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     The question I am most often asked is, “How do I use essential oils?” There are many ways to use essential oils. The most common way we know is aromatherapy massage.

     The most important factor in using essential oils is to know the supplier. Many essential oils on the market today are adulterated, which means the essential oils have been altered in some way. Labelling in aromatherapy is inadequate. Common methods of adulteration are adding alcohol, synthetic products, or cheaper oils which are similar. These can be toxic to the body and may not have the desired therapeutic effects. One can be assured that EOBBD Quality Assurance essential oils are unadulterated and therapeutic.

     Essential oils are sensitive to heat and light and should be stored in a cool, dry place. Essential oils come in amber bottles with dropper stoppers. It is important to keep them capped as they are extremely volatile and will oxidize quickly. It is not necessary to refrigerate them.

     Essential oils are synergistic, which means they work better when blended together than when used individually. Many wonderful blends are available for the beginners who aren’t comfortable creating their own blends. When making an essential oil blend, using three to five essential oils will result in a synergistic blend.

     When creating massage blends, one needs a cold pressed massage base of vegetable oils to which the synergistic blend of essential oils can be added. The general rule of thumb for adults is half as many drops essential oils as the amount of massage oil; for example, 15 drops essential oils to 30 ml massage oil. Fewer drops of essential oils are used for the children and the elderly.

     It is a natural instinct for us to massage any areas of the body that experience discomfort. Aromatherapy massage contributes to one’s good health and well-being. Massage is used in aromatherapy to assist the passage of essential oils into the body. Massage can relax the muscles and soothe the mind. When these benefits are combined along with the benefits of the essential oils, the results can be outstanding. An aromatherapy massage can increase energy levels, reduce stress, relieve pain, and improve the condition of the skin. It can alleviate mental stress and fatigue, and restore balance to the mind, by assisting with the release of negative emotions. When no one is available to give you a massage, you can use basic massage strokes on yourself to encourage relaxation.

     A foot or hand massage will work wonders to relieve stress and induce relaxation. A foot massage is easy to give yourself. The elderly particularly love a hand or foot massage with essential oils. Hospital patients also appreciate a hand or foot massage.

     Calming and relaxing essential oils include lavandin, cypress, mandarin, bergamot, ylang ylang, clary sage, sandalwood, frankincense, cajeput, cedarwood, lavender officinalis, orange, geranium, myrtle, lemongrass, lemon, rose, elemi, orange, marjoram, and vetiver.


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