Methods of application of essential oils. part 2

There are many ways to use the wonderful properties of aromatherapy. Now we will talk about hot and cold compresses, aroma lamps, inhalations and the internal use of essential oils.


Compresses are a type of wrapping with the difference that the compress is applied only to certain areas of the body. They are used in various inflammatory processes, problems of the joints, soft tissues, bruises, and migraines. Compresses can be hot and cold.

Hot compresses commonly used in anti-inflammatory, anti-edematous, antispasmodic and muscle pain relief. For sore throats, a hot compress will help relieve inflammation and reduce hoarseness.

In 1 liter of water of the desired temperature, add essential oils in the amount of 5-10 drops, thoroughly moisten a piece of cotton wool or soft natural fabric in it, then squeeze it and attach it to the sore spot or to the projected area of ​​the diseased organ. Cover with a warm blanket or wrap a scarf. The procedure lasts until the compress cools to body temperature. (usually from 30 minutes to 2 hours). You can put a heating pad on top of the compress so that it does not cool longer.

Cold pack it differs in that it does not need to be additionally affected by heat, and in some cases crushed ice or a vessel with cold water is placed on top, you can simply use a towel moistened in ice water with essential oils previously dripped into it. Every time the towel heats up from the temperature of the body, it must be moistened with water again and applied to the sore spot. The procedure time is from 30 minutes to 2 hours.

Cold compresses are mainly used to reduce fever, reduce swelling and swelling as a result of various injuries. Cool compresses give a good effect to neutralize a headache.

To choose the right version of the compress with essential oils - hot or cold - you need to be well aware of the problem that is supposed to be solved with the help of essential oils. Interesting recommendations on this subject can be found in the literature on Ayurveda. According to this ancient Indian system of knowledge, cold compresses are recommended for an organ that works with increased activity, and for suppressed functions (for example, stagnation, chronic pain), hot compresses are shown to organs. In Ayurveda you can find useful recommendations for choosing one or another method of therapeutic treatment, depending on the type of constitution.

Compresses with essential oils are wet and dry. With a dry compress, essential oils are added to the base in proportion: 3-5 essential oils per 10 g of base, the mixture is applied to the projection of the diseased organ or the problem area. From above, the compress is covered with dry gauze rolled up in several layers, cotton or wool and secured in this position.

Of course, in order to make the correct diagnosis and conduct an effective treatment, it is recommended to consult with a specialist.


Inhalation is an excellent treatment for respiratory diseases, but is not suitable for asthmatics.


Aroma Women. Warm water is poured into the aroma bowl, to which a small amount of drops of essential oil is added, after which the candle is lit. Due to the slow warming of the water, the room air is gradually saturated with aroma. The method should be carried out with the windows and doors closed. Inhalation time 1-3 hours.

Cold inhalations. Directly from the bottle, or after application to the fabric or aroma stone (a stone of finely porous clay), the aroma of the essential oil is inhaled. Breathing should be smooth and deep. The inhalation time is 5-10 minutes.

Method of grinding perfectly helps with inflammation in the muscle, nervous, connective tissue, affecting the lymphatic system, vertebral trunk, respiratory system and blood circulation. In 10 g of massage oil (Hypericum oil, almond oil, wheat germ oil) add the required amount of essential oil, apply on the sore spot and rub in with strong energetic movements.

Aroma lamp

Fill a cup with water, add 5-8 drops of aromatic oil and stir. Light a fire under the cup and, if necessary, from time to time add water to it. The cup should be rinsed with hot water and drinking alcohol or technical alcohol.

Internal use

For internal use, you must be very careful with essential oils. First, the dose of one dose should not exceed 1-3 drops, and secondly, the course of treatment should not be more than 3-4 weeks. The active components of essential oils affect the organs of digestion, enter the bloodstream, normalize the work of the cardiovascular system, have a powerful effect on the urogenital system and nervous tissue.

Pure undiluted essential oils should never be ingested! For internal use of the essential oil, solvent is required! The recommended amount of essential oil should be added to 1 tbsp. A spoon of edible vegetable oil, in 1/2 teaspoon of honey or jam, on dried fruit or a piece of sponge cake, used as a salad dressing, mixed with mayonnaise or dressing. For burning oils there is an encapsulation technique: apply essential oil of the appropriate dosage to a small piece of black bread. Mash another piece of bread between your fingers so that you get a thin plate. Next, wrap in this plate soaked with aroma essences bread and seal tightly. After, take as pills, drinking plenty of liquid (preferably sour juice).

For other ways of using essential oils, see the article Methods of using essential oils. Part 1.

Be healthy and happy!


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