General Guidelines on How to Use Essential Oils
As outlined above, essential oils can be used in a variety of methods. Bear in mind that any application and use and their effectiveness is influenced by the individual’s sensitivity, the expected results and response time as well as the individual oils used.
It needs to re-emphasized that pure, therapeutic grade essential oils should not be applied directly to the skin but must be diluted with a carrier oil. There are several good carrier oils to choose from: almond, avocado, argan, coconut, grapeseed, jojoba.
The standard recommended dilution rate for many applications is 2-3%. It is always good to start off slow and see if your body develops an adverse reaction. For acute conditions, a dilution of 5-10% is acceptable but should not be used for more than 2 weeks. Children, the elderly and pregnant women should use half of all recommended dosages.
A widely accepted measurement conversion shows the following conversion from essential oil drops to common measurement utensils:
Face & Body Lotion:
For sensitive skin and your face be conservative and add only 1% of essential oil to your lotion or cream, e.g. 4-6 drops per 1 ounce. For normal skin, add up to 2.5% of essential oil to your lotion or cream, e.g. 12 – 15 drops per 1 ounce.
Face and Body Oil:
For a facial oil, dilute at a rate of 1%, i.e. 4-6 drops per ounce of carrier oil (such as mentioned above). For a body oil you may increase the strength to 12-15 drops per ounce of carrier oil.
Body Massage Oil:
Follow the standard recommendation of 2-3% dilution with either of above mentioned carrier oils.
Mix 4-10 drops of essential oil in 1 teaspoon of carrier oil or 1/2 cup of milk or milk powder. Add the oil on the faucet end and agitate the water to disperse the oil.
Alternatively, add 15-25 drops of essential oils in 3 cups of Epsom salt, Dead Sea salt, Himalayan salt and dissolve in the bath water. Take your bath for 10-15 minutes, adding hot water as necessary to maintain a comfortable temperature.
For a foot bath fill a bucket or tub with 2-3 gallons of water (so your feet are fully covered) and add 8-12 drops of essential oils. Swirl to disperse the oil. Epsom salts work wonders for feet, add a ½ cup either separately or mix it with the oil prior to adding it to the water.
Old injuries are best treated with hot compresses. Heat up 2 cups of water as hot as you can take it and add 4-8 drops of essential oil. Immerse a cloth or bandage into the water, wring it out and put it on the painful area. Replace with renewed warm compress as it cools off.
Fresh injuries and sprains respond best to cold compresses: mix 4-8 drops of essential oil with room temperature water and ensure it is mixed in well – oil and water don’t like each other. Once mixed, place the water in the refrigerator or add ice cubes to bring down the temperature. Place the cold compress as cold as you can take it on your injury and replace as it warms up.
Add 1-3 drops of essential oil to warm water and ensure it mixes well. Immerse a wash cloth and wring it out. Apply to your face and hold in place for 10 seconds. Repeat if desired.
Using tissue or cloth: Drip 1-3 drops of essential oil on a cloth or tissue and breathe in the scent. Repeat often. Avoid contact with eyes, nose, mouth, genital area.
Using an aromatherapy necklace: drip 1-3 drops into the necklace and wear around your neck. If the scent becomes too intense to be around for a full day, place the necklace in a zip-loc bag to preserve the scent for the next day.
Steam inhalation is very effective if you are congested, suffer from cough and headaches: Fill up a bowl with hot (not boiling) water and add 2-5 drops of essential oil. Lean your face with eyes closed over the bowl and inhale the steam by slowly breathing in and out. Do this steam bath for 5 minutes. You can also drape a towel over your head and the bowl with a towel to create an enclosed area that intensifies the steam with the natural oils.
Inhale chest & back rub: An excellent treatment for the common cold and flu systems such as coughs, congestions and headache: Mix 8-10 drops of essential oil in 1 tablespoon of carrier oil of your choice (see recommendations above). Rub into your chest and upper back.
Diffusers have different size tanks, which determine the amount of essential oils. Follow the product instructions.
Mist and Spritzers:
For a skin mist, mix 10-40 drops of essential oil in 4 ounces of distilled or filtered water in a spray bottle. For a room mist use 40-60 drops. Shake before each use and avoid contact with your eyes.
Application Methods of Kandala Essential Oil Blends
Refer to each of our Essential Oil Blend sections:
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