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How to Use Essential Oils

Here are some suggestions on home use of essential oils:

Turn on the shower and sprinkle the shower floor with several drops of essential oil(s). Run warm water for 15 to 20 seconds before entering the shower. Try mixing any three of the following oils: peppermint, black pepper, eucalyptus, lemon and cedarwood. To relax, try a mix of lavender, rosewood, palmarosa and orange.

Compresses can be made by soaking a piece of cloth in a bowl of water (cold or warm) with essential oils mixed in. Use a handkerchief, washcloth or hand towel, depending on the size of the area being treated.

For children and elderly people, try a hydrosol, as that will be more gentle than pure oil. Try lavender, chamomile, rose. Hydrosols are great to use as a facial toner or perfume, to mist your sheets or lingerie, as a room freshener or to mist your hair. My favorites are rose and neroli. 

Add oils to an ultrasonic diffuser. To clean the air, use lemon, tea tree, ravensara or peppermint.

For meditation, try cedarwood, frankincense, myrrh or patchouli. Lavender, chamomile, neroli, bergamot, geranium and mandarin are great for relaxing. Create your own blends by mixing two or three oils.

Add a few drops of essential oils to your fragrance free shampoo and conditioner. Try tea tree, lemon and geranium for oily hair. A blend of ylang ylang, sweet orange and sandalwood leaves hair delightfully fragrant. 

Always exercise caution when using essential oils, DO NOT use internally and consult a qualified, trained aromatherapist for the safest, most effective use.

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