Essential Oils For Home And Health

Published on January 10, 2011 in Aromatherapy


There are many plant products used to extract essential oils. Leaves, stems, flowers, barks, and roots are used to distill the oils by water or steam. How essential oils are used everyday can be seen from the variety of ways they promote mental and physical health.

Easy inhalation allows the infusion to enter your lungs and then pass on to your bloodstream. This process is accomplished by putting two to three drops of the oil onto a tissue and then carefully breathing the vapor in through your nose.

If you need more power than the easy inhalation method, add three to seven drops to freshly boiled water and carefully breathe in. This will activate more chemicals and increase your absorption of them. The oils may also be used to cleanse a room inside your house. Boil some water and add no more than seven drops. As the water cools, the essence of the oils will vaporize and slowly permeate the room. This will slowly, and not too strongly, spread to the other rooms of your house.

It is possible to use them to cleanse your entire house. Achieve this by wetting a tissue with a few drops, balling it up, and leaving it in drawers and cabinets. Also, you can add drops to your trash can, vacuum cleaner, laundry basket, and drain.

They can also be used to prevent pests and bugs from entering your house. Apply some drops to balled up tissues and distribute them throughout your living space. Pay particular attention to spaces where these nuisances typically enter and travel, outside doors, corners, window sills, and along the walls in particular. If you see bugs anywhere, it is a safe bet to place tissues there.

Another key area for the use of these essences is in massages. Simply combine about 20 drops in 1 ounce of a carrier, combine thoroughly, and then apply or have them applied through massage.

They can also be used to add a pleasing beneficial fragrance to your bath water. By stirring 5 to 7 drops into 1 ounce of a carrier oil, and then pouring this compound into your bath water as you fill the tub, it is possible to magnify the relaxing powers of a bath and increase its therapeutic properties. You will derive a slew of perks from bathing in a mixture of nature plant essences.

Essential oils are frequently mixed with a carrier oil. Most commonly these carriers are sweet almond oil, apricot kernel oil, and grape-seed oil. After diluting the essential oil in the carrier it can then be applied to the skin in a topical treatment because when they are applied to the skin they can have an antibiotic or antiseptic effect. They have been shown to prevent infection and maintain or help tissue regeneration when applied to scrapes or cuts.

These oil offer a wondrous host of benefits to anyone who chooses to use them. Just remember that many of these oils have not been widely studied or tested, so never ingest or drink these oils without first consulting a doctor. As with all natural products they provide unique results that can be tailored to your specific needs.

The author has made available much information about aromatherapy, such as using ginger oil and other therapeutic essential oils.