Aromatherapy uses the aromatic plant extracts and essential oils for healing and cosmetic purposes.
Aromatherapy is one of the wonderful tools that I’m using in my Naturopathic clinic.
But not all the oils are safe for everyone.
On this blog, I will explain how to use Aromatherapy safely.
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Essential oils are highly concentrated, they need to be used carefully, sensibly and diluted properly.
If they are used this way, Essential oils are safe and very beneficial.
First, remember to dilute the essential oil in a carrier oil or lotion!
Essential oils irritate the skin if applied neat.
DO NOT use essential oil internally without the supervision of a qualified practitioner, it can cause irritation to the throat, the stomach, the liver, and the nervous system.
Contraindications between Essential oils and health conditions-
- Hypertension, also known as High Blood Pressure (HBP), If you suffer from this, consult your doctor before using essential oils as a natural treatment.
- Asthma – use essential oil extremely well diluted and use a diffuser instead of direct steam inhalation.
- Epilepsy- Rosemary, fennel, sage, eucalyptus, hyssop, camphor, wormwood and spike lavender essential oils are not recommended if you suffer from epilepsy. The reason is that these essential oils may trigger seizures in some people with epilepsy. (1)
- Hypersensitive skin or Atopy predisposition toward developing certain allergic hypersensitivity reactions– use no more than 1% of essential oil in a blend and test on a small area first.
- For all other health conditions and contraindications- check the safety of each oil before using.
IF YOU REACT TO A BLEND STOP USING IT IMMEDIATELY
Essential oils and Pregnancy
It is recommended to start using essential oils once you are past the first trimester.
Always check the botanical name on the label as different varieties of a plant may not be safe in pregnancy.
List of essential oils that are considered being safe when using in moderation and well diluted:
(Source- Neal’s Yard book “Essential Oils”)
- Bergamot (bergapten free) (Citrus aurantium bergamia)
- Black pepper (Piper nigrum)
- Chamomile Blue (Matricaria recutita)
- Cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum)
- Cedarwood (Cedrus atlantica)
- Coriander (Coriandrum sativum)
- Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens)
- Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus/radiata)
- Frankincense (Boswellia carterii/sacra)
- Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens)
- Ginger (Zingiber officinale)
- Grapefruit (Citrus paradisi)
- Helichrysum (Helichrysum italicum)
- Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
- Lemon (Citrus limonum)
- Lime (Citrus aurantifolia)
- Mandarin (Citrus reticulata)
- Marjoram (Origanum majorana)
- Neroli/petitgrain (Citrus aurantium/amara)
- Niaouli (Melaleuca quinquenervia)
- Orange (Citrus sinensis)
- Palmarosa (Cymbopogon martinii)
- Patchouli (Pogostemon cablin)
- Roman chamomile (Anthemis nobilis)
- Rose absolute (Rosa centifolia)
- Thyme (Thymus vulgaris)
- Vetiver (Vetiveria zizanoides)
- Ylang-Ylang (Cananga adorata)
Babies, up to 3 months old-
Use only base oils, OLIVE, ALMOND and GRAPESEED are good options.
How to Blend Essential oils with a carrier oil for massage?
Between 1%-3% depending on the type of treatment.
As a rough guideline in every millilitre of Essential oil equivalent to 20 drops.
You can use these measurements as a general dilution:
- Essential oil 20-60 drops in 100 ml base oil
- Essential oil 7-25 drops in 25 ml base oil
- Essential oil 3-5 drops in 1 tsp base oil
When you blend essential oils, keep in mind two principles- the synergy that supports good medicinal effects and the good aroma that you want to create.
Essential oils influence both the physical and the emotional.
Don’t forget to balance your blends and enjoy your creation.