IN THE BATH - You can use up to a maximum of 8 drops of essential oil into your bath. However no more than one to two drops should be used of Aniseed, Benzoin, Clove, Eucalyptus, Ravensara, Ginger, Juniper, Black Pepper, Pimento, Peppermint, Sage, Savory, Spearmint & Thyme. To avoid a high concentration of oil in one area ensure that you swish the water briskly to disperse the oil before you get in. Warning: if you exceed this dose you could burn the skin. Relax in your bath for at least ten minutes. Use only 2 to 3 drops for a child under 12 years of age. If the essential oils are already diluted at 5% in a carrier oil add two teaspoonfuls of the blend to the bath.

IN A ROOM FRAGRANCER - Essential oils can be used to fragrance a room, to act as an airborne antiseptic, or to relax at bedtime. Fill the bowl in the top of a night light room fragrancer with water and add 6 to 10 drops of your chosen essential oil. Take care, essential oils are flammable. An electric vaporizer is safer to use with children and the elderly.

GARGLE - Use 1 or 2 drops of Tea Tree in a cup of water. When gargling, make sure that you stir well before each mouthful. Do not swallow the mixture. Repeat up to 3 times daily.  Do not use any other oils when gargling.

INHALATION - Inhale the neat essential oil by putting about 6 drops onto a tissue, take deep breaths. It is best not to inhale directly from the bottle. For a cold, it is best to put 2 or 3 drops in a bowl of hot water and inhale over that unless you are asthmatic.

CAN I USE ESSENTIAL OILS WITHOUT DILUTION ON THE SKIN? - Generally no. However, Lavender can be dabbed directly on the skin for burns, cuts, insect bites, stings & Tea tree is safe to dab on the skin without dilution in order to treat spots.

Using Essential Oils

BACK PAIN, SPORTS INJURIES OR MUSCLE STRAIN. - Use these three oils Rosemary (5 drops), Marjoram (5 drops) & Lavender (5 drops), blended into a massage oil (50ml bottle) such as Almond. Massage is the best treatment.

COUGHS - Ravansara, Tea-Tree, Lavender (very good) or Eucalyptus. Use with steam inhalation - Dish of boiling water - add a few drops of each oil into the hot water and inhale.

DEPRESSION - Have a regular massage! However try Neroli, Sandalwood, Rose, Ylang Ylang for lifting the spirits. Massage is best option but alternatively you can also put up to 8 drops in your bath.

DETOX - Have a regular lymph drainage massage.

FLU - Tea Tree (very good), Ravensara or Lavender. In bath or I have found massaging the upper body with these oils diluted in Almond (15 drops total of each oil diluted in 50ml of Almond oil) to be one of the best treatments for flu.

HAIR PROBLEMS - DANDRUFF - Most dandruff is caused by over growth of yeast therefore anti fungal oils should be selected, Eucalyptus Citriodora, Rosemary or Teatree. Add 5 drops of oil to 10mls of shampoo (avoid getting the oil in your eyes--3 drops for children under 12).

PSORIASIS - Should really be looked at by a practitioner but consider a massage oil containing an anti inflammatory oil, such as Chamomile Roman, Chamomile German or Lavender. Also consider diluting the oils in a vegan base cream (available from Essentially Oils Limited). Skin problems are difficult, for best results we need to look at the person holistically, i.e. lifestyle, stress or repressed feelings.

THRUSH & ATHELETE'S FOOT - Anti-fungal oils again - Tea Tree, Rosemary, Eucalyptus Citrodora or Lavender. Up to 8 drops in the bath or dab Tea Tree undiluted around infected areas.

WARTS - Tea Tree,or  Lemon, Eucalyptus. One drop only of either of these neat

directly on the wart. Please note warts can be difficult to treat!

This information needs to be read in conjunction with my Safety Guide and the information on how to use your undiluted essential oils. If you are new to this, it is best to stick to blending one or two oils from the list until you learn which oils blend well together. Otherwise you risk making an unpleasant aroma. It is not recommended that you choose more than three oils from the lists in any one blend.

SOME AROMATHERAPY HOME REMEDIES

The masseur can be a qualified Aromatherapist, a friend or partner or even yourself, if massaging a knee for example. Almond oil is the most common carrier oil to use. Do not use baby oil as a carrier as it is a mineral oil which makes it unsuitable for Aromatherapy work.

THE BASICS

MASSAGE - This is the best way to use essential oils because you combine the beneficial effects of massage with the therapeutic effects of the oils. Generally oils cannot be applied directly to the skin, therefore, before use in massage the oils need to be diluted with a carrier oil such as Almond oil. 15 drops of essential oil to 50ml of carrier oil is a good dilution for a therapeutic treatment. It is good to add 3 different oils to the blend i.e. 5 drops of each.