Hot compresses can be used for migraine headaches, sinus headaches
and sore muscles. Recommended oils are rosewood, peppermint
and neroli. To prepare a hot compress, add a few drops of
oil to a bowl of very hot water. Soak a clean cloth or bandage
in the water. Wring out excess water, and place the cloth
over affected area. Repeat this step as often as necessary.
A hot bath with four to six drops of oil will not only help
soothe skin and relieve mucus buildup in the lungs but will
also relax the mind and body and relieve tension. Recommended
oils are rosemary, grapefruit, and sandalwood. Hot Bath with
essential oils can have profound effects on the healing of
skin disorders, alleviating muscular aches and pains, enhancing
respiratory functions, reducing levels of stress, as well
as increasing and supporting blood and lymph circulation.
An aromatherapy massage relieves tension and stress in the
body. Recommended oils for a body massage are rosemary, basil,
cedarwood, lemon and sandalwood.
Steam inhalation helps to clear the lungs and sinuses of congestion
and infection. This method will affect the respiratory and
blood supply immediately. Bring 2 cups of water to boil, reduce
heat and let water cool for 5-10 minutes. Add 2-5 drops of
essential oil (or a combination of 2-3 essential oils). Inhale
vapors for 5-10 minutes. You can also place a towel over your
head to increase concentration. Inhalations can be used 2-3
times a day in treatment of specific respiratory disorders.
Recommended oils for steam inhalation are grapefruit, cinnamon,
eucalyptus and tea tree oil.
If you are using an essential oil
for the first time, be sure to do a skin patch test, to avoid
any allergic reaction. To test, put a drop of oil on a cotton
ball and apply it to the inside of the arm, the back of your
wrist or under the arm. Place a band aid over the patch and
leave for 24 hours. If there is a reaction, such as itching
or redness, do not continue to use.