Uses For Essential Oils
There are many wonderful uses for essential oils used for aromatherapy
oils are extractions of
blossoms, fruit, leaf, steam, bark, wood, flowers, and resins. The oil is very
concentrated; therefore, only drops are used in a diffuser for Aromatherapy or in carrier oils for therapeutic uses.
oils are mainly used
externally because of their concentration; in a diffuser, perfumes, hair
care, body care products, therapeutic oils and cleaning products.
are 75-100 times more
concentrated than dried herbs and flowers. They contain many of the same
properties as dried herbs, such as anti-viral, anti-septic properties.
Scents have an influence on the endocrine
system (hormonal system), metabolism, insulin production, stress levels, sex
drive, body temperature and appetite. Out of our senses, smell is directly transmitted
to the hypothalamus which affects our mood, motivation and creativity. Smell also affects our emotions, feeling and memories.
Essential oils have volatile molecules which work through hormone-like chemicals to produce their sensations - uses for essential oils
Essential oils need to be extracted and the methods
of extraction are:
- Steam distillation is the most common method.
The plants are placed in a vat and water beneath it is heated; the water
and essence goes through a condenser where they cool and separate. The oil
is collected and the water is used as hydrosol. The most common hydrosols
or floral water on the market are lavender, rose and orange blossom.
- Expression or cold press is used to extract fruit
oils. The peel of the fruit is pressed between two pieces of wood, one
which has a sponge. The sponge is then wrung to collect the oil.
- Solvent extraction is done by using a chemical
solvent such as hexane or ether, immersing the plant into this solvent and
heating it at a low temperature until the solvent evaporates, leaving the
Essential oils are not oils, but distilled condensations, formed by rushing steam through plants. The fluids are volatile, non-oily essences with molecules so small they can penetrate the skin.
uses for essential oils
When purchasing pure essential oils, note that price will vary depending on the plant.
such as Jasmine, Rose, German Chamomile, Roman Chamomile,True Melissa, Neroli
and Sandalwood are
considered precious oils and can cost anywhere from $20.00 - $70.00 for
2ml of essential oil.
- Pure Jasmine flower oil is the most expensive
essential oil you can buy. It takes 8 million flowers hand-picked before the sun becomes hot on the very first day they open, to make 1 kilo
- Pure Rose oil is also very expensive. It
takes 60,000 rose blossoms to produce one ounce of Rose oil.
- Sandalwood oil should be used sparingly
because it takes a 30-year old 30-foot sandalwood tree to be cut down
for distillation of its oil.
oils such as Lavender flowers are abundant and can easily grow and be harvested to make the essential
oil. 100 kilograms of lavender flower makes 3 kilos of oil. A 15 ml bottle
of organic Lavender oil cost around $16.00
When choosing uses for essential oils to blend
choosing uses for essential oils to blend
- I research the oils indicated for my
needs; for example, a toner for my skin
- I then choose the smells I
am drawn to from that group of essential oils
- I add one smell at a time to
my first choice until I have a smell I like for my skin toner,
deodorant, body and hair oils, perfume and room freshener
In my calming spray I use a rose hydrosol
and add essential oils of sandalwood, clary sage and Roman chamomile
If I am
using oils for therapeutic purposes
I blend within those needs.
For stress I would blend calming (calmative) essential oils
which help me relax.
For pain I use oils which help with pain (anodynes), inflammation (anti-inflammatory) and tension (calmatives).
Uses for essential oils with carrier oils
oils also have medicinal properties
and they vary in thickness. Look into the oil which would best suit you for the many uses of essential oils.
- Aloe vera gel or juice (aloe
- Avocado oil (persea
- Borage oil (borago
- Castor oil (ricunus
- Coconut oil (cocos
- Evening Primrose oil (oenothera
- Grapeseed oil (vitis
- Jojoba oil (simmondsia
- Neem oil (Adirondack
- Rosehip oil (rosa
- Seabuckthorne oil (hippophae
- Shea butter (butyrospermum
- St. John's Wort (hypericum
- Sweet Almond oil (Prunus
- Vegetable glycerin
- Vitamin E Oil (tocopherol)
- Wheat germ oil (tritcum vulgare)
Blending essential oils is easy and fun!
Essential oils are very powerful because of the concentration; their
concentration; however, there are two oils that can be used directly on the skin (also called using the oil 'neat'), Lavender and Tea Tree oil.
*If you want to try other
essential oils neat, do a patch test. If you are extremely sensitive do a patch
test. Place a small amount
on the wrist and wait 24 hours to see if you have a reaction.
When making your own blends, ultimately it is up to you to choose the consistency and intensity of each blend. Here are guidelines.
There are many to choose from, as you can see from the list above. Here are the percentages of how some of these oils are used.
- 100% - Sweet
almond oils and Grape seed oil can be used
- 10% - Apricot
kernel oil, Borage oil, Castor oil and Wheat germ oil
- 3-5% - Vitamin E oil
and grapefruit seed extract
- 3-5% - depending on the intensity
- 1 tsp. = 5ml
- 1 dessert spoon = 10ml
- 1 TBSP = 15 ml
Essential Oil Measurements
- 20 drops = 1 ml
- 40 drops = 2 ml
- 60 drops =3ml
- and so on
General Guideline for Diluting Essential Oil in Carrier Oil
- 0-1 drop
- 2-5 drops
- 4-10 drops
- 6-15 drops
- 8-20 drops
- 10-25 drops
- 12-30 drops
- 1 ml of carrier oil
- 5 ml of carrier oil
- 10 ml of carrier oil
- 15 ml of carrier oil
- 20 ml of carrier oil
- 25 ml of carrier oil
- 30 ml of carrier oil
Uses for Essential Oils
Making your own Massage Oil
Massage Oils for Tight Muscles and Relaxation
- 100 ml glass amber or cobalt
- Measuring cup
- Wooden chopstick
- Carrier oil or oils
- 40 - 90 drops of essential
- Grapefruit seed extract and vitamin E oil act as a natural preservative
In a glass measuring cup add:
- *10 ml apricot
- 10 ml borage oil
- 10 ml castor oil
- 63 ml sweet almond oil
*10 ml = a dessert spoon size
- 6ml = 120 drops vitamin E oil
- 1 ml = 20 drops grapefruit seed extract
- Lavender 30 drops
- Roman Chamomile 20 drops
- Peppermint 15 drops
- Rosemary 15 drops
- Camphor 10 drops
90 drops = 4ml
Stir with a wooden chopstick and pour into a 100 ml bottle. Shake and smell - if strong
enough, apply some to your skin and see how it smells on you. If you are satisfied, you have just made your massage oil.
Uses for Essential Oils
Making Your Own Hair Oil
Hair oil can be as simple as adding a few drops of essential oil of rosemary, lavender, carrot, geranium or sandalwood to a small amount of shea butter or coconut oil.
To make an oil blend
In a 50 ml dropper bottle add
Carrier oils of
- 37ml almond or sweet almond oil
- 5ml jojoba oil
- 5ml olive oil
Essential oils of
- 15 drops of lavender
- 15 drops of rosemary
- 5 drops geranium
- 20 drops of carrot seed
Uses for Essential Oils
Making Your Own Deodorant
Antiperspirants stop us from sweating, which is
toxic because we need to sweat in order to cleanse toxins from our body. These kinds
of deodorants and antiperspirants are also full of harmful chemicals which may
Remember the skin is part of our detoxification
- Measuring cup
- 40 – 90 drops of essential
oil or oils of your choice (see below)
- Alcohol or polysorbate 20
- 100 ml glass bottle with
- In a Measuring Cup add
- 75 ml rose, lavender or neroli hydrosol
- Essential oil drops 36-90
drops 4 ml
- 21ml vodka
- Add blend to bottle
- Shake, smell, if satisfied
fill bottle with alcohol or hydrosol
oils to use
- cypress cupressus sempervirens , geranium pelargonium graveolens
clary sage salvia sclarea, eucalyptus eucalyptus globulus,
angustifolium, lemon citrus limonum, lemon grass cymbopogon
citratus, lime citrus aurantifolia, myrtle myrtus communis,
neroli citrus aurantium, palmarosa cymbopogen martinii, rose
absolute rosea centifolia, rose geranium pelargonium graveolens, sandalwood
santalum spicatum tea tree melaleuca alternifolia
Eliminates toxins - birch betula
lenta, carrot seed daucus carota
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