using essential oils, DO:
information on the oil(s) prior to use
an essential oil with a "carrier" oil prior to use in massage.
Essential oils are highly concentrated, and can cause skin irritation
if they are not mixed with a carrier oil such as almond, olive, or
small amounts. In massage, 1 fluid ounce of carrier oil should have
12 to 15 drops of essential oil added.
sensitive skin, or children under 12 use approximately 2 fluid ounces
of carrier oil, and 12 drops of essential oil. On children, or sensitive
skin types, it is best to try a skin patch test before use.
combining with carrier oils, mix only the amount that can be used
in a relatively short period of time. When properly stored in a cool,
dark place, essential oils on their own can last for years. However,
when combined with a carrier, oils will turn rancid within three months.
using in the bath, 10 to 12 drops of essential oil should be used.
The water temperature should be sufficiently hot to ensure the oil
mixes fully with the water, thus producing effects through both direct
skin contact, and the breathing of oil enhanced steam.
only high quality oils. Synthetic oils do not have the healing power
of the natural products.
an aromatherapist if you are pregnant, nursing, or have a medical
using essential oils, DO NOT:
any oils internally unless advised by a professional aromatherapist.
oils in plastic containers.
citrus based oils prior to sunbathing or using a tanning bed, as they
a steam inhalation method if you are asthmatic.
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