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Essential oils for better health / Calm down with Chamomile

Precautions when using essential oils

Essential oils for better health:
by Sadiqa Nathani

Essential oils can be effectively used in massages, baths and saunas (Aromatic answers to aches and pains). Here are some more uses.

Inhalation/facial steams

This method of using oils simultaneously cleanses the skin while helping de-congest lungs and sinuses, catarrh and sore throat.

an average, use 2 - 3 drops of the essential oil in one pint of water. Float the oil on the surface of a bowl of steaming water, just off the boil. Drape a bath towel over your head and breathe in the steam for 2-3 minutes.

For nasal congestion breathe through the nose, for a sore throat breathe through the mouth. Do not persist if this causes discomfort. Exercise caution if you suffer from allergic conditions such as hay fever and asthma.

Use the following combinations for:

Cleansing - Lavender and geranium
Congested lungs (Bronchitis) - Frankincense, Marjoram, Sandalwood.
Sore throat - Lavender
Sinusitis - Lavender, Marjoram, Rosemary, Tea Tree.


Use hot compresses for long-standing conditions like backache, arthritic and rheumatic pain, and menstrual pain, and cold compresses for recent injuries or acute conditions like sprains, headaches bruises and swelling and fever.

Add to the water, both hot and cold, up to 6 drops of essential oil (3 for small areas like forehead). Fold a small towel or handkerchief of an absorbent material (cotton or flannel) and place it on the surface of the water so that it takes up the essential oil. Wring out, and apply on affected areas. When dry, soak again and re-apply.

Recommended oils:
Arthritis and muscular aches and pains - Chamomile, Cypress or Juniper berry, Lavender, Rosemary and Marjoram.
Fever - Lavender or Rosemary
Headache - Lavender, Rosemary, Marjoram, Clary Sage.
Headache with tension - Chamomile
Headache with sinusitis - Eucalyptus (use with care)
Bruises - Lavender, Tea Tree
Swelling - Juniper berry

Hair and face oil

Some oils are particularly good for the skin and hair. Use essential oils in a proportion of 1 drop to 10 ml (2 tsp.) carrier oil (preferably pre-blended for the purpose) for a pre-bath facial oil or an after-bath body lotion and moisturiser. Choose the oil according to the physical symptoms.

For hair conditioning, massage the blend into the scalp and leave for a minimum of two hours or overnight before shampooing.

Head lice can be successfully and pleasantly treated with a mixture of Eucalyptus or Tea Tree with Lavender and Rosemary, using 4 drops of essential oils in 10-ml carrier oil.

Do not use more than one drop of Eucalyptus and Rosemary, as they are stronger oils. Apply to the scalp, massage well and leave for an hour before shampooing and combing out the wet hair with fine-toothed comb. Repeat as necessary.

Hair rinse

After washing your hair, stir 1 drop of essential oil to the water you plan to use for the final rise. Or make up a hair rinse as follows: Mix 4 drops essential oil to 1 litre of water. Use a screw top bottle and shake well to disperse the oil each time you use it, as the oil does not dissolve in water. Suitable oils for hair include Rosemary, geranium, and Rosewood.

Skin lotion

Adding 10 drops of essential oils to 50-ml spring water can make skin lotion/tonics. Use a screw top bottle and shake well to disperse the oils.

Suitable oils are:
Oily skin - Use Tea Tree or Cedarwood, Cypress or Juniper berry, Rosemary, Ylang Ylang.
Sensitive skin - Chamomile (German) or Geranium
Dry skin - Geranium, Lavender, and Sandalwood.
Aging / mature skin - Clary Sage, Cypress, Frankincense, Geranium, Sandalwood

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