Essential oils are elements that are extracted from plants. The oils themselves capture the plant's scent or "essence. Unique aromatic compounds give each essential oil it’s unique healing essence.
Although aromatherapy is a fairly modern term, it’s something that has been in use since the first humans discovered plants.
There was a time when you couldn’t just pop into the supermarket or even a pharmacy and buy pills or potions for your headache, period pain, cough or skin rash.
But the elders of your family, particularly the women would be able to tell you exactly what leaves, roots or fruits you needed to pick from the woods and hedgerows to make yourself well again.
Here are some benefits of using essential oils:
Help to ease and manage pain
Improve your quality of sleep
reduce stress and anxiety
soothe any sore joints
Ease headaches and migraines
fight bacteria, virus, or fungus
There are many essential oils which you can use and various ways to do so and here at One Way Journey we want to share some of those with you.
Essential oils and aromatherapy may be used with other complementary treatments like massage therapy to improve health and wellbeing, but we advise you to consult your doctor to diagnose and treat any illnesses.
This section of the One Way Journey website is to introduce you to using essential oils at home. We are featuring the most popular and useful oils for family wellbeing and beauty purposes. There are lots of other oils which we have left off the list. Do take care as you experiment with any essential oils. Please be sure to read about the properties and cautions for each essential oil before you decide to use it. And remember that as with many things in life: less is sometimes more!
Using Essential Oils At Home
● Keep well away from children
● Never swallow essential oils
● Use in tiny amounts as advised by your supplier
● Very few oils are suitable for small children. Be sure to check (See List)
● Some essential oils are unsuitable for pregnant women (See List)
● Citrus oils can cause uneven pigmentation of the skin if used in direct sunlight
● Some oils are best avoided if you have high or low blood pressure. (See list)
Essential Oils to avoid during pregnancy
Basil, Cinnamon, Clarysage, Cypress, Fennel, Jasmine, Juniper, Marjoram, Myrrh, Pennyroyal, Peppermint, Rose, Rosemary, Sage, Thyme
Essential oils to avoid whilst breastfeeding
Mint, Sage, Parsley, Jasmine
Essential oils to avoid if you have high blood pressure
Cypress, Eucalyptus, Ginger, Rose, Rosemary, Sage, Thyme
Essential oils to avoid is you have low blood pressure
Clarysage, Garlic, Lavender, Lemon, Marjoram, Ylang Ylang
Essential oils to avoid if you have epilepsy
Fennel, Hyssop, Rosemary, Sage, Wormwood
This introduction to Aromatherapy is simply to give you enough information to understand what essential oils do and how you can enjoy using them safely and effectively at home. If in any doubt, do seek advice from an expert.
Generally, there are just three essential oils that we believe are suitable for small children: Lavender, Chamomile and Tea Tree and they should be used in a much weaker dilution than for adults. These are also the only three which are safe to use undiluted on the skin
When you purchase Essential Oils, be sure to buy from a reputable supplier with a fast turnover as they do lose their strength with age. Check that the label says Essential and Pure. Aromatherapy oils and blends are something different, they are already diluted and once diluted, the effectiveness quickly fades.
Store the oils in a cool dark place, out of the reach of children and pets.
There are many ways of using Essential oils. We are going to focus on just four.
It is fine to use a mixture of different oils in any of these ways but the maximum amount should add up to the recommended total quota.
Use 5-10 drops of essential oil in a bath of warm water. Stir well to avoid a cluster of drops causing stinging of the skin.
Oil burner or Diffuser (electronic or candle heated)
Use up to 5 drops of essential oil in the dish of the oil burner filled with water. Do not use without water, it will be far too strong. In a small room, fewer drops are necessary than a large one.
Essential oils must be blended with a carrier oil before use in a massage. Carrier oil is a bland, easily absorbed oil, usually extracted or pressed from fruits, vegetables or nuts. Popular carrier oils are:- sweet almond, grapeseed, apricot kernel, evening primrose and olive. The lighter the carrier oil, the more easily the essential oils make it through the skin where they can begin their work.
Use 4-5 drops of your chosen oil/s in 10mls (2 teaspoons) of carrier oil. The blend can be used for a full body massage or just a hand or foot massage.
It is also good to use a plain face cream instead of carrier oil. Make your own special moisturiser, foot cream or hand cream. Use 4-5 drops of essential oil for every 10mls of cream or lotion.