How to use and apply Essential Oils

Incorporating essential oils into your life and using them correctly is important to utilise the power of aromatherapy correctly. There are many ways to enjoy the captivating aromas of JOI Pure Essential Oils, below are a few of my favourites to get you started!

Although all our JOI Pure Essential Oils are “food grade”, as a qualified aromatherapist I do not recommend ingesting essential oils (i.e. consuming orally). Oral ingestion of essential oils alters their chemical makeup and may have a negative impact on liver and kidney function. They may also irritate the mucosa of the mouth, oesophagus and stomach.  The best way to utilise essential oils is to diffuse them, use them in a massage oil (see my body wellness workshops) or for pure indulgence, add them to a bath or spa.

Important Essential Oil Information (read before use):

  • Store essential oils below 30ºc
  • Keep out of reach of children
  • Avoid contact with eyes
  • Dilute for use
  • Essential oils are not for oral consumption

How do I know how much to use?

  • For the elderly or children over 12 years, use ½  the recommended amount.
  • For children under 12 years or babies, please consult a qualified aromatherapist before use.
  • For pregnancy or health concerns, please consult a qualified practitioner.

My favourite methods of application:

1. Massage:

The ideal method of use to relax or stimulate the body while nourishing the skin or to treat a specific area of the body. I recommend a 2% dilution of JOI Pure Essential Oils (or a blend) with a carrier oil such as our JOI Nourishing Body Oil (or another base oil such as Organic  Sunflower oil). This is equivalent to 4 drops of essential oil to 10ml of the carrier oil.

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 2. Bath:

To a full bath of warm water, add 10 -12 drops of JOI Pure Essential Oils.  In their pure form, essential oils are insoluble in water.  To assist dispersion, essential oils may be blended in a 1/4 cup of whole milk or one teaspoon of honey before adding to a bath. Soak for at least 15 minutes and pat skin dry after a bath to ensure maximum penetration of oils.

3. Foot Bath:

Soaking tired feet in aromatic water can be highly beneficial and enjoyable.  Add  3 – 5 drops of essential oil to a large bowl of warm water. Soak feet for approximately 10 minutes and pat skin dry for maximum absorption.

 4. Aromatic Compress:

Aromatic compressing is used to treat specific areas of the body.  Add 3 – 5 drops of chosen oil to a bowl of warm water.  Immerse a clean cloth in the aromatic water and wring out excess before applying mild pressure to localised area of the body.  Repeat as necessary.

 5. Inhalation Methods:

Vaporisation:

For electric oil burners, add 4 -6 drops of your chosen oil to the ceramic top. For conventional oil burners which use a candle, fill the dish with water, add 5 – 10 drops of essential oil or aromatherapy blend.  Light the candle in the base of the oil burner to warm the water and release aromatic vapours into the air. *Remember to never leave a candle unattended.

 Steam Inhalation:

Used to relieve congestion of the head or chest.  Add 3 – 5 drops of essential oil to a bowl of steaming water (near boiling). Our Breathe-Easy blend is perfect for this. Drape towel over head and bowl with face approx. 30cm from the water. Inhale vapours for 5 minutes, remember to keep your eyes closed.

 Direct Inhalation:

One of the simplest and immediate ways to inhale essential oils is to apply 1 – 2 drops of chosen oil onto a tissue and inhale the vapours.

One or more of the methods above can be used for a wide range of emotional and physical wellness applications. If you’re concerned or have any questions about the application of essential oils, please do not hesitate to contact me (Nicole @ joipure@iinet.net.au) for further information!

Enjoy,

Nicole Stewart xx

 

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