The principle methods of working with
essential oils in The USA is through inhalation and through massage or
other contact work . the third use which is common in Europe and
Asia is ingestion in teas or medicines.This is not
usually recommended in the US because of potential
risks of over dose and because medicinal effects/value has not
been proven according to scientific testing etc..
I first discovered aromatherapy through my interest in
herbs. I had worked with herbs for medicine ,cosmetics , culinary
, cleansing, spiritual and decorative purposes for years. I
had herb gardens where ever I had room to plant some herbs.
Because of that I have done a little more work with including a
few oils in teas and mouth washes than is usual. I do this
with very dilute oils and with great caution and for the most
part I use fresh frozen or dried herbs and occasionally floral
waters or hydrosols in anything that might be ingested.
Essential oils are very very concentrated and with a very few
exceptions must be diluted before using. lavender and
Tea Tree are two which can be used neat in some cases.
At first I was skeptical about the value of essential oils
because they they seemed to be so concentrated and expensive. It
seemed easier to work with fresh and dried herbs .
Over the years though, Aromatherapy and essential oils have become a
very important part of our household. it is still true that some
herbs are much more accessible fresh or dried or frozen .
Lemon Balm or Melissa is one of the most expensive hard to find
Essential Oils. The Herb Melissa is very easy to grow,
often invasive in most temperate and Mediterranean climates. It
does not dry as well as most herbs but does freeze well. Melissa,
Rose , Heliochrysom, Angelica, Lindon and Yarrow are among the
herbs that are very expensive and rare as essential oils
that can be relatively easy to find, grow and work with in herbal
form. Currently I do have a very small amount of most of these
precious oils to work with, though a couple, Yarrow and Angelica
I have in such tiny quantity that I really have not dared to use it yet
except to smell occasionally. Generally however these are more
available to work with in herbal form.
Hydrosols or Floral waters are another way to work with
aromatherapy. A Hydrosol is the water left after the Essential
oil is removed after distillation these are fragrant and carry the
energy and medicine of the essential oil though it does take much
more for the same effect as a drop or two of the oil might
One of my favorite ways to work with aromatherapy is to add EOs to
unscented shower gel. Several members of my family have
issues with chronic joint pain from arthritis and injuries. I made a
shower gel using a pain relief blend of oils which has
become a great favorite of family members. One shower gel has
lavender , chamomile and honey, it is excellent for relaxation
and for helping one get to sleep. This is one of the few blends
which is suitable for young children. A citrus and mint gel is a
great morning wake up assistant.
I often put a oil in a diffuser to suit my needs though right now my diffuser is broken and I need to get a new one.
I diffuse oils during Reiki treatments and
attunements if the participants O.K. it. Some people are very
sensitive to scent.
What I use varies. Sandalwood or a blend of Sandalwood and Ylang
are common choices. I have used citrus blends and forest blends and
even something a bit spicy from time to time with things like clove or
cinnamon. Sometimes I put a few drops in water and sprinkle it
around the carpets, because of the slight possibility
that the oil in an diffuser could irritate sensitive eyes. I will choos
oils based on the specific issues of the client when that feels right.
Uplifting calming and spiritual scents are more favored than
medicinal or sensual scents