I will just cover a few basics on aromatherapy, it is an easy therapy
to use at home, so long as a few guidelines are observed. As
I said on the previous page, tell your physician before starting
to use any form of complementary therapy, & if you have a chronic
medical condition, it is best to seek advice from a qualified practitioner.
Never take essential oils internally, do not put them in your eyes, &
do not apply oils undiluted to the skin (with the exception of lavender
& tea tree in very small quantities).
Aromatherapy involves using the natural fragrant essential oils
of plants to bring about healing of mind, body & emotions, &
enhance wellbeing. Essential oils are a mix of natural chemicals
extracted from trees such as sandalwood, fruits such as oranges
& lemons, flowers & herbs. So far, more than 150 essential
oils have been extracted for use in aromatherapy, & each one
has its own scent, medicinal properties & healing profile. All
the oils are antiseptic, but each one also has individual properties,
for example, some are antifungal, some are expectorants, & some
ease digestion. The natural chemicals of each oil also work together
to give the oil a dominant characteristic, so that it can be relaxing,
or refreshing, or stimulating.
You must remember that aromatherapy isn't a cure for lupus or
any other disease, but it may help to reduce stress, relieve pain
& restore body systems to a state of balance so that healing
can take place.
to use essential oils
Massaging the skin releases the fragrance & ensures that the
oils are absorbed into the skin properly.
**Never massage over an inflamed & swollen area.**
Dilute the essential oil in a cold-pressed vegetable carrier oil
such as grapeseed, sweet almond oil or sunflower oil. Use 1 to 3
drops of essential oil to 5ml of carrier oil.
Essential oils do not dissolve in water. The heat of the water releases
their scent & helps them to be absorbed into the skin.
Add the oils when you have filled the bath with warm water. Add
5 to 8 drops of essential oils to the bath.
Steam releases the fragrant molecules in essential oils, & this
method can be very effective for throat & respiratory problems,
& headaches. This method is not suitable for asthmatics.
Add 3 to 6 drops to a bowl of near boiling water. Bend over the
bowl & cover your head with a towel. Inhale slowly at first,
then gradually breathe deeper. Inhale for no more than 5-10 minutes
maximum. The vapours from the oils are very strong, so keep your
These come in various forms, some are electrically heated, the most
common type is a ceramic pot warmed by a small candle.
Add water & 6 to 10 drops of essential oil to the vaporiser.
If you haven't got a vaporiser, add the oil to a bowl of water &
place by a radiator, or add the oil to a bowl of near boiling water.
Hot & cold compresses.
Useful for relieving localized pain & inflammation. Use hot
compresses for toothache, earache, muscle & rheumatic pain,
& arthritis. Use cold compresses for headaches & swelling.
Add 4 to 5 drops of essential oils to a bowl of hot or cold water.
Soak a clean cotton cloth in the water, wring it out & apply
to affected area.
& which oils to use
Essential oils:- Cajeput, Cedarwood, Chamomile, Coriander, Cypress,
Eucalyptus, Ginger, Juniper Berry, Lavender, Marjoram, Rosemary,
Use in baths & compresses.
***Caution - Never massage over inflamed & swollen joints.***
Muscle aches & pains
Essential oils:- Black pepper, Chamomile, Coriander, Cypress, Eucalyptus,
Ginger, Grapefruit, Lavender, Lemon, Marjoram, Pine, Rosemary, Thyme(sweet),
Use in baths & compresses.
***Caution - Never massage if the muscle is inflamed & swollen.***
Essential oils:- Chamomile, Clary Sage, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Lemongrass,
Marjoram, Peppermint, Rose otto, Rosemary.
Use in massage(especially head, neck & shoulders), dry inhalation.
Essential oils:- Black Pepper, Coriander, Cypress, Garlic, Eucalyptus,
Geranium, Ginger, Lavender, Lemon, Lemongrass, Marjoram, Neroli,
Nutmeg, Orange, Pine, Rose otto, Rosemary, Thyme(sweet).
Use in Baths, hand/foot bath, massage.
Essential oils:- Cypress, Myrrh, Tea tree.
Use in Mouthwash- 1 drop of oil to 1 cup of warm water (Do NOT swallow).
Essential oils:- Basil, Citrus essences, Clary sage, Lavender, Neroli,
Sandalwood, Vetiver, Ylang ylang.
Use in baths, massage, vaporiser.
Consider also- Flower essences.
Essential oils:- Chamomile, Lavender, Mandarin, Marjoram, Melissa(true),
Neroli, Petitgrain, Rose otto, Sandalwood, Vetiver, Ylang ylang.
Use in baths, massage(especially back), vaporiser, on pillow.
Consider also - Flower essences.
Essential oils:- Angelica, Chamomile, Coriander, Clary sage, Lavender,
Marjoram, Melissa(true), Peppermint.
Use in massage(especially head, neck & shoulders), compress.
Hypertension (High blood pressure)
Essential oils:- Clary sage, Lavender, Lemon, Marjoram, Melissa(true),
Use in baths, massage,vaporiser.
Essential oils:- Angelica, Basil, Clary sage, Eucalyptus, Geranium,
Grapefruit, Lemon, Peppermint, Pine, Rosemary.
Use in vaporiser, dry inhalation, massage, baths.
Consider also - Flower essences.
sensitive skins- lemongrass, basil, fennel, rosemary, lemon,
dermatitis - ginger, citronella, pine, geranium, jasmine,
high blood pressure - rosemary, sage, thyme, hyssop. Always
consult your doctor before using any other oil.
epilepsy - sage, fennel, hyssop, rosemary.
pregnancy (no oils for first three months) - fennel, hyssop,
sage, myrrh, worst, clary sage, aniseed, basil, cinnamon, clove,
thyme, camphor, juniper, parsley, rosemary, nutmeg, cedarwood, marjoram,
Photosensitising oils (*Lupus patients please note*)
Certain aromatic oils can cause skin pigmentation when applied
shortly before exposure to sunlight or other types of uv light,
such as a sunbed. The most powerful oil in this respect is bergamot,
it is therefore advisable not to use bergamot on the skin. Other
photosensitising oils are angelica, grapefruit, lemon, lime, mandarin,
orange, verbena & tagetes.