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Aromatherapy Home Use

The Use of Aromatherapy in the home

Massage

Oil in Carrier Oil, Powder, Oats

Hot and cold compresses

8-10 drops of oil in water

Bathing

8-10 drops oil in 30ml cream, full fat milk or carrier oil

Vaporisers & humidifiers

Couple of drops in water

Inhalation

Tissue: 1-2 drops of oil neat

Steam: 4-6 drop oil in water

Room fresheners and fragrancers

15-20 drops oil in 200ml spring water

1-2 drops of oil on cold light bulb

Perfumes

Blend

25-30 drops essential oil to 300ml Spring water for eau de toilette

25-30 drops essential oil to 100ml alcohol for stronger perfume

Candles

Light a basic tea light and leave it to burn until there is a small pool of melted wax around the neck

Blow out the candle before you add the oil. Oils are volatile so never add them to a candle while it is lit.

Add a few drops of the essential oil or oils of your choice to the collected pool of melted wax, then leave to harden.

When the wax has cooled and completely hardened, you can light the candle again.

The aroma you have added will slowly be released as the candle burns

Moisturisers, Ointments, rubs and balms

Beeswax, cocoa butter, shea butter and petroleum jelly are excellent neutral carriers

Calamine lotion for blisters 4-5 drops oil to 10ml lotion

Body

Melt 15g of beeswax in 120ml of carrier oil using a small bowl over simmering water

In another pan heat 50ml of spring water

Begin to add the water when the beeswax has melted

When you have added 10ml of the water, remove the beeswax and oil from the heat. Continue adding until all the water is mixed

Add 6 drops of blended essential oils as soon as the mixture starts to set

Transfer the lotion into glass pots, label and store in cool conditions

Face

Heat 50ml of carrier oil with 15g of beeswax in a bowl over simmering water until beeswax has melted

Remove from the heat and allow to cool down for several minutes. Wait until it starts to set.

Add up to 10 drops of essential oils as the mixture starts cooling

Pour into a clean glass jar and seal.

Allow the product to set fully before using

Soap and shower gel

Melt 250g pure glycerine soap in a non stick pot over a very low heat until totally liquefied

Add in 30-40 drops of your chosen essential oil and pour into a container to set

After an hour, the soap should have set and is ready to use.

Aromatherapy soaps often don’t produce as much of a lather as shop-bought ones. But by producing your own soaps you know exactly what ingredients you are using on your skin

You can also apply essential oils to any of your shop-bought shower gels

Lavender bath bomb

5-6 fresh lavender sprigs
1 tbsp citric acid powder
3 tbsp bicarbonate of soda
10 drops lavender essential oil
1 tsp plant-based oil (vegetable or almond oil)

  1. 1. Heat the oven to 180C. Once it has reached that temperature, turn it off and place the lavender, hanging upside down, in the oven to dry for about 2 hours. When dry, remove the flowers from the stalks and set aside.
  2. 2. For the next stage you need to make sure that the bowl you are using, and your hands, are completely dry – otherwise the bomb will start fizzing. In a glass bowl, mix the citric acid and bicarbonate of soda together. Add a few drops of lavender oil and 1 tsp dried lavender flowers, along with the vegetable or almond oil. Mix everything together with a metal spoon.
  3. 3. Place the biscuit cutter on top of a sheet of baking paper. Put the mixture into the biscuit cutter and press down with the back of the spoon. The oil now needs to evaporate so the bomb can set as a dry, hard block – leave for a minimum of 30 minutes and preferably overnight.

 

STORAGE: Store in tin foil to keep out moisture.

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