Essential oils work in two ways:
This the fastest and most effective way for the essential oil molecules to enter the body. When we inhale, the tiny molecules travel up the nose, simultaneously sending the brain a message whilst passing the essential oil molecules down to the lungs and into the bloodstream.
Steam inhalations – Add up to three drops of essential oil to a bowl of warm water, carefully inhale the steam of the water ensuring the steam is not so hot that it is uncomfortable on the skin. For deeper inhalations, cover the head with a towel and lean over the bowl.
Vaporisers – Add essential oil to your vaporiser. Start by adding just three drops to your vaporiser and then add more as needed. An overpowering diffusion may have an adverse effect.
Direct inhalations – For a quick effect, you may smell the essential oil directly from the bottle, but please ensure there is no skin contact as the oil may cause a skin irritation. Simply open the bottle, place it under the nose and take three deep breaths.
THROUGH THE SKIN
Essential oils dilute into vegetable oils that are then massaged into the skin. With the use of friction, the essential oil separates from the vegetable oil into the skin’s pores and travels down into the bloodstream, which is then circulated through the body.
Safety and Blending Guidelines
With the exception of Tea Tree and Lavender, essential oils must NEVER be used neatly on the skin. For those with sensitive skin should also do a patch test first with tea tree and lavender too.
Essential oils are not water soluble, they only dilute in fats and alcohol. Good bases are vegetable oils, full fat milk or cream, shea butter and high proof alcohol.
Essential oils can be added to unscented products such as body wash, hair conditioners, shampoos, face and body creams and to fats to be diluted in the bath water.
We have a small selection of the most nourishing organic vegetable oils that are perfect to blend with your essential oils.
Face: 1 drop of essential oil per 5ml (a tablespoon) of base fat.
Body: 1 to 2 drops of essential oil per 5ml (a tablespoon) of base fat or alcohol.
Hair & Feet: 1 to 3 drops of essential oil per 5ml (a tablespoon) of base fat or alcohol.
Aromatic bath: A maximum of 8 drops per bath diluted in unscented soap or fat.
Under 12 yrs: 1 drop of essential oil per 5ml (a tablespoon) of base fat.
Under 6 yrs: 1 drop of essential oil per 10ml (two tablespoons) of base fat. Use only mild essential oils such as mandarin, lavender and chamomile.
Under 12 months: No essential oils are recommended.
Pregnancy and other contraindications
Strong dilutions of essential oils should be avoided throughout pregnancy and some of them avoided all together. Refer to each individual oil to find its own contraindications.