Essential oils can be applied directly to the body using one to six drops of oil. More is not necessarily better. However, some oils may need to be diluted with a carrier oil (an example of oils that should be diluted are cinnamon, lemongrass, oregano and thyme.) Additionally, caution should be used with oils such as clary sage, sage and fennel during pregnancy.
The body absorbs oils most quickly through inhalation (breathing) and secondly through application to the feet and ears.
We can enjoy daily the aroma, emotional and physical benefit that oils can provide. Here are a few common “blips” we frequently encounter and suggested oils to use.
To release locked-up anger and frustration use sandalwood, or blend 4 drops lavender, 3 drops geranium, 3 drops rosewood, 3 drops rosemary, 2 drops tangerine, 1 drop spearmint, 2 drops tansy, 2 drops blue chamomile and 1 oz pure vegetable oil, apply to back of the neck, wrist and heart area.
Antidepressant: frankincense or lavender – apply to bottoms of feet and heart area or diffuse.
Athlete’s Foot: Combine 10 drops thyme, 10 drops lavender, 10 drops melaleuca, mix with hand lotion and rub onto feet.
Flatulence (gas) any of the following: bergamot, chamomile, coriander, eucalyptus, fennel, ginger, juniper, lavender, myrrh, nutmeg, peppermint, rosemary, spearmint (not for babies), or tarragon, apply to the stomach and abdomen.
Foot Odor: Mix 1 tablespoon baking powder with 2 drops of sage and put in a plastic bag. Shake (flatten any lumps with a rolling pin) and sprinkle into your shoes.
Hair Loss: Combine 2 drops cinnamon bark, 4 drops cypress, 4 drops geranium, 2 drops juniper, 5 drops lavender and 3 drops rosemary. Put one drop of combined oils into 1/4 tsp of water and rub on bald area and entire scalp. (This can be a gentle treatment for your hair during the night.)
Hot Flashes: Bergamot, clary sage, fennel or peppermint – apply the oil on the ankles.
Source: Aromatherapy A-Z by Connie and Alan Higley, Pat Leatham.