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Essential Oil Basics

Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils for their therapeutic effects be it for physical or mental wellbeing. this method of treatment has been used for thousands of years. Essential Oils, or EOs, are the condensed form of a plant's natural oils and essences. A thorough knowledge of each oil and it's effects on the body is strongly recommended as many can have adverse reactions according to various body conditions (ie: Rosemary raises blood pressure, Clary Sage can induce labor in pregnant women)

Many find the use of essential oils to be expensive. Many oils can be found by reputable dealers for very reasonable prices. Lavender, eucalyptus, lemon and tea tree can all be found for under $5 for 1/2 to 1 oz. Remember that it may seem rather pricy but when using these one only uses a few drops at a time, these small bottles can last for well over a year if stored properly. (Cool dark places are ideal)

A few common EOs and their uses:

Lavender: antiseptic,antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, insect repellant, calming, clears negative energy, insomnia, eases worry, headaches and stress.
Eucalyptus: purifies, antiseptic, antiviral, antibiotic, excellent for respiratory infections, eases congestion.
Tea Tree: antiviral, antiseptic, antifungal, antibacterial, stimulates immune system, clears acne, blisters, eczema, insect bites and other skin ailments.
Lemon: uplifting, antiseptic, boosts immune system,clears skin ailments
Ylang Ylang: Relaxing and calming, aphrodisiac, eases PMS symptoms, skin ailments.

1) A dish of warm water or a simmering pot on the stove (not boiling water).
2) Diffusers (pots warmed by tea candles or nebulizers fueled by electricity).
3) Spritzers (oils mixed with water, sprayed into the air).
4) Potpourri

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Practical Uses for EOs

Use six to ten drops of essential oil for two tablespoons of water. All essential oils should be diluted before using on the skin. More personal ways to experience essential oil scents include 6 to 10 drops in:

1) the bath or on the tiles as you shower (test on a shower tile first - some oils are corrosive).
2) 1 ounce (one tablespoon) unscented lotion or oil for skin care.
3) 1 ounce jojoba oil for use in a massage.
4) on a sachet to carry or keep near your pillow.

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