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How to use essential oils: 11 ways to use essential oils and take full advantage of all their benefits.
L'use of essential oilsis becoming very popular lately. Perhaps it is because the first confirmations of the theories on which thearomatherapy, it will be that more and more people are on the hunt for natural remedies… Essential oils are now in great demand!
L'use of essential oilsit can be useful in daily practice, to clean the house, to take care of skin and hair or to improve our health and quality of life.
In aromatherapy essential oils are also prescribed for internal use, but on this front we recommend that you consult with a good herbalist but also with your trusted doctor to ensure that there are no interactions with drugs, foods or allergic reactions.
Let's see below 11 ideas for using essential oils profitably:
1) How to use essential oils to counteract headaches
A natural remedy for migraines consists in adding 8 drops of lavender essential oil and 4 drops of peppermint essential oil to a glass (50 ml) of sweet almond oil. Rub your temples with a circular massage using this compound. Chronic headache sufferers can do this 2 or 3 times a day.
Alternatively, mix four drops ofessential oilwith a carrier (an oily substance such as jojoba oil or almond oil) and use this preparation to massage the temples or the back of the neck. The massage should be characterized by gentle and circular movements.
Among the best essential oils to relieve headaches we point out the essential oil of lavender.
2) How to use essential oils to clean bottles and flasks
If you are cycling or hiking using your classic water bottle, you may need to wash it with lemon essential oil. The lemon essence has antiseptic and antiviral properties, is excellent at counteracting odors and is perfect for cleaning water bottles. Add 1 or 2 drops of this essence directly to the bottle, fill it with water and shake well. If you use a pure and safe essential oil, it will not even be necessary to rinse after use.
3) How to use essential oils to make a deodorant stick
An anti-odor, natural, fresh and skin-friendly deodorant can be prepared from natural ingredients rich in essential oils. Detailed instructions can be found in our DIY deodorant stick article for men or women. The difference ofkindis dictated by the choice ofessential oils to usewhich have a more or less accentuated fragrance based on the use of the deodorant.
4) How to use essential oils on the skin against acne and blackheads
For the well-being of the skin and especially to eliminate acne in a natural way, it is possible to take advantage of theessential oil of the tea tree. According to the Medical Journal of Australia, tea tree oil is as effective as benzoyl peroxide, a commonly used ingredient in acne treatment creams.
You can apply the essential oil of the tea tree directly on the skin, using a cotton swab or a cotton disc. All information on the properties of the three tea oil is available in the articleTea Tree Essential Oil. If in the long run, you notice that Tea Tree essential oil tends to irritate the skin, you can evaluate the alternative of geranium essential oil, similar to tea tree oil it has an antibacterial and anti-inflammatory action, useful for the treatment of acne and other facial impurities (blackheads).
Lemon essential oil is particularly suitable for eliminating blackheads and for those with oily skin.
5) How to use essential oils against insomnia
Those on the hunt for natural remedies for insomnia can find excellent allies in essential oils. Among the most suitable essential oils we point out that of lavender (it is relaxing, regenerates, perfect against stress) and the essential oil of clary sage, considered a natural sedative.
Just add a few drops of essential oil directly on the pillowcase or on a cotton swab inserted under the pillowcase.
6) How to use essential oils to increase concentration
Essential oils such as rosemary, cypress, grapefruit, lemon and peppermint will help you keep your concentration levels high. L'peppermint essential oil it also has a very good effect on memory. Spread them in the study room environment and avoid them in the bedroom before sleeping.
7) How to use essential oils to perfume home
For this purpose, you will need to use an essential oil diffuser. We remind you that essential oils are perfect for scenting the home in a natural way but should not be burned directly (so be careful! If you buy burners, it is better to use ad hoc blends) nor mixed with water without an adequate dispersing agent. All information for the use ofessential oilsdiffusers (electric or do-it-yourself) are contained in the article dedicated to essential oil diffusers.
8) How to use essential oils for relaxing massages that remove stress and nervous tension
For an anti-stress massage, you can prepare an ointment by combining 6 drops of the precious essential oil of Nardo in a spoonful of sweet almond oil to perform a light massage inside the arms to go up to the chest. The massage should be done twice a day, in the morning and in the evening. If the essential oil of nard is too expensive for your tastes, you can replace it with essential oil of lemon balm.
9) How to use essential oils for toning massages
A toning massage ointment is prepared with Pino Silvestre essential oil. This essential oil has strong toning properties, for a strong anti-cellulite effect, it can be diluted at 2% in avocado oil.
10) How to use essential oils for anti-cellulite massages
Carrot essential oil has strong characteristics propertydraining enough to be recommended in the preparation of anti-cellulite massage ointments: it helps the lymphatic system to drain away toxins and, at the same time, stimulates circulation. To prepare an anti-cellulite ointment, just add 5 drops of this essential oil to a tablespoon of wheat germ oil, another excellent carrier oil for those looking for natural remedies against cellulite.
11) How to use essential oils for hair care
The best essential oil fromusefor natural hair care is cedar essential oil. Recommended for strengthening hair, stimulating growth, fighting dandruff ... very useful for both oily and dry hair. It manages to hydrate the scalp and works best when combined with carrier oil: jojoba oil for hair.
Contraindications in the use of essential oils
Each essential oil has specific contraindications. Generally, the contraindications are mainly for internal use. The only contraindication for external use lies in dilutions.
Essential oils should never be used pure on the skin because they can give rise to even serious irritation. The essential oil must be diluted in carrier oil at concentrations that reach a maximum of 3%. For strong essential oils such as thyme, clove or cinnamon, the concentration even drops between 0.5 and 1%. Essential oils considered "strong" are rich in phenols or dermocaustic aldehydes, ie active ingredients that can cause severe skin irritation.