Essential oils should always be stored in a cool location and to protect them from photo-oxidation and air, they need to be stored in dark bottles.
Caution: Essential oils should not be used to treat serious medical or psychological problems.
Specific oils are used to suit the condition blended with base oils like sweet almond oil or grapeseed oil. They should be blended between 1% and 3% depending on the type of disorder. Rheumatism or indigestion demand a stronger concentration the the more nervous or emotional conditions. 20 drops is roughly equal to one ml (1/4 tsp).
Massage ensures the oils are effectively absorbed through the skin and into the bloodstream.
Essential Oil: 20 to 60 drops
Base Oil: 100 ml (3 1/2 fl. oz.)
Essential Oil: 7 to 25 drops
Base Oil: 25 ml (1 fl. oz.)
Essential Oil: 3 to 5 drops
Base Oil: 5 ml (1 tsp.)
Peppermint (diluted) rubbed clockwise on the stomach can help ease indigestion and marjoram can help relax a stiff neck and shoulders.
Skin Oils and Lotions
More nourishing base oils such as jojoba, avocado and apricot kernel oils are used, emphasizing treating the skin. Gentle circular movement is often enough for the oils to be absorbed.
Generally prone to congestion, resulting in blackheads and spots. Antiseptic and astringent oils like tee tree, bergamot and geranium mixed with light base oil such as apricot kernel, peach kernel or jojoba.
Prone to be sensitive and easily becomes wrinkled and needs to be moisturized regularly. Mild oils like sandalwood, camomile and rose mixed with hazelnut, avocado and evening primrose oils.
Regular use of oils can slow down the effects of age. Cytophylactic oils (cell stimulate) include lavender, neroli and frankincense, mixed with base oils like Vitamine E, borage, rosehip seed oil and wheatgerm.
A few drops of oil mixed with a mild cream or lotion to make a basic face mask. Other ingredients can be used such as oatmeal, honey or clay with pulp from various fruits. For athlete's foot or cold sores it is better to us an alcohol based lotion than an oil or cream. 6 drops to 5 ml of isopropyl alcohol or vodka. Dilution in a liter (1 3/4 pt) of boiled cooled water for treatment of open cuts and sores.
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