How to Use Essential Oils?
Use Essential oils, and powerful concentrated vegetable energy, are true essences of well-being. They are good for the heart, by their beneficial odors, to the body, thanks to their specific virtues, and give pep to the skin. But beware, they are not used anyhow!
What are the characteristics of Use Essential Oils?
Essential oils are volatile odorous substances contained in plants. They can come from flowers, leaves, fruits, bark, seeds, and roots. They are extracted by steam distillation. The amount of oil obtained varies according to the plant of origin. For a liter of lavender, it takes forty kilos of flowers, and it takes one hundred kilos of rose petals for a bottle of 25 ml! This high concentration explains the power of using essential oils and their price, often high.
How are they Use Essential Oils?
Essential oils are used internally for therapeutic purposes, they act on viral diseases, destroy germs, fungi, and infectious toxins, and, externally for global beauty (face, body, hair). They pass very easily through the skin, through the different layers to reach the bloodstream, in about twenty minutes, and act deep in the body. They also penetrate through the respiratory tract: inhaling their perfume provides deep well-being. Essential oils are only used in very small quantities and always diluted, in bathwater (30 drops of essential oil in a bath of hot water) or essential oil, for a topical action.
Their power is such that they are not used on the skin, some of them can cause burns. They are diluted in essential oils, sweet almonds, hazelnut, and sesame. Rich in vitamins and unsaturated fatty acids, they moisturize and nourish the skin deeply, and allow the penetration of the beneficial assets of essential oils in the epidermis and dermis.
Caution: Test your wrist. Dilute 1 drop of the essential oil of your choice in 5 drops of essential oil, apply and put on a bandage, leave for several hours, and observe the reaction. If you have any irritation, give up.
Face: Essential oils, real boosters of the skin, block certain processes of cell degradation. A daily massage, before the application of the care cream, stimulates cell renewal and restores radiance and suppleness to the skin.
Body: The essential oils are massaged on certain parts of the body, to treat specific problems, stimulate microcirculation, and facilitate water loss (cellulite, heavy legs), or on the whole of the silhouette to improve the elasticity and the firmness of the skin,
Hair: A good friction with essential oils, soothing, stimulating, activates microcirculation, relaxes the scalp, and restores tone to the hair.
What are the virtues of essential oil for different plants?
- Anti-stress, antiradical, anti-cellulite, toning, relaxing, sanitizing.
- Lavender, bactericidal, rebalance dry and irritated skin.
- Geranium, toning, soothes sensitive skin.
- The carrot, an anti-oxidant, revitalizes dry and tired skin.
- Cypress, venous tonic, calms congested skin.
- Patchouli, healing, reduces acne.
- The lemon, astringent, purifies oily skin.
- Roman Chamomile, anti-inflammatory, is suitable for all skin types.
- Rosemary, toning, restores radiance to dull hair.
- Eucalyptus, an antiseptic, cleanses the scalp.
- Peppermint, stimulating, restores its vigor to the hair.
- Sage, a tonic, facilitates the regrowth of hair.
- Oregano, anticellulite, refines the silhouette.
- Juniper, draining, gum cellulite.
- Orange, antispasmodic, relaxes the body.
- Sandalwood stimulates and tones the body.
Convenient of Use Essential Oils:
They are kept between 12 and 18 months and protected from light. Choose them of good quality, undenatured by synthetic components or cut with oils or mineral spirits, read the label well, the mention “first cold-pressed” must be mentioned. Why? because hot pressing causes essential oils to lose their nutrients (fatty acids and vitamins). Look for the organic label and the HEBBD label (botanically and biochemically defined essential oils). Buy your essential oils in health food shops and natural products or some pharmacies specializing in aromatherapy. There are also some websites but nothing beats the advice of a professional.
- Do not leave a bottle of essential oil within reach of children.
- Strictly observe the indicated dosages.
- If, by accident, you project the essential oil in the eye, do not rinse with water but with the first fat that falls on your hand.
- Some essential oils are photosensitizing, (bergamot, lemon, cedar, lavender), but it is not recommended to expose them to the sun after their application, to avoid stains on the skin.
- Essential oils are not used in cases of allergies, antecedents of eczema, urticaria, or allergic rhinitis (stuffy nose). To avoid absolutely in asthmatics, nothing but the smell can cause a crisis.
- Pregnant women should seek advice from their gynecologists.