Inhaling Essential Oils

Inhaling fragrant essential oils through your nose and into the respiratory tract and allowing the essence to enter the blood stream activates centres in the brain affecting mood, emotions and immune functions. Here are simple and effective ways to gain the benefits of essential oils.

The easiest and most direct way to use essential oils anytime, anyplace is to take the cap off the bottle of your favourite fragrance and inhale.

When you feel stressed place 3-4 drops of lavender or chamomile oil to a handkerchief - then place the handkerchief under your nose and breath deeply - a favourite last century.

Commercial aromatherapy inhalers are available. Carry these in your pocket and inhale when needed.

Another method of inhaling essential oils is to add 5-6 drops of the oil to a steaming bowl of water, cover your head with a towel and inhale the steam.

You need to be mindful of the safety associated with the steaming water and take care not the burn yourself. Also do not use this method with the confused or young children.

Use this method:

  • when you have a head cold or hay fever - eucalyptus and or peppermint oil.
  • to perk you up at the end of a long work day chose among - sage, lemon, grapefruit and peppermint or make your own blend.
  • to enhance your sauna experience by mixing about 10 drops of eucalyptus, pine or juniper oil in 1 pint of water. Put the mixture onto the heat source of your sauna to get the optimum cleansing and detoxifying for your body.

Oil diffusers provide a safe and effective way to dispense oils for environmental ambience. Add about 1/4 teaspoon of oil diluted with water into the dispenser. You will inhale tiny oil molecules as they are floating in the air.

Incense is a gummy plant resin that contains volatile oils and is burned to make an aromatic smoke.

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References

Hobbs, C. 1998, Herbal Remedies for Dummies. IDG.

Hoffmann, D. 2000, The New Holistic Herbal. Element Pub.

Hoffmann, F. and Manning M. 2002, Herbal Medicine and Botanical Medical Fads. The Haworth Press.

McIntyre, A. 1995, The Complete Women's Herbal. Henry Holt Reference Books.

Woodward, P. 2003, Grow Your Own Herbal Remedies. Hyland House.

Marcin, M. M. 1990, Herbal Teas: Growing Harvesting and Brewing. Collins.

Shaw, N. 2002, Herbalism. Element.

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