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Essenstial Oils
Admin: KatWolf
Created: Jan 14 '16

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Introduction to EO

Safety Warning! There are Essential Oils that can be ingested for good health, though in this section the EO's we discuss  

are to be taken internally for any reason - they are poisonous if taken internally.


The group will discuss ones that can be ingested in topics with in this group, and will clearly state that they are to be taken/use so internal use, safe to ingest if the dosage is right.


Also, Data is not complete. It has been compiled from books, sites  and other literature that may not not be 100% correct. Oils should never be used on sensitive areas or genitals without guidance from a trained Aromatherapist.  Oils for massage must always be used diluted with carrier oil.  If used  in a bath mix the oil into the water before entering and never use more than 8 drops. Some may be used directly onto the skin with care. 

These include Lavender, Tea-Tree, rosemary, Niaouli and Plai.
Reminder that Babies need a much more diluted solution,

Some ideas as to what to do with EO's to make for the most relaxing or most effective way for you...

Bath  or Sauna: 10-15 drops in warm water. Put drops into the water immediately before entering. Gently stir the water to disperse the oil. For sauna, dilute the oil with 90% water and spray on rocks or into the air.

Compress: Put 3-5 drops into a hot or cold basin of water. Cold water contracts the tissues and warm water relaxes the tissues. Fold up a clean cloth and dip it into the water. Squeeze out the excess water. Apply immediately to the painful area.

Facial Steam: One drop of oil per cup of boiling water. Put the drops into the basin after the water is drawn. Gently stir the water to disperse the oil. Immediately place a towel over your head and move your face as close to the aromatic steam as is comfortable.

Inhalation: Recommended for respiratory problems, colds, headaches, sinuses, and coughs. Use 3 to 5 drops of an essential oil on a tissue or handkerchief. Hold it under your nose and then breathe deeply.

Environmental Fragrance: Electric diffusers are a simple and effective way to fragrance a room for aesthetic and therapeutic benefits. Do not use carrier oils in diffusers as they will clog and not disperse. Use essential oils alone or use synergies of pure essential oils. Diffusers eliminate the need for aerosol fresheners.

 

 Oils must not  to taken internally unless under the guidance of an Aromatherapist.  However two or three drops of Lemon or Ginger is (say) a stir fry will enhance the flavour and not cause any ill affects and a few drops of Orange can be used in mulled wine. However never take an undiluted oil internally.

 

 Most oils are perfectly safe and have great benefits for our health and well-being.  It is recommended that you consult a trained aromatherapist or consult the recommended literature before using essential oils.

 

 Oils NOT TO BE USED in Aromatherapy:  Almond (Bitter), Aniseed, Boldo Leaf, Calamus, Camphor (Brown and Yellow), Cassia, Cinnamon Bark,  Costus, lecampane, Fennel (Bitter), Horseradish, Jaborandi Leaf, Mugwort (Armoise), Mustard, Oreganum, Pennyroyal, Pine (Dwarf), Rue, Sassafras, Savin, Savory, Southernwood, Tansy, Thuja, Wintergreen, Wormseed, Wormwood.

 

 PREGNANCY The following oils should not be used during pregnancy: Basil, Cedarwood, Clary Sage, Fennel, Jasmine, Juniper, Marjoram, Myrrh, Nutmeg, Parsley Seed, Peppermint, Rosemary and Thyme. Lavender, Chamomile and Rose should be avoided during the first four months, and after that used only as a 1% dilution.

 

 SKIN IRRITANTS:  These oils may irritate the skin when used in the bath.   Fennel, Lemon, lemongrass, Melissa, Peppermint, Pine Needle, Thyme, Tea Tree. (Fennel may also affect some people when used for massage. Do not use a dilution stronger than 2%).

 

 HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE:  The following oils should not be used by or for anybody suffering from high blood pressure: Rosemary, Thyme.

EPILEPSY:  The following oils should be avoided: Camphor, Fennel, Hyssop, Sage, Rosemary.


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