Creative and safe ways to use essential oils
Updated: Jan 26
Essential oils are made from parts of certain plants like leaves, herbs, barks, resin, and rinds through different methods to concentrate them into oils. So essential oils are highly potent and using them in the right quantity is important so that we can enjoy the aesthetic moments and get their benefits.
Diffusing the volatile compounds of essential oils in your space like a bedroom, living room, yoga session, meditation, room or anywhere you want to create an aromatic atmosphere.
Aroma burner: Add 5-8 drops with water. Light the candle up.
Electric diffuser: Add 5-8 drops with water. Switch on the diffuser.
Reed diffusers: Add 15-18 drops in 30 ml of any light carrier oil
DIY air spray: Add 8-10 drops in a cup of distilled water.
Cotton balls: Add 1-2 drops of oil on a cotton ball and keep in a corner of the room.
Always dilute them with natural, unscented carrier oils. While there is no ideal dilution strength, keeping the strength between 1-3% is recommended for topical purposes. If you are an absolute beginner, you may want to start by using a very small percentage and then increase the strength to 2-3% according to your needs and purposes. Remember, when it comes to highly potent essential oils, little goes a long way.
• Body massage: 2-2.5%
• Bath : 2-2.5%
• Creams and lotions: 1-1.5%
• Shampoo and conditioner: 0.5-1%
• Hair oils: 1-1.5%
• Cleaning: 2-3%
• Wax: 3%
Pampering yourself with a self-massage that uses warm aromatic oil is a great way to express self-love. Massage tones and energizes the muscles and strengthens them against injuries. Aromatherapy massage also helps in removing muscle fatigue, reducing inflammation, and relieving cramps.
Warm 20-25 ml of any carrier oil of your choice using a double boiler. To this, add 10-12 drops of essential oil. Give yourself a full-body massage with this energizing aromatic oil. Take a warm shower after 60-80 mins. Do not use soap!
Adding essential oil to bathwater is one of the oldest and still popular ways to live these pleasant scents. Moreover, many essential oils are antibacterial and antiseptic in nature, which helps in controlling odour, body acne, and promotes cleanliness. Energizing and uplifting smells are the most preferred scents for this purpose. Apart from the smell, particular essential oils also help in remoisturizing the skin as soaps can strip the skin of bodily oils.
Add 3-4 drops to a teaspoon of coconut or olive oil. Add this to your bathwater. Please do not add essential oils directly to the bathwater or hot water as this can be counterproductive, even unsafe in some cases.
This is perhaps the easiest way to enjoy all the benefits of essential oils. Just think of it – how many times in a day do you use your lip balm? Is there a better way to include these gems in your daily routine?
Making your own DIY beauty products is the best way to save yourself from the toxicity engulfing the cosmetic industry. If you do not have the time for that, you can still have some fun with essential oils. Mix 2-3 drops in your unscented creams, lotions, shampoo, conditioner, etc.
Alternatively, take a 30 ml jar of shea or mango butter. Add 15-20 drops of essential oil and mix well. Use this as your hand cream, lip balm, face moisturizer, or in any way you like.
Essential oils are very effective disinfectants and using them to clean your home is not only a non-toxic and eco-friendly way, but it also keeps the insects at bay without actually killing them. Besides, the fragrance of essential oils is more alluring than any room perfume and also have therapeutic benefits.
For this, add 6-8 drops to the cleaning liquids. You can also make your own DIY cleaner by adding water, white vinegar, and 6-8 drops of essential oils in a spray bottle. Use this spray to disinfect items around the house.
DIY Home decorations
Essential oils can be used to make luxurious beeswax or soy wax candles to scent your home while also adding a beautiful look. To make perfumed candles, melt beeswax or soy wax in a double boiler. Place the wick, add essential oils according to your preference, and pour the liquid in a beautiful jar. Allow the liquid to cool down. The luxurious smelling candle is ready to use!
A word of cautions
When it comes to essential oils, one size certainly doesn’t fit all. One essential oil may work great for one person and still prove ineffective for the other. Some people may also experience allergic reactions, such as redness, soreness, breakouts, or skin irritations. If you experience any of these conditions, please stop using. A skin test prior to use is recommended. For this diluted the essential oil with a carrier oil and apply on a small area of the skin. If any irritation develops, stop using the oil. For topical application, always dilute the essential oils with a carrier oil. The strength of essential oil can be anywhere between 1-3%; higher than 5% strength is not recommended for skin and hair application.
Avoid using essential oils during pregnancy and lactation, except under expert supervision.All citrus essential oils are photosensitive.
Make sure to diffuse essential oils only in well-ventilated rooms. Always use essential oils with awareness and practise moderation in use as exceeding the recommended quantity can be counterproductive. As per NAHA guidelines, essential oils are considered unsafe for consumption, unless prescribed under the supervision of specialists. As they are very concentrated, direct contact with internal organs can damage tissues.
Keep essential oils away from pets and kids.
To maintain the quality of oils, always keep them away from direct sunlight. While cold and dark places are considered ideal for storing essential oils, refrigerating is not recommended for this purpose.