The Use of Aromatherapy in the home
Oil in Carrier Oil, Powder, Oats
Hot and cold compresses
8-10 drops of oil in water
8-10 drops oil in 30ml cream, full fat milk or carrier oil
Vaporisers & humidifiers
Couple of drops in water
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
25-30 drops essential oil to 300ml Spring water for eau de toilette
25-30 drops essential oil to 100ml alcohol for stronger perfume
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
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
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. 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. 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. 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.