Extensive researches have been done to establish the healing properties of some plants. More so with the best ways on how to extract these properties and how to effectively use them. Traditionally, those that were proven to be edible were eaten as food or were processed as condiments. Otherwise, those that are not palatable were crushed and used as topicals. Today, oil extraction machines have become widely popular and are used by industries producing essential oils.
The rise in popularity of essential oil has been instrumental in the proliferation not only of health spas and massage clinics using essential oil for aromatherapy and massage but also of products and devices that propagate the use of essential oils such as ultrasonic diffusers, nebulizers, and air purifiers.
Getting the benefits of essential oils through health spas and massage clinics may not be the best alternatives when you are thinking of your finances and schedule. Buying modalities such as an ultrasonic diffuser, nebulizer, or air purifier are better options to enjoy the health benefits of essential oils. But in some instances where you cannot go to a health spa or massage clinic, or your aromatherapy device has malfunctioned, or you are traveling to attend a week-long seminar away from home; with only a bottle of essential oil, you can do these practical tips using the essential oil with the same effects.
As a Perfume Alternative
Perfumes are mostly made from chemicals with some of which are toxic. Some essential oils have the scent that may pass as perfumes or cologne. With their fresh and cool scent, you can use them in your pulse points located behind your ears, in the area of your collarbone, or on the palmar side of your wrist.
Droplets of your favorite essential oil into bathtub will not only produce the aroma that is relaxing to your body and mind while you are taking a bath, but with a select of essential oil that is particularly good for the skin such as chamomile, you will be thoroughly moisturized.
Self-Massage and Foot Spa
A painful shoulder or an aching arm are usual occurrences after a busy day in your workplace. Choosing the right essential oil for muscle pain relief and relaxation such as eucalyptus or peppermint will do wonders by just applying them and gently massaging the painful area.
Innovate your own foot spa with essential oil. With warm water on a small basin, add droplets of essential oil and let your feet stay for minutes. You can massage essential oil and slip socks on both feet after. With the sole of our feet having one of the largest pores in our body, there will be greater absorption of the essential oil. This procedure is ideal before bedtime.
You can open the bottle of essential oil and inhale the scent for minutes, or you can rub some droplets on your palm and cover your mouth and nose with your hands while inhaling. In both method, close your eyes to prevent irritation.
Car or Toilet Freshener
Get rid of those commercial car and toilet fresheners and enjoy the fresh and crisp aroma of essential oil. Just apply droplets of your favorite scent on cotton balls and place them in a stable container inside your car or toilet.
Because of the high concentration of essential oil, take necessary precautions especially when you apply it directly to your skin. Dilute it with carrier agents like coconut or olive oil to prevent irritation.