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How can I use essential oils in massage?

As pure essential oils should not be applied directly to the skin, they need to be diluted first. To do this, blend up to 5 drops of essential oil (or blend of oils) with 10mls (two teaspoons) of vegetable oil.

How can I use essential oils in the bath?

Just before getting into a full bath, add 3-5 drops of essential oil (or blend of oils) then agitate the water to disperse. For a luxury version, thoroughly mix the essential oil (or blend) with a cup of full fat milk and/or vegetable oil before adding it to the bath water; in this instance you can use up to 10 drops of essential oil.

How can I use essential oils via inhalation?

Add 3-5 drops of pure essential oil to a bowl of very hot water (not boiling) and inhale the vapour for 5-10 minutes; the effect will be maximised by placing a towel over the head. If you are out and about, simply add 1-2 drops of essential oil to a tissue and inhale.

How can I use essential oils to fragrance a room?

To create the ambience of your choice, simply add 6-12 drops of essential oil to your favourite vaporiser – perfect for the home or workplace.

Can I use essential oils on young children?

For children under 6 years old, no more than 2 drops of essential oil per 10mls (two teaspoons) of vegetable oil should be used, and no more than 2 drops of essential oil should be added to their bath or vaporiser. However, if your child is under 2 years old, essential oils should be used with caution; we would advise that you seek the advice of a doctor or suitable practitioner.

Can I use essential oils as an insect repellent?

Some essential oils make a very good alternative to traditional chemical insect repellents. Some of the most effective oils are citronella, lemongrass, geranium, eucalyptus, tea tree and lemon tea-tree. Mix 25 drops of essential oil (or a combination of any of these) with 30mls (6 teaspoons) jojoba oil. Apply to exposed skin areas, ensuring that you reapply frequently.

What is the shelf life of essential oils?

Essential oils should ideally be used within one year of opening. The best single way to maximise the life of your oils is to keep them in a cool dark place. If the oil is exposed to heat, air or light, the shelf life will greatly diminish.

When shouldn’t essential oils be used?

If you have a skin condition, are pregnant, have epilepsy or asthma, are on a course of treatment with prescribed medication, or are in doubt about any condition you may have, it is important that you seek the advice of a doctor or suitable practitioner before using essential oils.


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