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The Art of Aromatherapy Part 3: Essential Oil Uses

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Used across the globe for centuries, plant essences played a substantial role in medicinal preparations and religious ceremonies. These essences evolved to what we now know as essential oils. While still used for medical and religious purposes, essential oils developed a contemporary following for skincare and household applications. Here are some tips and recipes for practicing with essential oils. Let me know in the comments how you use your favorite essential oils.

Diffusing

Create a romantic, uplifting, relaxing or other desirable ambiance by diffusing essential oils in your home. People diffuse oils purely for the love of a scent, aromatherapy benefits or both. Whatever your reason, it is recommended you use an electric nebulizer or diffuser (steam or fan) to maintain the molecular integrity of the compound because essential oils can breakdown if exposed to heat. Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to the diffuser, per the unit’s instruction, to enjoy the aroma throughout your house. As an added bonus, a study published in the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy suggests diffusing essential oils could be effective in fighting certain air born bacteria.

Skin Care

Customize your Lemongrass Spa products with your special essential oil blend by adding essential oils to an unscented product. Here’s a guideline to help you make your own essential oil creation.

  • Unscented Prebiotic Foaming Liquid Soap:
    • Add 5 – 6 drops of your favorite essential oil to an 8 oz. bottle of foaming soap for a mellow, lightly scented soap. TIP: Use caution when adding oils; if you add too much essential oil, it can discolor soap and cause it to become thin and separate. Adding Lemon Essential Oil will cause a substantial reduction in foaming consistency; citrus oils naturally reduce foam in soap.
  • Unscented Body Crème, Body Icing, Lotion or Body Polish:
    • Add about 5 drops of your favorite essential oil to a 6 oz. jar of Unscented Body Crème or Body Icing. Blend well with spoon and apply to skin.
    • Add about 6 drops of your favorite essential oil to an 8 oz. bottle of Unscented Hand & Body Lotion. Shake well and apply to skin. TIP: Works well if the bottle of lotion (closed lid) is warmed up in a hot water bath before blending. We don’t recommend microwaving our products.
    • Add about 6 drops of your favorite essential oil to an 8 oz. jar of Unscented Body Polish; blend well with a spoon. You may want to put all the polish into a bowl, mix well and then transfer the polish back into the jar with a spoon.

Please note, we do not recommend applying Immune Boost Blend onto skin unless diluted substantially because of the Cinnamon and Clove contained in it.

Household

One way to limit or eliminate potentially hazardous chemicals from your home is by making your own cleaning solutions with essential oils. While there are decades and sometimes centuries of antidotal evidence that essential oils posses antimicrobial properties, the scientific community has only just begun studying the constitutes and benefits of these compounds, and they’re finding that essential oils are living up to their praises. Lemon essential oil, for example, is one of several essential oils shown to be effective against hospital infections such as MRSA. There is evidence lavender essential oil posses antibacterial and antifungal propertiesThere is evidence lavender essential oil posses antibacterial and antifungal properties, and tea tree essential oil, which has gained popularity over the years for it’s microbial properties, isn’t just an old wives tale.

Don’t worry; these homemade cleaning agents are easy to prepare, and vinegar, baking soda and hydrogen peroxide can be found in most households.

*Recipes provided by Lea Harris, Certified Clinical Aromatherapist.

Killer Cleaning Paste

Add to a ½ pint mason jar (or un-cycled peanut butter jar):

    • 1 cup baking soda
    • 4 TBSP hydrogen peroxide (double this amount for a soft scrub
    • 20 drops Lemon

“I have used this with success to clean everything from bathtubs to ovens. This is such a popular recipe, and everyone who tries it is amazed! “ Lea Harris

Mold Issues

Add 10 drops tea tree per ounce of vinegar in a spray bottle

Spritz on areas of mold or mildew. Wipe off well. This is great for using on outdoor furniture, too. Tea tree can be used in high-pressure washers to rinse driveways and sidewalks to prevent mold accumulation; add a teaspoon to a gallon of water in the holding tank.

Cleaning Spray

Add to an 8 ounce spray bottle:

    • 30 drops Peppermint
    • 40 drops Lemon
    • 28 drops Tea Tree

Fill up the rest of the way with water. Shake well before using as a cleaning spray to be sure the oils are dispersed in the water. NOTE: It is safe to use this cleaning spray if you have children under 6 in your home, as long as they are not with you when you are using it.

Precautions

  • Always dilute pure essential oils prior to application therapy to avoid skin irritation and always avoid eye area.
    • Children under 2 years of age: application therapy not recommended due to their delicate skin.
    • Children 2 to 6 years of age: dilution rate of 0.5%, 2-3 drops of essential oil per 1 ounce of carrier oil.
    • Children 6 – 12 years of age: dilution rate of 1%, 5 drops of essential oil per 1 ounce of carrier oil.
    • Children over 12 years of age and adults: 2-3% dilution rate, 10-15 drops essential oil per ounce of carrier oil.
  • Not for internal use. 100% pure therapeutic grade essential oils are 70-100% more potent than the herb itself and improperly ingesting them can burn the esophagus, stomach and intestinal lining. Essential oils also break down during the digestion process, making them less effective as application or inhalation therapy.
  • Keep out of reach of children and pets.
  • Use precaution when using in the presence of infants.
  • These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.

If you would like more information about Lemongrass Spa’s certified organic essential oil collection, please visit these articles.

The Art of Aromatherapy Part 1: Launch of the Essential Oil Collection

The Art of Aromatherapy Part 2: Benefits of Essential Oils

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