Biophytopharm – Aromatherapy and Essential oils
When you breathe in the scent of essential oil it affects you in many ways. There are various methods of inhaling essential oils.
Inhaling the oils with warm steam in a small space means you get maximum benefits in minimum time. It is ideal for treating coughs or colds or for a skin facial. Place one liter of boiling water in a bowl and add about five drops of essential oil to the surface of the water. Bend forward over the bowl and drape a large towel over your head to trap the evaporating oils and steam. Inhale the vapors for a few minutes and then add a little more boiling water to evaporate off any remaining essential oil.
You can buy essential oil burners which have a saucer fixed above a stand which holds a candle. Fill the saucer with hot water, add up to eight drops of essential oil and light the candle to keep the water hot enough to make the oil evaporate. This is a good way to scent a room quickly. Top it up with water and oil every three to four hours.
For a natural, non-aerosol and highly aromatic air freshener, add ten drops of essential oil to half a liter of water in a pump-action spray bottle. Shake the mixture well before pumping four or five sprays into the air to deodorize, freshen and scent a room.
Make your own potpourri by mixing together dried leaves, flowers, and herbs with spices, a little talcum powder, and your favorite essential oils. The basic mix should contain six cups of dried plants, two tablespoons of talc and twelve drops of essential oils. Leave it in an airtight container, shaking and inverting it daily for a fortnight until the aromas have been absorbed by the talc and dried materials. Then place it in an open bowl or jar to fragrance a room. Refresh it when needed by adding a few more drops of essential oils.
Since heat makes essential oils more potent, pour a maximum of twelve drops on three pieces of wood about fifteen minutes before lighting the fire. It will warm and scent your room simultaneously. If you don’t have an open fire, a similar effect can be achieved by dropping your favorite essence onto a radiator.
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