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Introduction/Uses of Essential Oils

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What are the therapeutic qualities in essential oils? The ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans discovered that oils, taken direct from the plant, in their raw state, had immense power on our state of health - body and mind. Having nothing other than natural sources to heal, they experimented and realised that the use of different oils, inhaled or absorbed had quite different effects on the brain and the nervous system.

Essential oils can invigorate and stimulate you, they can soothe and calm you, help you sleep, promote endurance, inspire and arouse you, refresh and rejuvenate you. There is everything from an analgesic to an aphrodisiac, a stimulant to a sedative.

How they affect the mind - by inhalation from oil burners, they enter our Limbic System through our nose, to the nerves and to the brain. The Limbic System is where we have our learning abilities, memory, emotional state, our intellectual processes and our sexual responses.

Statistics show that approximately 70% of disease in today’s society have their onset from STRESS in the body and mind! This is where the use of essential oils are a much more powerful healing medium because they can penetrate the deepest layers of the human psyche, where stress has it’s roots. Essential Health uses only the purest essential oil based products, to give a holistic approach to healing, treating the cause as well as the symptom.



Difficulty: Moderately Easy



Step One

Test for skin sensitivity by doing a patch test. Put a little bit of diluted oil in the bend of your elbow and wait 24 hours to see if itching or redness develop.

Step Two

Use essential oils in the bath by adding three to eight drops to the tub, depending on the oil. Add it just before you get in and soak for at least 10 minutes.

Step Three

Use oils as an inhalant to treat congestion (try eucalyptus) or stress (try peppermint or sandalwood). Put four drops in a bowl of hot, almost boiling water. Drape a towel over your head to make a tent and breathe in the steam for a few minutes.

Step Four

Make a foot bath with five to seven drops of oil in a quart of warm water; soak for about 10 minutes. Try lemon, mint, tea tree or juniper oil.

Step Five

Put 20 drops per 5 oz. of water in a spray bottle to make a room spray, or add a drop or two to a basket of dried flowers.

Step Six

Put a drop of oil on a hot lightbulb - but don't try this with halogen lights.

Step Seven

Create a blend for massage by adding 10 drops of oil per 1 oz. of diluting oil, also called a carrier oil.

Step Eight

Make up a massage oil using apricot or 100 percent extra-virgin, cold-pressed olive oil for normal skin types. Try aloe vera or coconut oils for dry skin.

Step Nine

Use grapeseed oil in blends for skin that tends to be oily.

Step Ten

Don't use mineral or baby oil as a carrier; they don't absorb well.

Tips & Warnings

  • Be cautious about putting essential oils on your skin, particularly citrus oils. They are highly concentrated and can cause serious reactions.
  • Store your essential oils away from heat and light. Refrigerate all vegetable oils.
  • Keep all essential oils away from your eyes, nose and mouth, and out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Exercise extreme care when using essential oils on the elderly, pregnant women, children or those with health problems.
  • The oil is processed by the liver and may be damaging with prolonged use.


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