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Can aromatherapy help my headaches?

Headaches - try a lavender massage

Lavender´s sedative properties may help relieve headaches. Mix 1 drop of Lavender essential oil in 1 teaspoon of olive, soy, or sesame oil. Massage into the area around your temples, the base of your skull, and your hairline with your fingertips. You can even try adding a few drops of lavender oil into a nice warm bath.

Should I put oils directly in the tub with me?

Oils in bath water

Do not add undiluted essential oils to bath water. Using a bath gel base for all oils applied to your bath is an excellent way to disperse the oils into the bath Water. When undiluted oils are put directly into bath water without a dispersing agent, they can cause serious discomfort, as in a burning sensation, on sensitive skin because the essential oils float, undiluted, on the top of water.

What oils can I use on my acne?

Acne - Cajeput, Lavender, and Tea Tree Oil

Acne is an inflammatory skin disorder caused by an over-production of sebum. The exact cause of acne is not known, but some factors include stress, diet, monthly menstrual cycles, and the use of cosmetics. Essential oils used for Treatment: Cajeput, Lavender, and Tea Tree Oil. Combine essential oil with a carrier oil such as grapeseed and apply to skin. Add a few drops of essential oil to a fragrance free and lanolin free cream or lotion and massage into skin. Add a few drops to rose flower water, for use as a toner Cautions: If your skin is sensitive, use the essential oils well diluted in the carrier oil, cream or lotion. If the skin is inflamed, do not massage.

What can aromatherapy help?

Sciatic Nerve relief

The sciatic nerve which runs from lower back to the foot responds to pressure with intense pain in the lower back, sometimes with pain in the buttocks and on the outside of the leg. Treatments include bed rest, heat and massage. Mix TWO drops of juniper, mustard, or pepper essential oils with ONE tablespoon of soy or grapeseed oil. Rub gently on the affected area. Wrap up warmly after, dressing warm and keeping the sciatic nerve warm as well.

Where should I store my oils?

Storing Oils

Keep bottles of essential oils tightly closed and store them in a cool location away from light. If stored properly, essential oils will maintain their potency for many years.

How do scents affect our feelings and health?

Mind, Body, Smell Connection

Science is beginning to provide us with answers about the mind-body-smell connection. Here is a summary of what the research shows to date. Please remember that using essential oils requires CAUTION--some can irritate or do harm, especially if you are sensitive or allergic to constituents within those oils. STIMULATING: Jasmine, rosemary, dwarf pine CALMING: Lavender, East Indian Sandalwood, Chamomile, Lemon balm, Valerian, Neroli SLEEP AIDS: Lavender, Bitter Orange, Hops

What essential oils will help my oily skin?

Oily Skin - Cedarwood , Lemon , and Rosemary

Oily skin is the result of an overproduction of oil by the sebacous glands in the skin causing a shiny, greasy feeling on the skin surface. Oily skin can be caused by a variety of factors including diet. Essential oils suggested for treatment: Cedarwood, Lemon, and Rosemary Uses: Combine a few drops of essential oil with a lanolin and fragrance free cream or lotion and massage into the face/skin. Add a few drops of essential oil to rosewater for use as a toner

What oils will help my Varicose Veins

Varicose Veins - Cypress and Myrrh

Varicose Veins are abnormally large, lumpy and bluish in appearance and are caused by impaired circulation which results in blood to accumulate in the veins and stretching of the walls of the veins. Essential oils suggested for treatment: Cypress and Myrrh Add a 10 drops of essential oil to the bath and soak for fifteen minutes. Add a few drops of essential oil to a carrier oil and massage the areas (if the veins are inflammed or bulging do not massage - use this method for spider type veins under the skin surface).

What can I use if an essential oil is too strong?

Oil and Water

Always keep a bottle of pure vegetable oil around when working with essential oils. Vegetable Oils dilute essential oils if they cause discomfort or skin irritation. Remember, oil and water do not mix. Use a pure oil base instead to dilute oils.

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