a long day and need re-energising. For a less fruity aroma but equally reviving effect add 3 drops of rosewood instead of grapefruit oil.
  • Geranium oil = 3 drops
  • Grapefruit oil = 3 drops
  • Myrtle = 4 drops

Emotionally uplifting bath: To melt away stressful or negative thoughts and uplift your spirits use the following combination of essential oils in a warm bath. Soak for at least 15 minutes inhaling the aromatic vapours. If you feel like treating yourself add 2 drops of rose or jasmine essential oil instead of petitgrain.
  • Bergamot oil = 4 drops
  • Clary sage oil = 3 drops
  • Petitgrain = 3 drops

Sensual bath: For a sensual bath for one or two add the following essential oils to a warm bath. Do make sure the blend is pleasing to both of you. For a more 'earthy' aroma use 3 drops of patchouli instead of myrtle oil, or leave out rose and myrtle altogether and substitute them with 3 drops of jasmine.
  • Sandalwood oil = 4 drops
  • Myrtle oil = 3 drops
  • Rose oil = 1 drops
  • Ylang Ylang oil = 2 drops

Purifying bath: Use this bath to help strengthen the body and combat infections like colds and flu. If desired use 2 drops of penetrating eucalyptus instead of bergamot oil.
  • Bergamot oil = 3 drops
  • Lavender oil = 4 drops
  • Tea Tree = 3 drops

Children's bath: If children see you relaxing in a fragrant bath it won't be long before they want one too! Mix the following essential oils into 2 to 3 teaspoons of base oil, then add warm water to create a delightful bath. The dosages are suitable for children over six years old. This combination is ideal for bedtime as it soothes the emotions.
  • Mandarin oil = 3 drops
  • Lavender oil = 3 drops

How to use: First ask yourself what effect you'd like from your aromatic bath, then select an essential oil whose aroma pleases you and also suits your physical and emotional needs. For example, if you have a cold, lavender oil will help to combat infection and has a very relaxing effect, on the other hand bergamot oil combines the ability to fight infection and induces an emotionally uplifting effect. Use only two or three essences in the bath. When you know each one very well you may choose to use a maximum of four, although just two can often have a more powerful effect than four - less generally means more with essential oils.
Fill the bath, add the essential oil(s) (up to 6 drops or as directed), then agitate the water to disperse the oil(s). Soak in the bath for at least 10 minutes, and make sure the bathroom door is closed so that you get the benefit of inhaling the aroma as well as getting the oil directly into the body via the water. For some conditions, or if preferred, the essential oils can be diluted in a massage carrier oil first, which will help to disperse the oil throughout the water. Alternatively, use ready blended (in carrier oil) or specially formulated bath oil, which has the added benefits of moisturising the body, giving a bubble/foam bath and helping to carry the essential oil out of the bath.

Benefits: The use of oils in a bath is useful for all conditions but will be particularly beneficial for muscular and skin conditions, while respiratory problems will benefit from the inhalation of the aroma. Stress, anxiety and other mental health problems will also be improved. Anyone suffering with insomnia will find a pre-retiring bath with Lavender, Bergamot, Petitgrain, Neroli as well as other oils a great aid to restful sleep.

Lotions And Creams

Essential oils can be added to fragrance-free lotions or creams, but make sure that you use a very good quality product that if preferably lanolin free (some people are sensitive to lanolin).

How to use: Add the essential oil(s) to a dark amber glass jar to help preserve the oil and prevent it from reacting with a plastic bottle. The recommended dosage is approximately 1-2 drops of essential oil to every 5mg of cream or 5ml of lotions. Apply lotion to the skin and rub until completely absorbed. Cream should be applied to the skin and gently rubbed in. Leave the rest to sit on the surface of the skin and gradually release the oil into the body and the aroma into the nose.

Benefits: This is a particularly good way of treating most skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, which will benefit greatly. A lotion is an excellent way to get essential oils rapidly into the bloodstream and is therefore useful for treating conditions such as circulation problems. Lotions and creams can be effectively used for headaches, while creams are a good way of treating respiratory conditions. Both are an essential medium for general body and skin care.

Inhalation

Inhalation is very useful for relieving congestion, easing catarrh and soothing the respiratory tract. The method of covering the head with a towel and inhaling the vapour from eucalyptus and camphor is still very popular today.

How to use: Pour a pint of very hot water into a bowl, then add up to 3-4 drops of essential oil(s) to the water. Cover your head with a towel and then lean over the bowl, keeping your head about 10 or 12 inches above the bowl. Keep your eyes closed and then inhale the vapours for a few minutes, then lean back and relax for a couple of minutes. Repeat for up to 10 minutes or as long as is comfortable. Repeat several times a day if required. A facial steamer may be used instead of a bowl with 3-5 drops of essential oil(s).

Benefits: Respiratory conditions will benefit most from this treatment method. Eucalyptus, Scots Pine, Niaouli and several other oils are excellent decongestants renowned for their ability to help most respiratory conditions. Inhalation is also a good way of treating facial skin problems as its effect is the same as that achieved by a facial sauna.

Compress

Compresses can be either hot or cold depending on the condition that is being treated. It is well-known and frequently used treatment method for sports injuries in particular, though its uses are much wider than this and can be very effective for pain, swelling and inflammation.

How to use: The method is the same whether hot or cold. Add up to 5 drops of essential oil(s) to a basin or bowl of hot or icy cold water. Use a face-cloth, lined pad, cotton wool or other absorbent fabric and dip this into water. Wring out the excess and place the pad on the affected area. Once the compress has achieved body temperature, renew it and continue as required. A hot compress can be held in place with crepe bandage on joints or with cling-film on larger areas, for example the lower back.

Benefits: Most conditions characterized by 'aches', for example earache, backache, etc, should be treated with hot compresses, while sprains, fevers, inflammations and headaches should be treated with cold compresses. Sprains and varicose veins respond very well to the 'hot/cold' treatment, ie start with a cold compress then alternate between hot and cold compresses over the next few days, finishing with a cold one.

Massage

Massage is a method favored by professional aromatherapists, who usually carry out a full body massage. Specific essential oils are chosen to suit the condition and temperament of the patient, and blended with a base oil, such as sweet almond oil or grapeseed oil.

How to use: The essential oil content in a blend should usually be between 1 per cent and 3 per cent depending on the type of disorder. As a general rule, physical ailments like rheumatism or indigestion demand a stronger concentration than the more emotional or nervous conditions. A rough guideline is to say that 20 drops of essential oil is equivalent to one milliliter, so to make a blend it is possible to use the following proportions:
  • 20 to 60 drops of essential oil to 100ml of base oil.
  • 7 to 25 drops of essential oil to 25ml of base oil.
  • 3 to 5 drops of essential oil to 1 tsp of base oil.

Benefits: Massage is a relaxing and nourishing experience in itself, not least because of the unspoken communication based on touch, but it also ensures that the oils are effectively absorbed through the skin and into the bloodstream. For general well-being it is beneficial to practice self-massage on specific areas of the body, especially concentrating on the feet and hands. It is also useful to rub those. It is also useful to rub those particular parts of the body that are causing discomfort; for example, peppermint ( in dilution) can be rubbed on the stomach in a clock-wise direction to ease indigestion; Marjoram can help to relax the neck and shoulders if they are stiff.

Other Methods

There are many other methods of using essential oils. The following is a brief summary of some of them.

Room Sprays

Make a home-made room spray using a sprayer that has been thoroughly cleaned, to provide your own favorite aromas to freshen your home. It is perfectly possible to make a room spray using a simple solution of cold water with added essential oils (stick to a 5 drops to 10ml maximum). This will mean that every time you use it you will have to make sure you shake it vigorously to disperse the oils in the water. You can 'fix' the aroma and also help to disperse the oils equally in the water by using distilled water (boiled then cooled water) and adding 10 per cent alcohol (preferably vodka).

Radiators And Humidifiers

Drops of oil can be placed in a saucer of water placed on top of a radiator, radiator fragrancer, or on to a ball of damp cotton wool placed behind the radiator. Drops of oil can also be added to the water in a humidifier. All these methods can be used as an alternative to a room burner.

Foot Bath

For foot problems, and as a way of introducing essential oils into the body for other problems, a foot bath can be used. This can either be a piece of equipment specially made for the purpose or a bowl of warm water. Add 2-4 drops of oil to the bath, disperse and immerse feet for up to 20 minutes; adding a bath carrier will help. A hand bath can achieve the same result for hand problems, and achieved in the same way, but only immerse for 10 minutes.

Tissue/Handkerchief/Pillow

Any method that allows inhalation of the oils is an alternative to steam inhalation. Some specific methods not mentioned so far are a tissue/handkerchief - add 1 or 2 drops of oil to your pillow at night so that the oil can be inhaled throughout the night.

Pot-pourri

Although not a recognized therapeutic method, a pot-pourri is a pleasant way of creating an aromatic atmosphere in a house or other rooms in the home. Adding essential oils to a pot-pourri will fragrance a room and introduce the essential oils into the body through inhalation.

Blending Oils

Essential oils can be used alone or blended together. Oils are blended for two reasons: to enhance or change their medicinal actions and to create a more sophisticated fragrance. In purfumery many oils are blended together. For therapeutic purposes it is unusual to mix more than four oils together. When blending oils at home it is best to mix no more than two or three oils. This is because blending has been shown to alter the molecular structure of essential oils and you may end up with a blend that acts differently from what you had intended. Make sure the properties of the oils are complementary.

Blending Guidelines

Choose two or three oils which you believe complement each other. Generally all flower oils work well together; woody oils enhance the resinous oils and other woody essences; the essential oils derived from herbs tend to blend harmoniously with each other; and the range of oils from fruits blend well with essences from their own botanical family .Mix a blend using a little of the strongest scented oils and more of the lighter fragrances. The best blend is usually the one you find most appealing.

Storing Oils

Essential oils are very volatile, ie they evaporate quickly when exposed to the air. Air will also cause oxidisation of the oils, and they are also affected by light and heat. Always buy and store your essential oils in brown amber glass bottles with air-tight, child-proof caps. Keep them in a cool dark place such as a refrigerator if it is kept at a reasonable temperature. Most essential oils, if stored correctly, will keep for up to two years. Some citrus oils such as Orange and Grapefruit may only be effectively used for up to six months. They will then go cloudy through oxidization. Some oils like Sandalwood, Frankincense and Patchouli actually mature and mellow with age. Once blended with other oils, and in carriers, oils will begin to oxidise, weaken and go rancid. This process, however, does take three months or more, and if you store your blends under the same conditions as your essential oils they should be perfectly satisfactory if used within the three months.

Safety Precautions

Warning: Never use essential oils directly on to the skin. Never take essential oils by mouth. If swallowed accidentally, eat bread, drink plenty of milk, and seek professional help. Always consult a qualified practitioner for advice and treatment:
  • If you are pregnant
  • Have an allergy
  • Have a chronic medical condition such as high blood pressure or epilepsy
  • Are receiving medical or psychiatric treatment Are taking homeopathic remedies
  • When treating babies or very young children






Lime Distilled Essential Oil. Supplied in a 10ml Amber Glass Dropper Bottle.



Botanical Name: Citrus aurantifolia.

Country Of Origin: Italy.

Aroma: Fresh, sweet, citrus peel scent, more bitter than the Lime Cold Pressed.

Perfume Note: Top.

Extraction Description: Oil is steam distilled from the highly acidic juice-emulsion that results from crushing small sour whole fruits.

General: The Distilled oil is heavier and has a bitter undertone when compared to the Lime Cold Pressed. A few drops of oil added to a bath dispersant (bath and shower gel, or carrier oil) will help uplift the spirits and energise. A few drops of oil sniffed from a hanky can help with travel sickness.

Properties: Antiseptic, antiviral, bactericidal, tonic.




Methods Of Use (And General Help & Information About Essential Oils)

There are many ways of using essential oils, and at least one of them will be right for you. Essential oils are the basic tools of aromatherapy. The oils, which are extracted from plants, can be used to treat all systems of the mind, and imbalances of the emotions. There are many ways to use essential oils. Professional aromatherapists tend to favor massage as the most effective way of getting oils into the body. Massage also increases the healing potential of aromatherapy. The medicinal properties of the essential oils and the nurturing power of touch combine to form a potent healing treatment. Massage can be relaxing or energizing, it can sooth the nervous system or boost the blood and lymphatic systems to improve pysical and mental functioning. Not least among its benefits is the way it can ease pain and tension from tense or overworked muscles and lift the spirits. Whenever possible, try to include massage in your home aromatherapy treatments; where this is not possible, use any of the other methods mentioned below. It is not an exhaustive list and you may well know, or you may discover, other methods.

Room Burner (oil burner; lamp ring; diffuser; vaporiser)

Room burners are specifically made for use with essential oils. You can buy them in many different shapes, sizes, designs and patterns. They can be electric, radiator fragrancer, candle powered or a ceramic light bulb ring that is heated by a light bulb, but most are ceramic oil burners warmed by a small candle. Also remember that a glazed ceramic oil burner will not crack, burn or stain, and is easy to keep clean. Always try to use good quality night lights with a good quality wick so that it will not smell when alight or smoke when blown out.

How to use: Place a small amount of cold water in the bowl, enough to fill it but leaving some space for water expansion. The essential oils of your choice are then dropped into the water ( 6-8 drops will normally be used depending on the size of the bowl and the amount of water being used). Place the candle in the chamber, light it and leave in a safe place. Use for 25-30 minutes this will, of course, depend on the size of the room or house etc.

Benefits: Psychological conditions can be treated very effectively with a room burner. Headaches respond well to this method and all respiratory problems can be treated in this way. A major use of the room burner is to scent and purify the air, clear germs and create a 'therapeutic atmosphere'.

Aromatic Baths

Aromatic baths are one of the most convenient and health-giving methods of using pure essential oils. When used in this way these healing essences not only affect the physical body but the mental and emotional levels too. They can be detoxifying, relaxing, invigorating, emotionally uplifting and sensual. To some degree all essential oils have antibacterial properties, especially lavender and bergamot, while some like eucalyptus and tea tree are also effective when treating viruses. So regular aromatic baths can be useful to help prevent and treat a range of common ailments as well as uplifting or calming the emotions. These qualities plus the way the essences are readily absorbed by the body makes aromatic bathing an essential and luxurious addition to everyday life.

Recipes For Aromatic Baths

Invigorating bath: For an enlivening start to the day use the following blend of essential oils in a warm bath. To enhance the effect finish with a cool shower or splash your body briefly with cold water. For a more fruity aroma add 3 drops of lemon oil instead of geranium.
  • Sweet basil oil = 2 drops
  • Geranium oil = 3 drops
  • Rosemary = 4 drops

Relaxing bath: For a deeply relaxing bath at the end of the day add the following essential oils to a full, warm bath. For a more floral quality add 3 drops of neroli oil instead of sweet marjoram.
  • Clary sage oil = 3 drops
  • Lavender oil = 4 drops
  • Sweet marjoram oil = 3 drops

Revitalising bath: This combination of essences in a warm bath is ideal to use when you've had a long day and need re-energising. For a less fruity aroma but equally reviving effect add 3 drops of rosewood instead of grapefruit oil.
  • Geranium oil = 3 drops
  • Grapefruit oil = 3 drops
  • Myrtle = 4 drops

Emotionally uplifting bath: To melt away stressful or negative thoughts and uplift your spirits use the following combination of essential oils in a warm bath. Soak for at least 15 minutes inhaling the aromatic vapours. If you feel like treating yourself add 2 drops of rose or jasmine essential oil instead of petitgrain.
  • Bergamot oil = 4 drops
  • Clary sage oil = 3 drops
  • Petitgrain = 3 drops

Sensual bath: For a sensual bath for one or two add the following essential oils to a warm bath. Do make sure the blend is pleasing to both of you. For a more 'earthy' aroma use 3 drops of patchouli instead of myrtle oil, or leave out rose and myrtle altogether and substitute them with 3 drops of jasmine.
  • Sandalwood oil = 4 drops
  • Myrtle oil = 3 drops
  • Rose oil = 1 drops
  • Ylang Ylang oil = 2 drops

Purifying bath: Use this bath to help strengthen the body and combat infections like colds and flu. If desired use 2 drops of penetrating eucalyptus instead of bergamot oil.
  • Bergamot oil = 3 drops
  • Lavender oil = 4 drops
  • Tea Tree = 3 drops

Children's bath: If children see you relaxing in a fragrant bath it won't be long before they want one too! Mix the following essential oils into 2 to 3 teaspoons of base oil, then add warm water to create a delightful bath. The dosages are suitable for children over six years old. This combination is ideal for bedtime as it soothes the emotions.
  • Mandarin oil = 3 drops
  • Lavender oil = 3 drops

How to use: First ask yourself what effect you'd like from your aromatic bath, then select an essential oil whose aroma pleases you and also suits your physical and emotional needs. For example, if you have a cold, lavender oil will help to combat infection and has a very relaxing effect, on the other hand bergamot oil combines the ability to fight infection and induces an emotionally uplifting effect. Use only two or three essences in the bath. When you know each one very well you may choose to use a maximum of four, although just two can often have a more powerful effect than four - less generally means more with essential oils.
Fill the bath, add the essential oil(s) (up to 6 drops or as directed), then agitate the water to disperse the oil(s). Soak in the bath for at least 10 minutes, and make sure the bathroom door is closed so that you get the benefit of inhaling the aroma as well as getting the oil directly into the body via the water. For some conditions, or if preferred, the essential oils can be diluted in a massage carrier oil first, which will help to disperse the oil throughout the water. Alternatively, use ready blended (in carrier oil) or specially formulated bath oil, which has the added benefits of moisturising the body, giving a bubble/foam bath and helping to carry the essential oil out of the bath.

Benefits: The use of oils in a bath is useful for all conditions but will be particularly beneficial for muscular and skin conditions, while respiratory problems will benefit from the inhalation of the aroma. Stress, anxiety and other mental health problems will also be improved. Anyone suffering with insomnia will find a pre-retiring bath with Lavender, Bergamot, Petitgrain, Neroli as well as other oils a great aid to restful sleep.

Lotions And Creams

Essential oils can be added to fragrance-free lotions or creams, but make sure that you use a very good quality product that if preferably lanolin free (some people are sensitive to lanolin).

How to use: Add the essential oil(s) to a dark amber glass jar to help preserve the oil and prevent it from reacting with a plastic bottle. The recommended dosage is approximately 1-2 drops of essential oil to every 5mg of cream or 5ml of lotions. Apply lotion to the skin and rub until completely absorbed. Cream should be applied to the skin and gently rubbed in. Leave the rest to sit on the surface of the skin and gradually release the oil into the body and the aroma into the nose.

Benefits: This is a particularly good way of treating most skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, which will benefit greatly. A lotion is an excellent way to get essential oils rapidly into the bloodstream and is therefore useful for treating conditions such as circulation problems. Lotions and creams can be effectively used for headaches, while creams are a good way of treating respiratory conditions. Both are an essential medium for general body and skin care.

Inhalation

Inhalation is very useful for relieving congestion, easing catarrh and soothing the respiratory tract. The method of covering the head with a towel and inhaling the vapour from eucalyptus and camphor is still very popular today.

How to use: Pour a pint of very hot water into a bowl, then add up to 3-4 drops of essential oil(s) to the water. Cover your head with a towel and then lean over the bowl, keeping your head about 10 or 12 inches above the bowl. Keep your eyes closed and then inhale the vapours for a few minutes, then lean back and relax for a couple of minutes. Repeat for up to 10 minutes or as long as is comfortable. Repeat several times a day if required. A facial steamer may be used instead of a bowl with 3-5 drops of essential oil(s).

Benefits: Respiratory conditions will benefit most from this treatment method. Eucalyptus, Scots Pine, Niaouli and several other oils are excellent decongestants renowned for their ability to help most respiratory conditions. Inhalation is also a good way of treating facial skin problems as its effect is the same as that achieved by a facial sauna.

Compress

Compresses can be either hot or cold depending on the condition that is being treated. It is well-known and frequently used treatment method for sports injuries in particular, though its uses are much wider than this and can be very effective for pain, swelling and inflammation.

How to use: The method is the same whether hot or cold. Add up to 5 drops of essential oil(s) to a basin or bowl of hot or icy cold water. Use a face-cloth, lined pad, cotton wool or other absorbent fabric and dip this into water. Wring out the excess and place the pad on the affected area. Once the compress has achieved body temperature, renew it and continue as required. A hot compress can be held in place with crepe bandage on joints or with cling-film on larger areas, for example the lower back.

Benefits: Most conditions characterized by 'aches', for example earache, backache, etc, should be treated with hot compresses, while sprains, fevers, inflammations and headaches should be treated with cold compresses. Sprains and varicose veins respond very well to the 'hot/cold' treatment, ie start with a cold compress then alternate between hot and cold compresses over the next few days, finishing with a cold one.

Massage

Massage is a method favored by professional aromatherapists, who usually carry out a full body massage. Specific essential oils are chosen to suit the condition and temperament of the patient, and blended with a base oil, such as sweet almond oil or grapeseed oil.

How to use: The essential oil content in a blend should usually be between 1 per cent and 3 per cent depending on the type of disorder. As a general rule, physical ailments like rheumatism or indigestion demand a stronger concentration than the more emotional or nervous conditions. A rough guideline is to say that 20 drops of essential oil is equivalent to one milliliter, so to make a blend it is possible to use the following proportions:
  • 20 to 60 drops of essential oil to 100ml of base oil.
  • 7 to 25 drops of essential oil to 25ml of base oil.
  • 3 to 5 drops of essential oil to 1 tsp of base oil.

Benefits: Massage is a relaxing and nourishing experience in itself, not least because of the unspoken communication based on touch, but it also ensures that the oils are effectively absorbed through the skin and into the bloodstream. For general well-being it is beneficial to practice self-massage on specific areas of the body, especially concentrating on the feet and hands. It is also useful to rub those. It is also useful to rub those particular parts of the body that are causing discomfort; for example, peppermint ( in dilution) can be rubbed on the stomach in a clock-wise direction to ease indigestion; Marjoram can help to relax the neck and shoulders if they are stiff.

Other Methods

There are many other methods of using essential oils. The following is a brief summary of some of them.

Room Sprays

Make a home-made room spray using a sprayer that has been thoroughly cleaned, to provide your own favorite aromas to freshen your home. It is perfectly possible to make a room spray using a simple solution of cold water with added essential oils (stick to a 5 drops to 10ml maximum). This will mean that every time you use it you will have to make sure you shake it vigorously to disperse the oils in the water. You can 'fix' the aroma and also help to disperse the oils equally in the water by using distilled water (boiled then cooled water) and adding 10 per cent alcohol (preferably vodka).

Radiators And Humidifiers

Drops of oil can be placed in a saucer of water placed on top of a radiator, radiator fragrancer, or on to a ball of damp cotton wool placed behind the radiator. Drops of oil can also be added to the water in a humidifier. All these methods can be used as an alternative to a room burner.

Foot Bath

For foot problems, and as a way of introducing essential oils into the body for other problems, a foot bath can be used. This can either be a piece of equipment specially made for the purpose or a bowl of warm water. Add 2-4 drops of oil to the bath, disperse and immerse feet for up to 20 minutes; adding a bath carrier will help. A hand bath can achieve the same result for hand problems, and achieved in the same way, but only immerse for 10 minutes.

Tissue/Handkerchief/Pillow

Any method that allows inhalation of the oils is an alternative to steam inhalation. Some specific methods not mentioned so far are a tissue/handkerchief - add 1 or 2 drops of oil to your pillow at night so that the oil can be inhaled throughout the night.

Pot-pourri

Although not a recognized therapeutic method, a pot-pourri is a pleasant way of creating an aromatic atmosphere in a house or other rooms in the home. Adding essential oils to a pot-pourri will fragrance a room and introduce the essential oils into the body through inhalation.

Blending Oils

Essential oils can be used alone or blended together. Oils are blended for two reasons: to enhance or change their medicinal actions and to create a more sophisticated fragrance. In purfumery many oils are blended together. For therapeutic purposes it is unusual to mix more than four oils together. When blending oils at home it is best to mix no more than two or three oils. This is because blending has been shown to alter the molecular structure of essential oils and you may end up with a blend that acts differently from what you had intended. Make sure the properties of the oils are complementary.

Blending Guidelines

Choose two or three oils which you believe complement each other. Generally all flower oils work well together; woody oils enhance the resinous oils and other woody essences; the essential oils derived from herbs tend to blend harmoniously with each other; and the range of oils from fruits blend well with essences from their own botanical family .Mix a blend using a little of the strongest scented oils and more of the lighter fragrances. The best blend is usually the one you find most appealing.

Storing Oils

Essential oils are very volatile, ie they evaporate quickly when exposed to the air. Air will also cause oxidisation of the oils, and they are also affected by light and heat. Always buy and store your essential oils in brown amber glass bottles with air-tight, child-proof caps. Keep them in a cool dark place such as a refrigerator if it is kept at a reasonable temperature. Most essential oils, if stored correctly, will keep for up to two years. Some citrus oils such as Orange and Grapefruit may only be effectively used for up to six months. They will then go cloudy through oxidization. Some oils like Sandalwood, Frankincense and Patchouli actually mature and mellow with age. Once blended with other oils, and in carriers, oils will begin to oxidise, weaken and go rancid. This process, however, does take three months or more, and if you store your blends under the same conditions as your essential oils they should be perfectly satisfactory if used within the three months.

Safety Precautions

Warning: Never use essential oils directly on to the skin. Never take essential oils by mouth. If swallowed accidentally, eat bread, drink plenty of milk, and seek professional help. Always consult a qualified practitioner for advice and treatment:
  • If you are pregnant
  • Have an allergy
  • Have a chronic medical condition such as high blood pressure or epilepsy
  • Are receiving medical or psychiatric treatment Are taking homeopathic remedies
  • When treating babies or very young children






Lime Cold Pressed Essential Oil. Supplied in a 10ml Amber Glass Dropper Bottle.



Botanical Name: Citrus aurantifolia.

Country Of Origin: Italy.

Aroma: Fresh, sweet, citrus peel scent a pleasant uplifting aroma.

Perfume Note: Top.

Extraction Description: Oil is Cold Pressed from the peel.

Colour:
General: This is a small evergreen tree that produces a small, bitter fruit very similar to Lemon. The fruits themselves are green in color with a green fleshy interior. Aromatic Scent:Lime has a crisp, sweet, fresh smell characteristic of citrus products.

Properties: Antiseptic, antiviral, bactericidal, tonic.

Blends well with: Bergamot, Cedarwood, Geranium Bourbon, Grapefruit Pink and White, Lavender (all types), Lemon, Mandarin, Neroli, Nutmeg, Orange Sweet, Palmarosa, Petitgrain, Rose Absolutes, Rosemary (Both Varieties), Rosewood, Tangerine, Vetiver, Ylang-Ylang




Methods Of Use (And General Help & Information About Essential Oils)

There are many ways of using essential oils, and at least one of them will be right for you. Essential oils are the basic tools of aromatherapy. The oils, which are extracted from plants, can be used to treat all systems of the mind, and imbalances of the emotions. There are many ways to use essential oils. Professional aromatherapists tend to favor massage as the most effective way of getting oils into the body. Massage also increases the healing potential of aromatherapy. The medicinal properties of the essential oils and the nurturing power of touch combine to form a potent healing treatment. Massage can be relaxing or energizing, it can sooth the nervous system or boost the blood and lymphatic systems to improve pysical and mental functioning. Not least among its benefits is the way it can ease pain and tension from tense or overworked muscles and lift the spirits. Whenever possible, try to include massage in your home aromatherapy treatments; where this is not possible, use any of the other methods mentioned below. It is not an exhaustive list and you may well know, or you may discover, other methods.

Room Burner (oil burner; lamp ring; diffuser; vaporiser)

Room burners are specifically made for use with essential oils. You can buy them in many different shapes, sizes, designs and patterns. They can be electric, radiator fragrancer, candle powered or a ceramic light bulb ring that is heated by a light bulb, but most are ceramic oil burners warmed by a small candle. Also remember that a glazed ceramic oil burner will not crack, burn or stain, and is easy to keep clean. Always try to use good quality night lights with a good quality wick so that it will not smell when alight or smoke when blown out.

How to use: Place a small amount of cold water in the bowl, enough to fill it but leaving some space for water expansion. The essential oils of your choice are then dropped into the water ( 6-8 drops will normally be used depending on the size of the bowl and the amount of water being used). Place the candle in the chamber, light it and leave in a safe place. Use for 25-30 minutes this will, of course, depend on the size of the room or house etc.

Benefits: Psychological conditions can be treated very effectively with a room burner. Headaches respond well to this method and all respiratory problems can be treated in this way. A major use of the room burner is to scent and purify the air, clear germs and create a 'therapeutic atmosphere'.

Aromatic Baths

Aromatic baths are one of the most convenient and health-giving methods of using pure essential oils. When used in this way these healing essences not only affect the physical body but the mental and emotional levels too. They can be detoxifying, relaxing, invigorating, emotionally uplifting and sensual. To some degree all essential oils have antibacterial properties, especially lavender and bergamot, while some like eucalyptus and tea tree are also effective when treating viruses. So regular aromatic baths can be useful to help prevent and treat a range of common ailments as well as uplifting or calming the emotions. These qualities plus the way the essences are readily absorbed by the body makes aromatic bathing an essential and luxurious addition to everyday life.

Recipes For Aromatic Baths

Invigorating bath: For an enlivening start to the day use the following blend of essential oils in a warm bath. To enhance the effect finish with a cool shower or splash your body briefly with cold water. For a more fruity aroma add 3 drops of lemon oil instead of geranium.
  • Sweet basil oil = 2 drops
  • Geranium oil = 3 drops
  • Rosemary = 4 drops

Relaxing bath: For a deeply relaxing bath at the end of the day add the following essential oils to a full, warm bath. For a more floral quality add 3 drops of neroli oil instead of sweet marjoram.
  • Clary sage oil = 3 drops
  • Lavender oil = 4 drops
  • Sweet marjoram oil = 3 drops

Revitalising bath: This combination of essences in a warm bath is ideal to use when you've had a long day and need re-energising. For a less fruity aroma but equally reviving effect add 3 drops of rosewood instead of grapefruit oil.
  • Geranium oil = 3 drops
  • Grapefruit oil = 3 drops
  • Myrtle = 4 drops

Emotionally uplifting bath: To melt away stressful or negative thoughts and uplift your spirits use the following combination of essential oils in a warm bath. Soak for at least 15 minutes inhaling the aromatic vapours. If you feel like treating yourself add 2 drops of rose or jasmine essential oil instead of petitgrain.
  • Bergamot oil = 4 drops
  • Clary sage oil = 3 drops
  • Petitgrain = 3 drops

Sensual bath: For a sensual bath for one or two add the following essential oils to a warm bath. Do make sure the blend is pleasing to both of you. For a more 'earthy' aroma use 3 drops of patchouli instead of myrtle oil, or leave out rose and myrtle altogether and substitute them with 3 drops of jasmine.
  • Sandalwood oil = 4 drops
  • Myrtle oil = 3 drops
  • Rose oil = 1 drops
  • Ylang Ylang oil = 2 drops

Purifying bath: Use this bath to help strengthen the body and combat infections like colds and flu. If desired use 2 drops of penetrating eucalyptus instead of bergamot oil.
  • Bergamot oil = 3 drops
  • Lavender oil = 4 drops
  • Tea Tree = 3 drops

Children's bath: If children see you relaxing in a fragrant bath it won't be long before they want one too! Mix the following essential oils into 2 to 3 teaspoons of base oil, then add warm water to create a delightful bath. The dosages are suitable for children over six years old. This combination is ideal for bedtime as it soothes the emotions.
  • Mandarin oil = 3 drops
  • Lavender oil = 3 drops

How to use: First ask yourself what effect you'd like from your aromatic bath, then select an essential oil whose aroma pleases you and also suits your physical and emotional needs. For example, if you have a cold, lavender oil will help to combat infection and has a very relaxing effect, on the other hand bergamot oil combines the ability to fight infection and induces an emotionally uplifting effect. Use only two or three essences in the bath. When you know each one very well you may choose to use a maximum of four, although just two can often have a more powerful effect than four - less generally means more with essential oils.
Fill the bath, add the essential oil(s) (up to 6 drops or as directed), then agitate the water to disperse the oil(s). Soak in the bath for at least 10 minutes, and make sure the bathroom door is closed so that you get the benefit of inhaling the aroma as well as getting the oil directly into the body via the water. For some conditions, or if preferred, the essential oils can be diluted in a massage carrier oil first, which will help to disperse the oil throughout the water. Alternatively, use ready blended (in carrier oil) or specially formulated bath oil, which has the added benefits of moisturising the body, giving a bubble/foam bath and helping to carry the essential oil out of the bath.

Benefits: The use of oils in a bath is useful for all conditions but will be particularly beneficial for muscular and skin conditions, while respiratory problems will benefit from the inhalation of the aroma. Stress, anxiety and other mental health problems will also be improved. Anyone suffering with insomnia will find a pre-retiring bath with Lavender, Bergamot, Petitgrain, Neroli as well as other oils a great aid to restful sleep.

Lotions And Creams

Essential oils can be added to fragrance-free lotions or creams, but make sure that you use a very good quality product that if preferably lanolin free (some people are sensitive to lanolin).

How to use: Add the essential oil(s) to a dark amber glass jar to help preserve the oil and prevent it from reacting with a plastic bottle. The recommended dosage is approximately 1-2 drops of essential oil to every 5mg of cream or 5ml of lotions. Apply lotion to the skin and rub until completely absorbed. Cream should be applied to the skin and gently rubbed in. Leave the rest to sit on the surface of the skin and gradually release the oil into the body and the aroma into the nose.

Benefits: This is a particularly good way of treating most skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, which will benefit greatly. A lotion is an excellent way to get essential oils rapidly into the bloodstream and is therefore useful for treating conditions such as circulation problems. Lotions and creams can be effectively used for headaches, while creams are a good way of treating respiratory conditions. Both are an essential medium for general body and skin care.

Inhalation

Inhalation is very useful for relieving congestion, easing catarrh and soothing the respiratory tract. The method of covering the head with a towel and inhaling the vapour from eucalyptus and camphor is still very popular today.

How to use: Pour a pint of very hot water into a bowl, then add up to 3-4 drops of essential oil(s) to the water. Cover your head with a towel and then lean over the bowl, keeping your head about 10 or 12 inches above the bowl. Keep your eyes closed and then inhale the vapours for a few minutes, then lean back and relax for a couple of minutes. Repeat for up to 10 minutes or as long as is comfortable. Repeat several times a day if required. A facial steamer may be used instead of a bowl with 3-5 drops of essential oil(s).

Benefits: Respiratory conditions will benefit most from this treatment method. Eucalyptus, Scots Pine, Niaouli and several other oils are excellent decongestants renowned for their ability to help most respiratory conditions. Inhalation is also a good way of treating facial skin problems as its effect is the same as that achieved by a facial sauna.

Compress

Compresses can be either hot or cold depending on the condition that is being treated. It is well-known and frequently used treatment method for sports injuries in particular, though its uses are much wider than this and can be very effective for pain, swelling and inflammation.

How to use: The method is the same whether hot or cold. Add up to 5 drops of essential oil(s) to a basin or bowl of hot or icy cold water. Use a face-cloth, lined pad, cotton wool or other absorbent fabric and dip this into water. Wring out the excess and place the pad on the affected area. Once the compress has achieved body temperature, renew it and continue as required. A hot compress can be held in place with crepe bandage on joints or with cling-film on larger areas, for example the lower back.

Benefits: Most conditions characterized by 'aches', for example earache, backache, etc, should be treated with hot compresses, while sprains, fevers, inflammations and headaches should be treated with cold compresses. Sprains and varicose veins respond very well to the 'hot/cold' treatment, ie start with a cold compress then alternate between hot and cold compresses over the next few days, finishing with a cold one.

Massage

Massage is a method favored by professional aromatherapists, who usually carry out a full body massage. Specific essential oils are chosen to suit the condition and temperament of the patient, and blended with a base oil, such as sweet almond oil or grapeseed oil.

How to use: The essential oil content in a blend should usually be between 1 per cent and 3 per cent depending on the type of disorder. As a general rule, physical ailments like rheumatism or indigestion demand a stronger concentration than the more emotional or nervous conditions. A rough guideline is to say that 20 drops of essential oil is equivalent to one milliliter, so to make a blend it is possible to use the following proportions:
  • 20 to 60 drops of essential oil to 100ml of base oil.
  • 7 to 25 drops of essential oil to 25ml of base oil.
  • 3 to 5 drops of essential oil to 1 tsp of base oil.

Benefits: Massage is a relaxing and nourishing experience in itself, not least because of the unspoken communication based on touch, but it also ensures that the oils are effectively absorbed through the skin and into the bloodstream. For general well-being it is beneficial to practice self-massage on specific areas of the body, especially concentrating on the feet and hands. It is also useful to rub those. It is also useful to rub those particular parts of the body that are causing discomfort; for example, peppermint ( in dilution) can be rubbed on the stomach in a clock-wise direction to ease indigestion; Marjoram can help to relax the neck and shoulders if they are stiff.

Other Methods

There are many other methods of using essential oils. The following is a brief summary of some of them.

Room Sprays

Make a home-made room spray using a sprayer that has been thoroughly cleaned, to provide your own favorite aromas to freshen your home. It is perfectly possible to make a room spray using a simple solution of cold water with added essential oils (stick to a 5 drops to 10ml maximum). This will mean that every time you use it you will have to make sure you shake it vigorously to disperse the oils in the water. You can 'fix' the aroma and also help to disperse the oils equally in the water by using distilled water (boiled then cooled water) and adding 10 per cent alcohol (preferably vodka).

Radiators And Humidifiers

Drops of oil can be placed in a saucer of water placed on top of a radiator, radiator fragrancer, or on to a ball of damp cotton wool placed behind the radiator. Drops of oil can also be added to the water in a humidifier. All these methods can be used as an alternative to a room burner.

Foot Bath

For foot problems, and as a way of introducing essential oils into the body for other problems, a foot bath can be used. This can either be a piece of equipment specially made for the purpose or a bowl of warm water. Add 2-4 drops of oil to the bath, disperse and immerse feet for up to 20 minutes; adding a bath carrier will help. A hand bath can achieve the same result for hand problems, and achieved in the same way, but only immerse for 10 minutes.

Tissue/Handkerchief/Pillow

Any method that allows inhalation of the oils is an alternative to steam inhalation. Some specific methods not mentioned so far are a tissue/handkerchief - add 1 or 2 drops of oil to your pillow at night so that the oil can be inhaled throughout the night.

Pot-pourri

Although not a recognized therapeutic method, a pot-pourri is a pleasant way of creating an aromatic atmosphere in a house or other rooms in the home. Adding essential oils to a pot-pourri will fragrance a room and introduce the essential oils into the body through inhalation.

Blending Oils

Essential oils can be used alone or blended together. Oils are blended for two reasons: to enhance or change their medicinal actions and to create a more sophisticated fragrance. In purfumery many oils are blended together. For therapeutic purposes it is unusual to mix more than four oils together. When blending oils at home it is best to mix no more than two or three oils. This is because blending has been shown to alter the molecular structure of essential oils and you may end up with a blend that acts differently from what you had intended. Make sure the properties of the oils are complementary.

Blending Guidelines

Choose two or three oils which you believe complement each other. Generally all flower oils work well together; woody oils enhance the resinous oils and other woody essences; the essential oils derived from herbs tend to blend harmoniously with each other; and the range of oils from fruits blend well with essences from their own botanical family .Mix a blend using a little of the strongest scented oils and more of the lighter fragrances. The best blend is usually the one you find most appealing.

Storing Oils

Essential oils are very volatile, ie they evaporate quickly when exposed to the air. Air will also cause oxidisation of the oils, and they are also affected by light and heat. Always buy and store your essential oils in brown amber glass bottles with air-tight, child-proof caps. Keep them in a cool dark place such as a refrigerator if it is kept at a reasonable temperature. Most essential oils, if stored correctly, will keep for up to two years. Some citrus oils such as Orange and Grapefruit may only be effectively used for up to six months. They will then go cloudy through oxidization. Some oils like Sandalwood, Frankincense and Patchouli actually mature and mellow with age. Once blended with other oils, and in carriers, oils will begin to oxidise, weaken and go rancid. This process, however, does take three months or more, and if you store your blends under the same conditions as your essential oils they should be perfectly satisfactory if used within the three months.

Safety Precautions

Warning: Never use essential oils directly on to the skin. Never take essential oils by mouth. If swallowed accidentally, eat bread, drink plenty of milk, and seek professional help. Always consult a qualified practitioner for advice and treatment:
  • If you are pregnant
  • Have an allergy
  • Have a chronic medical condition such as high blood pressure or epilepsy
  • Are receiving medical or psychiatric treatment Are taking homeopathic remedies
  • When treating babies or very young children






Lime Organic Essential Oil Supplied In A 10ml Amber Glass Bottle, With Tamper Evident Dropper Cap To Ensure Perfect Quality.




Fully certified.

Botanical Name: Citrus aurantifolia.

Country Of Origin: Mexico.

Aroma: Fresh sweet citrus peel odour. Pleasant uplifting aroma.

Perfume Note: Top.

Extraction Description: Oil is steam distilled from the highly acidic juice-emulsion that results from crushing small sour whole fruits.

General: A few drops of oil added to a bath dispersant (bath and shower gel, or carrier oil) will help uplift the spirits and energise. A few drops of oil sniffed from a hanky can help with travel sickness.

Properties: Antiseptic, antiviral, bactericidal, tonic.

organic bergamot essential oil




Methods Of Use (And General Help & Information About Essential Oils)

There are many ways of using essential oils, and at least one of them will be right for you. Essential oils are the basic tools of aromatherapy. The oils, which are extracted from plants, can be used to treat all systems of the mind, and imbalances of the emotions. There are many ways to use essential oils. Professional aromatherapists tend to favor massage as the most effective way of getting oils into the body. Massage also increases the healing potential of aromatherapy. The medicinal properties of the essential oils and the nurturing power of touch combine to form a potent healing treatment. Massage can be relaxing or energizing, it can sooth the nervous system or boost the blood and lymphatic systems to improve pysical and mental functioning. Not least among its benefits is the way it can ease pain and tension from tense or overworked muscles and lift the spirits. Whenever possible, try to include massage in your home aromatherapy treatments; where this is not possible, use any of the other methods mentioned below. It is not an exhaustive list and you may well know, or you may discover, other methods.

Room Burner (oil burner; lamp ring; diffuser; vaporiser)

Room burners are specifically made for use with essential oils. You can buy them in many different shapes, sizes, designs and patterns. They can be electric, radiator fragrancer, candle powered or a ceramic light bulb ring that is heated by a light bulb, but most are ceramic oil burners warmed by a small candle. Also remember that a glazed ceramic oil burner will not crack, burn or stain, and is easy to keep clean. Always try to use good quality night lights with a good quality wick so that it will not smell when alight or smoke when blown out.

How to use: Place a small amount of cold water in the bowl, enough to fill it but leaving some space for water expansion. The essential oils of your choice are then dropped into the water ( 6-8 drops will normally be used depending on the size of the bowl and the amount of water being used). Place the candle in the chamber, light it and leave in a safe place. Use for 25-30 minutes this will, of course, depend on the size of the room or house etc.

Benefits: Psychological conditions can be treated very effectively with a room burner. Headaches respond well to this method and all respiratory problems can be treated in this way. A major use of the room burner is to scent and purify the air, clear germs and create a 'therapeutic atmosphere'.

Aromatic Baths

Aromatic baths are one of the most convenient and health-giving methods of using pure essential oils. When used in this way these healing essences not only affect the physical body but the mental and emotional levels too. They can be detoxifying, relaxing, invigorating, emotionally uplifting and sensual. To some degree all essential oils have antibacterial properties, especially lavender and bergamot, while some like eucalyptus and tea tree are also effective when treating viruses. So regular aromatic baths can be useful to help prevent and treat a range of common ailments as well as uplifting or calming the emotions. These qualities plus the way the essences are readily absorbed by the body makes aromatic bathing an essential and luxurious addition to everyday life.

Recipes For Aromatic Baths

Invigorating bath: For an enlivening start to the day use the following blend of essential oils in a warm bath. To enhance the effect finish with a cool shower or splash your body briefly with cold water. For a more fruity aroma add 3 drops of lemon oil instead of geranium.
  • Sweet basil oil = 2 drops
  • Geranium oil = 3 drops
  • Rosemary = 4 drops

Relaxing bath: For a deeply relaxing bath at the end of the day add the following essential oils to a full, warm bath. For a more floral quality add 3 drops of neroli oil instead of sweet marjoram.
  • Clary sage oil = 3 drops
  • Lavender oil = 4 drops
  • Sweet marjoram oil = 3 drops

Revitalising bath: This combination of essences in a warm bath is ideal to use when you've had a long day and need re-energising. For a less fruity aroma but equally reviving effect add 3 drops of rosewood instead of grapefruit oil.
  • Geranium oil = 3 drops
  • Grapefruit oil = 3 drops
  • Myrtle = 4 drops

Emotionally uplifting bath: To melt away stressful or negative thoughts and uplift your spirits use the following combination of essential oils in a warm bath. Soak for at least 15 minutes inhaling the aromatic vapours. If you feel like treating yourself add 2 drops of rose or jasmine essential oil instead of petitgrain.
  • Bergamot oil = 4 drops
  • Clary sage oil = 3 drops
  • Petitgrain = 3 drops

Sensual bath: For a sensual bath for one or two add the following essential oils to a warm bath. Do make sure the blend is pleasing to both of you. For a more 'earthy' aroma use 3 drops of patchouli instead of myrtle oil, or leave out rose and myrtle altogether and substitute them with 3 drops of jasmine.
  • Sandalwood oil = 4 drops
  • Myrtle oil = 3 drops
  • Rose oil = 1 drops
  • Ylang Ylang oil = 2 drops

Purifying bath: Use this bath to help strengthen the body and combat infections like colds and flu. If desired use 2 drops of penetrating eucalyptus instead of bergamot oil.
  • Bergamot oil = 3 drops
  • Lavender oil = 4 drops
  • Tea Tree = 3 drops

Children's bath: If children see you relaxing in a fragrant bath it won't be long before they want one too! Mix the following essential oils into 2 to 3 teaspoons of base oil, then add warm water to create a delightful bath. The dosages are suitable for children over six years old. This combination is ideal for bedtime as it soothes the emotions.
  • Mandarin oil = 3 drops
  • Lavender oil = 3 drops

How to use: First ask yourself what effect you'd like from your aromatic bath, then select an essential oil whose aroma pleases you and also suits your physical and emotional needs. For example, if you have a cold, lavender oil will help to combat infection and has a very relaxing effect, on the other hand bergamot oil combines the ability to fight infection and induces an emotionally uplifting effect. Use only two or three essences in the bath. When you know each one very well you may choose to use a maximum of four, although just two can often have a more powerful effect than four - less generally means more with essential oils.
Fill the bath, add the essential oil(s) (up to 6 drops or as directed), then agitate the water to disperse the oil(s). Soak in the bath for at least 10 minutes, and make sure the bathroom door is closed so that you get the benefit of inhaling the aroma as well as getting the oil directly into the body via the water. For some conditions, or if preferred, the essential oils can be diluted in a massage carrier oil first, which will help to disperse the oil throughout the water. Alternatively, use ready blended (in carrier oil) or specially formulated bath oil, which has the added benefits of moisturising the body, giving a bubble/foam bath and helping to carry the essential oil out of the bath.

Benefits: The use of oils in a bath is useful for all conditions but will be particularly beneficial for muscular and skin conditions, while respiratory problems will benefit from the inhalation of the aroma. Stress, anxiety and other mental health problems will also be improved. Anyone suffering with insomnia will find a pre-retiring bath with Lavender, Bergamot, Petitgrain, Neroli as well as other oils a great aid to restful sleep.

Lotions And Creams

Essential oils can be added to fragrance-free lotions or creams, but make sure that you use a very good quality product that if preferably lanolin free (some people are sensitive to lanolin).

How to use: Add the essential oil(s) to a dark amber glass jar to help preserve the oil and prevent it from reacting with a plastic bottle. The recommended dosage is approximately 1-2 drops of essential oil to every 5mg of cream or 5ml of lotions. Apply lotion to the skin and rub until completely absorbed. Cream should be applied to the skin and gently rubbed in. Leave the rest to sit on the surface of the skin and gradually release the oil into the body and the aroma into the nose.

Benefits: This is a particularly good way of treating most skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, which will benefit greatly. A lotion is an excellent way to get essential oils rapidly into the bloodstream and is therefore useful for treating conditions such as circulation problems. Lotions and creams can be effectively used for headaches, while creams are a good way of treating respiratory conditions. Both are an essential medium for general body and skin care.

Inhalation

Inhalation is very useful for relieving congestion, easing catarrh and soothing the respiratory tract. The method of covering the head with a towel and inhaling the vapour from eucalyptus and camphor is still very popular today.

How to use: Pour a pint of very hot water into a bowl, then add up to 3-4 drops of essential oil(s) to the water. Cover your head with a towel and then lean over the bowl, keeping your head about 10 or 12 inches above the bowl. Keep your eyes closed and then inhale the vapours for a few minutes, then lean back and relax for a couple of minutes. Repeat for up to 10 minutes or as long as is comfortable. Repeat several times a day if required. A facial steamer may be used instead of a bowl with 3-5 drops of essential oil(s).

Benefits: Respiratory conditions will benefit most from this treatment method. Eucalyptus, Scots Pine, Niaouli and several other oils are excellent decongestants renowned for their ability to help most respiratory conditions. Inhalation is also a good way of treating facial skin problems as its effect is the same as that achieved by a facial sauna.

Compress

Compresses can be either hot or cold depending on the condition that is being treated. It is well-known and frequently used treatment method for sports injuries in particular, though its uses are much wider than this and can be very effective for pain, swelling and inflammation.

How to use: The method is the same whether hot or cold. Add up to 5 drops of essential oil(s) to a basin or bowl of hot or icy cold water. Use a face-cloth, lined pad, cotton wool or other absorbent fabric and dip this into water. Wring out the excess and place the pad on the affected area. Once the compress has achieved body temperature, renew it and continue as required. A hot compress can be held in place with crepe bandage on joints or with cling-film on larger areas, for example the lower back.

Benefits: Most conditions characterized by 'aches', for example earache, backache, etc, should be treated with hot compresses, while sprains, fevers, inflammations and headaches should be treated with cold compresses. Sprains and varicose veins respond very well to the 'hot/cold' treatment, ie start with a cold compress then alternate between hot and cold compresses over the next few days, finishing with a cold one.

Massage

Massage is a method favored by professional aromatherapists, who usually carry out a full body massage. Specific essential oils are chosen to suit the condition and temperament of the patient, and blended with a base oil, such as sweet almond oil or grapeseed oil.

How to use: The essential oil content in a blend should usually be between 1 per cent and 3 per cent depending on the type of disorder. As a general rule, physical ailments like rheumatism or indigestion demand a stronger concentration than the more emotional or nervous conditions. A rough guideline is to say that 20 drops of essential oil is equivalent to one milliliter, so to make a blend it is possible to use the following proportions:
  • 20 to 60 drops of essential oil to 100ml of base oil.
  • 7 to 25 drops of essential oil to 25ml of base oil.
  • 3 to 5 drops of essential oil to 1 tsp of base oil.

Benefits: Massage is a relaxing and nourishing experience in itself, not least because of the unspoken communication based on touch, but it also ensures that the oils are effectively absorbed through the skin and into the bloodstream. For general well-being it is beneficial to practice self-massage on specific areas of the body, especially concentrating on the feet and hands. It is also useful to rub those. It is also useful to rub those particular parts of the body that are causing discomfort; for example, peppermint ( in dilution) can be rubbed on the stomach in a clock-wise direction to ease indigestion; Marjoram can help to relax the neck and shoulders if they are stiff.

Other Methods

There are many other methods of using essential oils. The following is a brief summary of some of them.

Room Sprays

Make a home-made room spray using a sprayer that has been thoroughly cleaned, to provide your own favorite aromas to freshen your home. It is perfectly possible to make a room spray using a simple solution of cold water with added essential oils (stick to a 5 drops to 10ml maximum). This will mean that every time you use it you will have to make sure you shake it vigorously to disperse the oils in the water. You can 'fix' the aroma and also help to disperse the oils equally in the water by using distilled water (boiled then cooled water) and adding 10 per cent alcohol (preferably vodka).

Radiators And Humidifiers

Drops of oil can be placed in a saucer of water placed on top of a radiator, radiator fragrancer, or on to a ball of damp cotton wool placed behind the radiator. Drops of oil can also be added to the water in a humidifier. All these methods can be used as an alternative to a room burner.

Foot Bath

For foot problems, and as a way of introducing essential oils into the body for other problems, a foot bath can be used. This can either be a piece of equipment specially made for the purpose or a bowl of warm water. Add 2-4 drops of oil to the bath, disperse and immerse feet for up to 20 minutes; adding a bath carrier will help. A hand bath can achieve the same result for hand problems, and achieved in the same way, but only immerse for 10 minutes.

Tissue/Handkerchief/Pillow

Any method that allows inhalation of the oils is an alternative to steam inhalation. Some specific methods not mentioned so far are a tissue/handkerchief - add 1 or 2 drops of oil to your pillow at night so that the oil can be inhaled throughout the night.

Pot-pourri

Although not a recognized therapeutic method, a pot-pourri is a pleasant way of creating an aromatic atmosphere in a house or other rooms in the home. Adding essential oils to a pot-pourri will fragrance a room and introduce the essential oils into the body through inhalation.

Blending Oils

Essential oils can be used alone or blended together. Oils are blended for two reasons: to enhance or change their medicinal actions and to create a more sophisticated fragrance. In purfumery many oils are blended together. For therapeutic purposes it is unusual to mix more than four oils together. When blending oils at home it is best to mix no more than two or three oils. This is because blending has been shown to alter the molecular structure of essential oils and you may end up with a blend that acts differently from what you had intended. Make sure the properties of the oils are complementary.

Blending Guidelines

Choose two or three oils which you believe complement each other. Generally all flower oils work well together; woody oils enhance the resinous oils and other woody essences; the essential oils derived from herbs tend to blend harmoniously with each other; and the range of oils from fruits blend well with essences from their own botanical family .Mix a blend using a little of the strongest scented oils and more of the lighter fragrances. The best blend is usually the one you find most appealing.

Storing Oils

Essential oils are very volatile, ie they evaporate quickly when exposed to the air. Air will also cause oxidisation of the oils, and they are also affected by light and heat. Always buy and store your essential oils in brown amber glass bottles with air-tight, child-proof caps. Keep them in a cool dark place such as a refrigerator if it is kept at a reasonable temperature. Most essential oils, if stored correctly, will keep for up to two years. Some citrus oils such as Orange and Grapefruit may only be effectively used for up to six months. They will then go cloudy through oxidization. Some oils like Sandalwood, Frankincense and Patchouli actually mature and mellow with age. Once blended with other oils, and in carriers, oils will begin to oxidise, weaken and go rancid. This process, however, does take three months or more, and if you store your blends under the same conditions as your essential oils they should be perfectly satisfactory if used within the three months.

Safety Precautions

Warning: Never use essential oils directly on to the skin. Never take essential oils by mouth. If swallowed accidentally, eat bread, drink plenty of milk, and seek professional help. Always consult a qualified practitioner for advice and treatment:
  • If you are pregnant
  • Have an allergy
  • Have a chronic medical condition such as high blood pressure or epilepsy
  • Are receiving medical or psychiatric treatment Are taking homeopathic remedies
  • When treating babies or very young children






100% Pure Labdanum, Pure Essential Oil Supplied In A 10ml Amber Glass Bottle, With Tamper Evident Dropper Cap To Ensure Perfect Quality.



Botanical Name: Cistus landifer.

Country Of Origin: France / Spain.

Extraction Description: Steam distilled from crude gum.

Aroma: It has a warm sweet herbaceous, musky scent.

General: Labdanum Essential Oil. Useful in skincare preparations especially for mature skin and wrinkles. Useful for lotions and perfumes.

Properties: Antiseptic, astringent, fixative.




Methods Of Use (And General Help & Information About Essential Oils)

There are many ways of using essential oils, and at least one of them will be right for you. Essential oils are the basic tools of aromatherapy. The oils, which are extracted from plants, can be used to treat all systems of the mind, and imbalances of the emotions. There are many ways to use essential oils. Professional aromatherapists tend to favor massage as the most effective way of getting oils into the body. Massage also increases the healing potential of aromatherapy. The medicinal properties of the essential oils and the nurturing power of touch combine to form a potent healing treatment. Massage can be relaxing or energizing, it can sooth the nervous system or boost the blood and lymphatic systems to improve pysical and mental functioning. Not least among its benefits is the way it can ease pain and tension from tense or overworked muscles and lift the spirits. Whenever possible, try to include massage in your home aromatherapy treatments; where this is not possible, use any of the other methods mentioned below. It is not an exhaustive list and you may well know, or you may discover, other methods.

Room Burner (oil burner; lamp ring; diffuser; vaporiser)

Room burners are specifically made for use with essential oils. You can buy them in many different shapes, sizes, designs and patterns. They can be electric, radiator fragrancer, candle powered or a ceramic light bulb ring that is heated by a light bulb, but most are ceramic oil burners warmed by a small candle. Also remember that a glazed ceramic oil burner will not crack, burn or stain, and is easy to keep clean. Always try to use good quality night lights with a good quality wick so that it will not smell when alight or smoke when blown out.

How to use: Place a small amount of cold water in the bowl, enough to fill it but leaving some space for water expansion. The essential oils of your choice are then dropped into the water ( 6-8 drops will normally be used depending on the size of the bowl and the amount of water being used). Place the candle in the chamber, light it and leave in a safe place. Use for 25-30 minutes this will, of course, depend on the size of the room or house etc.

Benefits: Psychological conditions can be treated very effectively with a room burner. Headaches respond well to this method and all respiratory problems can be treated in this way. A major use of the room burner is to scent and purify the air, clear germs and create a 'therapeutic atmosphere'.

Aromatic Baths

Aromatic baths are one of the most convenient and health-giving methods of using pure essential oils. When used in this way these healing essences not only affect the physical body but the mental and emotional levels too. They can be detoxifying, relaxing, invigorating, emotionally uplifting and sensual. To some degree all essential oils have antibacterial properties, especially lavender and bergamot, while some like eucalyptus and tea tree are also effective when treating viruses. So regular aromatic baths can be useful to help prevent and treat a range of common ailments as well as uplifting or calming the emotions. These qualities plus the way the essences are readily absorbed by the body makes aromatic bathing an essential and luxurious addition to everyday life.

Recipes For Aromatic Baths

Invigorating bath: For an enlivening start to the day use the following blend of essential oils in a warm bath. To enhance the effect finish with a cool shower or splash your body briefly with cold water. For a more fruity aroma add 3 drops of lemon oil instead of geranium.
  • Sweet basil oil = 2 drops
  • Geranium oil = 3 drops
  • Rosemary = 4 drops

Relaxing bath: For a deeply relaxing bath at the end of the day add the following essential oils to a full, warm bath. For a more floral quality add 3 drops of neroli oil instead of sweet marjoram.
  • Clary sage oil = 3 drops
  • Lavender oil = 4 drops
  • Sweet marjoram oil = 3 drops

Revitalising bath: This combination of essences in a warm bath is ideal to use when you've had a long day and need re-energising. For a less fruity aroma but equally reviving effect add 3 drops of rosewood instead of grapefruit oil.
  • Geranium oil = 3 drops
  • Grapefruit oil = 3 drops
  • Myrtle = 4 drops

Emotionally uplifting bath: To melt away stressful or negative thoughts and uplift your spirits use the following combination of essential oils in a warm bath. Soak for at least 15 minutes inhaling the aromatic vapours. If you feel like treating yourself add 2 drops of rose or jasmine essential oil instead of petitgrain.
  • Bergamot oil = 4 drops
  • Clary sage oil = 3 drops
  • Petitgrain = 3 drops

Sensual bath: For a sensual bath for one or two add the following essential oils to a warm bath. Do make sure the blend is pleasing to both of you. For a more 'earthy' aroma use 3 drops of patchouli instead of myrtle oil, or leave out rose and myrtle altogether and substitute them with 3 drops of jasmine.
  • Sandalwood oil = 4 drops
  • Myrtle oil = 3 drops
  • Rose oil = 1 drops
  • Ylang Ylang oil = 2 drops

Purifying bath: Use this bath to help strengthen the body and combat infections like colds and flu. If desired use 2 drops of penetrating eucalyptus instead of bergamot oil.
  • Bergamot oil = 3 drops
  • Lavender oil = 4 drops
  • Tea Tree = 3 drops

Children's bath: If children see you relaxing in a fragrant bath it won't be long before they want one too! Mix the following essential oils into 2 to 3 teaspoons of base oil, then add warm water to create a delightful bath. The dosages are suitable for children over six years old. This combination is ideal for bedtime as it soothes the emotions.
  • Mandarin oil = 3 drops
  • Lavender oil = 3 drops

How to use: First ask yourself what effect you'd like from your aromatic bath, then select an essential oil whose aroma pleases you and also suits your physical and emotional needs. For example, if you have a cold, lavender oil will help to combat infection and has a very relaxing effect, on the other hand bergamot oil combines the ability to fight infection and induces an emotionally uplifting effect. Use only two or three essences in the bath. When you know each one very well you may choose to use a maximum of four, although just two can often have a more powerful effect than four - less generally means more with essential oils.
Fill the bath, add the essential oil(s) (up to 6 drops or as directed), then agitate the water to disperse the oil(s). Soak in the bath for at least 10 minutes, and make sure the bathroom door is closed so that you get the benefit of inhaling the aroma as well as getting the oil directly into the body via the water. For some conditions, or if preferred, the essential oils can be diluted in a massage carrier oil first, which will help to disperse the oil throughout the water. Alternatively, use ready blended (in carrier oil) or specially formulated bath oil, which has the added benefits of moisturising the body, giving a bubble/foam bath and helping to carry the essential oil out of the bath.

Benefits: The use of oils in a bath is useful for all conditions but will be particularly beneficial for muscular and skin conditions, while respiratory problems will benefit from the inhalation of the aroma. Stress, anxiety and other mental health problems will also be improved. Anyone suffering with insomnia will find a pre-retiring bath with Lavender, Bergamot, Petitgrain, Neroli as well as other oils a great aid to restful sleep.

Lotions And Creams

Essential oils can be added to fragrance-free lotions or creams, but make sure that you use a very good quality product that if preferably lanolin free (some people are sensitive to lanolin).

How to use: Add the essential oil(s) to a dark amber glass jar to help preserve the oil and prevent it from reacting with a plastic bottle. The recommended dosage is approximately 1-2 drops of essential oil to every 5mg of cream or 5ml of lotions. Apply lotion to the skin and rub until completely absorbed. Cream should be applied to the skin and gently rubbed in. Leave the rest to sit on the surface of the skin and gradually release the oil into the body and the aroma into the nose.

Benefits: This is a particularly good way of treating most skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, which will benefit greatly. A lotion is an excellent way to get essential oils rapidly into the bloodstream and is therefore useful for treating conditions such as circulation problems. Lotions and creams can be effectively used for headaches, while creams are a good way of treating respiratory conditions. Both are an essential medium for general body and skin care.

Inhalation

Inhalation is very useful for relieving congestion, easing catarrh and soothing the respiratory tract. The method of covering the head with a towel and inhaling the vapour from eucalyptus and camphor is still very popular today.

How to use: Pour a pint of very hot water into a bowl, then add up to 3-4 drops of essential oil(s) to the water. Cover your head with a towel and then lean over the bowl, keeping your head about 10 or 12 inches above the bowl. Keep your eyes closed and then inhale the vapours for a few minutes, then lean back and relax for a couple of minutes. Repeat for up to 10 minutes or as long as is comfortable. Repeat several times a day if required. A facial steamer may be used instead of a bowl with 3-5 drops of essential oil(s).

Benefits: Respiratory conditions will benefit most from this treatment method. Eucalyptus, Scots Pine, Niaouli and several other oils are excellent decongestants renowned for their ability to help most respiratory conditions. Inhalation is also a good way of treating facial skin problems as its effect is the same as that achieved by a facial sauna.

Compress

Compresses can be either hot or cold depending on the condition that is being treated. It is well-known and frequently used treatment method for sports injuries in particular, though its uses are much wider than this and can be very effective for pain, swelling and inflammation.

How to use: The method is the same whether hot or cold. Add up to 5 drops of essential oil(s) to a basin or bowl of hot or icy cold water. Use a face-cloth, lined pad, cotton wool or other absorbent fabric and dip this into water. Wring out the excess and place the pad on the affected area. Once the compress has achieved body temperature, renew it and continue as required. A hot compress can be held in place with crepe bandage on joints or with cling-film on larger areas, for example the lower back.

Benefits: Most conditions characterized by 'aches', for example earache, backache, etc, should be treated with hot compresses, while sprains, fevers, inflammations and headaches should be treated with cold compresses. Sprains and varicose veins respond very well to the 'hot/cold' treatment, ie start with a cold compress then alternate between hot and cold compresses over the next few days, finishing with a cold one.

Massage

Massage is a method favored by professional aromatherapists, who usually carry out a full body massage. Specific essential oils are chosen to suit the condition and temperament of the patient, and blended with a base oil, such as sweet almond oil or grapeseed oil.

How to use: The essential oil content in a blend should usually be between 1 per cent and 3 per cent depending on the type of disorder. As a general rule, physical ailments like rheumatism or indigestion demand a stronger concentration than the more emotional or nervous conditions. A rough guideline is to say that 20 drops of essential oil is equivalent to one milliliter, so to make a blend it is possible to use the following proportions:
  • 20 to 60 drops of essential oil to 100ml of base oil.
  • 7 to 25 drops of essential oil to 25ml of base oil.
  • 3 to 5 drops of essential oil to 1 tsp of base oil.

Benefits: Massage is a relaxing and nourishing experience in itself, not least because of the unspoken communication based on touch, but it also ensures that the oils are effectively absorbed through the skin and into the bloodstream. For general well-being it is beneficial to practice self-massage on specific areas of the body, especially concentrating on the feet and hands. It is also useful to rub those. It is also useful to rub those particular parts of the body that are causing discomfort; for example, peppermint ( in dilution) can be rubbed on the stomach in a clock-wise direction to ease indigestion; Marjoram can help to relax the neck and shoulders if they are stiff.

Other Methods

There are many other methods of using essential oils. The following is a brief summary of some of them.

Room Sprays

Make a home-made room spray using a sprayer that has been thoroughly cleaned, to provide your own favorite aromas to freshen your home. It is perfectly possible to make a room spray using a simple solution of cold water with added essential oils (stick to a 5 drops to 10ml maximum). This will mean that every time you use it you will have to make sure you shake it vigorously to disperse the oils in the water. You can 'fix' the aroma and also help to disperse the oils equally in the water by using distilled water (boiled then cooled water) and adding 10 per cent alcohol (preferably vodka).

Radiators And Humidifiers

Drops of oil can be placed in a saucer of water placed on top of a radiator, radiator fragrancer, or on to a ball of damp cotton wool placed behind the radiator. Drops of oil can also be added to the water in a humidifier. All these methods can be used as an alternative to a room burner.

Foot Bath

For foot problems, and as a way of introducing essential oils into the body for other problems, a foot bath can be used. This can either be a piece of equipment specially made for the purpose or a bowl of warm water. Add 2-4 drops of oil to the bath, disperse and immerse feet for up to 20 minutes; adding a bath carrier will help. A hand bath can achieve the same result for hand problems, and achieved in the same way, but only immerse for 10 minutes.

Tissue/Handkerchief/Pillow

Any method that allows inhalation of the oils is an alternative to steam inhalation. Some specific methods not mentioned so far are a tissue/handkerchief - add 1 or 2 drops of oil to your pillow at night so that the oil can be inhaled throughout the night.

Pot-pourri

Although not a recognized therapeutic method, a pot-pourri is a pleasant way of creating an aromatic atmosphere in a house or other rooms in the home. Adding essential oils to a pot-pourri will fragrance a room and introduce the essential oils into the body through inhalation.

Blending Oils

Essential oils can be used alone or blended together. Oils are blended for two reasons: to enhance or change their medicinal actions and to create a more sophisticated fragrance. In purfumery many oils are blended together. For therapeutic purposes it is unusual to mix more than four oils together. When blending oils at home it is best to mix no more than two or three oils. This is because blending has been shown to alter the molecular structure of essential oils and you may end up with a blend that acts differently from what you had intended. Make sure the properties of the oils are complementary.

Blending Guidelines

Choose two or three oils which you believe complement each other. Generally all flower oils work well together; woody oils enhance the resinous oils and other woody essences; the essential oils derived from herbs tend to blend harmoniously with each other; and the range of oils from fruits blend well with essences from their own botanical family .Mix a blend using a little of the strongest scented oils and more of the lighter fragrances. The best blend is usually the one you find most appealing.

Storing Oils

Essential oils are very volatile, ie they evaporate quickly when exposed to the air. Air will also cause oxidisation of the oils, and they are also affected by light and heat. Always buy and store your essential oils in brown amber glass bottles with air-tight, child-proof caps. Keep them in a cool dark place such as a refrigerator if it is kept at a reasonable temperature. Most essential oils, if stored correctly, will keep for up to two years. Some citrus oils such as Orange and Grapefruit may only be effectively used for up to six months. They will then go cloudy through oxidization. Some oils like Sandalwood, Frankincense and Patchouli actually mature and mellow with age. Once blended with other oils, and in carriers, oils will begin to oxidise, weaken and go rancid. This process, however, does take three months or more, and if you store your blends under the same conditions as your essential oils they should be perfectly satisfactory if used within the three months.

Safety Precautions

Warning: Never use essential oils directly on to the skin. Never take essential oils by mouth. If swallowed accidentally, eat bread, drink plenty of milk, and seek professional help. Always consult a qualified practitioner for advice and treatment:
  • If you are pregnant
  • Have an allergy
  • Have a chronic medical condition such as high blood pressure or epilepsy
  • Are receiving medical or psychiatric treatment Are taking homeopathic remedies
  • When treating babies or very young children






100% Pure Mandarin Essential Oil Supplied In A 10ml Amber Glass Bottle, With Tamper Evident Dropper Cap To Ensure Perfect Quality.



Botanical Name: Citrus nobilis.

Country Of Origin: Italy.

Family Name: Rutaceae.

Aroma: Delicate, sweet, tangy with floral undertones.

General: A general tonic and natural tranquilliser, which can help with insomnia, stress and nervous tension-add to a warm bath for an uplifting effect. Good for help with acne, congested and oily skin, spots and stretch marks.

Blends Well With: Basil, bergamot, black pepper, coriander, chamomile, grapefruit, lavender, lemon, lime, marjoram, neroli, palmarosa, petitgrain, rose.




Methods Of Use (And General Help & Information About Essential Oils)

There are many ways of using essential oils, and at least one of them will be right for you. Essential oils are the basic tools of aromatherapy. The oils, which are extracted from plants, can be used to treat all systems of the mind, and imbalances of the emotions. There are many ways to use essential oils. Professional aromatherapists tend to favor massage as the most effective way of getting oils into the body. Massage also increases the healing potential of aromatherapy. The medicinal properties of the essential oils and the nurturing power of touch combine to form a potent healing treatment. Massage can be relaxing or energizing, it can sooth the nervous system or boost the blood and lymphatic systems to improve pysical and mental functioning. Not least among its benefits is the way it can ease pain and tension from tense or overworked muscles and lift the spirits. Whenever possible, try to include massage in your home aromatherapy treatments; where this is not possible, use any of the other methods mentioned below. It is not an exhaustive list and you may well know, or you may discover, other methods.

Room Burner (oil burner; lamp ring; diffuser; vaporiser)

Room burners are specifically made for use with essential oils. You can buy them in many different shapes, sizes, designs and patterns. They can be electric, radiator fragrancer, candle powered or a ceramic light bulb ring that is heated by a light bulb, but most are ceramic oil burners warmed by a small candle. Also remember that a glazed ceramic oil burner will not crack, burn or stain, and is easy to keep clean. Always try to use good quality night lights with a good quality wick so that it will not smell when alight or smoke when blown out.

How to use: Place a small amount of cold water in the bowl, enough to fill it but leaving some space for water expansion. The essential oils of your choice are then dropped into the water ( 6-8 drops will normally be used depending on the size of the bowl and the amount of water being used). Place the candle in the chamber, light it and leave in a safe place. Use for 25-30 minutes this will, of course, depend on the size of the room or house etc.

Benefits: Psychological conditions can be treated very effectively with a room burner. Headaches respond well to this method and all respiratory problems can be treated in this way. A major use of the room burner is to scent and purify the air, clear germs and create a 'therapeutic atmosphere'.

Aromatic Baths

Aromatic baths are one of the most convenient and health-giving methods of using pure essential oils. When used in this way these healing essences not only affect the physical body but the mental and emotional levels too. They can be detoxifying, relaxing, invigorating, emotionally uplifting and sensual. To some degree all essential oils have antibacterial properties, especially lavender and bergamot, while some like eucalyptus and tea tree are also effective when treating viruses. So regular aromatic baths can be useful to help prevent and treat a range of common ailments as well as uplifting or calming the emotions. These qualities plus the way the essences are readily absorbed by the body makes aromatic bathing an essential and luxurious addition to everyday life.

Recipes For Aromatic Baths

Invigorating bath: For an enlivening start to the day use the following blend of essential oils in a warm bath. To enhance the effect finish with a cool shower or splash your body briefly with cold water. For a more fruity aroma add 3 drops of lemon oil instead of geranium.
  • Sweet basil oil = 2 drops
  • Geranium oil = 3 drops
  • Rosemary = 4 drops

Relaxing bath: For a deeply relaxing bath at the end of the day add the following essential oils to a full, warm bath. For a more floral quality add 3 drops of neroli oil instead of sweet marjoram.
  • Clary sage oil = 3 drops
  • Lavender oil = 4 drops
  • Sweet marjoram oil = 3 drops

Revitalising bath: This combination of essences in a warm bath is ideal to use when you've had a long day and need re-energising. For a less fruity aroma but equally reviving effect add 3 drops of rosewood instead of grapefruit oil.
  • Geranium oil = 3 drops
  • Grapefruit oil = 3 drops
  • Myrtle = 4 drops

Emotionally uplifting bath: To melt away stressful or negative thoughts and uplift your spirits use the following combination of essential oils in a warm bath. Soak for at least 15 minutes inhaling the aromatic vapours. If you feel like treating yourself add 2 drops of rose or jasmine essential oil instead of petitgrain.
  • Bergamot oil = 4 drops
  • Clary sage oil = 3 drops
  • Petitgrain = 3 drops

Sensual bath: For a sensual bath for one or two add the following essential oils to a warm bath. Do make sure the blend is pleasing to both of you. For a more 'earthy' aroma use 3 drops of patchouli instead of myrtle oil, or leave out rose and myrtle altogether and substitute them with 3 drops of jasmine.
  • Sandalwood oil = 4 drops
  • Myrtle oil = 3 drops
  • Rose oil = 1 drops
  • Ylang Ylang oil = 2 drops

Purifying bath: Use this bath to help strengthen the body and combat infections like colds and flu. If desired use 2 drops of penetrating eucalyptus instead of bergamot oil.
  • Bergamot oil = 3 drops
  • Lavender oil = 4 drops
  • Tea Tree = 3 drops

Children's bath: If children see you relaxing in a fragrant bath it won't be long before they want one too! Mix the following essential oils into 2 to 3 teaspoons of base oil, then add warm water to create a delightful bath. The dosages are suitable for children over six years old. This combination is ideal for bedtime as it soothes the emotions.
  • Mandarin oil = 3 drops
  • Lavender oil = 3 drops

How to use: First ask yourself what effect you'd like from your aromatic bath, then select an essential oil whose aroma pleases you and also suits your physical and emotional needs. For example, if you have a cold, lavender oil will help to combat infection and has a very relaxing effect, on the other hand bergamot oil combines the ability to fight infection and induces an emotionally uplifting effect. Use only two or three essences in the bath. When you know each one very well you may choose to use a maximum of four, although just two can often have a more powerful effect than four - less generally means more with essential oils.
Fill the bath, add the essential oil(s) (up to 6 drops or as directed), then agitate the water to disperse the oil(s). Soak in the bath for at least 10 minutes, and make sure the bathroom door is closed so that you get the benefit of inhaling the aroma as well as getting the oil directly into the body via the water. For some conditions, or if preferred, the essential oils can be diluted in a massage carrier oil first, which will help to disperse the oil throughout the water. Alternatively, use ready blended (in carrier oil) or specially formulated bath oil, which has the added benefits of moisturising the body, giving a bubble/foam bath and helping to carry the essential oil out of the bath.

Benefits: The use of oils in a bath is useful for all conditions but will be particularly beneficial for muscular and skin conditions, while respiratory problems will benefit from the inhalation of the aroma. Stress, anxiety and other mental health problems will also be improved. Anyone suffering with insomnia will find a pre-retiring bath with Lavender, Bergamot, Petitgrain, Neroli as well as other oils a great aid to restful sleep.

Lotions And Creams

Essential oils can be added to fragrance-free lotions or creams, but make sure that you use a very good quality product that if preferably lanolin free (some people are sensitive to lanolin).

How to use: Add the essential oil(s) to a dark amber glass jar to help preserve the oil and prevent it from reacting with a plastic bottle. The recommended dosage is approximately 1-2 drops of essential oil to every 5mg of cream or 5ml of lotions. Apply lotion to the skin and rub until completely absorbed. Cream should be applied to the skin and gently rubbed in. Leave the rest to sit on the surface of the skin and gradually release the oil into the body and the aroma into the nose.

Benefits: This is a particularly good way of treating most skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, which will benefit greatly. A lotion is an excellent way to get essential oils rapidly into the bloodstream and is therefore useful for treating conditions such as circulation problems. Lotions and creams can be effectively used for headaches, while creams are a good way of treating respiratory conditions. Both are an essential medium for general body and skin care.

Inhalation

Inhalation is very useful for relieving congestion, easing catarrh and soothing the respiratory tract. The method of covering the head with a towel and inhaling the vapour from eucalyptus and camphor is still very popular today.

How to use: Pour a pint of very hot water into a bowl, then add up to 3-4 drops of essential oil(s) to the water. Cover your head with a towel and then lean over the bowl, keeping your head about 10 or 12 inches above the bowl. Keep your eyes closed and then inhale the vapours for a few minutes, then lean back and relax for a couple of minutes. Repeat for up to 10 minutes or as long as is comfortable. Repeat several times a day if required. A facial steamer may be used instead of a bowl with 3-5 drops of essential oil(s).

Benefits: Respiratory conditions will benefit most from this treatment method. Eucalyptus, Scots Pine, Niaouli and several other oils are excellent decongestants renowned for their ability to help most respiratory conditions. Inhalation is also a good way of treating facial skin problems as its effect is the same as that achieved by a facial sauna.

Compress

Compresses can be either hot or cold depending on the condition that is being treated. It is well-known and frequently used treatment method for sports injuries in particular, though its uses are much wider than this and can be very effective for pain, swelling and inflammation.

How to use: The method is the same whether hot or cold. Add up to 5 drops of essential oil(s) to a basin or bowl of hot or icy cold water. Use a face-cloth, lined pad, cotton wool or other absorbent fabric and dip this into water. Wring out the excess and place the pad on the affected area. Once the compress has achieved body temperature, renew it and continue as required. A hot compress can be held in place with crepe bandage on joints or with cling-film on larger areas, for example the lower back.

Benefits: Most conditions characterized by 'aches', for example earache, backache, etc, should be treated with hot compresses, while sprains, fevers, inflammations and headaches should be treated with cold compresses. Sprains and varicose veins respond very well to the 'hot/cold' treatment, ie start with a cold compress then alternate between hot and cold compresses over the next few days, finishing with a cold one.

Massage

Massage is a method favored by professional aromatherapists, who usually carry out a full body massage. Specific essential oils are chosen to suit the condition and temperament of the patient, and blended with a base oil, such as sweet almond oil or grapeseed oil.

How to use: The essential oil content in a blend should usually be between 1 per cent and 3 per cent depending on the type of disorder. As a general rule, physical ailments like rheumatism or indigestion demand a stronger concentration than the more emotional or nervous conditions. A rough guideline is to say that 20 drops of essential oil is equivalent to one milliliter, so to make a blend it is possible to use the following proportions:
  • 20 to 60 drops of essential oil to 100ml of base oil.
  • 7 to 25 drops of essential oil to 25ml of base oil.
  • 3 to 5 drops of essential oil to 1 tsp of base oil.

Benefits: Massage is a relaxing and nourishing experience in itself, not least because of the unspoken communication based on touch, but it also ensures that the oils are effectively absorbed through the skin and into the bloodstream. For general well-being it is beneficial to practice self-massage on specific areas of the body, especially concentrating on the feet and hands. It is also useful to rub those. It is also useful to rub those particular parts of the body that are causing discomfort; for example, peppermint ( in dilution) can be rubbed on the stomach in a clock-wise direction to ease indigestion; Marjoram can help to relax the neck and shoulders if they are stiff.

Other Methods

There are many other methods of using essential oils. The following is a brief summary of some of them.

Room Sprays

Make a home-made room spray using a sprayer that has been thoroughly cleaned, to provide your own favorite aromas to freshen your home. It is perfectly possible to make a room spray using a simple solution of cold water with added essential oils (stick to a 5 drops to 10ml maximum). This will mean that every time you use it you will have to make sure you shake it vigorously to disperse the oils in the water. You can 'fix' the aroma and also help to disperse the oils equally in the water by using distilled water (boiled then cooled water) and adding 10 per cent alcohol (preferably vodka).

Radiators And Humidifiers

Drops of oil can be placed in a saucer of water placed on top of a radiator, radiator fragrancer, or on to a ball of damp cotton wool placed behind the radiator. Drops of oil can also be added to the water in a humidifier. All these methods can be used as an alternative to a room burner.

Foot Bath

For foot problems, and as a way of introducing essential oils into the body for other problems, a foot bath can be used. This can either be a piece of equipment specially made for the purpose or a bowl of warm water. Add 2-4 drops of oil to the bath, disperse and immerse feet for up to 20 minutes; adding a bath carrier will help. A hand bath can achieve the same result for hand problems, and achieved in the same way, but only immerse for 10 minutes.

Tissue/Handkerchief/Pillow

Any method that allows inhalation of the oils is an alternative to steam inhalation. Some specific methods not mentioned so far are a tissue/handkerchief - add 1 or 2 drops of oil to your pillow at night so that the oil can be inhaled throughout the night.

Pot-pourri

Although not a recognized therapeutic method, a pot-pourri is a pleasant way of creating an aromatic atmosphere in a house or other rooms in the home. Adding essential oils to a pot-pourri will fragrance a room and introduce the essential oils into the body through inhalation.

Blending Oils

Essential oils can be used alone or blended together. Oils are blended for two reasons: to enhance or change their medicinal actions and to create a more sophisticated fragrance. In purfumery many oils are blended together. For therapeutic purposes it is unusual to mix more than four oils together. When blending oils at home it is best to mix no more than two or three oils. This is because blending has been shown to alter the molecular structure of essential oils and you may end up with a blend that acts differently from what you had intended. Make sure the properties of the oils are complementary.

Blending Guidelines

Choose two or three oils which you believe complement each other. Generally all flower oils work well together; woody oils enhance the resinous oils and other woody essences; the essential oils derived from herbs tend to blend harmoniously with each other; and the range of oils from fruits blend well with essences from their own botanical family .Mix a blend using a little of the strongest scented oils and more of the lighter fragrances. The best blend is usually the one you find most appealing.

Storing Oils

Essential oils are very volatile, ie they evaporate quickly when exposed to the air. Air will also cause oxidisation of the oils, and they are also affected by light and heat. Always buy and store your essential oils in brown amber glass bottles with air-tight, child-proof caps. Keep them in a cool dark place such as a refrigerator if it is kept at a reasonable temperature. Most essential oils, if stored correctly, will keep for up to two years. Some citrus oils such as Orange and Grapefruit may only be effectively used for up to six months. They will then go cloudy through oxidization. Some oils like Sandalwood, Frankincense and Patchouli actually mature and mellow with age. Once blended with other oils, and in carriers, oils will begin to oxidise, weaken and go rancid. This process, however, does take three months or more, and if you store your blends under the same conditions as your essential oils they should be perfectly satisfactory if used within the three months.

Safety Precautions

Warning: Never use essential oils directly on to the skin. Never take essential oils by mouth. If swallowed accidentally, eat bread, drink plenty of milk, and seek professional help. Always consult a qualified practitioner for advice and treatment:
  • If you are pregnant
  • Have an allergy
  • Have a chronic medical condition such as high blood pressure or epilepsy
  • Are receiving medical or psychiatric treatment Are taking homeopathic remedies
  • When treating babies or very young children






100% Pure Myrtle Essential Oil Supplied In A 10ml Amber Glass Bottle, With Tamper Evident Dropper Cap To Ensure Perfect Quality.



Botanical Name: Myrtus communis.

Country Of Origin: Tunisia.

Perfume Note: Top/Middle.

Scent Description: Clear fresh camphoraceous sweet herbaceous scent (somewhat similar to Eucalyptus).

Extraction Description: By steam distillation of the blossoms, leaves and twigs.

General: Myrtle Essential Oil. Useful for teenage and/or greasy skin. Useful for chest rubs in winter when added to a carrier oil or lotion. A handy oil for the elderly and children. Myrtle has similar uses to Niaouli. Muscle and Joint ease. Useful to diffuse or vaporise in winter or at night.


Properties: Astringent, tonic, antiseptic




Methods Of Use (And General Help & Information About Essential Oils)

There are many ways of using essential oils, and at least one of them will be right for you. Essential oils are the basic tools of aromatherapy. The oils, which are extracted from plants, can be used to treat all systems of the mind, and imbalances of the emotions. There are many ways to use essential oils. Professional aromatherapists tend to favor massage as the most effective way of getting oils into the body. Massage also increases the healing potential of aromatherapy. The medicinal properties of the essential oils and the nurturing power of touch combine to form a potent healing treatment. Massage can be relaxing or energizing, it can sooth the nervous system or boost the blood and lymphatic systems to improve pysical and mental functioning. Not least among its benefits is the way it can ease pain and tension from tense or overworked muscles and lift the spirits. Whenever possible, try to include massage in your home aromatherapy treatments; where this is not possible, use any of the other methods mentioned below. It is not an exhaustive list and you may well know, or you may discover, other methods.

Room Burner (oil burner; lamp ring; diffuser; vaporiser)

Room burners are specifically made for use with essential oils. You can buy them in many different shapes, sizes, designs and patterns. They can be electric, radiator fragrancer, candle powered or a ceramic light bulb ring that is heated by a light bulb, but most are ceramic oil burners warmed by a small candle. Also remember that a glazed ceramic oil burner will not crack, burn or stain, and is easy to keep clean. Always try to use good quality night lights with a good quality wick so that it will not smell when alight or smoke when blown out.

How to use: Place a small amount of cold water in the bowl, enough to fill it but leaving some space for water expansion. The essential oils of your choice are then dropped into the water ( 6-8 drops will normally be used depending on the size of the bowl and the amount of water being used). Place the candle in the chamber, light it and leave in a safe place. Use for 25-30 minutes this will, of course, depend on the size of the room or house etc.

Benefits: Psychological conditions can be treated very effectively with a room burner. Headaches respond well to this method and all respiratory problems can be treated in this way. A major use of the room burner is to scent and purify the air, clear germs and create a 'therapeutic atmosphere'.

Aromatic Baths

Aromatic baths are one of the most convenient and health-giving methods of using pure essential oils. When used in this way these healing essences not only affect the physical body but the mental and emotional levels too. They can be detoxifying, relaxing, invigorating, emotionally uplifting and sensual. To some degree all essential oils have antibacterial properties, especially lavender and bergamot, while some like eucalyptus and tea tree are also effective when treating viruses. So regular aromatic baths can be useful to help prevent and treat a range of common ailments as well as uplifting or calming the emotions. These qualities plus the way the essences are readily absorbed by the body makes aromatic bathing an essential and luxurious addition to everyday life.

Recipes For Aromatic Baths

Invigorating bath: For an enlivening start to the day use the following blend of essential oils in a warm bath. To enhance the effect finish with a cool shower or splash your body briefly with cold water. For a more fruity aroma add 3 drops of lemon oil instead of geranium.
  • Sweet basil oil = 2 drops
  • Geranium oil = 3 drops
  • Rosemary = 4 drops

Relaxing bath: For a deeply relaxing bath at the end of the day add the following essential oils to a full, warm bath. For a more floral quality add 3 drops of neroli oil instead of sweet marjoram.
  • Clary sage oil = 3 drops
  • Lavender oil = 4 drops
  • Sweet marjoram oil = 3 drops

Revitalising bath: This combination of essences in a warm bath is ideal to use when you've had a long day and need re-energising. For a less fruity aroma but equally reviving effect add 3 drops of rosewood instead of grapefruit oil.
  • Geranium oil = 3 drops
  • Grapefruit oil = 3 drops
  • Myrtle = 4 drops

Emotionally uplifting bath: To melt away stressful or negative thoughts and uplift your spirits use the following combination of essential oils in a warm bath. Soak for at least 15 minutes inhaling the aromatic vapours. If you feel like treating yourself add 2 drops of rose or jasmine essential oil instead of petitgrain.
  • Bergamot oil = 4 drops
  • Clary sage oil = 3 drops
  • Petitgrain = 3 drops

Sensual bath: For a sensual bath for one or two add the following essential oils to a warm bath. Do make sure the blend is pleasing to both of you. For a more 'earthy' aroma use 3 drops of patchouli instead of myrtle oil, or leave out rose and myrtle altogether and substitute them with 3 drops of jasmine.
  • Sandalwood oil = 4 drops
  • Myrtle oil = 3 drops
  • Rose oil = 1 drops
  • Ylang Ylang oil = 2 drops

Purifying bath: Use this bath to help strengthen the body and combat infections like colds and flu. If desired use 2 drops of penetrating eucalyptus instead of bergamot oil.
  • Bergamot oil = 3 drops
  • Lavender oil = 4 drops
  • Tea Tree = 3 drops

Children's bath: If children see you relaxing in a fragrant bath it won't be long before they want one too! Mix the following essential oils into 2 to 3 teaspoons of base oil, then add warm water to create a delightful bath. The dosages are suitable for children over six years old. This combination is ideal for bedtime as it soothes the emotions.
  • Mandarin oil = 3 drops
  • Lavender oil = 3 drops

How to use: First ask yourself what effect you'd like from your aromatic bath, then select an essential oil whose aroma pleases you and also suits your physical and emotional needs. For example, if you have a cold, lavender oil will help to combat infection and has a very relaxing effect, on the other hand bergamot oil combines the ability to fight infection and induces an emotionally uplifting effect. Use only two or three essences in the bath. When you know each one very well you may choose to use a maximum of four, although just two can often have a more powerful effect than four - less generally means more with essential oils.
Fill the bath, add the essential oil(s) (up to 6 drops or as directed), then agitate the water to disperse the oil(s). Soak in the bath for at least 10 minutes, and make sure the bathroom door is closed so that you get the benefit of inhaling the aroma as well as getting the oil directly into the body via the water. For some conditions, or if preferred, the essential oils can be diluted in a massage carrier oil first, which will help to disperse the oil throughout the water. Alternatively, use ready blended (in carrier oil) or specially formulated bath oil, which has the added benefits of moisturising the body, giving a bubble/foam bath and helping to carry the essential oil out of the bath.

Benefits: The use of oils in a bath is useful for all conditions but will be particularly beneficial for muscular and skin conditions, while respiratory problems will benefit from the inhalation of the aroma. Stress, anxiety and other mental health problems will also be improved. Anyone suffering with insomnia will find a pre-retiring bath with Lavender, Bergamot, Petitgrain, Neroli as well as other oils a great aid to restful sleep.

Lotions And Creams

Essential oils can be added to fragrance-free lotions or creams, but make sure that you use a very good quality product that if preferably lanolin free (some people are sensitive to lanolin).

How to use: Add the essential oil(s) to a dark amber glass jar to help preserve the oil and prevent it from reacting with a plastic bottle. The recommended dosage is approximately 1-2 drops of essential oil to every 5mg of cream or 5ml of lotions. Apply lotion to the skin and rub until completely absorbed. Cream should be applied to the skin and gently rubbed in. Leave the rest to sit on the surface of the skin and gradually release the oil into the body and the aroma into the nose.

Benefits: This is a particularly good way of treating most skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, which will benefit greatly. A lotion is an excellent way to get essential oils rapidly into the bloodstream and is therefore useful for treating conditions such as circulation problems. Lotions and creams can be effectively used for headaches, while creams are a good way of treating respiratory conditions. Both are an essential medium for general body and skin care.

Inhalation

Inhalation is very useful for relieving congestion, easing catarrh and soothing the respiratory tract. The method of covering the head with a towel and inhaling the vapour from eucalyptus and camphor is still very popular today.

How to use: Pour a pint of very hot water into a bowl, then add up to 3-4 drops of essential oil(s) to the water. Cover your head with a towel and then lean over the bowl, keeping your head about 10 or 12 inches above the bowl. Keep your eyes closed and then inhale the vapours for a few minutes, then lean back and relax for a couple of minutes. Repeat for up to 10 minutes or as long as is comfortable. Repeat several times a day if required. A facial steamer may be used instead of a bowl with 3-5 drops of essential oil(s).

Benefits: Respiratory conditions will benefit most from this treatment method. Eucalyptus, Scots Pine, Niaouli and several other oils are excellent decongestants renowned for their ability to help most respiratory conditions. Inhalation is also a good way of treating facial skin problems as its effect is the same as that achieved by a facial sauna.

Compress

Compresses can be either hot or cold depending on the condition that is being treated. It is well-known and frequently used treatment method for sports injuries in particular, though its uses are much wider than this and can be very effective for pain, swelling and inflammation.

How to use: The method is the same whether hot or cold. Add up to 5 drops of essential oil(s) to a basin or bowl of hot or icy cold water. Use a face-cloth, lined pad, cotton wool or other absorbent fabric and dip this into water. Wring out the excess and place the pad on the affected area. Once the compress has achieved body temperature, renew it and continue as required. A hot compress can be held in place with crepe bandage on joints or with cling-film on larger areas, for example the lower back.

Benefits: Most conditions characterized by 'aches', for example earache, backache, etc, should be treated with hot compresses, while sprains, fevers, inflammations and headaches should be treated with cold compresses. Sprains and varicose veins respond very well to the 'hot/cold' treatment, ie start with a cold compress then alternate between hot and cold compresses over the next few days, finishing with a cold one.

Massage

Massage is a method favored by professional aromatherapists, who usually carry out a full body massage. Specific essential oils are chosen to suit the condition and temperament of the patient, and blended with a base oil, such as sweet almond oil or grapeseed oil.

How to use: The essential oil content in a blend should usually be between 1 per cent and 3 per cent depending on the type of disorder. As a general rule, physical ailments like rheumatism or indigestion demand a stronger concentration than the more emotional or nervous conditions. A rough guideline is to say that 20 drops of essential oil is equivalent to one milliliter, so to make a blend it is possible to use the following proportions:
  • 20 to 60 drops of essential oil to 100ml of base oil.
  • 7 to 25 drops of essential oil to 25ml of base oil.
  • 3 to 5 drops of essential oil to 1 tsp of base oil.

Benefits: Massage is a relaxing and nourishing experience in itself, not least because of the unspoken communication based on touch, but it also ensures that the oils are effectively absorbed through the skin and into the bloodstream. For general well-being it is beneficial to practice self-massage on specific areas of the body, especially concentrating on the feet and hands. It is also useful to rub those. It is also useful to rub those particular parts of the body that are causing discomfort; for example, peppermint ( in dilution) can be rubbed on the stomach in a clock-wise direction to ease indigestion; Marjoram can help to relax the neck and shoulders if they are stiff.

Other Methods

There are many other methods of using essential oils. The following is a brief summary of some of them.

Room Sprays

Make a home-made room spray using a sprayer that has been thoroughly cleaned, to provide your own favorite aromas to freshen your home. It is perfectly possible to make a room spray using a simple solution of cold water with added essential oils (stick to a 5 drops to 10ml maximum). This will mean that every time you use it you will have to make sure you shake it vigorously to disperse the oils in the water. You can 'fix' the aroma and also help to disperse the oils equally in the water by using distilled water (boiled then cooled water) and adding 10 per cent alcohol (preferably vodka).

Radiators And Humidifiers

Drops of oil can be placed in a saucer of water placed on top of a radiator, radiator fragrancer, or on to a ball of damp cotton wool placed behind the radiator. Drops of oil can also be added to the water in a humidifier. All these methods can be used as an alternative to a room burner.

Foot Bath

For foot problems, and as a way of introducing essential oils into the body for other problems, a foot bath can be used. This can either be a piece of equipment specially made for the purpose or a bowl of warm water. Add 2-4 drops of oil to the bath, disperse and immerse feet for up to 20 minutes; adding a bath carrier will help. A hand bath can achieve the same result for hand problems, and achieved in the same way, but only immerse for 10 minutes.

Tissue/Handkerchief/Pillow

Any method that allows inhalation of the oils is an alternative to steam inhalation. Some specific methods not mentioned so far are a tissue/handkerchief - add 1 or 2 drops of oil to your pillow at night so that the oil can be inhaled throughout the night.

Pot-pourri

Although not a recognized therapeutic method, a pot-pourri is a pleasant way of creating an aromatic atmosphere in a house or other rooms in the home. Adding essential oils to a pot-pourri will fragrance a room and introduce the essential oils into the body through inhalation.

Blending Oils

Essential oils can be used alone or blended together. Oils are blended for two reasons: to enhance or change their medicinal actions and to create a more sophisticated fragrance. In purfumery many oils are blended together. For therapeutic purposes it is unusual to mix more than four oils together. When blending oils at home it is best to mix no more than two or three oils. This is because blending has been shown to alter the molecular structure of essential oils and you may end up with a blend that acts differently from what you had intended. Make sure the properties of the oils are complementary.

Blending Guidelines

Choose two or three oils which you believe complement each other. Generally all flower oils work well together; woody oils enhance the resinous oils and other woody essences; the essential oils derived from herbs tend to blend harmoniously with each other; and the range of oils from fruits blend well with essences from their own botanical family .Mix a blend using a little of the strongest scented oils and more of the lighter fragrances. The best blend is usually the one you find most appealing.

Storing Oils

Essential oils are very volatile, ie they evaporate quickly when exposed to the air. Air will also cause oxidisation of the oils, and they are also affected by light and heat. Always buy and store your essential oils in brown amber glass bottles with air-tight, child-proof caps. Keep them in a cool dark place such as a refrigerator if it is kept at a reasonable temperature. Most essential oils, if stored correctly, will keep for up to two years. Some citrus oils such as Orange and Grapefruit may only be effectively used for up to six months. They will then go cloudy through oxidization. Some oils like Sandalwood, Frankincense and Patchouli actually mature and mellow with age. Once blended with other oils, and in carriers, oils will begin to oxidise, weaken and go rancid. This process, however, does take three months or more, and if you store your blends under the same conditions as your essential oils they should be perfectly satisfactory if used within the three months.

Safety Precautions

Warning: Never use essential oils directly on to the skin. Never take essential oils by mouth. If swallowed accidentally, eat bread, drink plenty of milk, and seek professional help. Always consult a qualified practitioner for advice and treatment:
  • If you are pregnant
  • Have an allergy
  • Have a chronic medical condition such as high blood pressure or epilepsy
  • Are receiving medical or psychiatric treatment Are taking homeopathic remedies
  • When treating babies or very young children






Manuka Essential Oil. In a 10ml Amber Glass Dropper Bottle.


Botanical Name: Leptospermum scoparium.

Country Of Origin: New Zealand.

Aroma: Odour is very sweet and gentle, with woody, mossy notes.

Extraction Description: The volatile oil obtained by steam distillation of the leaves and terminal branches.

General: Manuka Essential Oil has Similar to Tea Tree, but Manuka has extra properties. Use where a pleasant rather than medicinal smell is appropriate - good to use where long term treatment is required. Contains leptospermone, which is insecticidal - insect repellent / insect bites and stings. Highly bactericidal across a wide spectrum. A few drops in the baths as a pick-me-up for winter blues. Use with avocado or jojoba for people with dry or sensitive skin, good for oily skin - dilute well before use. Great to use in air sprays or burners.

Historial Background: Long use by Maori people of New Zealand.

Properties: Anti-viral, anti-fungal, bactericidal, insecticidal.




Methods Of Use (And General Help & Information About Essential Oils)

There are many ways of using essential oils, and at least one of them will be right for you. Essential oils are the basic tools of aromatherapy. The oils, which are extracted from plants, can be used to treat all systems of the mind, and imbalances of the emotions. There are many ways to use essential oils. Professional aromatherapists tend to favor massage as the most effective way of getting oils into the body. Massage also increases the healing potential of aromatherapy. The medicinal properties of the essential oils and the nurturing power of touch combine to form a potent healing treatment. Massage can be relaxing or energizing, it can sooth the nervous system or boost the blood and lymphatic systems to improve pysical and mental functioning. Not least among its benefits is the way it can ease pain and tension from tense or overworked muscles and lift the spirits. Whenever possible, try to include massage in your home aromatherapy treatments; where this is not possible, use any of the other methods mentioned below. It is not an exhaustive list and you may well know, or you may discover, other methods.

Room Burner (oil burner; lamp ring; diffuser; vaporiser)

Room burners are specifically made for use with essential oils. You can buy them in many different shapes, sizes, designs and patterns. They can be electric, radiator fragrancer, candle powered or a ceramic light bulb ring that is heated by a light bulb, but most are ceramic oil burners warmed by a small candle. Also remember that a glazed ceramic oil burner will not crack, burn or stain, and is easy to keep clean. Always try to use good quality night lights with a good quality wick so that it will not smell when alight or smoke when blown out.

How to use: Place a small amount of cold water in the bowl, enough to fill it but leaving some space for water expansion. The essential oils of your choice are then dropped into the water ( 6-8 drops will normally be used depending on the size of the bowl and the amount of water being used). Place the candle in the chamber, light it and leave in a safe place. Use for 25-30 minutes this will, of course, depend on the size of the room or house etc.

Benefits: Psychological conditions can be treated very effectively with a room burner. Headaches respond well to this method and all respiratory problems can be treated in this way. A major use of the room burner is to scent and purify the air, clear germs and create a 'therapeutic atmosphere'.

Aromatic Baths

Aromatic baths are one of the most convenient and health-giving methods of using pure essential oils. When used in this way these healing essences not only affect the physical body but the mental and emotional levels too. They can be detoxifying, relaxing, invigorating, emotionally uplifting and sensual. To some degree all essential oils have antibacterial properties, especially lavender and bergamot, while some like eucalyptus and tea tree are also effective when treating viruses. So regular aromatic baths can be useful to help prevent and treat a range of common ailments as well as uplifting or calming the emotions. These qualities plus the way the essences are readily absorbed by the body makes aromatic bathing an essential and luxurious addition to everyday life.

Recipes For Aromatic Baths

Invigorating bath: For an enlivening start to the day use the following blend of essential oils in a warm bath. To enhance the effect finish with a cool shower or splash your body briefly with cold water. For a more fruity aroma add 3 drops of lemon oil instead of geranium.
  • Sweet basil oil = 2 drops
  • Geranium oil = 3 drops
  • Rosemary = 4 drops

Relaxing bath: For a deeply relaxing bath at the end of the day add the following essential oils to a full, warm bath. For a more floral quality add 3 drops of neroli oil instead of sweet marjoram.
  • Clary sage oil = 3 drops
  • Lavender oil = 4 drops
  • Sweet marjoram oil = 3 drops

Revitalising bath: This combination of essences in a warm bath is ideal to use when you've had a long day and need re-energising. For a less fruity aroma but equally reviving effect add 3 drops of rosewood instead of grapefruit oil.
  • Geranium oil = 3 drops
  • Grapefruit oil = 3 drops
  • Myrtle = 4 drops

Emotionally uplifting bath: To melt away stressful or negative thoughts and uplift your spirits use the following combination of essential oils in a warm bath. Soak for at least 15 minutes inhaling the aromatic vapours. If you feel like treating yourself add 2 drops of rose or jasmine essential oil instead of petitgrain.
  • Bergamot oil = 4 drops
  • Clary sage oil = 3 drops
  • Petitgrain = 3 drops

Sensual bath: For a sensual bath for one or two add the following essential oils to a warm bath. Do make sure the blend is pleasing to both of you. For a more 'earthy' aroma use 3 drops of patchouli instead of myrtle oil, or leave out rose and myrtle altogether and substitute them with 3 drops of jasmine.
  • Sandalwood oil = 4 drops
  • Myrtle oil = 3 drops
  • Rose oil = 1 drops
  • Ylang Ylang oil = 2 drops

Purifying bath: Use this bath to help strengthen the body and combat infections like colds and flu. If desired use 2 drops of penetrating eucalyptus instead of bergamot oil.
  • Bergamot oil = 3 drops
  • Lavender oil = 4 drops
  • Tea Tree = 3 drops

Children's bath: If children see you relaxing in a fragrant bath it won't be long before they want one too! Mix the following essential oils into 2 to 3 teaspoons of base oil, then add warm water to create a delightful bath. The dosages are suitable for children over six years old. This combination is ideal for bedtime as it soothes the emotions.
  • Mandarin oil = 3 drops
  • Lavender oil = 3 drops

How to use: First ask yourself what effect you'd like from your aromatic bath, then select an essential oil whose aroma pleases you and also suits your physical and emotional needs. For example, if you have a cold, lavender oil will help to combat infection and has a very relaxing effect, on the other hand bergamot oil combines the ability to fight infection and induces an emotionally uplifting effect. Use only two or three essences in the bath. When you know each one very well you may choose to use a maximum of four, although just two can often have a more powerful effect than four - less generally means more with essential oils.
Fill the bath, add the essential oil(s) (up to 6 drops or as directed), then agitate the water to disperse the oil(s). Soak in the bath for at least 10 minutes, and make sure the bathroom door is closed so that you get the benefit of inhaling the aroma as well as getting the oil directly into the body via the water. For some conditions, or if preferred, the essential oils can be diluted in a massage carrier oil first, which will help to disperse the oil throughout the water. Alternatively, use ready blended (in carrier oil) or specially formulated bath oil, which has the added benefits of moisturising the body, giving a bubble/foam bath and helping to carry the essential oil out of the bath.

Benefits: The use of oils in a bath is useful for all conditions but will be particularly beneficial for muscular and skin conditions, while respiratory problems will benefit from the inhalation of the aroma. Stress, anxiety and other mental health problems will also be improved. Anyone suffering with insomnia will find a pre-retiring bath with Lavender, Bergamot, Petitgrain, Neroli as well as other oils a great aid to restful sleep.

Lotions And Creams

Essential oils can be added to fragrance-free lotions or creams, but make sure that you use a very good quality product that if preferably lanolin free (some people are sensitive to lanolin).

How to use: Add the essential oil(s) to a dark amber glass jar to help preserve the oil and prevent it from reacting with a plastic bottle. The recommended dosage is approximately 1-2 drops of essential oil to every 5mg of cream or 5ml of lotions. Apply lotion to the skin and rub until completely absorbed. Cream should be applied to the skin and gently rubbed in. Leave the rest to sit on the surface of the skin and gradually release the oil into the body and the aroma into the nose.

Benefits: This is a particularly good way of treating most skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, which will benefit greatly. A lotion is an excellent way to get essential oils rapidly into the bloodstream and is therefore useful for treating conditions such as circulation problems. Lotions and creams can be effectively used for headaches, while creams are a good way of treating respiratory conditions. Both are an essential medium for general body and skin care.

Inhalation

Inhalation is very useful for relieving congestion, easing catarrh and soothing the respiratory tract. The method of covering the head with a towel and inhaling the vapour from eucalyptus and camphor is still very popular today.

How to use: Pour a pint of very hot water into a bowl, then add up to 3-4 drops of essential oil(s) to the water. Cover your head with a towel and then lean over the bowl, keeping your head about 10 or 12 inches above the bowl. Keep your eyes closed and then inhale the vapours for a few minutes, then lean back and relax for a couple of minutes. Repeat for up to 10 minutes or as long as is comfortable. Repeat several times a day if required. A facial steamer may be used instead of a bowl with 3-5 drops of essential oil(s).

Benefits: Respiratory conditions will benefit most from this treatment method. Eucalyptus, Scots Pine, Niaouli and several other oils are excellent decongestants renowned for their ability to help most respiratory conditions. Inhalation is also a good way of treating facial skin problems as its effect is the same as that achieved by a facial sauna.

Compress

Compresses can be either hot or cold depending on the condition that is being treated. It is well-known and frequently used treatment method for sports injuries in particular, though its uses are much wider than this and can be very effective for pain, swelling and inflammation.

How to use: The method is the same whether hot or cold. Add up to 5 drops of essential oil(s) to a basin or bowl of hot or icy cold water. Use a face-cloth, lined pad, cotton wool or other absorbent fabric and dip this into water. Wring out the excess and place the pad on the affected area. Once the compress has achieved body temperature, renew it and continue as required. A hot compress can be held in place with crepe bandage on joints or with cling-film on larger areas, for example the lower back.

Benefits: Most conditions characterized by 'aches', for example earache, backache, etc, should be treated with hot compresses, while sprains, fevers, inflammations and headaches should be treated with cold compresses. Sprains and varicose veins respond very well to the 'hot/cold' treatment, ie start with a cold compress then alternate between hot and cold compresses over the next few days, finishing with a cold one.

Massage

Massage is a method favored by professional aromatherapists, who usually carry out a full body massage. Specific essential oils are chosen to suit the condition and temperament of the patient, and blended with a base oil, such as sweet almond oil or grapeseed oil.

How to use: The essential oil content in a blend should usually be between 1 per cent and 3 per cent depending on the type of disorder. As a general rule, physical ailments like rheumatism or indigestion demand a stronger concentration than the more emotional or nervous conditions. A rough guideline is to say that 20 drops of essential oil is equivalent to one milliliter, so to make a blend it is possible to use the following proportions:
  • 20 to 60 drops of essential oil to 100ml of base oil.
  • 7 to 25 drops of essential oil to 25ml of base oil.
  • 3 to 5 drops of essential oil to 1 tsp of base oil.

Benefits: Massage is a relaxing and nourishing experience in itself, not least because of the unspoken communication based on touch, but it also ensures that the oils are effectively absorbed through the skin and into the bloodstream. For general well-being it is beneficial to practice self-massage on specific areas of the body, especially concentrating on the feet and hands. It is also useful to rub those. It is also useful to rub those particular parts of the body that are causing discomfort; for example, peppermint ( in dilution) can be rubbed on the stomach in a clock-wise direction to ease indigestion; Marjoram can help to relax the neck and shoulders if they are stiff.

Other Methods

There are many other methods of using essential oils. The following is a brief summary of some of them.

Room Sprays

Make a home-made room spray using a sprayer that has been thoroughly cleaned, to provide your own favorite aromas to freshen your home. It is perfectly possible to make a room spray using a simple solution of cold water with added essential oils (stick to a 5 drops to 10ml maximum). This will mean that every time you use it you will have to make sure you shake it vigorously to disperse the oils in the water. You can 'fix' the aroma and also help to disperse the oils equally in the water by using distilled water (boiled then cooled water) and adding 10 per cent alcohol (preferably vodka).

Radiators And Humidifiers

Drops of oil can be placed in a saucer of water placed on top of a radiator, radiator fragrancer, or on to a ball of damp cotton wool placed behind the radiator. Drops of oil can also be added to the water in a humidifier. All these methods can be used as an alternative to a room burner.

Foot Bath

For foot problems, and as a way of introducing essential oils into the body for other problems, a foot bath can be used. This can either be a piece of equipment specially made for the purpose or a bowl of warm water. Add 2-4 drops of oil to the bath, disperse and immerse feet for up to 20 minutes; adding a bath carrier will help. A hand bath can achieve the same result for hand problems, and achieved in the same way, but only immerse for 10 minutes.

Tissue/Handkerchief/Pillow

Any method that allows inhalation of the oils is an alternative to steam inhalation. Some specific methods not mentioned so far are a tissue/handkerchief - add 1 or 2 drops of oil to your pillow at night so that the oil can be inhaled throughout the night.

Pot-pourri

Although not a recognized therapeutic method, a pot-pourri is a pleasant way of creating an aromatic atmosphere in a house or other rooms in the home. Adding essential oils to a pot-pourri will fragrance a room and introduce the essential oils into the body through inhalation.

Blending Oils

Essential oils can be used alone or blended together. Oils are blended for two reasons: to enhance or change their medicinal actions and to create a more sophisticated fragrance. In purfumery many oils are blended together. For therapeutic purposes it is unusual to mix more than four oils together. When blending oils at home it is best to mix no more than two or three oils. This is because blending has been shown to alter the molecular structure of essential oils and you may end up with a blend that acts differently from what you had intended. Make sure the properties of the oils are complementary.

Blending Guidelines

Choose two or three oils which you believe complement each other. Generally all flower oils work well together; woody oils enhance the resinous oils and other woody essences; the essential oils derived from herbs tend to blend harmoniously with each other; and the range of oils from fruits blend well with essences from their own botanical family .Mix a blend using a little of the strongest scented oils and more of the lighter fragrances. The best blend is usually the one you find most appealing.

Storing Oils

Essential oils are very volatile, ie they evaporate quickly when exposed to the air. Air will also cause oxidisation of the oils, and they are also affected by light and heat. Always buy and store your essential oils in brown amber glass bottles with air-tight, child-proof caps. Keep them in a cool dark place such as a refrigerator if it is kept at a reasonable temperature. Most essential oils, if stored correctly, will keep for up to two years. Some citrus oils such as Orange and Grapefruit may only be effectively used for up to six months. They will then go cloudy through oxidization. Some oils like Sandalwood, Frankincense and Patchouli actually mature and mellow with age. Once blended with other oils, and in carriers, oils will begin to oxidise, weaken and go rancid. This process, however, does take three months or more, and if you store your blends under the same conditions as your essential oils they should be perfectly satisfactory if used within the three months.

Safety Precautions

Warning: Never use essential oils directly on to the skin. Never take essential oils by mouth. If swallowed accidentally, eat bread, drink plenty of milk, and seek professional help. Always consult a qualified practitioner for advice and treatment:
  • If you are pregnant
  • Have an allergy
  • Have a chronic medical condition such as high blood pressure or epilepsy
  • Are receiving medical or psychiatric treatment Are taking homeopathic remedies
  • When treating babies or very young children






Marigold Tagetes Essential Oil. In a 10ml Amber Glass Dropper Bottle.


Botanical Name: Tagetes glandulifera.

Country Of Origin: France / Zimbabwe.

Aroma: Has rich, warm, earthy scent with overtones of fruit.

Extraction Description: The volatile oil obtained by steam distillation of the flowering plants.

General: Marigold Tagetes Essential Oil. Fungicidal, bactericidal, anti-fungal on feet. Good as a housefly and white fly deterrent. Contains a high percentage of ketones.

Historial Background: In China the flowers of the African Marigold are used for whooping cough, colds, colic, mumps, sore eyes and mastitis.

Properties: Fungicidal, bactericidal, anti-fungal on feet.




Methods Of Use (And General Help & Information About Essential Oils)

There are many ways of using essential oils, and at least one of them will be right for you. Essential oils are the basic tools of aromatherapy. The oils, which are extracted from plants, can be used to treat all systems of the mind, and imbalances of the emotions. There are many ways to use essential oils. Professional aromatherapists tend to favor massage as the most effective way of getting oils into the body. Massage also increases the healing potential of aromatherapy. The medicinal properties of the essential oils and the nurturing power of touch combine to form a potent healing treatment. Massage can be relaxing or energizing, it can sooth the nervous system or boost the blood and lymphatic systems to improve pysical and mental functioning. Not least among its benefits is the way it can ease pain and tension from tense or overworked muscles and lift the spirits. Whenever possible, try to include massage in your home aromatherapy treatments; where this is not possible, use any of the other methods mentioned below. It is not an exhaustive list and you may well know, or you may discover, other methods.

Room Burner (oil burner; lamp ring; diffuser; vaporiser)

Room burners are specifically made for use with essential oils. You can buy them in many different shapes, sizes, designs and patterns. They can be electric, radiator fragrancer, candle powered or a ceramic light bulb ring that is heated by a light bulb, but most are ceramic oil burners warmed by a small candle. Also remember that a glazed ceramic oil burner will not crack, burn or stain, and is easy to keep clean. Always try to use good quality night lights with a good quality wick so that it will not smell when alight or smoke when blown out.

How to use: Place a small amount of cold water in the bowl, enough to fill it but leaving some space for water expansion. The essential oils of your choice are then dropped into the water ( 6-8 drops will normally be used depending on the size of the bowl and the amount of water being used). Place the candle in the chamber, light it and leave in a safe place. Use for 25-30 minutes this will, of course, depend on the size of the room or house etc.

Benefits: Psychological conditions can be treated very effectively with a room burner. Headaches respond well to this method and all respiratory problems can be treated in this way. A major use of the room burner is to scent and purify the air, clear germs and create a 'therapeutic atmosphere'.

Aromatic Baths

Aromatic baths are one of the most convenient and health-giving methods of using pure essential oils. When used in this way these healing essences not only affect the physical body but the mental and emotional levels too. They can be detoxifying, relaxing, invigorating, emotionally uplifting and sensual. To some degree all essential oils have antibacterial properties, especially lavender and bergamot, while some like eucalyptus and tea tree are also effective when treating viruses. So regular aromatic baths can be useful to help prevent and treat a range of common ailments as well as uplifting or calming the emotions. These qualities plus the way the essences are readily absorbed by the body makes aromatic bathing an essential and luxurious addition to everyday life.

Recipes For Aromatic Baths

Invigorating bath: For an enlivening start to the day use the following blend of essential oils in a warm bath. To enhance the effect finish with a cool shower or splash your body briefly with cold water. For a more fruity aroma add 3 drops of lemon oil instead of geranium.
  • Sweet basil oil = 2 drops
  • Geranium oil = 3 drops
  • Rosemary = 4 drops

Relaxing bath: For a deeply relaxing bath at the end of the day add the following essential oils to a full, warm bath. For a more floral quality add 3 drops of neroli oil instead of sweet marjoram.
  • Clary sage oil = 3 drops
  • Lavender oil = 4 drops
  • Sweet marjoram oil = 3 drops

Revitalising bath: This combination of essences in a warm bath is ideal to use when you've had a long day and need re-energising. For a less fruity aroma but equally reviving effect add 3 drops of rosewood instead of grapefruit oil.
  • Geranium oil = 3 drops
  • Grapefruit oil = 3 drops
  • Myrtle = 4 drops

Emotionally uplifting bath: To melt away stressful or negative thoughts and uplift your spirits use the following combination of essential oils in a warm bath. Soak for at least 15 minutes inhaling the aromatic vapours. If you feel like treating yourself add 2 drops of rose or jasmine essential oil instead of petitgrain.
  • Bergamot oil = 4 drops
  • Clary sage oil = 3 drops
  • Petitgrain = 3 drops

Sensual bath: For a sensual bath for one or two add the following essential oils to a warm bath. Do make sure the blend is pleasing to both of you. For a more 'earthy' aroma use 3 drops of patchouli instead of myrtle oil, or leave out rose and myrtle altogether and substitute them with 3 drops of jasmine.
  • Sandalwood oil = 4 drops
  • Myrtle oil = 3 drops
  • Rose oil = 1 drops
  • Ylang Ylang oil = 2 drops

Purifying bath: Use this bath to help strengthen the body and combat infections like colds and flu. If desired use 2 drops of penetrating eucalyptus instead of bergamot oil.
  • Bergamot oil = 3 drops
  • Lavender oil = 4 drops
  • Tea Tree = 3 drops

Children's bath: If children see you relaxing in a fragrant bath it won't be long before they want one too! Mix the following essential oils into 2 to 3 teaspoons of base oil, then add warm water to create a delightful bath. The dosages are suitable for children over six years old. This combination is ideal for bedtime as it soothes the emotions.
  • Mandarin oil = 3 drops
  • Lavender oil = 3 drops

How to use: First ask yourself what effect you'd like from your aromatic bath, then select an essential oil whose aroma pleases you and also suits your physical and emotional needs. For example, if you have a cold, lavender oil will help to combat infection and has a very relaxing effect, on the other hand bergamot oil combines the ability to fight infection and induces an emotionally uplifting effect. Use only two or three essences in the bath. When you know each one very well you may choose to use a maximum of four, although just two can often have a more powerful effect than four - less generally means more with essential oils.
Fill the bath, add the essential oil(s) (up to 6 drops or as directed), then agitate the water to disperse the oil(s). Soak in the bath for at least 10 minutes, and make sure the bathroom door is closed so that you get the benefit of inhaling the aroma as well as getting the oil directly into the body via the water. For some conditions, or if preferred, the essential oils can be diluted in a massage carrier oil first, which will help to disperse the oil throughout the water. Alternatively, use ready blended (in carrier oil) or specially formulated bath oil, which has the added benefits of moisturising the body, giving a bubble/foam bath and helping to carry the essential oil out of the bath.

Benefits: The use of oils in a bath is useful for all conditions but will be particularly beneficial for muscular and skin conditions, while respiratory problems will benefit from the inhalation of the aroma. Stress, anxiety and other mental health problems will also be improved. Anyone suffering with insomnia will find a pre-retiring bath with Lavender, Bergamot, Petitgrain, Neroli as well as other oils a great aid to restful sleep.

Lotions And Creams

Essential oils can be added to fragrance-free lotions or creams, but make sure that you use a very good quality product that if preferably lanolin free (some people are sensitive to lanolin).

How to use: Add the essential oil(s) to a dark amber glass jar to help preserve the oil and prevent it from reacting with a plastic bottle. The recommended dosage is approximately 1-2 drops of essential oil to every 5mg of cream or 5ml of lotions. Apply lotion to the skin and rub until completely absorbed. Cream should be applied to the skin and gently rubbed in. Leave the rest to sit on the surface of the skin and gradually release the oil into the body and the aroma into the nose.

Benefits: This is a particularly good way of treating most skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, which will benefit greatly. A lotion is an excellent way to get essential oils rapidly into the bloodstream and is therefore useful for treating conditions such as circulation problems. Lotions and creams can be effectively used for headaches, while creams are a good way of treating respiratory conditions. Both are an essential medium for general body and skin care.

Inhalation

Inhalation is very useful for relieving congestion, easing catarrh and soothing the respiratory tract. The method of covering the head with a towel and inhaling the vapour from eucalyptus and camphor is still very popular today.

How to use: Pour a pint of very hot water into a bowl, then add up to 3-4 drops of essential oil(s) to the water. Cover your head with a towel and then lean over the bowl, keeping your head about 10 or 12 inches above the bowl. Keep your eyes closed and then inhale the vapours for a few minutes, then lean back and relax for a couple of minutes. Repeat for up to 10 minutes or as long as is comfortable. Repeat several times a day if required. A facial steamer may be used instead of a bowl with 3-5 drops of essential oil(s).

Benefits: Respiratory conditions will benefit most from this treatment method. Eucalyptus, Scots Pine, Niaouli and several other oils are excellent decongestants renowned for their ability to help most respiratory conditions. Inhalation is also a good way of treating facial skin problems as its effect is the same as that achieved by a facial sauna.

Compress

Compresses can be either hot or cold depending on the condition that is being treated. It is well-known and frequently used treatment method for sports injuries in particular, though its uses are much wider than this and can be very effective for pain, swelling and inflammation.

How to use: The method is the same whether hot or cold. Add up to 5 drops of essential oil(s) to a basin or bowl of hot or icy cold water. Use a face-cloth, lined pad, cotton wool or other absorbent fabric and dip this into water. Wring out the excess and place the pad on the affected area. Once the compress has achieved body temperature, renew it and continue as required. A hot compress can be held in place with crepe bandage on joints or with cling-film on larger areas, for example the lower back.

Benefits: Most conditions characterized by 'aches', for example earache, backache, etc, should be treated with hot compresses, while sprains, fevers, inflammations and headaches should be treated with cold compresses. Sprains and varicose veins respond very well to the 'hot/cold' treatment, ie start with a cold compress then alternate between hot and cold compresses over the next few days, finishing with a cold one.

Massage

Massage is a method favored by professional aromatherapists, who usually carry out a full body massage. Specific essential oils are chosen to suit the condition and temperament of the patient, and blended with a base oil, such as sweet almond oil or grapeseed oil.

How to use: The essential oil content in a blend should usually be between 1 per cent and 3 per cent depending on the type of disorder. As a general rule, physical ailments like rheumatism or indigestion demand a stronger concentration than the more emotional or nervous conditions. A rough guideline is to say that 20 drops of essential oil is equivalent to one milliliter, so to make a blend it is possible to use the following proportions:
  • 20 to 60 drops of essential oil to 100ml of base oil.
  • 7 to 25 drops of essential oil to 25ml of base oil.
  • 3 to 5 drops of essential oil to 1 tsp of base oil.

Benefits: Massage is a relaxing and nourishing experience in itself, not least because of the unspoken communication based on touch, but it also ensures that the oils are effectively absorbed through the skin and into the bloodstream. For general well-being it is beneficial to practice self-massage on specific areas of the body, especially concentrating on the feet and hands. It is also useful to rub those. It is also useful to rub those particular parts of the body that are causing discomfort; for example, peppermint ( in dilution) can be rubbed on the stomach in a clock-wise direction to ease indigestion; Marjoram can help to relax the neck and shoulders if they are stiff.

Other Methods

There are many other methods of using essential oils. The following is a brief summary of some of them.

Room Sprays

Make a home-made room spray using a sprayer that has been thoroughly cleaned, to provide your own favorite aromas to freshen your home. It is perfectly possible to make a room spray using a simple solution of cold water with added essential oils (stick to a 5 drops to 10ml maximum). This will mean that every time you use it you will have to make sure you shake it vigorously to disperse the oils in the water. You can 'fix' the aroma and also help to disperse the oils equally in the water by using distilled water (boiled then cooled water) and adding 10 per cent alcohol (preferably vodka).

Radiators And Humidifiers

Drops of oil can be placed in a saucer of water placed on top of a radiator, radiator fragrancer, or on to a ball of damp cotton wool placed behind the radiator. Drops of oil can also be added to the water in a humidifier. All these methods can be used as an alternative to a room burner.

Foot Bath

For foot problems, and as a way of introducing essential oils into the body for other problems, a foot bath can be used. This can either be a piece of equipment specially made for the purpose or a bowl of warm water. Add 2-4 drops of oil to the bath, disperse and immerse feet for up to 20 minutes; adding a bath carrier will help. A hand bath can achieve the same result for hand problems, and achieved in the same way, but only immerse for 10 minutes.

Tissue/Handkerchief/Pillow

Any method that allows inhalation of the oils is an alternative to steam inhalation. Some specific methods not mentioned so far are a tissue/handkerchief - add 1 or 2 drops of oil to your pillow at night so that the oil can be inhaled throughout the night.

Pot-pourri

Although not a recognized therapeutic method, a pot-pourri is a pleasant way of creating an aromatic atmosphere in a house or other rooms in the home. Adding essential oils to a pot-pourri will fragrance a room and introduce the essential oils into the body through inhalation.

Blending Oils

Essential oils can be used alone or blended together. Oils are blended for two reasons: to enhance or change their medicinal actions and to create a more sophisticated fragrance. In purfumery many oils are blended together. For therapeutic purposes it is unusual to mix more than four oils together. When blending oils at home it is best to mix no more than two or three oils. This is because blending has been shown to alter the molecular structure of essential oils and you may end up with a blend that acts differently from what you had intended. Make sure the properties of the oils are complementary.

Blending Guidelines

Choose two or three oils which you believe complement each other. Generally all flower oils work well together; woody oils enhance the resinous oils and other woody essences; the essential oils derived from herbs tend to blend harmoniously with each other; and the range of oils from fruits blend well with essences from their own botanical family .Mix a blend using a little of the strongest scented oils and more of the lighter fragrances. The best blend is usually the one you find most appealing.

Storing Oils

Essential oils are very volatile, ie they evaporate quickly when exposed to the air. Air will also cause oxidisation of the oils, and they are also affected by light and heat. Always buy and store your essential oils in brown amber glass bottles with air-tight, child-proof caps. Keep them in a cool dark place such as a refrigerator if it is kept at a reasonable temperature. Most essential oils, if stored correctly, will keep for up to two years. Some citrus oils such as Orange and Grapefruit may only be effectively used for up to six months. They will then go cloudy through oxidization. Some oils like Sandalwood, Frankincense and Patchouli actually mature and mellow with age. Once blended with other oils, and in carriers, oils will begin to oxidise, weaken and go rancid. This process, however, does take three months or more, and if you store your blends under the same conditions as your essential oils they should be perfectly satisfactory if used within the three months.

Safety Precautions

Warning: Never use essential oils directly on to the skin. Never take essential oils by mouth. If swallowed accidentally, eat bread, drink plenty of milk, and seek professional help. Always consult a qualified practitioner for advice and treatment:
  • If you are pregnant
  • Have an allergy
  • Have a chronic medical condition such as high blood pressure or epilepsy
  • Are receiving medical or psychiatric treatment Are taking homeopathic remedies
  • When treating babies or very young children






Mimosa Absolute is diluted to 50% because if it was left as 100% it would be a solid mass and therefore unusable as an essential oil.

Species: Acacia dealbata.

Origin: India (Diluted in UK).

Extraction Process: Solvent extraction.

Perfume Note: BASE.

Extraction Description: Absolute obtained from flowers and twigs by solvent extraction, known as wattle bark.

Scent Description: Aroma is long lasting and has a deep, musky, rich, warm floral type scent. Blends well with virtually anything, but particularly Citrus Oils.

General Description: Mimosa Absolute is a useful oil for use in perfumery and aromatherapy. Its astringent and antiseptic properties make it particularly suitable for oily, sensitive and greasy skin but it is good to use on all skin types. Blend in a base cream or lotion. You can find it in our ready prepared Jasmin, Mimosa and Rosehip Cream. It also contains good relaxing and stress-releasing properties which make it a nice oil to use in massage when diluted in a carrier oil. Mimosa also has good fixative properties so is used in high grade perfumery where it lends a lovely, sweet floral scent with woody undertones.

Properties: Relaxing, astringent and antiseptic.



100% Pure Marjoram Organic Essential Oil Supplied In A 10ml Amber Glass Bottle, With Tamper Evident Dropper Cap To Ensure Perfect Quality.



Fully certified.

Botanical Name: Thymus masticina.

Country Of Origin: Middle East.

Family Name: Labiatae.

Aroma: Warm, penetrating and slightly spicy.

General: Marjoram oil is distilled from the leaves and flowering tops of the plant. It has a warm & spicy aroma. Sweet marjoram was used medicinally by Romans and ancient Greek physicians.

Some Traditional Uses: To relax, calm and promote restful sleep, ease migraine headache, for comforting the heart, to help with breathing, disinfecting.

Emotional Profile: For hysteria, anger, feelings of isolation.

Blends Well With: Bergamot, cedarwood, chamomile, cypress, lavender, mandarin, orange, nutmeg, rosemary, rosewood, ylang ylang.

organic bergamot essential oil




Methods Of Use (And General Help & Information About Essential Oils)

There are many ways of using essential oils, and at least one of them will be right for you. Essential oils are the basic tools of aromatherapy. The oils, which are extracted from plants, can be used to treat all systems of the mind, and imbalances of the emotions. There are many ways to use essential oils. Professional aromatherapists tend to favor massage as the most effective way of getting oils into the body. Massage also increases the healing potential of aromatherapy. The medicinal properties of the essential oils and the nurturing power of touch combine to form a potent healing treatment. Massage can be relaxing or energizing, it can sooth the nervous system or boost the blood and lymphatic systems to improve pysical and mental functioning. Not least among its benefits is the way it can ease pain and tension from tense or overworked muscles and lift the spirits. Whenever possible, try to include massage in your home aromatherapy treatments; where this is not possible, use any of the other methods mentioned below. It is not an exhaustive list and you may well know, or you may discover, other methods.

Room Burner (oil burner; lamp ring; diffuser; vaporiser)

Room burners are specifically made for use with essential oils. You can buy them in many different shapes, sizes, designs and patterns. They can be electric, radiator fragrancer, candle powered or a ceramic light bulb ring that is heated by a light bulb, but most are ceramic oil burners warmed by a small candle. Also remember that a glazed ceramic oil burner will not crack, burn or stain, and is easy to keep clean. Always try to use good quality night lights with a good quality wick so that it will not smell when alight or smoke when blown out.

How to use: Place a small amount of cold water in the bowl, enough to fill it but leaving some space for water expansion. The essential oils of your choice are then dropped into the water ( 6-8 drops will normally be used depending on the size of the bowl and the amount of water being used). Place the candle in the chamber, light it and leave in a safe place. Use for 25-30 minutes this will, of course, depend on the size of the room or house etc.

Benefits: Psychological conditions can be treated very effectively with a room burner. Headaches respond well to this method and all respiratory problems can be treated in this way. A major use of the room burner is to scent and purify the air, clear germs and create a 'therapeutic atmosphere'.

Aromatic Baths

Aromatic baths are one of the most convenient and health-giving methods of using pure essential oils. When used in this way these healing essences not only affect the physical body but the mental and emotional levels too. They can be detoxifying, relaxing, invigorating, emotionally uplifting and sensual. To some degree all essential oils have antibacterial properties, especially lavender and bergamot, while some like eucalyptus and tea tree are also effective when treating viruses. So regular aromatic baths can be useful to help prevent and treat a range of common ailments as well as uplifting or calming the emotions. These qualities plus the way the essences are readily absorbed by the body makes aromatic bathing an essential and luxurious addition to everyday life.

Recipes For Aromatic Baths

Invigorating bath: For an enlivening start to the day use the following blend of essential oils in a warm bath. To enhance the effect finish with a cool shower or splash your body briefly with cold water. For a more fruity aroma add 3 drops of lemon oil instead of geranium.
  • Sweet basil oil = 2 drops
  • Geranium oil = 3 drops
  • Rosemary = 4 drops

Relaxing bath: For a deeply relaxing bath at the end of the day add the following essential oils to a full, warm bath. For a more floral quality add 3 drops of neroli oil instead of sweet marjoram.
  • Clary sage oil = 3 drops
  • Lavender oil = 4 drops
  • Sweet marjoram oil = 3 drops

Revitalising bath: This combination of essences in a warm bath is ideal to use when you've had a long day and need re-energising. For a less fruity aroma but equally reviving effect add 3 drops of rosewood instead of grapefruit oil.
  • Geranium oil = 3 drops
  • Grapefruit oil = 3 drops
  • Myrtle = 4 drops

Emotionally uplifting bath: To melt away stressful or negative thoughts and uplift your spirits use the following combination of essential oils in a warm bath. Soak for at least 15 minutes inhaling the aromatic vapours. If you feel like treating yourself add 2 drops of rose or jasmine essential oil instead of petitgrain.
  • Bergamot oil = 4 drops
  • Clary sage oil = 3 drops
  • Petitgrain = 3 drops

Sensual bath: For a sensual bath for one or two add the following essential oils to a warm bath. Do make sure the blend is pleasing to both of you. For a more 'earthy' aroma use 3 drops of patchouli instead of myrtle oil, or leave out rose and myrtle altogether and substitute them with 3 drops of jasmine.
  • Sandalwood oil = 4 drops
  • Myrtle oil = 3 drops
  • Rose oil = 1 drops
  • Ylang Ylang oil = 2 drops

Purifying bath: Use this bath to help strengthen the body and combat infections like colds and flu. If desired use 2 drops of penetrating eucalyptus instead of bergamot oil.
  • Bergamot oil = 3 drops
  • Lavender oil = 4 drops
  • Tea Tree = 3 drops

Children's bath: If children see you relaxing in a fragrant bath it won't be long before they want one too! Mix the following essential oils into 2 to 3 teaspoons of base oil, then add warm water to create a delightful bath. The dosages are suitable for children over six years old. This combination is ideal for bedtime as it soothes the emotions.
  • Mandarin oil = 3 drops
  • Lavender oil = 3 drops

How to use: First ask yourself what effect you'd like from your aromatic bath, then select an essential oil whose aroma pleases you and also suits your physical and emotional needs. For example, if you have a cold, lavender oil will help to combat infection and has a very relaxing effect, on the other hand bergamot oil combines the ability to fight infection and induces an emotionally uplifting effect. Use only two or three essences in the bath. When you know each one very well you may choose to use a maximum of four, although just two can often have a more powerful effect than four - less generally means more with essential oils.
Fill the bath, add the essential oil(s) (up to 6 drops or as directed), then agitate the water to disperse the oil(s). Soak in the bath for at least 10 minutes, and make sure the bathroom door is closed so that you get the benefit of inhaling the aroma as well as getting the oil directly into the body via the water. For some conditions, or if preferred, the essential oils can be diluted in a massage carrier oil first, which will help to disperse the oil throughout the water. Alternatively, use ready blended (in carrier oil) or specially formulated bath oil, which has the added benefits of moisturising the body, giving a bubble/foam bath and helping to carry the essential oil out of the bath.

Benefits: The use of oils in a bath is useful for all conditions but will be particularly beneficial for muscular and skin conditions, while respiratory problems will benefit from the inhalation of the aroma. Stress, anxiety and other mental health problems will also be improved. Anyone suffering with insomnia will find a pre-retiring bath with Lavender, Bergamot, Petitgrain, Neroli as well as other oils a great aid to restful sleep.

Lotions And Creams

Essential oils can be added to fragrance-free lotions or creams, but make sure that you use a very good quality product that if preferably lanolin free (some people are sensitive to lanolin).

How to use: Add the essential oil(s) to a dark amber glass jar to help preserve the oil and prevent it from reacting with a plastic bottle. The recommended dosage is approximately 1-2 drops of essential oil to every 5mg of cream or 5ml of lotions. Apply lotion to the skin and rub until completely absorbed. Cream should be applied to the skin and gently rubbed in. Leave the rest to sit on the surface of the skin and gradually release the oil into the body and the aroma into the nose.

Benefits: This is a particularly good way of treating most skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, which will benefit greatly. A lotion is an excellent way to get essential oils rapidly into the bloodstream and is therefore useful for treating conditions such as circulation problems. Lotions and creams can be effectively used for headaches, while creams are a good way of treating respiratory conditions. Both are an essential medium for general body and skin care.

Inhalation

Inhalation is very useful for relieving congestion, easing catarrh and soothing the respiratory tract. The method of covering the head with a towel and inhaling the vapour from eucalyptus and camphor is still very popular today.

How to use: Pour a pint of very hot water into a bowl, then add up to 3-4 drops of essential oil(s) to the water. Cover your head with a towel and then lean over the bowl, keeping your head about 10 or 12 inches above the bowl. Keep your eyes closed and then inhale the vapours for a few minutes, then lean back and relax for a couple of minutes. Repeat for up to 10 minutes or as long as is comfortable. Repeat several times a day if required. A facial steamer may be used instead of a bowl with 3-5 drops of essential oil(s).

Benefits: Respiratory conditions will benefit most from this treatment method. Eucalyptus, Scots Pine, Niaouli and several other oils are excellent decongestants renowned for their ability to help most respiratory conditions. Inhalation is also a good way of treating facial skin problems as its effect is the same as that achieved by a facial sauna.

Compress

Compresses can be either hot or cold depending on the condition that is being treated. It is well-known and frequently used treatment method for sports injuries in particular, though its uses are much wider than this and can be very effective for pain, swelling and inflammation.

How to use: The method is the same whether hot or cold. Add up to 5 drops of essential oil(s) to a basin or bowl of hot or icy cold water. Use a face-cloth, lined pad, cotton wool or other absorbent fabric and dip this into water. Wring out the excess and place the pad on the affected area. Once the compress has achieved body temperature, renew it and continue as required. A hot compress can be held in place with crepe bandage on joints or with cling-film on larger areas, for example the lower back.

Benefits: Most conditions characterized by 'aches', for example earache, backache, etc, should be treated with hot compresses, while sprains, fevers, inflammations and headaches should be treated with cold compresses. Sprains and varicose veins respond very well to the 'hot/cold' treatment, ie start with a cold compress then alternate between hot and cold compresses over the next few days, finishing with a cold one.

Massage

Massage is a method favored by professional aromatherapists, who usually carry out a full body massage. Specific essential oils are chosen to suit the condition and temperament of the patient, and blended with a base oil, such as sweet almond oil or grapeseed oil.

How to use: The essential oil content in a blend should usually be between 1 per cent and 3 per cent depending on the type of disorder. As a general rule, physical ailments like rheumatism or indigestion demand a stronger concentration than the more emotional or nervous conditions. A rough guideline is to say that 20 drops of essential oil is equivalent to one milliliter, so to make a blend it is possible to use the following proportions:
  • 20 to 60 drops of essential oil to 100ml of base oil.
  • 7 to 25 drops of essential oil to 25ml of base oil.
  • 3 to 5 drops of essential oil to 1 tsp of base oil.

Benefits: Massage is a relaxing and nourishing experience in itself, not least because of the unspoken communication based on touch, but it also ensures that the oils are effectively absorbed through the skin and into the bloodstream. For general well-being it is beneficial to practice self-massage on specific areas of the body, especially concentrating on the feet and hands. It is also useful to rub those. It is also useful to rub those particular parts of the body that are causing discomfort; for example, peppermint ( in dilution) can be rubbed on the stomach in a clock-wise direction to ease indigestion; Marjoram can help to relax the neck and shoulders if they are stiff.

Other Methods

There are many other methods of using essential oils. The following is a brief summary of some of them.

Room Sprays

Make a home-made room spray using a sprayer that has been thoroughly cleaned, to provide your own favorite aromas to freshen your home. It is perfectly possible to make a room spray using a simple solution of cold water with added essential oils (stick to a 5 drops to 10ml maximum). This will mean that every time you use it you will have to make sure you shake it vigorously to disperse the oils in the water. You can 'fix' the aroma and also help to disperse the oils equally in the water by using distilled water (boiled then cooled water) and adding 10 per cent alcohol (preferably vodka).

Radiators And Humidifiers

Drops of oil can be placed in a saucer of water placed on top of a radiator, radiator fragrancer, or on to a ball of damp cotton wool placed behind the radiator. Drops of oil can also be added to the water in a humidifier. All these methods can be used as an alternative to a room burner.

Foot Bath

For foot problems, and as a way of introducing essential oils into the body for other problems, a foot bath can be used. This can either be a piece of equipment specially made for the purpose or a bowl of warm water. Add 2-4 drops of oil to the bath, disperse and immerse feet for up to 20 minutes; adding a bath carrier will help. A hand bath can achieve the same result for hand problems, and achieved in the same way, but only immerse for 10 minutes.

Tissue/Handkerchief/Pillow

Any method that allows inhalation of the oils is an alternative to steam inhalation. Some specific methods not mentioned so far are a tissue/handkerchief - add 1 or 2 drops of oil to your pillow at night so that the oil can be inhaled throughout the night.

Pot-pourri

Although not a recognized therapeutic method, a pot-pourri is a pleasant way of creating an aromatic atmosphere in a house or other rooms in the home. Adding essential oils to a pot-pourri will fragrance a room and introduce the essential oils into the body through inhalation.

Blending Oils

Essential oils can be used alone or blended together. Oils are blended for two reasons: to enhance or change their medicinal actions and to create a more sophisticated fragrance. In purfumery many oils are blended together. For therapeutic purposes it is unusual to mix more than four oils together. When blending oils at home it is best to mix no more than two or three oils. This is because blending has been shown to alter the molecular structure of essential oils and you may end up with a blend that acts differently from what you had intended. Make sure the properties of the oils are complementary.

Blending Guidelines

Choose two or three oils which you believe complement each other. Generally all flower oils work well together; woody oils enhance the resinous oils and other woody essences; the essential oils derived from herbs tend to blend harmoniously with each other; and the range of oils from fruits blend well with essences from their own botanical family .Mix a blend using a little of the strongest scented oils and more of the lighter fragrances. The best blend is usually the one you find most appealing.

Storing Oils

Essential oils are very volatile, ie they evaporate quickly when exposed to the air. Air will also cause oxidisation of the oils, and they are also affected by light and heat. Always buy and store your essential oils in brown amber glass bottles with air-tight, child-proof caps. Keep them in a cool dark place such as a refrigerator if it is kept at a reasonable temperature. Most essential oils, if stored correctly, will keep for up to two years. Some citrus oils such as Orange and Grapefruit may only be effectively used for up to six months. They will then go cloudy through oxidization. Some oils like Sandalwood, Frankincense and Patchouli actually mature and mellow with age. Once blended with other oils, and in carriers, oils will begin to oxidise, weaken and go rancid. This process, however, does take three months or more, and if you store your blends under the same conditions as your essential oils they should be perfectly satisfactory if used within the three months.

Safety Precautions

Warning: Never use essential oils directly on to the skin. Never take essential oils by mouth. If swallowed accidentally, eat bread, drink plenty of milk, and seek professional help. Always consult a qualified practitioner for advice and treatment:
  • If you are pregnant
  • Have an allergy
  • Have a chronic medical condition such as high blood pressure or epilepsy
  • Are receiving medical or psychiatric treatment Are taking homeopathic remedies
  • When treating babies or very young children






100% Pure Marjoram (Sweet) Essential Oil Supplied In A 10ml Amber Glass Bottle, With Tamper Evident Dropper Cap To Ensure Perfect Quality.



Botanical Name: Thymus masticina.

Country Of Origin: Egypt.

Family Name: Labiatae.

Aroma: Warm, penetrating and slightly spicy.

General: Marjoram oil is distilled from the leaves and flowering tops of the plant. It has a warm & spicy aroma. Sweet marjoram was used medicinally by Romans and ancient Greek physicians.

Some Traditional Uses: To relax tense muscles and relieve spasms, calm and promote restful sleep.
Emotional Profile: For hysteria, anger, feelings of isolation.

Blends Well With: Bergamot, cedarwood, chamomile, cypress, lavender, mandarin, orange, nutmeg, rosemary, rosewood, ylang ylang.




Methods Of Use (And General Help & Information About Essential Oils)

There are many ways of using essential oils, and at least one of them will be right for you. Essential oils are the basic tools of aromatherapy. The oils, which are extracted from plants, can be used to treat all systems of the mind, and imbalances of the emotions. There are many ways to use essential oils. Professional aromatherapists tend to favor massage as the most effective way of getting oils into the body. Massage also increases the healing potential of aromatherapy. The medicinal properties of the essential oils and the nurturing power of touch combine to form a potent healing treatment. Massage can be relaxing or energizing, it can sooth the nervous system or boost the blood and lymphatic systems to improve pysical and mental functioning. Not least among its benefits is the way it can ease pain and tension from tense or overworked muscles and lift the spirits. Whenever possible, try to include massage in your home aromatherapy treatments; where this is not possible, use any of the other methods mentioned below. It is not an exhaustive list and you may well know, or you may discover, other methods.

Room Burner (oil burner; lamp ring; diffuser; vaporiser)

Room burners are specifically made for use with essential oils. You can buy them in many different shapes, sizes, designs and patterns. They can be electric, radiator fragrancer, candle powered or a ceramic light bulb ring that is heated by a light bulb, but most are ceramic oil burners warmed by a small candle. Also remember that a glazed ceramic oil burner will not crack, burn or stain, and is easy to keep clean. Always try to use good quality night lights with a good quality wick so that it will not smell when alight or smoke when blown out.

How to use: Place a small amount of cold water in the bowl, enough to fill it but leaving some space for water expansion. The essential oils of your choice are then dropped into the water ( 6-8 drops will normally be used depending on the size of the bowl and the amount of water being used). Place the candle in the chamber, light it and leave in a safe place. Use for 25-30 minutes this will, of course, depend on the size of the room or house etc.

Benefits: Psychological conditions can be treated very effectively with a room burner. Headaches respond well to this method and all respiratory problems can be treated in this way. A major use of the room burner is to scent and purify the air, clear germs and create a 'therapeutic atmosphere'.

Aromatic Baths

Aromatic baths are one of the most convenient and health-giving methods of using pure essential oils. When used in this way these healing essences not only affect the physical body but the mental and emotional levels too. They can be detoxifying, relaxing, invigorating, emotionally uplifting and sensual. To some degree all essential oils have antibacterial properties, especially lavender and bergamot, while some like eucalyptus and tea tree are also effective when treating viruses. So regular aromatic baths can be useful to help prevent and treat a range of common ailments as well as uplifting or calming the emotions. These qualities plus the way the essences are readily absorbed by the body makes aromatic bathing an essential and luxurious addition to everyday life.

Recipes For Aromatic Baths

Invigorating bath: For an enlivening start to the day use the following blend of essential oils in a warm bath. To enhance the effect finish with a cool shower or splash your body briefly with cold water. For a more fruity aroma add 3 drops of lemon oil instead of geranium.
  • Sweet basil oil = 2 drops
  • Geranium oil = 3 drops
  • Rosemary = 4 drops

Relaxing bath: For a deeply relaxing bath at the end of the day add the following essential oils to a full, warm bath. For a more floral quality add 3 drops of neroli oil instead of sweet marjoram.
  • Clary sage oil = 3 drops
  • Lavender oil = 4 drops
  • Sweet marjoram oil = 3 drops

Revitalising bath: This combination of essences in a warm bath is ideal to use when you've had a long day and need re-energising. For a less fruity aroma but equally reviving effect add 3 drops of rosewood instead of grapefruit oil.
  • Geranium oil = 3 drops
  • Grapefruit oil = 3 drops
  • Myrtle = 4 drops

Emotionally uplifting bath: To melt away stressful or negative thoughts and uplift your spirits use the following combination of essential oils in a warm bath. Soak for at least 15 minutes inhaling the aromatic vapours. If you feel like treating yourself add 2 drops of rose or jasmine essential oil instead of petitgrain.
  • Bergamot oil = 4 drops
  • Clary sage oil = 3 drops
  • Petitgrain = 3 drops

Sensual bath: For a sensual bath for one or two add the following essential oils to a warm bath. Do make sure the blend is pleasing to both of you. For a more 'earthy' aroma use 3 drops of patchouli instead of myrtle oil, or leave out rose and myrtle altogether and substitute them with 3 drops of jasmine.
  • Sandalwood oil = 4 drops
  • Myrtle oil = 3 drops
  • Rose oil = 1 drops
  • Ylang Ylang oil = 2 drops

Purifying bath: Use this bath to help strengthen the body and combat infections like colds and flu. If desired use 2 drops of penetrating eucalyptus instead of bergamot oil.
  • Bergamot oil = 3 drops
  • Lavender oil = 4 drops
  • Tea Tree = 3 drops

Children's bath: If children see you relaxing in a fragrant bath it won't be long before they want one too! Mix the following essential oils into 2 to 3 teaspoons of base oil, then add warm water to create a delightful bath. The dosages are suitable for children over six years old. This combination is ideal for bedtime as it soothes the emotions.
  • Mandarin oil = 3 drops
  • Lavender oil = 3 drops

How to use: First ask yourself what effect you'd like from your aromatic bath, then select an essential oil whose aroma pleases you and also suits your physical and emotional needs. For example, if you have a cold, lavender oil will help to combat infection and has a very relaxing effect, on the other hand bergamot oil combines the ability to fight infection and induces an emotionally uplifting effect. Use only two or three essences in the bath. When you know each one very well you may choose to use a maximum of four, although just two can often have a more powerful effect than four - less generally means more with essential oils.
Fill the bath, add the essential oil(s) (up to 6 drops or as directed), then agitate the water to disperse the oil(s). Soak in the bath for at least 10 minutes, and make sure the bathroom door is closed so that you get the benefit of inhaling the aroma as well as getting the oil directly into the body via the water. For some conditions, or if preferred, the essential oils can be diluted in a massage carrier oil first, which will help to disperse the oil throughout the water. Alternatively, use ready blended (in carrier oil) or specially formulated bath oil, which has the added benefits of moisturising the body, giving a bubble/foam bath and helping to carry the essential oil out of the bath.

Benefits: The use of oils in a bath is useful for all conditions but will be particularly beneficial for muscular and skin conditions, while respiratory problems will benefit from the inhalation of the aroma. Stress, anxiety and other mental health problems will also be improved. Anyone suffering with insomnia will find a pre-retiring bath with Lavender, Bergamot, Petitgrain, Neroli as well as other oils a great aid to restful sleep.

Lotions And Creams

Essential oils can be added to fragrance-free lotions or creams, but make sure that you use a very good quality product that if preferably lanolin free (some people are sensitive to lanolin).

How to use: Add the essential oil(s) to a dark amber glass jar to help preserve the oil and prevent it from reacting with a plastic bottle. The recommended dosage is approximately 1-2 drops of essential oil to every 5mg of cream or 5ml of lotions. Apply lotion to the skin and rub until completely absorbed. Cream should be applied to the skin and gently rubbed in. Leave the rest to sit on the surface of the skin and gradually release the oil into the body and the aroma into the nose.

Benefits: This is a particularly good way of treating most skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, which will benefit greatly. A lotion is an excellent way to get essential oils rapidly into the bloodstream and is therefore useful for treating conditions such as circulation problems. Lotions and creams can be effectively used for headaches, while creams are a good way of treating respiratory conditions. Both are an essential medium for general body and skin care.

Inhalation

Inhalation is very useful for relieving congestion, easing catarrh and soothing the respiratory tract. The method of covering the head with a towel and inhaling the vapour from eucalyptus and camphor is still very popular today.

How to use: Pour a pint of very hot water into a bowl, then add up to 3-4 drops of essential oil(s) to the water. Cover your head with a towel and then lean over the bowl, keeping your head about 10 or 12 inches above the bowl. Keep your eyes closed and then inhale the vapours for a few minutes, then lean back and relax for a couple of minutes. Repeat for up to 10 minutes or as long as is comfortable. Repeat several times a day if required. A facial steamer may be used instead of a bowl with 3-5 drops of essential oil(s).

Benefits: Respiratory conditions will benefit most from this treatment method. Eucalyptus, Scots Pine, Niaouli and several other oils are excellent decongestants renowned for their ability to help most respiratory conditions. Inhalation is also a good way of treating facial skin problems as its effect is the same as that achieved by a facial sauna.

Compress

Compresses can be either hot or cold depending on the condition that is being treated. It is well-known and frequently used treatment method for sports injuries in particular, though its uses are much wider than this and can be very effective for pain, swelling and inflammation.

How to use: The method is the same whether hot or cold. Add up to 5 drops of essential oil(s) to a basin or bowl of hot or icy cold water. Use a face-cloth, lined pad, cotton wool or other absorbent fabric and dip this into water. Wring out the excess and place the pad on the affected area. Once the compress has achieved body temperature, renew it and continue as required. A hot compress can be held in place with crepe bandage on joints or with cling-film on larger areas, for example the lower back.

Benefits: Most conditions characterized by 'aches', for example earache, backache, etc, should be treated with hot compresses, while sprains, fevers, inflammations and headaches should be treated with cold compresses. Sprains and varicose veins respond very well to the 'hot/cold' treatment, ie start with a cold compress then alternate between hot and cold compresses over the next few days, finishing with a cold one.

Massage

Massage is a method favored by professional aromatherapists, who usually carry out a full body massage. Specific essential oils are chosen to suit the condition and temperament of the patient, and blended with a base oil, such as sweet almond oil or grapeseed oil.

How to use: The essential oil content in a blend should usually be between 1 per cent and 3 per cent depending on the type of disorder. As a general rule, physical ailments like rheumatism or indigestion demand a stronger concentration than the more emotional or nervous conditions. A rough guideline is to say that 20 drops of essential oil is equivalent to one milliliter, so to make a blend it is possible to use the following proportions:
  • 20 to 60 drops of essential oil to 100ml of base oil.
  • 7 to 25 drops of essential oil to 25ml of base oil.
  • 3 to 5 drops of essential oil to 1 tsp of base oil.

Benefits: Massage is a relaxing and nourishing experience in itself, not least because of the unspoken communication based on touch, but it also ensures that the oils are effectively absorbed through the skin and into the bloodstream. For general well-being it is beneficial to practice self-massage on specific areas of the body, especially concentrating on the feet and hands. It is also useful to rub those. It is also useful to rub those particular parts of the body that are causing discomfort; for example, peppermint ( in dilution) can be rubbed on the stomach in a clock-wise direction to ease indigestion; Marjoram can help to relax the neck and shoulders if they are stiff.

Other Methods

There are many other methods of using essential oils. The following is a brief summary of some of them.

Room Sprays

Make a home-made room spray using a sprayer that has been thoroughly cleaned, to provide your own favorite aromas to freshen your home. It is perfectly possible to make a room spray using a simple solution of cold water with added essential oils (stick to a 5 drops to 10ml maximum). This will mean that every time you use it you will have to make sure you shake it vigorously to disperse the oils in the water. You can 'fix' the aroma and also help to disperse the oils equally in the water by using distilled water (boiled then cooled water) and adding 10 per cent alcohol (preferably vodka).

Radiators And Humidifiers

Drops of oil can be placed in a saucer of water placed on top of a radiator, radiator fragrancer, or on to a ball of damp cotton wool placed behind the radiator. Drops of oil can also be added to the water in a humidifier. All these methods can be used as an alternative to a room burner.

Foot Bath

For foot problems, and as a way of introducing essential oils into the body for other problems, a foot bath can be used. This can either be a piece of equipment specially made for the purpose or a bowl of warm water. Add 2-4 drops of oil to the bath, disperse and immerse feet for up to 20 minutes; adding a bath carrier will help. A hand bath can achieve the same result for hand problems, and achieved in the same way, but only immerse for 10 minutes.

Tissue/Handkerchief/Pillow

Any method that allows inhalation of the oils is an alternative to steam inhalation. Some specific methods not mentioned so far are a tissue/handkerchief - add 1 or 2 drops of oil to your pillow at night so that the oil can be inhaled throughout the night.

Pot-pourri

Although not a recognized therapeutic method, a pot-pourri is a pleasant way of creating an aromatic atmosphere in a house or other rooms in the home. Adding essential oils to a pot-pourri will fragrance a room and introduce the essential oils into the body through inhalation.

Blending Oils

Essential oils can be used alone or blended together. Oils are blended for two reasons: to enhance or change their medicinal actions and to create a more sophisticated fragrance. In purfumery many oils are blended together. For therapeutic purposes it is unusual to mix more than four oils together. When blending oils at home it is best to mix no more than two or three oils. This is because blending has been shown to alter the molecular structure of essential oils and you may end up with a blend that acts differently from what you had intended. Make sure the properties of the oils are complementary.

Blending Guidelines

Choose two or three oils which you believe complement each other. Generally all flower oils work well together; woody oils enhance the resinous oils and other woody essences; the essential oils derived from herbs tend to blend harmoniously with each other; and the range of oils from fruits blend well with essences from their own botanical family .Mix a blend using a little of the strongest scented oils and more of the lighter fragrances. The best blend is usually the one you find most appealing.

Storing Oils

Essential oils are very volatile, ie they evaporate quickly when exposed to the air. Air will also cause oxidisation of the oils, and they are also affected by light and heat. Always buy and store your essential oils in brown amber glass bottles with air-tight, child-proof caps. Keep them in a cool dark place such as a refrigerator if it is kept at a reasonable temperature. Most essential oils, if stored correctly, will keep for up to two years. Some citrus oils such as Orange and Grapefruit may only be effectively used for up to six months. They will then go cloudy through oxidization. Some oils like Sandalwood, Frankincense and Patchouli actually mature and mellow with age. Once blended with other oils, and in carriers, oils will begin to oxidise, weaken and go rancid. This process, however, does take three months or more, and if you store your blends under the same conditions as your essential oils they should be perfectly satisfactory if used within the three months.

Safety Precautions

Warning: Never use essential oils directly on to the skin. Never take essential oils by mouth. If swallowed accidentally, eat bread, drink plenty of milk, and seek professional help. Always consult a qualified practitioner for advice and treatment:
  • If you are pregnant
  • Have an allergy
  • Have a chronic medical condition such as high blood pressure or epilepsy
  • Are receiving medical or psychiatric treatment Are taking homeopathic remedies
  • When treating babies or very young children






May Chang Essential Oil. Supplied in a 10ml Amber Glass Dropper Bottle.



Botanical Name: Litsea Cubeba.

Country Of Origin: China.

Aroma: A sweet citrus and fruity fragrance.

Perfume Note: Top.

Extraction Description: Steam Distilled. From steam distillation of the fruit.

General: Originally native to Asia, especially China. It is cultivated in Taiwan and Japan. China is the main producer of the essential oil. A small tropical tree with fragrant, lemongrass-scented leaves and flowers. The small fruits that it produces are similar to peppers, from which the name 'cubeba' is derived. The essential oil is chemically similar to lemongrass Melissa and other oils rich in citral, and the therapeutic effects are similar to Lemongrass. Its odour, however, is finer than lemongrass, it is more lemon like closer to a true verbena oil, but at a fraction of the cost. Less tenacious than lemongrass. When added to a carrier oil: muscle ease; travel sickness (oil can be sniffed neat); teenage skin; greasy skin. Used in Chinese traditional medicine for hundreds of years.

Properties: Antidepressant, antiseptic, astringent, carminative, cordial, galactagogue, hypotensive, insecticide, stimulant, tonic.

Blends Well With: Basil, bergamot, geranium, ginger, jasmine, lavender, lemon, neroli, orange, petitgrain, rose, rosemary, rosewood, ylang ylang




Methods Of Use (And General Help & Information About Essential Oils)

There are many ways of using essential oils, and at least one of them will be right for you. Essential oils are the basic tools of aromatherapy. The oils, which are extracted from plants, can be used to treat all systems of the mind, and imbalances of the emotions. There are many ways to use essential oils. Professional aromatherapists tend to favor massage as the most effective way of getting oils into the body. Massage also increases the healing potential of aromatherapy. The medicinal properties of the essential oils and the nurturing power of touch combine to form a potent healing treatment. Massage can be relaxing or energizing, it can sooth the nervous system or boost the blood and lymphatic systems to improve pysical and mental functioning. Not least among its benefits is the way it can ease pain and tension from tense or overworked muscles and lift the spirits. Whenever possible, try to include massage in your home aromatherapy treatments; where this is not possible, use any of the other methods mentioned below. It is not an exhaustive list and you may well know, or you may discover, other methods.

Room Burner (oil burner; lamp ring; diffuser; vaporiser)

Room burners are specifically made for use with essential oils. You can buy them in many different shapes, sizes, designs and patterns. They can be electric, radiator fragrancer, candle powered or a ceramic light bulb ring that is heated by a light bulb, but most are ceramic oil burners warmed by a small candle. Also remember that a glazed ceramic oil burner will not crack, burn or stain, and is easy to keep clean. Always try to use good quality night lights with a good quality wick so that it will not smell when alight or smoke when blown out.

How to use: Place a small amount of cold water in the bowl, enough to fill it but leaving some space for water expansion. The essential oils of your choice are then dropped into the water ( 6-8 drops will normally be used depending on the size of the bowl and the amount of water being used). Place the candle in the chamber, light it and leave in a safe place. Use for 25-30 minutes this will, of course, depend on the size of the room or house etc.

Benefits: Psychological conditions can be treated very effectively with a room burner. Headaches respond well to this method and all respiratory problems can be treated in this way. A major use of the room burner is to scent and purify the air, clear germs and create a 'therapeutic atmosphere'.

Aromatic Baths

Aromatic baths are one of the most convenient and health-giving methods of using pure essential oils. When used in this way these healing essences not only affect the physical body but the mental and emotional levels too. They can be detoxifying, relaxing, invigorating, emotionally uplifting and sensual. To some degree all essential oils have antibacterial properties, especially lavender and bergamot, while some like eucalyptus and tea tree are also effective when treating viruses. So regular aromatic baths can be useful to help prevent and treat a range of common ailments as well as uplifting or calming the emotions. These qualities plus the way the essences are readily absorbed by the body makes aromatic bathing an essential and luxurious addition to everyday life.

Recipes For Aromatic Baths

Invigorating bath: For an enlivening start to the day use the following blend of essential oils in a warm bath. To enhance the effect finish with a cool shower or splash your body briefly with cold water. For a more fruity aroma add 3 drops of lemon oil instead of geranium.
  • Sweet basil oil = 2 drops
  • Geranium oil = 3 drops
  • Rosemary = 4 drops

Relaxing bath: For a deeply relaxing bath at the end of the day add the following essential oils to a full, warm bath. For a more floral quality add 3 drops of neroli oil instead of sweet marjoram.
  • Clary sage oil = 3 drops
  • Lavender oil = 4 drops
  • Sweet marjoram oil = 3 drops

Revitalising bath: This combination of essences in a warm bath is ideal to use when you've had a long day and need re-energising. For a less fruity aroma but equally reviving effect add 3 drops of rosewood instead of grapefruit oil.
  • Geranium oil = 3 drops
  • Grapefruit oil = 3 drops
  • Myrtle = 4 drops

Emotionally uplifting bath: To melt away stressful or negative thoughts and uplift your spirits use the following combination of essential oils in a warm bath. Soak for at least 15 minutes inhaling the aromatic vapours. If you feel like treating yourself add 2 drops of rose or jasmine essential oil instead of petitgrain.
  • Bergamot oil = 4 drops
  • Clary sage oil = 3 drops
  • Petitgrain = 3 drops

Sensual bath: For a sensual bath for one or two add the following essential oils to a warm bath. Do make sure the blend is pleasing to both of you. For a more 'earthy' aroma use 3 drops of patchouli instead of myrtle oil, or leave out rose and myrtle altogether and substitute them with 3 drops of jasmine.
  • Sandalwood oil = 4 drops
  • Myrtle oil = 3 drops
  • Rose oil = 1 drops
  • Ylang Ylang oil = 2 drops

Purifying bath: Use this bath to help strengthen the body and combat infections like colds and flu. If desired use 2 drops of penetrating eucalyptus instead of bergamot oil.
  • Bergamot oil = 3 drops
  • Lavender oil = 4 drops
  • Tea Tree = 3 drops

Children's bath: If children see you relaxing in a fragrant bath it won't be long before they want one too! Mix the following essential oils into 2 to 3 teaspoons of base oil, then add warm water to create a delightful bath. The dosages are suitable for children over six years old. This combination is ideal for bedtime as it soothes the emotions.
  • Mandarin oil = 3 drops
  • Lavender oil = 3 drops

How to use: First ask yourself what effect you'd like from your aromatic bath, then select an essential oil whose aroma pleases you and also suits your physical and emotional needs. For example, if you have a cold, lavender oil will help to combat infection and has a very relaxing effect, on the other hand bergamot oil combines the ability to fight infection and induces an emotionally uplifting effect. Use only two or three essences in the bath. When you know each one very well you may choose to use a maximum of four, although just two can often have a more powerful effect than four - less generally means more with essential oils.
Fill the bath, add the essential oil(s) (up to 6 drops or as directed), then agitate the water to disperse the oil(s). Soak in the bath for at least 10 minutes, and make sure the bathroom door is closed so that you get the benefit of inhaling the aroma as well as getting the oil directly into the body via the water. For some conditions, or if preferred, the essential oils can be diluted in a massage carrier oil first, which will help to disperse the oil throughout the water. Alternatively, use ready blended (in carrier oil) or specially formulated bath oil, which has the added benefits of moisturising the body, giving a bubble/foam bath and helping to carry the essential oil out of the bath.

Benefits: The use of oils in a bath is useful for all conditions but will be particularly beneficial for muscular and skin conditions, while respiratory problems will benefit from the inhalation of the aroma. Stress, anxiety and other mental health problems will also be improved. Anyone suffering with insomnia will find a pre-retiring bath with Lavender, Bergamot, Petitgrain, Neroli as well as other oils a great aid to restful sleep.

Lotions And Creams

Essential oils can be added to fragrance-free lotions or creams, but make sure that you use a very good quality product that if preferably lanolin free (some people are sensitive to lanolin).

How to use: Add the essential oil(s) to a dark amber glass jar to help preserve the oil and prevent it from reacting with a plastic bottle. The recommended dosage is approximately 1-2 drops of essential oil to every 5mg of cream or 5ml of lotions. Apply lotion to the skin and rub until completely absorbed. Cream should be applied to the skin and gently rubbed in. Leave the rest to sit on the surface of the skin and gradually release the oil into the body and the aroma into the nose.

Benefits: This is a particularly good way of treating most skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, which will benefit greatly. A lotion is an excellent way to get essential oils rapidly into the bloodstream and is therefore useful for treating conditions such as circulation problems. Lotions and creams can be effectively used for headaches, while creams are a good way of treating respiratory conditions. Both are an essential medium for general body and skin care.

Inhalation

Inhalation is very useful for relieving congestion, easing catarrh and soothing the respiratory tract. The method of covering the head with a towel and inhaling the vapour from eucalyptus and camphor is still very popular today.

How to use: Pour a pint of very hot water into a bowl, then add up to 3-4 drops of essential oil(s) to the water. Cover your head with a towel and then lean over the bowl, keeping your head about 10 or 12 inches above the bowl. Keep your eyes closed and then inhale the vapours for a few minutes, then lean back and relax for a couple of minutes. Repeat for up to 10 minutes or as long as is comfortable. Repeat several times a day if required. A facial steamer may be used instead of a bowl with 3-5 drops of essential oil(s).

Benefits: Respiratory conditions will benefit most from this treatment method. Eucalyptus, Scots Pine, Niaouli and several other oils are excellent decongestants renowned for their ability to help most respiratory conditions. Inhalation is also a good way of treating facial skin problems as its effect is the same as that achieved by a facial sauna.

Compress

Compresses can be either hot or cold depending on the condition that is being treated. It is well-known and frequently used treatment method for sports injuries in particular, though its uses are much wider than this and can be very effective for pain, swelling and inflammation.

How to use: The method is the same whether hot or cold. Add up to 5 drops of essential oil(s) to a basin or bowl of hot or icy cold water. Use a face-cloth, lined pad, cotton wool or other absorbent fabric and dip this into water. Wring out the excess and place the pad on the affected area. Once the compress has achieved body temperature, renew it and continue as required. A hot compress can be held in place with crepe bandage on joints or with cling-film on larger areas, for example the lower back.

Benefits: Most conditions characterized by 'aches', for example earache, backache, etc, should be treated with hot compresses, while sprains, fevers, inflammations and headaches should be treated with cold compresses. Sprains and varicose veins respond very well to the 'hot/cold' treatment, ie start with a cold compress then alternate between hot and cold compresses over the next few days, finishing with a cold one.

Massage

Massage is a method favored by professional aromatherapists, who usually carry out a full body massage. Specific essential oils are chosen to suit the condition and temperament of the patient, and blended with a base oil, such as sweet almond oil or grapeseed oil.

How to use: The essential oil content in a blend should usually be between 1 per cent and 3 per cent depending on the type of disorder. As a general rule, physical ailments like rheumatism or indigestion demand a stronger concentration than the more emotional or nervous conditions. A rough guideline is to say that 20 drops of essential oil is equivalent to one milliliter, so to make a blend it is possible to use the following proportions:
  • 20 to 60 drops of essential oil to 100ml of base oil.
  • 7 to 25 drops of essential oil to 25ml of base oil.
  • 3 to 5 drops of essential oil to 1 tsp of base oil.

Benefits: Massage is a relaxing and nourishing experience in itself, not least because of the unspoken communication based on touch, but it also ensures that the oils are effectively absorbed through the skin and into the bloodstream. For general well-being it is beneficial to practice self-massage on specific areas of the body, especially concentrating on the feet and hands. It is also useful to rub those. It is also useful to rub those particular parts of the body that are causing discomfort; for example, peppermint ( in dilution) can be rubbed on the stomach in a clock-wise direction to ease indigestion; Marjoram can help to relax the neck and shoulders if they are stiff.

Other Methods

There are many other methods of using essential oils. The following is a brief summary of some of them.

Room Sprays

Make a home-made room spray using a sprayer that has been thoroughly cleaned, to provide your own favorite aromas to freshen your home. It is perfectly possible to make a room spray using a simple solution of cold water with added essential oils (stick to a 5 drops to 10ml maximum). This will mean that every time you use it you will have to make sure you shake it vigorously to disperse the oils in the water. You can 'fix' the aroma and also help to disperse the oils equally in the water by using distilled water (boiled then cooled water) and adding 10 per cent alcohol (preferably vodka).

Radiators And Humidifiers

Drops of oil can be placed in a saucer of water placed on top of a radiator, radiator fragrancer, or on to a ball of damp cotton wool placed behind the radiator. Drops of oil can also be added to the water in a humidifier. All these methods can be used as an alternative to a room burner.

Foot Bath

For foot problems, and as a way of introducing essential oils into the body for other problems, a foot bath can be used. This can either be a piece of equipment specially made for the purpose or a bowl of warm water. Add 2-4 drops of oil to the bath, disperse and immerse feet for up to 20 minutes; adding a bath carrier will help. A hand bath can achieve the same result for hand problems, and achieved in the same way, but only immerse for 10 minutes.

Tissue/Handkerchief/Pillow

Any method that allows inhalation of the oils is an alternative to steam inhalation. Some specific methods not mentioned so far are a tissue/handkerchief - add 1 or 2 drops of oil to your pillow at night so that the oil can be inhaled throughout the night.

Pot-pourri

Although not a recognized therapeutic method, a pot-pourri is a pleasant way of creating an aromatic atmosphere in a house or other rooms in the home. Adding essential oils to a pot-pourri will fragrance a room and introduce the essential oils into the body through inhalation.

Blending Oils

Essential oils can be used alone or blended together. Oils are blended for two reasons: to enhance or change their medicinal actions and to create a more sophisticated fragrance. In purfumery many oils are blended together. For therapeutic purposes it is unusual to mix more than four oils together. When blending oils at home it is best to mix no more than two or three oils. This is because blending has been shown to alter the molecular structure of essential oils and you may end up with a blend that acts differently from what you had intended. Make sure the properties of the oils are complementary.

Blending Guidelines

Choose two or three oils which you believe complement each other. Generally all flower oils work well together; woody oils enhance the resinous oils and other woody essences; the essential oils derived from herbs tend to blend harmoniously with each other; and the range of oils from fruits blend well with essences from their own botanical family .Mix a blend using a little of the strongest scented oils and more of the lighter fragrances. The best blend is usually the one you find most appealing.

Storing Oils

Essential oils are very volatile, ie they evaporate quickly when exposed to the air. Air will also cause oxidisation of the oils, and they are also affected by light and heat. Always buy and store your essential oils in brown amber glass bottles with air-tight, child-proof caps. Keep them in a cool dark place such as a refrigerator if it is kept at a reasonable temperature. Most essential oils, if stored correctly, will keep for up to two years. Some citrus oils such as Orange and Grapefruit may only be effectively used for up to six months. They will then go cloudy through oxidization. Some oils like Sandalwood, Frankincense and Patchouli actually mature and mellow with age. Once blended with other oils, and in carriers, oils will begin to oxidise, weaken and go rancid. This process, however, does take three months or more, and if you store your blends under the same conditions as your essential oils they should be perfectly satisfactory if used within the three months.

Safety Precautions

Warning: Never use essential oils directly on to the skin. Never take essential oils by mouth. If swallowed accidentally, eat bread, drink plenty of milk, and seek professional help. Always consult a qualified practitioner for advice and treatment:
  • If you are pregnant
  • Have an allergy
  • Have a chronic medical condition such as high blood pressure or epilepsy
  • Are receiving medical or psychiatric treatment Are taking homeopathic remedies
  • When treating babies or very young children






100% Pure Myrrh Essential Oil Supplied In A 10ml Amber Glass Bottle, With Tamper Evident Dropper Cap To Ensure Perfect Quality.



Botanical Name: Commphora myrrha.

Country Of Origin: Somali.

Family Name: Burseraceae.

Aroma: Smoky, gum-like and slightly musky.

General: Myrrh oil is distilled from the resin. It has a sharp, warm balsamic aroma. In Egyptian lore, Myrrh is said to have come from the tears of Horus.

Some Traditional Uses: To relieve apathy and calm.

Emotional Profile: In relieving emotional coldness, lack of will, lack of spirit connection, emotional blocks.

Blends Well With: Benzoin, clove, frankincense, galbanum, lavender, patchouli, sandalwood.




Methods Of Use (And General Help & Information About Essential Oils)

There are many ways of using essential oils, and at least one of them will be right for you. Essential oils are the basic tools of aromatherapy. The oils, which are extracted from plants, can be used to treat all systems of the mind, and imbalances of the emotions. There are many ways to use essential oils. Professional aromatherapists tend to favor massage as the most effective way of getting oils into the body. Massage also increases the healing potential of aromatherapy. The medicinal properties of the essential oils and the nurturing power of touch combine to form a potent healing treatment. Massage can be relaxing or energizing, it can sooth the nervous system or boost the blood and lymphatic systems to improve pysical and mental functioning. Not least among its benefits is the way it can ease pain and tension from tense or overworked muscles and lift the spirits. Whenever possible, try to include massage in your home aromatherapy treatments; where this is not possible, use any of the other methods mentioned below. It is not an exhaustive list and you may well know, or you may discover, other methods.

Room Burner (oil burner; lamp ring; diffuser; vaporiser)

Room burners are specifically made for use with essential oils. You can buy them in many different shapes, sizes, designs and patterns. They can be electric, radiator fragrancer, candle powered or a ceramic light bulb ring that is heated by a light bulb, but most are ceramic oil burners warmed by a small candle. Also remember that a glazed ceramic oil burner will not crack, burn or stain, and is easy to keep clean. Always try to use good quality night lights with a good quality wick so that it will not smell when alight or smoke when blown out.

How to use: Place a small amount of cold water in the bowl, enough to fill it but leaving some space for water expansion. The essential oils of your choice are then dropped into the water ( 6-8 drops will normally be used depending on the size of the bowl and the amount of water being used). Place the candle in the chamber, light it and leave in a safe place. Use for 25-30 minutes this will, of course, depend on the size of the room or house etc.

Benefits: Psychological conditions can be treated very effectively with a room burner. Headaches respond well to this method and all respiratory problems can be treated in this way. A major use of the room burner is to scent and purify the air, clear germs and create a 'therapeutic atmosphere'.

Aromatic Baths

Aromatic baths are one of the most convenient and health-giving methods of using pure essential oils. When used in this way these healing essences not only affect the physical body but the mental and emotional levels too. They can be detoxifying, relaxing, invigorating, emotionally uplifting and sensual. To some degree all essential oils have antibacterial properties, especially lavender and bergamot, while some like eucalyptus and tea tree are also effective when treating viruses. So regular aromatic baths can be useful to help prevent and treat a range of common ailments as well as uplifting or calming the emotions. These qualities plus the way the essences are readily absorbed by the body makes aromatic bathing an essential and luxurious addition to everyday life.

Recipes For Aromatic Baths

Invigorating bath: For an enlivening start to the day use the following blend of essential oils in a warm bath. To enhance the effect finish with a cool shower or splash your body briefly with cold water. For a more fruity aroma add 3 drops of lemon oil instead of geranium.
  • Sweet basil oil = 2 drops
  • Geranium oil = 3 drops
  • Rosemary = 4 drops

Relaxing bath: For a deeply relaxing bath at the end of the day add the following essential oils to a full, warm bath. For a more floral quality add 3 drops of neroli oil instead of sweet marjoram.
  • Clary sage oil = 3 drops
  • Lavender oil = 4 drops
  • Sweet marjoram oil = 3 drops

Revitalising bath: This combination of essences in a warm bath is ideal to use when you've had a long day and need re-energising. For a less fruity aroma but equally reviving effect add 3 drops of rosewood instead of grapefruit oil.
  • Geranium oil = 3 drops
  • Grapefruit oil = 3 drops
  • Myrtle = 4 drops

Emotionally uplifting bath: To melt away stressful or negative thoughts and uplift your spirits use the following combination of essential oils in a warm bath. Soak for at least 15 minutes inhaling the aromatic vapours. If you feel like treating yourself add 2 drops of rose or jasmine essential oil instead of petitgrain.
  • Bergamot oil = 4 drops
  • Clary sage oil = 3 drops
  • Petitgrain = 3 drops

Sensual bath: For a sensual bath for one or two add the following essential oils to a warm bath. Do make sure the blend is pleasing to both of you. For a more 'earthy' aroma use 3 drops of patchouli instead of myrtle oil, or leave out rose and myrtle altogether and substitute them with 3 drops of jasmine.
  • Sandalwood oil = 4 drops
  • Myrtle oil = 3 drops
  • Rose oil = 1 drops
  • Ylang Ylang oil = 2 drops

Purifying bath: Use this bath to help strengthen the body and combat infections like colds and flu. If desired use 2 drops of penetrating eucalyptus instead of bergamot oil.
  • Bergamot oil = 3 drops
  • Lavender oil = 4 drops
  • Tea Tree = 3 drops

Children's bath: If children see you relaxing in a fragrant bath it won't be long before they want one too! Mix the following essential oils into 2 to 3 teaspoons of base oil, then add warm water to create a delightful bath. The dosages are suitable for children over six years old. This combination is ideal for bedtime as it soothes the emotions.
  • Mandarin oil = 3 drops
  • Lavender oil = 3 drops

How to use: First ask yourself what effect you'd like from your aromatic bath, then select an essential oil whose aroma pleases you and also suits your physical and emotional needs. For example, if you have a cold, lavender oil will help to combat infection and has a very relaxing effect, on the other hand bergamot oil combines the ability to fight infection and induces an emotionally uplifting effect. Use only two or three essences in the bath. When you know each one very well you may choose to use a maximum of four, although just two can often have a more powerful effect than four - less generally means more with essential oils.
Fill the bath, add the essential oil(s) (up to 6 drops or as directed), then agitate the water to disperse the oil(s). Soak in the bath for at least 10 minutes, and make sure the bathroom door is closed so that you get the benefit of inhaling the aroma as well as getting the oil directly into the body via the water. For some conditions, or if preferred, the essential oils can be diluted in a massage carrier oil first, which will help to disperse the oil throughout the water. Alternatively, use ready blended (in carrier oil) or specially formulated bath oil, which has the added benefits of moisturising the body, giving a bubble/foam bath and helping to carry the essential oil out of the bath.

Benefits: The use of oils in a bath is useful for all conditions but will be particularly beneficial for muscular and skin conditions, while respiratory problems will benefit from the inhalation of the aroma. Stress, anxiety and other mental health problems will also be improved. Anyone suffering with insomnia will find a pre-retiring bath with Lavender, Bergamot, Petitgrain, Neroli as well as other oils a great aid to restful sleep.

Lotions And Creams

Essential oils can be added to fragrance-free lotions or creams, but make sure that you use a very good quality product that if preferably lanolin free (some people are sensitive to lanolin).

How to use: Add the essential oil(s) to a dark amber glass jar to help preserve the oil and prevent it from reacting with a plastic bottle. The recommended dosage is approximately 1-2 drops of essential oil to every 5mg of cream or 5ml of lotions. Apply lotion to the skin and rub until completely absorbed. Cream should be applied to the skin and gently rubbed in. Leave the rest to sit on the surface of the skin and gradually release the oil into the body and the aroma into the nose.

Benefits: This is a particularly good way of treating most skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, which will benefit greatly. A lotion is an excellent way to get essential oils rapidly into the bloodstream and is therefore useful for treating conditions such as circulation problems. Lotions and creams can be effectively used for headaches, while creams are a good way of treating respiratory conditions. Both are an essential medium for general body and skin care.

Inhalation

Inhalation is very useful for relieving congestion, easing catarrh and soothing the respiratory tract. The method of covering the head with a towel and inhaling the vapour from eucalyptus and camphor is still very popular today.

How to use: Pour a pint of very hot water into a bowl, then add up to 3-4 drops of essential oil(s) to the water. Cover your head with a towel and then lean over the bowl, keeping your head about 10 or 12 inches above the bowl. Keep your eyes closed and then inhale the vapours for a few minutes, then lean back and relax for a couple of minutes. Repeat for up to 10 minutes or as long as is comfortable. Repeat several times a day if required. A facial steamer may be used instead of a bowl with 3-5 drops of essential oil(s).

Benefits: Respiratory conditions will benefit most from this treatment method. Eucalyptus, Scots Pine, Niaouli and several other oils are excellent decongestants renowned for their ability to help most respiratory conditions. Inhalation is also a good way of treating facial skin problems as its effect is the same as that achieved by a facial sauna.

Compress

Compresses can be either hot or cold depending on the condition that is being treated. It is well-known and frequently used treatment method for sports injuries in particular, though its uses are much wider than this and can be very effective for pain, swelling and inflammation.

How to use: The method is the same whether hot or cold. Add up to 5 drops of essential oil(s) to a basin or bowl of hot or icy cold water. Use a face-cloth, lined pad, cotton wool or other absorbent fabric and dip this into water. Wring out the excess and place the pad on the affected area. Once the compress has achieved body temperature, renew it and continue as required. A hot compress can be held in place with crepe bandage on joints or with cling-film on larger areas, for example the lower back.

Benefits: Most conditions characterized by 'aches', for example earache, backache, etc, should be treated with hot compresses, while sprains, fevers, inflammations and headaches should be treated with cold compresses. Sprains and varicose veins respond very well to the 'hot/cold' treatment, ie start with a cold compress then alternate between hot and cold compresses over the next few days, finishing with a cold one.

Massage

Massage is a method favored by professional aromatherapists, who usually carry out a full body massage. Specific essential oils are chosen to suit the condition and temperament of the patient, and blended with a base oil, such as sweet almond oil or grapeseed oil.

How to use: The essential oil content in a blend should usually be between 1 per cent and 3 per cent depending on the type of disorder. As a general rule, physical ailments like rheumatism or indigestion demand a stronger concentration than the more emotional or nervous conditions. A rough guideline is to say that 20 drops of essential oil is equivalent to one milliliter, so to make a blend it is possible to use the following proportions:
  • 20 to 60 drops of essential oil to 100ml of base oil.
  • 7 to 25 drops of essential oil to 25ml of base oil.
  • 3 to 5 drops of essential oil to 1 tsp of base oil.

Benefits: Massage is a relaxing and nourishing experience in itself, not least because of the unspoken communication based on touch, but it also ensures that the oils are effectively absorbed through the skin and into the bloodstream. For general well-being it is beneficial to practice self-massage on specific areas of the body, especially concentrating on the feet and hands. It is also useful to rub those. It is also useful to rub those particular parts of the body that are causing discomfort; for example, peppermint ( in dilution) can be rubbed on the stomach in a clock-wise direction to ease indigestion; Marjoram can help to relax the neck and shoulders if they are stiff.

Other Methods

There are many other methods of using essential oils. The following is a brief summary of some of them.

Room Sprays

Make a home-made room spray using a sprayer that has been thoroughly cleaned, to provide your own favorite aromas to freshen your home. It is perfectly possible to make a room spray using a simple solution of cold water with added essential oils (stick to a 5 drops to 10ml maximum). This will mean that every time you use it you will have to make sure you shake it vigorously to disperse the oils in the water. You can 'fix' the aroma and also help to disperse the oils equally in the water by using distilled water (boiled then cooled water) and adding 10 per cent alcohol (preferably vodka).

Radiators And Humidifiers

Drops of oil can be placed in a saucer of water placed on top of a radiator, radiator fragrancer, or on to a ball of damp cotton wool placed behind the radiator. Drops of oil can also be added to the water in a humidifier. All these methods can be used as an alternative to a room burner.

Foot Bath

For foot problems, and as a way of introducing essential oils into the body for other problems, a foot bath can be used. This can either be a piece of equipment specially made for the purpose or a bowl of warm water. Add 2-4 drops of oil to the bath, disperse and immerse feet for up to 20 minutes; adding a bath carrier will help. A hand bath can achieve the same result for hand problems, and achieved in the same way, but only immerse for 10 minutes.

Tissue/Handkerchief/Pillow

Any method that allows inhalation of the oils is an alternative to steam inhalation. Some specific methods not mentioned so far are a tissue/handkerchief - add 1 or 2 drops of oil to your pillow at night so that the oil can be inhaled throughout the night.

Pot-pourri

Although not a recognized therapeutic method, a pot-pourri is a pleasant way of creating an aromatic atmosphere in a house or other rooms in the home. Adding essential oils to a pot-pourri will fragrance a room and introduce the essential oils into the body through inhalation.

Blending Oils

Essential oils can be used alone or blended together. Oils are blended for two reasons: to enhance or change their medicinal actions and to create a more sophisticated fragrance. In purfumery many oils are blended together. For therapeutic purposes it is unusual to mix more than four oils together. When blending oils at home it is best to mix no more than two or three oils. This is because blending has been shown to alter the molecular structure of essential oils and you may end up with a blend that acts differently from what you had intended. Make sure the properties of the oils are complementary.

Blending Guidelines

Choose two or three oils which you believe complement each other. Generally all flower oils work well together; woody oils enhance the resinous oils and other woody essences; the essential oils derived from herbs tend to blend harmoniously with each other; and the range of oils from fruits blend well with essences from their own botanical family .Mix a blend using a little of the strongest scented oils and more of the lighter fragrances. The best blend is usually the one you find most appealing.

Storing Oils

Essential oils are very volatile, ie they evaporate quickly when exposed to the air. Air will also cause oxidisation of the oils, and they are also affected by light and heat. Always buy and store your essential oils in brown amber glass bottles with air-tight, child-proof caps. Keep them in a cool dark place such as a refrigerator if it is kept at a reasonable temperature. Most essential oils, if stored correctly, will keep for up to two years. Some citrus oils such as Orange and Grapefruit may only be effectively used for up to six months. They will then go cloudy through oxidization. Some oils like Sandalwood, Frankincense and Patchouli actually mature and mellow with age. Once blended with other oils, and in carriers, oils will begin to oxidise, weaken and go rancid. This process, however, does take three months or more, and if you store your blends under the same conditions as your essential oils they should be perfectly satisfactory if used within the three months.

Safety Precautions

Warning: Never use essential oils directly on to the skin. Never take essential oils by mouth. If swallowed accidentally, eat bread, drink plenty of milk, and seek professional help. Always consult a qualified practitioner for advice and treatment:
  • If you are pregnant
  • Have an allergy
  • Have a chronic medical condition such as high blood pressure or epilepsy
  • Are receiving medical or psychiatric treatment Are taking homeopathic remedies
  • When treating babies or very young children






100% Pure Niaouli Essential Oil Supplied In A 10ml Amber Glass Bottle, With Tamper Evident Dropper Cap To Ensure Perfect Quality.



Botanical Name: Melaleuca vindiflora.

Country Of Origin: Indonesia.

Family Name: Myrtaceae.

Aroma: Slightly sweet, clear and penetrating.

General: Niaouli is very soothing. Traditionally used for promoting increased circulation. Helps to ease muscle after exercise and is often inhaled to maintain healthy easy breathing. Also an excellent boost for the immune system.

Blends Well With: Coriander, fennel, galbanum, juniper, lavender, lemon, lime, myrtle, orange, pine, peppermint, rosemary.




Methods Of Use (And General Help & Information About Essential Oils)

There are many ways of using essential oils, and at least one of them will be right for you. Essential oils are the basic tools of aromatherapy. The oils, which are extracted from plants, can be used to treat all systems of the mind, and imbalances of the emotions. There are many ways to use essential oils. Professional aromatherapists tend to favor massage as the most effective way of getting oils into the body. Massage also increases the healing potential of aromatherapy. The medicinal properties of the essential oils and the nurturing power of touch combine to form a potent healing treatment. Massage can be relaxing or energizing, it can sooth the nervous system or boost the blood and lymphatic systems to improve pysical and mental functioning. Not least among its benefits is the way it can ease pain and tension from tense or overworked muscles and lift the spirits. Whenever possible, try to include massage in your home aromatherapy treatments; where this is not possible, use any of the other methods mentioned below. It is not an exhaustive list and you may well know, or you may discover, other methods.

Room Burner (oil burner; lamp ring; diffuser; vaporiser)

Room burners are specifically made for use with essential oils. You can buy them in many different shapes, sizes, designs and patterns. They can be electric, radiator fragrancer, candle powered or a ceramic light bulb ring that is heated by a light bulb, but most are ceramic oil burners warmed by a small candle. Also remember that a glazed ceramic oil burner will not crack, burn or stain, and is easy to keep clean. Always try to use good quality night lights with a good quality wick so that it will not smell when alight or smoke when blown out.

How to use: Place a small amount of cold water in the bowl, enough to fill it but leaving some space for water expansion. The essential oils of your choice are then dropped into the water ( 6-8 drops will normally be used depending on the size of the bowl and the amount of water being used). Place the candle in the chamber, light it and leave in a safe place. Use for 25-30 minutes this will, of course, depend on the size of the room or house etc.

Benefits: Psychological conditions can be treated very effectively with a room burner. Headaches respond well to this method and all respiratory problems can be treated in this way. A major use of the room burner is to scent and purify the air, clear germs and create a 'therapeutic atmosphere'.

Aromatic Baths

Aromatic baths are one of the most convenient and health-giving methods of using pure essential oils. When used in this way these healing essences not only affect the physical body but the mental and emotional levels too. They can be detoxifying, relaxing, invigorating, emotionally uplifting and sensual. To some degree all essential oils have antibacterial properties, especially lavender and bergamot, while some like eucalyptus and tea tree are also effective when treating viruses. So regular aromatic baths can be useful to help prevent and treat a range of common ailments as well as uplifting or calming the emotions. These qualities plus the way the essences are readily absorbed by the body makes aromatic bathing an essential and luxurious addition to everyday life.

Recipes For Aromatic Baths

Invigorating bath: For an enlivening start to the day use the following blend of essential oils in a warm bath. To enhance the effect finish with a cool shower or splash your body briefly with cold water. For a more fruity aroma add 3 drops of lemon oil instead of geranium.
  • Sweet basil oil = 2 drops
  • Geranium oil = 3 drops
  • Rosemary = 4 drops

Relaxing bath: For a deeply relaxing bath at the end of the day add the following essential oils to a full, warm bath. For a more floral quality add 3 drops of neroli oil instead of sweet marjoram.
  • Clary sage oil = 3 drops
  • Lavender oil = 4 drops
  • Sweet marjoram oil = 3 drops

Revitalising bath: This combination of essences in a warm bath is ideal to use when you've had a long day and need re-energising. For a less fruity aroma but equally reviving effect add 3 drops of rosewood instead of grapefruit oil.
  • Geranium oil = 3 drops
  • Grapefruit oil = 3 drops
  • Myrtle = 4 drops

Emotionally uplifting bath: To melt away stressful or negative thoughts and uplift your spirits use the following combination of essential oils in a warm bath. Soak for at least 15 minutes inhaling the aromatic vapours. If you feel like treating yourself add 2 drops of rose or jasmine essential oil instead of petitgrain.
  • Bergamot oil = 4 drops
  • Clary sage oil = 3 drops
  • Petitgrain = 3 drops

Sensual bath: For a sensual bath for one or two add the following essential oils to a warm bath. Do make sure the blend is pleasing to both of you. For a more 'earthy' aroma use 3 drops of patchouli instead of myrtle oil, or leave out rose and myrtle altogether and substitute them with 3 drops of jasmine.
  • Sandalwood oil = 4 drops
  • Myrtle oil = 3 drops
  • Rose oil = 1 drops
  • Ylang Ylang oil = 2 drops

Purifying bath: Use this bath to help strengthen the body and combat infections like colds and flu. If desired use 2 drops of penetrating eucalyptus instead of bergamot oil.
  • Bergamot oil = 3 drops
  • Lavender oil = 4 drops
  • Tea Tree = 3 drops

Children's bath: If children see you relaxing in a fragrant bath it won't be long before they want one too! Mix the following essential oils into 2 to 3 teaspoons of base oil, then add warm water to create a delightful bath. The dosages are suitable for children over six years old. This combination is ideal for bedtime as it soothes the emotions.
  • Mandarin oil = 3 drops
  • Lavender oil = 3 drops

How to use: First ask yourself what effect you'd like from your aromatic bath, then select an essential oil whose aroma pleases you and also suits your physical and emotional needs. For example, if you have a cold, lavender oil will help to combat infection and has a very relaxing effect, on the other hand bergamot oil combines the ability to fight infection and induces an emotionally uplifting effect. Use only two or three essences in the bath. When you know each one very well you may choose to use a maximum of four, although just two can often have a more powerful effect than four - less generally means more with essential oils.
Fill the bath, add the essential oil(s) (up to 6 drops or as directed), then agitate the water to disperse the oil(s). Soak in the bath for at least 10 minutes, and make sure the bathroom door is closed so that you get the benefit of inhaling the aroma as well as getting the oil directly into the body via the water. For some conditions, or if preferred, the essential oils can be diluted in a massage carrier oil first, which will help to disperse the oil throughout the water. Alternatively, use ready blended (in carrier oil) or specially formulated bath oil, which has the added benefits of moisturising the body, giving a bubble/foam bath and helping to carry the essential oil out of the bath.

Benefits: The use of oils in a bath is useful for all conditions but will be particularly beneficial for muscular and skin conditions, while respiratory problems will benefit from the inhalation of the aroma. Stress, anxiety and other mental health problems will also be improved. Anyone suffering with insomnia will find a pre-retiring bath with Lavender, Bergamot, Petitgrain, Neroli as well as other oils a great aid to restful sleep.

Lotions And Creams

Essential oils can be added to fragrance-free lotions or creams, but make sure that you use a very good quality product that if preferably lanolin free (some people are sensitive to lanolin).

How to use: Add the essential oil(s) to a dark amber glass jar to help preserve the oil and prevent it from reacting with a plastic bottle. The recommended dosage is approximately 1-2 drops of essential oil to every 5mg of cream or 5ml of lotions. Apply lotion to the skin and rub until completely absorbed. Cream should be applied to the skin and gently rubbed in. Leave the rest to sit on the surface of the skin and gradually release the oil into the body and the aroma into the nose.

Benefits: This is a particularly good way of treating most skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, which will benefit greatly. A lotion is an excellent way to get essential oils rapidly into the bloodstream and is therefore useful for treating conditions such as circulation problems. Lotions and creams can be effectively used for headaches, while creams are a good way of treating respiratory conditions. Both are an essential medium for general body and skin care.

Inhalation

Inhalation is very useful for relieving congestion, easing catarrh and soothing the respiratory tract. The method of covering the head with a towel and inhaling the vapour from eucalyptus and camphor is still very popular today.

How to use: Pour a pint of very hot water into a bowl, then add up to 3-4 drops of essential oil(s) to the water. Cover your head with a towel and then lean over the bowl, keeping your head about 10 or 12 inches above the bowl. Keep your eyes closed and then inhale the vapours for a few minutes, then lean back and relax for a couple of minutes. Repeat for up to 10 minutes or as long as is comfortable. Repeat several times a day if required. A facial steamer may be used instead of a bowl with 3-5 drops of essential oil(s).

Benefits: Respiratory conditions will benefit most from this treatment method. Eucalyptus, Scots Pine, Niaouli and several other oils are excellent decongestants renowned for their ability to help most respiratory conditions. Inhalation is also a good way of treating facial skin problems as its effect is the same as that achieved by a facial sauna.

Compress

Compresses can be either hot or cold depending on the condition that is being treated. It is well-known and frequently used treatment method for sports injuries in particular, though its uses are much wider than this and can be very effective for pain, swelling and inflammation.

How to use: The method is the same whether hot or cold. Add up to 5 drops of essential oil(s) to a basin or bowl of hot or icy cold water. Use a face-cloth, lined pad, cotton wool or other absorbent fabric and dip this into water. Wring out the excess and place the pad on the affected area. Once the compress has achieved body temperature, renew it and continue as required. A hot compress can be held in place with crepe bandage on joints or with cling-film on larger areas, for example the lower back.

Benefits: Most conditions characterized by 'aches', for example earache, backache, etc, should be treated with hot compresses, while sprains, fevers, inflammations and headaches should be treated with cold compresses. Sprains and varicose veins respond very well to the 'hot/cold' treatment, ie start with a cold compress then alternate between hot and cold compresses over the next few days, finishing with a cold one.

Massage

Massage is a method favored by professional aromatherapists, who usually carry out a full body massage. Specific essential oils are chosen to suit the condition and temperament of the patient, and blended with a base oil, such as sweet almond oil or grapeseed oil.

How to use: The essential oil content in a blend should usually be between 1 per cent and 3 per cent depending on the type of disorder. As a general rule, physical ailments like rheumatism or indigestion demand a stronger concentration than the more emotional or nervous conditions. A rough guideline is to say that 20 drops of essential oil is equivalent to one milliliter, so to make a blend it is possible to use the following proportions:
  • 20 to 60 drops of essential oil to 100ml of base oil.
  • 7 to 25 drops of essential oil to 25ml of base oil.
  • 3 to 5 drops of essential oil to 1 tsp of base oil.

Benefits: Massage is a relaxing and nourishing experience in itself, not least because of the unspoken communication based on touch, but it also ensures that the oils are effectively absorbed through the skin and into the bloodstream. For general well-being it is beneficial to practice self-massage on specific areas of the body, especially concentrating on the feet and hands. It is also useful to rub those. It is also useful to rub those particular parts of the body that are causing discomfort; for example, peppermint ( in dilution) can be rubbed on the stomach in a clock-wise direction to ease indigestion; Marjoram can help to relax the neck and shoulders if they are stiff.

Other Methods

There are many other methods of using essential oils. The following is a brief summary of some of them.

Room Sprays

Make a home-made room spray using a sprayer that has been thoroughly cleaned, to provide your own favorite aromas to freshen your home. It is perfectly possible to make a room spray using a simple solution of cold water with added essential oils (stick to a 5 drops to 10ml maximum). This will mean that every time you use it you will have to make sure you shake it vigorously to disperse the oils in the water. You can 'fix' the aroma and also help to disperse the oils equally in the water by using distilled water (boiled then cooled water) and adding 10 per cent alcohol (preferably vodka).

Radiators And Humidifiers

Drops of oil can be placed in a saucer of water placed on top of a radiator, radiator fragrancer, or on to a ball of damp cotton wool placed behind the radiator. Drops of oil can also be added to the water in a humidifier. All these methods can be used as an alternative to a room burner.

Foot Bath

For foot problems, and as a way of introducing essential oils into the body for other problems, a foot bath can be used. This can either be a piece of equipment specially made for the purpose or a bowl of warm water. Add 2-4 drops of oil to the bath, disperse and immerse feet for up to 20 minutes; adding a bath carrier will help. A hand bath can achieve the same result for hand problems, and achieved in the same way, but only immerse for 10 minutes.

Tissue/Handkerchief/Pillow

Any method that allows inhalation of the oils is an alternative to steam inhalation. Some specific methods not mentioned so far are a tissue/handkerchief - add 1 or 2 drops of oil to your pillow at night so that the oil can be inhaled throughout the night.

Pot-pourri

Although not a recognized therapeutic method, a pot-pourri is a pleasant way of creating an aromatic atmosphere in a house or other rooms in the home. Adding essential oils to a pot-pourri will fragrance a room and introduce the essential oils into the body through inhalation.

Blending Oils

Essential oils can be used alone or blended together. Oils are blended for two reasons: to enhance or change their medicinal actions and to create a more sophisticated fragrance. In purfumery many oils are blended together. For therapeutic purposes it is unusual to mix more than four oils together. When blending oils at home it is best to mix no more than two or three oils. This is because blending has been shown to alter the molecular structure of essential oils and you may end up with a blend that acts differently from what you had intended. Make sure the properties of the oils are complementary.

Blending Guidelines

Choose two or three oils which you believe complement each other. Generally all flower oils work well together; woody oils enhance the resinous oils and other woody essences; the essential oils derived from herbs tend to blend harmoniously with each other; and the range of oils from fruits blend well with essences from their own botanical family .Mix a blend using a little of the strongest scented oils and more of the lighter fragrances. The best blend is usually the one you find most appealing.

Storing Oils

Essential oils are very volatile, ie they evaporate quickly when exposed to the air. Air will also cause oxidisation of the oils, and they are also affected by light and heat. Always buy and store your essential oils in brown amber glass bottles with air-tight, child-proof caps. Keep them in a cool dark place such as a refrigerator if it is kept at a reasonable temperature. Most essential oils, if stored correctly, will keep for up to two years. Some citrus oils such as Orange and Grapefruit may only be effectively used for up to six months. They will then go cloudy through oxidization. Some oils like Sandalwood, Frankincense and Patchouli actually mature and mellow with age. Once blended with other oils, and in carriers, oils will begin to oxidise, weaken and go rancid. This process, however, does take three months or more, and if you store your blends under the same conditions as your essential oils they should be perfectly satisfactory if used within the three months.

Safety Precautions

Warning: Never use essential oils directly on to the skin. Never take essential oils by mouth. If swallowed accidentally, eat bread, drink plenty of milk, and seek professional help. Always consult a qualified practitioner for advice and treatment:
  • If you are pregnant
  • Have an allergy
  • Have a chronic medical condition such as high blood pressure or epilepsy
  • Are receiving medical or psychiatric treatment Are taking homeopathic remedies
  • When treating babies or very young children






Neroli, Diluted Absolute Oil 5% In Grapeseed. Supplied in a 10ml Amber Glass Dropper Bottle.



Botanical Name: Citrus aurantium.

Country Of Origin: Tunisia / Egypt.

Aroma/Extraction Description: This consists of 2/3 distilled Neroli blossom and 1/3 absolute extracted Neroli blossom. This is because the neat absolute has a harsh note on its own, but softens down well in neroli oil to give an agreeable bouquet.

Extraction Description: Solvent extraction & Distilled.

General: Used in perfumery Relaxing, aphrodisiac, helps to wind down. Bactericidal, fungicidal, deodorant, moisturising, stress reliever. May be beneficial to the skin, stretch marks and mature skin especially. Rejuvenating. Useful for all skin types especially dry or sensitive skin. Due to its calming quality . Helps with problems of emotional origin.

Blends Well With: with floral oils especially rose and jasmine.




Methods Of Use (And General Help & Information About Essential Oils)

There are many ways of using essential oils, and at least one of them will be right for you. Essential oils are the basic tools of aromatherapy. The oils, which are extracted from plants, can be used to treat all systems of the mind, and imbalances of the emotions. There are many ways to use essential oils. Professional aromatherapists tend to favor massage as the most effective way of getting oils into the body. Massage also increases the healing potential of aromatherapy. The medicinal properties of the essential oils and the nurturing power of touch combine to form a potent healing treatment. Massage can be relaxing or energizing, it can sooth the nervous system or boost the blood and lymphatic systems to improve pysical and mental functioning. Not least among its benefits is the way it can ease pain and tension from tense or overworked muscles and lift the spirits. Whenever possible, try to include massage in your home aromatherapy treatments; where this is not possible, use any of the other methods mentioned below. It is not an exhaustive list and you may well know, or you may discover, other methods.

Room Burner (oil burner; lamp ring; diffuser; vaporiser)

Room burners are specifically made for use with essential oils. You can buy them in many different shapes, sizes, designs and patterns. They can be electric, radiator fragrancer, candle powered or a ceramic light bulb ring that is heated by a light bulb, but most are ceramic oil burners warmed by a small candle. Also remember that a glazed ceramic oil burner will not crack, burn or stain, and is easy to keep clean. Always try to use good quality night lights with a good quality wick so that it will not smell when alight or smoke when blown out.

How to use: Place a small amount of cold water in the bowl, enough to fill it but leaving some space for water expansion. The essential oils of your choice are then dropped into the water ( 6-8 drops will normally be used depending on the size of the bowl and the amount of water being used). Place the candle in the chamber, light it and leave in a safe place. Use for 25-30 minutes this will, of course, depend on the size of the room or house etc.

Benefits: Psychological conditions can be treated very effectively with a room burner. Headaches respond well to this method and all respiratory problems can be treated in this way. A major use of the room burner is to scent and purify the air, clear germs and create a 'therapeutic atmosphere'.

Aromatic Baths

Aromatic baths are one of the most convenient and health-giving methods of using pure essential oils. When used in this way these healing essences not only affect the physical body but the mental and emotional levels too. They can be detoxifying, relaxing, invigorating, emotionally uplifting and sensual. To some degree all essential oils have antibacterial properties, especially lavender and bergamot, while some like eucalyptus and tea tree are also effective when treating viruses. So regular aromatic baths can be useful to help prevent and treat a range of common ailments as well as uplifting or calming the emotions. These qualities plus the way the essences are readily absorbed by the body makes aromatic bathing an essential and luxurious addition to everyday life.

Recipes For Aromatic Baths

Invigorating bath: For an enlivening start to the day use the following blend of essential oils in a warm bath. To enhance the effect finish with a cool shower or splash your body briefly with cold water. For a more fruity aroma add 3 drops of lemon oil instead of geranium.
  • Sweet basil oil = 2 drops
  • Geranium oil = 3 drops
  • Rosemary = 4 drops

Relaxing bath: For a deeply relaxing bath at the end of the day add the following essential oils to a full, warm bath. For a more floral quality add 3 drops of neroli oil instead of sweet marjoram.
  • Clary sage oil = 3 drops
  • Lavender oil = 4 drops
  • Sweet marjoram oil = 3 drops

Revitalising bath: This combination of essences in a warm bath is ideal to use when you've had a long day and need re-energising. For a less fruity aroma but equally reviving effect add 3 drops of rosewood instead of grapefruit oil.
  • Geranium oil = 3 drops
  • Grapefruit oil = 3 drops
  • Myrtle = 4 drops

Emotionally uplifting bath: To melt away stressful or negative thoughts and uplift your spirits use the following combination of essential oils in a warm bath. Soak for at least 15 minutes inhaling the aromatic vapours. If you feel like treating yourself add 2 drops of rose or jasmine essential oil instead of petitgrain.
  • Bergamot oil = 4 drops
  • Clary sage oil = 3 drops
  • Petitgrain = 3 drops

Sensual bath: For a sensual bath for one or two add the following essential oils to a warm bath. Do make sure the blend is pleasing to both of you. For a more 'earthy' aroma use 3 drops of patchouli instead of myrtle oil, or leave out rose and myrtle altogether and substitute them with 3 drops of jasmine.
  • Sandalwood oil = 4 drops
  • Myrtle oil = 3 drops
  • Rose oil = 1 drops
  • Ylang Ylang oil = 2 drops

Purifying bath: Use this bath to help strengthen the body and combat infections like colds and flu. If desired use 2 drops of penetrating eucalyptus instead of bergamot oil.
  • Bergamot oil = 3 drops
  • Lavender oil = 4 drops
  • Tea Tree = 3 drops

Children's bath: If children see you relaxing in a fragrant bath it won't be long before they want one too! Mix the following essential oils into 2 to 3 teaspoons of base oil, then add warm water to create a delightful bath. The dosages are suitable for children over six years old. This combination is ideal for bedtime as it soothes the emotions.
  • Mandarin oil = 3 drops
  • Lavender oil = 3 drops

How to use: First ask yourself what effect you'd like from your aromatic bath, then select an essential oil whose aroma pleases you and also suits your physical and emotional needs. For example, if you have a cold, lavender oil will help to combat infection and has a very relaxing effect, on the other hand bergamot oil combines the ability to fight infection and induces an emotionally uplifting effect. Use only two or three essences in the bath. When you know each one very well you may choose to use a maximum of four, although just two can often have a more powerful effect than four - less generally means more with essential oils.
Fill the bath, add the essential oil(s) (up to 6 drops or as directed), then agitate the water to disperse the oil(s). Soak in the bath for at least 10 minutes, and make sure the bathroom door is closed so that you get the benefit of inhaling the aroma as well as getting the oil directly into the body via the water. For some conditions, or if preferred, the essential oils can be diluted in a massage carrier oil first, which will help to disperse the oil throughout the water. Alternatively, use ready blended (in carrier oil) or specially formulated bath oil, which has the added benefits of moisturising the body, giving a bubble/foam bath and helping to carry the essential oil out of the bath.

Benefits: The use of oils in a bath is useful for all conditions but will be particularly beneficial for muscular and skin conditions, while respiratory problems will benefit from the inhalation of the aroma. Stress, anxiety and other mental health problems will also be improved. Anyone suffering with insomnia will find a pre-retiring bath with Lavender, Bergamot, Petitgrain, Neroli as well as other oils a great aid to restful sleep.

Lotions And Creams

Essential oils can be added to fragrance-free lotions or creams, but make sure that you use a very good quality product that if preferably lanolin free (some people are sensitive to lanolin).

How to use: Add the essential oil(s) to a dark amber glass jar to help preserve the oil and prevent it from reacting with a plastic bottle. The recommended dosage is approximately 1-2 drops of essential oil to every 5mg of cream or 5ml of lotions. Apply lotion to the skin and rub until completely absorbed. Cream should be applied to the skin and gently rubbed in. Leave the rest to sit on the surface of the skin and gradually release the oil into the body and the aroma into the nose.

Benefits: This is a particularly good way of treating most skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, which will benefit greatly. A lotion is an excellent way to get essential oils rapidly into the bloodstream and is therefore useful for treating conditions such as circulation problems. Lotions and creams can be effectively used for headaches, while creams are a good way of treating respiratory conditions. Both are an essential medium for general body and skin care.

Inhalation

Inhalation is very useful for relieving congestion, easing catarrh and soothing the respiratory tract. The method of covering the head with a towel and inhaling the vapour from eucalyptus and camphor is still very popular today.

How to use: Pour a pint of very hot water into a bowl, then add up to 3-4 drops of essential oil(s) to the water. Cover your head with a towel and then lean over the bowl, keeping your head about 10 or 12 inches above the bowl. Keep your eyes closed and then inhale the vapours for a few minutes, then lean back and relax for a couple of minutes. Repeat for up to 10 minutes or as long as is comfortable. Repeat several times a day if required. A facial steamer may be used instead of a bowl with 3-5 drops of essential oil(s).

Benefits: Respiratory conditions will benefit most from this treatment method. Eucalyptus, Scots Pine, Niaouli and several other oils are excellent decongestants renowned for their ability to help most respiratory conditions. Inhalation is also a good way of treating facial skin problems as its effect is the same as that achieved by a facial sauna.

Compress

Compresses can be either hot or cold depending on the condition that is being treated. It is well-known and frequently used treatment method for sports injuries in particular, though its uses are much wider than this and can be very effective for pain, swelling and inflammation.

How to use: The method is the same whether hot or cold. Add up to 5 drops of essential oil(s) to a basin or bowl of hot or icy cold water. Use a face-cloth, lined pad, cotton wool or other absorbent fabric and dip this into water. Wring out the excess and place the pad on the affected area. Once the compress has achieved body temperature, renew it and continue as required. A hot compress can be held in place with crepe bandage on joints or with cling-film on larger areas, for example the lower back.

Benefits: Most conditions characterized by 'aches', for example earache, backache, etc, should be treated with hot compresses, while sprains, fevers, inflammations and headaches should be treated with cold compresses. Sprains and varicose veins respond very well to the 'hot/cold' treatment, ie start with a cold compress then alternate between hot and cold compresses over the next few days, finishing with a cold one.

Massage

Massage is a method favored by professional aromatherapists, who usually carry out a full body massage. Specific essential oils are chosen to suit the condition and temperament of the patient, and blended with a base oil, such as sweet almond oil or grapeseed oil.

How to use: The essential oil content in a blend should usually be between 1 per cent and 3 per cent depending on the type of disorder. As a general rule, physical ailments like rheumatism or indigestion demand a stronger concentration than the more emotional or nervous conditions. A rough guideline is to say that 20 drops of essential oil is equivalent to one milliliter, so to make a blend it is possible to use the following proportions:
  • 20 to 60 drops of essential oil to 100ml of base oil.
  • 7 to 25 drops of essential oil to 25ml of base oil.
  • 3 to 5 drops of essential oil to 1 tsp of base oil.

Benefits: Massage is a relaxing and nourishing experience in itself, not least because of the unspoken communication based on touch, but it also ensures that the oils are effectively absorbed through the skin and into the bloodstream. For general well-being it is beneficial to practice self-massage on specific areas of the body, especially concentrating on the feet and hands. It is also useful to rub those. It is also useful to rub those particular parts of the body that are causing discomfort; for example, peppermint ( in dilution) can be rubbed on the stomach in a clock-wise direction to ease indigestion; Marjoram can help to relax the neck and shoulders if they are stiff.

Other Methods

There are many other methods of using essential oils. The following is a brief summary of some of them.

Room Sprays

Make a home-made room spray using a sprayer that has been thoroughly cleaned, to provide your own favorite aromas to freshen your home. It is perfectly possible to make a room spray using a simple solution of cold water with added essential oils (stick to a 5 drops to 10ml maximum). This will mean that every time you use it you will have to make sure you shake it vigorously to disperse the oils in the water. You can 'fix' the aroma and also help to disperse the oils equally in the water by using distilled water (boiled then cooled water) and adding 10 per cent alcohol (preferably vodka).

Radiators And Humidifiers

Drops of oil can be placed in a saucer of water placed on top of a radiator, radiator fragrancer, or on to a ball of damp cotton wool placed behind the radiator. Drops of oil can also be added to the water in a humidifier. All these methods can be used as an alternative to a room burner.

Foot Bath

For foot problems, and as a way of introducing essential oils into the body for other problems, a foot bath can be used. This can either be a piece of equipment specially made for the purpose or a bowl of warm water. Add 2-4 drops of oil to the bath, disperse and immerse feet for up to 20 minutes; adding a bath carrier will help. A hand bath can achieve the same result for hand problems, and achieved in the same way, but only immerse for 10 minutes.

Tissue/Handkerchief/Pillow

Any method that allows inhalation of the oils is an alternative to steam inhalation. Some specific methods not mentioned so far are a tissue/handkerchief - add 1 or 2 drops of oil to your pillow at night so that the oil can be inhaled throughout the night.

Pot-pourri

Although not a recognized therapeutic method, a pot-pourri is a pleasant way of creating an aromatic atmosphere in a house or other rooms in the home. Adding essential oils to a pot-pourri will fragrance a room and introduce the essential oils into the body through inhalation.

Blending Oils

Essential oils can be used alone or blended together. Oils are blended for two reasons: to enhance or change their medicinal actions and to create a more sophisticated fragrance. In purfumery many oils are blended together. For therapeutic purposes it is unusual to mix more than four oils together. When blending oils at home it is best to mix no more than two or three oils. This is because blending has been shown to alter the molecular structure of essential oils and you may end up with a blend that acts differently from what you had intended. Make sure the properties of the oils are complementary.

Blending Guidelines

Choose two or three oils which you believe complement each other. Generally all flower oils work well together; woody oils enhance the resinous oils and other woody essences; the essential oils derived from herbs tend to blend harmoniously with each other; and the range of oils from fruits blend well with essences from their own botanical family .Mix a blend using a little of the strongest scented oils and more of the lighter fragrances. The best blend is usually the one you find most appealing.

Storing Oils

Essential oils are very volatile, ie they evaporate quickly when exposed to the air. Air will also cause oxidisation of the oils, and they are also affected by light and heat. Always buy and store your essential oils in brown amber glass bottles with air-tight, child-proof caps. Keep them in a cool dark place such as a refrigerator if it is kept at a reasonable temperature. Most essential oils, if stored correctly, will keep for up to two years. Some citrus oils such as Orange and Grapefruit may only be effectively used for up to six months. They will then go cloudy through oxidization. Some oils like Sandalwood, Frankincense and Patchouli actually mature and mellow with age. Once blended with other oils, and in carriers, oils will begin to oxidise, weaken and go rancid. This process, however, does take three months or more, and if you store your blends under the same conditions as your essential oils they should be perfectly satisfactory if used within the three months.

Safety Precautions

Warning: Never use essential oils directly on to the skin. Never take essential oils by mouth. If swallowed accidentally, eat bread, drink plenty of milk, and seek professional help. Always consult a qualified practitioner for advice and treatment:
  • If you are pregnant
  • Have an allergy
  • Have a chronic medical condition such as high blood pressure or epilepsy
  • Are receiving medical or psychiatric treatment Are taking homeopathic remedies
  • When treating babies or very young children






Species: Citrus aurantium

Origin: Tunisia.

Extraction Process: Distilled & solvent extraction.

Extraction Description: Obtained by ethanolic extraction of the concrete, itself produced by solvent extraction of the flowers of Citrus Aurantium L. This consists of 2/3 distilled Neroli blossom and 1/3 absolute extracted Neroli blossom. This is because the neat absolute has a harsh note on its own, but softens down well in neroli oil to give an agreeable bouquet.

General Description: Neroli Absolute. Used in perfumery. Helps you to wind down. Beneficial to the skin - stretch marks and mature skin especially. Useful for all skin types especially dry or sensitive skin. Blends well with floral oils especially rose and jasmine. Its calming quality helps with problems of emotional origin.

Properties: Bactericidal, fungicidal, deodorant, moisturising, stress relieving, relaxing, rejuvenating, aphrodisiac.



Neroli Light Essential Oil. Supplied in a 10ml Amber Glass Dropper Bottle.



Botanical Name: Blended essential Oils.

Country Of Origin: Blended in the UK from materials of mixed origin.

Aroma: Citrus Floral scent.

Extraction Description: Neroli Light is recovered from water distillation and then sharpened up with other natural citrus distillates to give a very good approximation of Neroli blossom essential oil, but at a lower price.

General: Neroli Light Essential Oil is used in perfumery. Helps to wind down. Beneficial to the skin, mature skin. Useful for all skin types especially dry or sensitive skin. Helps with problems of emotional origin.

Historial Background: Named for the putative discoverer Anna Mariade la Treinoille, princess of Nerole in Italy (1670). Pale yellow oil from the flowers of the bitter orange tree, were used in bridal bouquets to calm nervousness before the couple retired to the marriage bed.

Properties: Bactericidal, fungicidal, deodorant, moisturising, stress relieving, rejuvenating, relaxing, aphrodisiac.

Blends Well With: Blends well with floral oils especially rose and jasmine.




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