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.


Next: Anxious? Tired? 8 ways to heal yourself with aromatherapy

8 Ways to Heal with Aromatherapy:

1. If you’re anxious: Add a few drops of ylang-ylang to your bath water. Or, blend it with rose or lavender oil, and give yourself a full-body massage. The tensions will melt away from your mind and body.
2. Got the sniffles? Just a drop of eucalyptus oil on your pillow or on a tissue eases sinusitis.
3. For aching muscles: A blend of perky peppermint and soothing lavender oil is what you need.
4. For indigestion: Honey is a time-tested remedy for belly woes. Add a few drops of peppermint oil to it, mix them in a glass of water, and sip—the relief is almost instant.
5. Monday morning dullness? Rosemary oil added to your bathwater gives a quick energy boost.
6. Feeling blue? Lift up your spirits with jasmine or bergamot essential oils. You could mix them with a base oil for a full-body massage, or sprinkle a few drops in your bath water.
7. For sleeplessness: Lavender essence massaged on your face, neck and shoulders invites restfulness. Or, have a warm, lavender-infused bath before bedtime.
8. For stretch marks and scars: Try neroli essential oil blended with a cream or lotion. It helps regenerate skin by stimulating cell growth.



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Jo S.
Jo S2 years ago

Thank you Shubhra.

Judy T.
Judy T4 years ago

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

Fred Hoekstra
Fred Hoekstra4 years ago

Thank you Shubhra, for Sharing this!

Robert A.
Robert A5 years ago

Thanks for the information.

Susan A.
Susan A5 years ago

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

Joe R.
Joe R5 years ago


Nicole Bergeron
Nicole Bergeron5 years ago

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.

John S.
Past Member 5 years ago

Thanks for the info.

Irene Metz
Irene Metz5 years ago

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

Spirit Spider
Spirit Spider5 years ago

Mmmm nice. Ylang ylang in the bath is divine!