Saturday, July 19, 2014

Aromatherapy Bathing at Home

Dilute no more than the recommended number of drops of essential oil, up to a maximum of 10 drops in total if you are blending different oils, in a tablespoon of carrier oil or bath foam and pour it under warm running water. Close the door to keep the fragrant steam in the room, and swirl the water to distribute the oils thoroughly before you step in. Lie back, close your eyes and soak for about 20 minutes, breathing deeply to inhale the vapours and help the oils to travel; to the mood center of the brain.

As long as you don’t have very sensitive skin, you can use essential oils in the shower by diluting 4 drops in a tablespoon of carrier oil and pouring it onto a flannel. Rub the sides of the flannel together to distribute the mixture evenly, and then sweep it vigorously over your skin while standing under the jet of water.

You can use the oils singly or in blends, but never exceed the stated number of drops, the blends given here are suitable for adults only. Several essential oils should be avoided during pregnancy, if you have high blood pressure or epilepsy, or if you suffer from a skin condition such as eczema or psoriasis.