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August 22nd, 2010, 07:57 AM
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Essential Oils Conversion
Conversions
1ml=20drops
5ml=1tsp
10ml=2tsp
*2-3 drops of essential oil is adequate for 1-2 tsp. of base oil
*3-4 drops of essential oil is adequate for 2-3 tsp. of base oil


Massage
When giving or about to give a massage, cover the body in warm towels and keep room warm. This is so the skin absorbs the oils better through your pores being opened. Essential oils always need to be mixed with a base oil when touching the skin (only a few exceptions).

Base Oils:
sweet almond (versatile)
grapeseed
safflower
soybean (thicker & stickier)
coconut
sunflower

DRY SKIN: Add a small amount of jojoba, wheatgerm, or avocado oil to the base.

Now you are ready to add your essential oil(s). Add ONE DROP of essential oil to 1tsp of base oil.

SENSITIVE SKIN/ALLERGIES: try adding one drop to 4tsps of base oil to make sure you don't have any kind of reactions.

Baths
Jump in the shower to wash your body off real quick and loofah your skin so they will absorb the oils better for the bath.
Now that you are clean, you are ready to start your bath. Add the oils AFTER the bath has been run. If you put the oils in while the bath is running the oils will evaporate. The oils will sit on top of the water, but your skin will absorb them as well. Also, it's not so much the fact the oil gets into your skin....it's mainly about the scent!
You do not need a base oil for baths. Base oils are used when you want to put essential oils directly on your skin.

Hand & Foot Baths
Fill a large bowl with water and add 3-4 drops of oil. This helps circulation, tension headaches and migranes.
Aching Feet & Hands: 2peppermint/2lemon
Circulation & Cold: 2lavender/2marjoram
Stiffness: 2rosemary/2pine
(these ratios are not made by me, I got them out of a book a few years ago)

Steam Inhalations
This is good for opening and relaxing airways and to warm and moisten membranes. Use for nasal congestion, poor breathing, tight/tense chest. This is great for respiratory compmlaints. For strong medicinal effects, use 10 drops, for colds and chest colds use 5 drops for a milder effect.
CAUTION: High Blood Pressure and Asthma seek medical advice
For the right oils that correlate for your specific ailments, just do a google search, or look for a future thread from me.



Potpourri
Place a mixture of scented flowers and leaves (natural) in a bowl with water and heat from underneath, like with a candle. It doesn't last long, but it's potent. For dried stuff, use 1 cup to 2pts of water.
Oil Burners: use 3-4 drops of oil
Bowl of Hot Water: Place a bowl of hot water somewhere in whichever room you want, and add a few drops to the hot water...this will release the scent. (maybe keep a heat source underneath like a candle somehow?)
Others: Candles, incense, and aromatic products. Make sure it's all natural.


Compresses
These are good for sprains and muscular aches. Keep pad on firmly for at least 20 minutes. Be sure to raise the limb if it's swollen (above heart level is best).
Cold Compress: pur cold water over some ice in a bowl, add oils and soak a pad in water before placing over affected area. These are great for strains, sprains, swelling or bruising.
Hot Compress: Use hot water and 3-4 drops of oil to an average sized cereal bowl. These are great for older injuries with no swelling or inflammation, chronic muscle aches, backaches, menstrual pain, arthritic or rheumatic pain.


CAUTION:
~Never take oils orally unless prescribed by a doctor
~Always dilute oils
~Don't use one oil for too long, rotate oils or use combination oils. Don't use an oil for longer than 2 weeks at a time.
~Dilute oils a lot for people with skin problems.


NEVER TO TAKE THE PLACE OF MEDICINAL PRACTICE. USE CAUTION/ALWAYS CONSULT A DR. etc etc....
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August 24th, 2010, 10:04 AM
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Very good info! I would suggest that if you are using an essential oil for the first time, I'd start with one drop and work your way up. Because there are certain oils that will completely overpower everything, so working your way up to more drops of the oil is a way to avoid waisting it.

Also it's always a good idea to test the oil on your skin before use. There are some essential oils that will irritate your skin and in some cases can burn you. Oregano and Basil are two that I've personally seen many people have adverse reactions to.


It's a good idea to research your essential oils before use, for any possible dangers before even testing it on your skin.

Here are two sites that contain info on the dangers of some essential oil:
Elaine's Aromatherapy: Dangerous Oils
Aromatherapy: Guidelines for Using Essential Oils and Herbs


My only other suggestion is to always make sure that you are using 100% essential oils, the only exception is if it is cut with a vegetable base/carrier oil.

If it doesn't say on the bottle or in the description that it is 100% essential oil from the plant then don't use it.

Don't be fooled by fragrance/perfume oils, they may smell stronger and have a longer shelf life and what not, but the chemicals used to make it can really damage your skin, burn you, etc. It's just best to stay away from anything that doesn't clearly state that it is 100% essential oil extract/essence from the plant.
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