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My  rendition  from Aromatherapy  course


METHODS OF USING ESSENTIAL OILS.


Essential oils (E.Os) can be used in several different ways to prevent illness and to treat various ailments.


Massage.


The best and most effective way to treat with essential oils is by massage. Neat oils must be diluted in carrier oil before being applied to the skin or they will cause irritation. The carrier oil can be any kind of vegetable oil:

e.g. almond, grape seed, Jojoba, are some of the best. Smooth strokes warm the skin and aid the penetration of essential oils.


The oils enter the body through the pores that secrete sweat and sebum then diffuse into blood capillaries and intercellular fluid and travel around the body in blood and lymph. Total absorption time takes from 10 to 100 minutes depending on the essential oil used. Essential oils should be left on the skin for as long as possible e.g. no baths. For 6 to 8 hours.


Bath Oils

Another effective way of treating with essential oils is to add about 10 drops to a warm bath they will penetrate the skin and are also carried in the steam.

Windows and doors need to be shut so you can inhale the therapeutic vapours.

(If the CEOs are mixed with an egg cup of Skimmed milk in the bath this aids absorption.)

N.B. never use more than 3 different oils.


As a  vapour (inhalation)


Obviously the vapours of essential oils are inhaled whilst sitting in a bath to which no more than 10 drops of essential oils have been added to an egg cup of skimmed or semi skimmed milk and leting the bath water run into the and into the bath bath (This will stop the oil skinning the sides leaving a greasy band) A more direct method of inhalation is to add three drops into a bowl of hot water, with a towel both enclosing your head and the bowl. (never more than 3 different oils.) Or being massaged in a warm room with doors and windows closed

Internally

Some Essential oils can also be taken internally and should only be done so under the strictest supervision of a trained aromatherapist.


Properties and Chemistry


Pure E.Os are obtained from fruits, petals, leaves, roots and the bark of aromatic plants.

There are various methods used to extract the oils, these can be expensive processes due mainly to the large quantity of the plants that are needed to produce a very small amount of oil extracted.

Due to this, many of the oils are now manufactured synthetically.


Chemically the oils are a compound of hydrogen, carbon and oxygen.

The hydrocarbons are almost entirely composed of a substance called Terepenes which are anti bacterial and anti fungal, the oxygenated component contains alcohol’s and phenols the later having antiseptic qualities.

Acids oxides sulphur and nitrogen compounds also occur in certain oils.   


Properties of Essential Oils


They are: -

                   living tissue e.g. lavender which stimulate the production of white cells.

                   the body and have a curative action that is not seen with drug therapy

                    as they, leave a residue of toxins in the tissues.

                     needed quickly.



Properties                                       Top note                                 Middle note                            Base note

Volatility                                          High                                        Less                                       Low

Evaporation rate                         1-14 min                                15-60 min                              61-100 min

Remains in carrier                      24 hrs                                    2-3 days                               1 week

Absorption rate                           Quick                                     Moderate                             Slow

Aroma                                            Sharp                                     Flowery                                Woody (heavy)

Effect                                              Highly stimulating                  Effects the organs               Relaxing

Obtained from                              Citrus flowers, fruit                Flowers and Herbs             Wood resins


Synthetic oils are a Compound of hydrogen oxygen and carbon (Choc)


Copyright Mr T Ashmore 1989 ©

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