Using Essential Oils on the SkinDilutions: Depending on the specific oil and the situation, a total of 5-18 drops of essential oil goes into 1 oz. of carrier oil (vegetable based oil such as Jojoba or Sweet Almond oil) or unscented cream. These amounts vary based on the person for whom you are making the blend (see dilutions below) and on the strength of the specific oil you are using. For example, you can use several drops of Lavender to every 1 drop of Rose.
1% dilution: 5-6 total drops of essential oil in each ounce of carrier oil or cream. This dilution is used for children, elders, chronically ill persons, and pregnant women.
2% dilution: 10-12 total drops of essential oils in each ounce of carrier oil or cream. This dilution is used for the average adult and daily or long-term use of the product.
3% dilution: 15-18 total drops of essential oil in each ounce of carrier oil or cream. This dilution is used for specific illnesses or for acute injury. Blends made at this dilution are used for a week or two, for an acute situation.
Using Essential Oils in a Bath
Salts: Add the essential oils into a bath salt. (Sea Salt and Epsom Salts are nice.) Add 8-10 drops total of essential oil to each ounce of salt. Use 1 tablespoon of that blended salt in a full bath.
Milk: Add 3-4 total drops of essential oil to a cup of milk. Add the milk to your full bath.
Jojoba oil: Add 3-4 drops of essential oil to a tablespoon of Jojoba oil and add to your full bath.
Using Essential Oils in a Spray
In a 2-ounce spray bottle filled with water add 10-15 drops of essential oils and spray freely in any room.
Using Essential Oils in a Steam
To do a steam, add 1 drop of essential oil, or 1 drop of a blend of several essential oils, to a bowl of steamy water. Make sure the water is just steaming, not boiling. CLOSE YOUR EYES and lean over the bowl and breathe in the oil. To enhance the effects use a towel over your head to create a tent to hold the steam in.
If the water feels too hot, let it cool first!
1oz jojoba oil (or any carrier oil you like), 2% dilution
4 drops Grapefruit
4 drops Lavender
4 drops Sandalwood
2oz unscented cream, 2% dilution
12 drops Sandalwood
4 drop Geranium
4 drop Ylang Ylang
(Makes enough for 20 steams)
10 drops Ravintsara
10 drops Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus)
5 drops Lemon
Use 1 drop of this mixture in a bowl of steaming, hot water. Close your eyes and drape a towel over your head and the bowl. Breathe deeply.
Bath: 11-15 drops in a tub of water
Foot Bath: 10 drops in a warm bowl of water
Facial Honey Mask: 3 drops in 1 heaping teaspoon of honey
Body Mist: 20 drops in 4 ounces of distilled water. Shake well before use
Hair Oil: 20 drops in 1 ounce of carrier oil
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