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Simple Aromatherapy for Everyday Use
Eucalyptus oil has many uses. It can be added to disinfectant mixtures for mopping the floors or added to the washing machine to refresh the laundry and act as a softener. One or two caps which is equivalent to about 5 mLs is sufficient for this purpose.
Eucalyptus oil can be used in a vaporiser to cleanse the air and it is very useful during bouts of cold and flu and unblock our sinuses. 5 drops of this added to enough water to fill the top of a candle vaporiser is sufficient. If using a large vaporiser, 5mLs is added to the water (around 2 to 3 litres of water)
It can also be used added to massage oils for relaxing muscles and ease muscle sprains and strains. The usual amount or ratio to use is 1:2 in the sense that the quantity to use is 6 drops of eucalyptus oil is added to 12mL of base or carrier oil (some examples include olive oil or sweet almond oil).
Clove oil is a well-known toothache remedy. The mere smell of them is enough to bring memories and linkage to a trip to the dentist.
Clove oil is anaesthetic (numbing) and antibacterial so it not only helps with toothache when applied to the tooth itself, it also assists with killing the pain while you persevere until your dental appointment. You can either apply it neat with a Q-tip to the tooth itself (make sure you avoid the gums) or use 1 drop mixed in a cup of warm water and use this as a gargle.
Clove oil is also widely used to get rid of mould which I won't go into in this article.
Another effect of clove oil is its use in abdominal or stomach troubles. I have found that by adding 5 drops clove oil in 10mL of carrier oil and using this as a stomach rub will help relieve indigestion and wind pains to relieve flatulence.
Lavender oil is very effective for easing tension and migraines. It also assists with insomnia and anxiety.
Carry this around with you and you can have a whiff of it whenever you feel stressed or overwhelmed. Put a drop or two of this on a handkerchief or a piece of tissue paper and for us ladies out there, you can pin this within your bra strap, make sure the tissue has been folded so that you are not in direct contact with the oil itself just in case there sensitivity reactions (this is to be practised with all essential oils as essential oils are very concentrated especially when used neat or undiluted).
Lavender oil is also useful added to massage oils to ease muscular aches and pains or just for a relaxation massage or used in a bath. 5mLs added to bath water is sufficient for his purpose. 6 drops of lavender oil is added to 12mLs of base carrier oil for massage oil purposes.
Essential oils are highly potent and concentrated.Thus caution needs to be exercised at all times when using them. Keep these out of reach of children and always do a skin patch test before using in case of allergies from its use. It is best to use essential oils diluted in either a carrier oil or in water in cases of using vaporisers. Smelling them direct from the container is however alright.