Essential oils are natural natural remedies that have a positive effect on physical health, emotional background, and psyche. Having decided to use them as part of aromatherapy, you must take into account the safety rules so as not to harm yourself.
Aromatherapy with essential oils can be done in different ways. Common options are inhalation, use of an aroma lamp, and oil baths. In some cases, such natural remedies are applied to the skin, massages are done with the help of essential oils. However, for any chosen method of use, an allergy test must first be carried out: for a while, breathe the smell of the selected oil or apply a very small amount of it - 1-2 drops - on the back of the hand, elbow bend and follow the reaction of the body. In addition, before use, it is required to test the essential oil itself in order to determine its quality. You need to drop a couple of drops of the product on a regular sheet of paper and wait until the oil evaporates. After good essential oils, no greasy residue remains on the surface of the paper.
It is necessary to choose an essential oil based on your personal taste preferences: the smell should not irritate or cause any negative emotions or thoughts. It is also important to take into account the properties of oils: some options invigorate and tone, others are able to relax and soothe, others are suitable for treating a particular painful condition, for relieving pain, and so on. When the first main points have been resolved, you can proceed to direct use, taking into account the important safety rules for aromatherapy with essential oils.
10 basic rules for aromatherapy to be useful
- When taking a bath with essential oils, initially you need to limit the time. Do not stay in the water for more than 10 minutes. If aromatic oils are used in the lamp, the exposure should not last more than 20 minutes the first time. After completing the session, it is recommended to ventilate the room a little.
- It is important to properly store essential oils so that they do not lose their beneficial properties and become toxic. Funds should be in dark thick glass bottles. Containers must always be closed securely. Aromatic oils should stand in a dark, cool, dry place. The sun's rays should not be allowed to fall on the funds, they should not be exposed to heat or placed in the freezer of the refrigerator.
- Don't overdo it with the amount of oil drops. For a bath, 2-4 drops are usually sufficient. For an aroma lamp - no more than 5-7 drops. At a low dosage, aromatic oils have a very mild and gentle effect. But their abundant use can cause intoxication, harm health.
- When conducting aromatherapy sessions, it is important to take breaks between courses. It is not recommended to use the same oil for more than 3 weeks.
- Essential oils are not water soluble. Therefore, deciding to add them to the bath, it is necessary to drop the funds on the bath salt.
- In its pure form, you cannot apply aromatic oils to the skin, use them for wraps, massage or acupressure. Otherwise, you can get a burn of the skin, since the funds are very concentrated. Since they do not mix with water, a "base" oil must be used. It can be ordinary sunflower oil, olive oil, coconut oil, and so on. It is necessary to dilute in a ratio of about 5 drops of essential oil and 10 drops of base oil.
- It is impossible for the agent to get into the eyes. If this does happen, then the eyes must first be rinsed with suitable drops, for example, an "artificial tear". After that, you can already wash or wipe the affected eye with a cotton pad dipped in black tea.For any negative manifestations - burning, redness, swelling, vision problems, pain, and so on - an urgent need to contact an ophthalmologist for help.
- It is not recommended to add scented oils to finished cosmetics and factory-made skin or hair care products.
- It is forbidden to carry out aromatherapy with essential oils for people suffering from hallucinations, schizophrenia, cardiovascular pathologies, allergic reactions, epilepsy, bronchial asthma. When pregnant, you must first consult a doctor. There are many essential oils that are not recommended for use during the period of gestation. Unacceptable fragrances include, for example: wormwood, rose, cloves, fir, lavender. In childhood, aromatherapy should be done very carefully and carefully to choose the aroma. Do not use if the child is very young, the following scents: rosemary, sandalwood, mint, tea tree, eucalyptus.
- Do not forget that some oils, despite their beneficial properties, are still toxic to a certain extent due to their concentration. Therefore, it is not recommended to apply essential oils to the skin before going to a solarium or before going out into the sun. Otherwise, you can get burns, cause the formation of age spots on the surface of the skin.