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8 Safe & Easy Ways to Use Aromatherapy at Home

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8 Safe & Easy Ways to Use Aromatherapy at Home

Essential oils are a time-tested tool for healing a staggering number of discomforts ranging from muscle fatigue to depression. Delve into their wonderful world, and you could beat back day-to-day health problems without rushing to a clinic.

How to Blend Essential Oils:

  • Essential oils should be diluted with cold-pressed carrier oils so that they don’t cause irritation or other reactions.
  • Carrier oils are base oils that help ‘carry’ the essential oil onto your skin and senses. These are usually derived from nuts, kernels or seeds. Examples: sweet almond oil, apricot kernel oil, sesame oil, sunflower oil, evening primrose oil, grapeseed oil, hazelnut oil and such.
  • For every ounce of carrier oil, use 5 to 10 drops of essential oil.
  • For 1 tub of bath water, use 6 to 8 drops of essential oil.
  • Make sure the oil you’re using is genuine. Pure oil is more watery than oily. It is usually packaged in a dark blue or brown bottle, so that the liquid is preserved.


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Shubhra Krishan

Writer, editor and journalist Shubhra Krishan is the author of Essential Ayurveda: What it is and what it can do for you (New World Library, 2003), Radiant Body, Restful Mind: A Woman's book of comfort (New World Library, 2004), and The 9 to 5 Yogi: How to feel like a sage while working like a dog (Hay House India, 2011).


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2:34PM PDT on Sep 10, 2015

Thank you Shubhra.

8:36PM PST on Nov 6, 2013

Hm! So, I've got to get my good supplies of lavender. I hope that finally gets me to sleep. Thanks!

4:51AM PDT on Mar 24, 2013

Thank you Shubhra, for Sharing this!

11:49AM PST on Nov 23, 2012

Thanks for the information.

3:23AM PDT on Oct 23, 2012

I've been using a lavender essence lotion on my face, and it does help with sleep!

3:39AM PDT on Oct 22, 2012


11:43AM PDT on Oct 14, 2012

I use to love to make my own, but then a friend moved in for a few months that hated the smell of all oils (why i do not know) and I feel out of the habit of making them. I am now to busy to make them as well as work in my herb and flower gardens. Even the more motions of working in the gardens and making of the oils were calming.

2:51AM PDT on Oct 4, 2012

Thanks for the info.

8:05PM PDT on Sep 22, 2012

A lot of great ideas! Don't forget that lavender is good for burns and scrapes.

6:45PM PDT on Sep 22, 2012

Mmmm nice. Ylang ylang in the bath is divine!

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