Published on 25 July, 2013 | Aromatherapy
Essential Oil Mixes
We all know that essential oils are beneficial for a number of ailments, but to actually have a trusted and tried recipe for a certain ailment is a great way to make your own aromatherapy prescription. Below are a few ideas that you may find helpful for some typical summer ailments. It maybe a good idea to have one or two of these oils always in stock and you may even want to have a couple in your handbag.
Mixing & Blending Oils
All essential oils need to be diluted at a rate of 0.5-3 per cent depending on the intensity of the essential oil. The lowest concentration (0.5-1 per per cent) are best used for facial oils and for those with sensitive skin or children under 12 years of age. On average 2 per cent for adults should be sufficient but in certain cases of muscular tension then 3 per cent will be beneficial. As for all the recipes use a good carrier oil to blend – olive oil, avocado oil, evening primrose oil are just a few that can be used.
Use one of the following: Eucalyptus, lavender, rosemary or tea tree
Apply 3 percent dilution of your chosen oil to the exposed parts (eg: arms and legs) – use a 1 or 2 per cent dilution for facial area.
Insect Bites & Stings
Use one of the following: Chamomile, eucalyptus, lavender, lemon or tea tree (tea tree and lavender can be used neat) unless you have an allergy to the these oils. A small patch test maybe useful before applying to the bite or sting if using neat oil. If swollen apply a cold chamomile and/or lavender compress.
Use one of the following: Eucalyptus, geranium, lavender
If you need to remove the tentacles off, protect your hand with an article of clothing then was with sea water and apply neat essential oil. Do not rub or rinse the affected area with fresh water as this can discharge unactivated stinging cells.
Since a wasp sting venom is alkaline, the most effective treatment is vinegar (preferably cider vinegar), this helps to neutralize the poison. Apply as often as required and to prevent infection add 1 drop of lavender oil.
Chamomile, eucalyptus, geranium, lavender, rosemary, tea tree
Take two or 3 cool aromatic baths throughout the day by adding up to 8 tablespoonfuls of cider vinegar and 8 drops of your chosen essential oil.
If you have an interest in aromatherapy and would like to learn more about essential oils and treatments then our basic/advanced aromatherapy courses are available for you to study from home.