Aromatherapy: Applying Essential Oils
to Our Body's Essential Points
Aromatherapy is more than just smelling scented oils and candles. When it comes to applying essential oils on our skin (or topically), it has plenty of therapeutic benefits that aid in healing, relaxing, calmness, and focus. Essential oils, balms, and creams contain elements from various chemical groups, which result in a unique anti-inflammatory, analgesic, anti-spasmodic, and mucolytic property.
You’ll see essential oils often come in small dark-colored vials, but don't be fooled. They are all immensely powerful and have more concentrated properties than the actual plant. When it comes to using and applying essential oils, each individual reacts and connects to various oils differently. Some oils are photo-toxic such as cold-pressed citruses, while others have tingling sensations. Some are extremely viscous, while others cause sensitization.
Some oils can be applied directly to the skin, but most of them need to be diluted with carrier oils. If you're planning to delve into the world of essential oils, here's a simple guide to help you know what oils to put in which pressure points of the body.
Our head, temples, and forehead go through immense pressure and stress. Sometimes, we experience immense pressure and pain in or around our head that's hard to describe or localize. There are four primary muscles deep at the back of our skull, which is called the suboccipital muscles, and these muscles tilt and turn our heads. To release emotional tension and headaches, migraine, and even TMJ pain, stimulating these muscles now and again helps.
How to: You can use essential oils directly on your scalp or hair, but if you feel like you have a sensitive scalp, use 2.5% of essential oil dilution. 10 drops of rosemary + verbenone and 1 oz of argan oil is ideal to create a blend for scalp massage. Massage this blend into your hair, paying special attention to the muscles on your skull and the nape of the neck. Let this blend soak for an hour before you shampoo and condition.
Treating your facial skin with essential oils is a great and natural substitute for chemical synthetics and products. The skin on our face requires more care as it's more sensitive than other parts of your body. Depending on how sensitive your skin is, you may need to dilute it to 3-4 drops of oil to 1 oz of carrier oil.
How-to: Using essential oils for the face slows down aging and also helps sebum regulation, improving the overall tone and complexion. You can create a hemp oil and frankincense blend. Elite Health Products has a good selection of hemp oil you can try. Add 5 drops of hemp oil, with 5 drops of frankincense, 3 drops of carrot seed oil, and 3 drops of German chamomile to 1 oz of coconut or evening primrose oil. Massage your face with this blend for 5 minutes. This combination helps to firm skin and reduce puffiness, too.
Essential oils are among the most effective natural methods of helping the body get through a deep chest cough, and even a runny nose. If you're battling a cold, eucalyptus oil (which is a common ingredient in pharmacy-grade balms and medication) contains anti-spasmodic and anti-inflammatory, decongestant, anti-tussive, and mucolytic properties. If you feel like you have a sore throat or cough, a tea tree and eucalyptus blend works well.
How to: You can create a salve by mixing ¼ oz beeswax and ¼ oz vegetable oil in a double boiler. Once the mixture has melted, add in 10 drops of eucalyptus, 16 drops of green myrtle, and 10 drops of tea tree. This blend can be used generously to help with colds, flu, and cough.
Arms and hand
Yes, you can also use a blend of essentials oils on your wrists, inside of your elbow, and on your palms. These spots reduce neuropathic tendencies, which could result in carpal tunnel syndrome.
How to: Create an anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving massage blend by creating a 5 percent dilution of 15 drops of cypress, 6 drops of roman chamomile with a 1 oz of tamanu oil. Put this in a rollerball container and keep it in your office table. A few times a week, just rub in the insides of your wrists and elbows.
Applying essential oils to the body's pulse points can diffuse the scent, affecting our moods. For instance, if you have trouble sleeping, you can apply a specific blend to the back of your ears or at the temples. If you want to meditate and want focus, adding a blend to your temples and the throat can do the trick.
If you feel like your muscles are sore, adding certain blends to the knees and on the specific muscles that hurt can help ease the pain.
The area where the body processes, absorbs, and digests food. Sage, turmeric, and ginger can help to alleviate indigestion, constipation, and menstrual cramps. Ginger is known to help speed up digestion, relieving diarrhea and constipation.
How to: Use 1 oz jojoba oil to dilute 10 drops clary sage with 10 drops of ginger. You can fill a rollerball container with this blend, and use it whenever you feel cramps or pain by rubbing it gently on your stomach and lower abdomen.
Our legs are sometimes a very forgotten part of the body. If you run or exercise often, creating an energetic pick-me-up blend to be used on the acupressure of your legs and feet can do wonders for stress and fatigue.
How to: Create a blend made of 14 drops of marjoram, 10 drops palmarosa, and 3 drops neroli into 1 oz of sweet almond oil. This mixture works for tired muscle aches and localized pain.
The feet are known as the gateway to the veins and channels of many of the important organs and functions in our bodies. When paired with reflexology, essential oils can help increase blood flow, unclog lymphatic nodes, and relax the body.
How to: You can either do a feet massage or a feet soak with essential oils. If you want to create a mini spa session at your home, add a bucket of warm water, tea tree, lavender, and lemongrass with 4 tablespoons of Epsom salt. Soak your feet, and after a few minutes, gently scrub your feet with an exfoliating brush.