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Essential oils for better health / Calm down with Chamomile

Precautions when using essential oils

Calm down with Chamomile:
by Sadiqa Nathani

Essential oils have some special uses and some precautions for using them too. These are:

Room freshener
Colds and headaches
Bee bites
Other special uses
Precautions when using essential oils


Using a screw topped bottle, mix 2 drops of oil with 1/2 litre spring water, shake well to disperse oil each time you use it.

For fresh breath, suitable oils are mint and lemon. For mouth infections and gum problem use Tea tree. Do not swallow the mouthwash.

Room freshener

Essential oils create a pleasant atmosphere. At the same time, specific oils will also effect your mood, creating a good ambience for meditation, work, relaxation, romance or sleep. At times it may be useful to fumigate the air in cases of infections, illness or as mosquito repellent. These are several methods of using oils for room fragrance:

  • Add a few drop of essential oil to a bowl of dried flowers or pot pourri.
  • Add a few drops to drawer liners and padded clothes hangers.
  • Put a couple of drops on a hot light bulb.

Oil vaporisers are available today in a number of shops. Float a few drops of oil on water at the top of a bowl, and burn a candle underneath to release the aroma into the air. Most oils can be used for room fragrance. Some are particularly suitable for special purposes, including:

Meditation: Cedarwood, Sandalwood, Frankincense.
Infection: Tea Tree, Eucalyptus and Rosemary, Lavender & Lemon.
Romantic: Ylang Ylang, Geranium, Sandalwood, Rose, Jasmine.
Relaxation/Sleep: Chamomile, Lavender, Neroli, Sandalwood, Ylang Ylang.


Cold and headaches

For cold, headaches, stuffiness, travel sickness, etc., put a drop or two of an essential oil on a handkerchief or tissue and sniff at intervals. Those suffering from insomnia should use 1/2 a drop of an essential oil on a handkerchief or tissue and place it besides the bed or close to the pillow. Do not let the skin come into contact with the neat oil.
Suitable oils are:
Headache and stuffiness: Lavender and Rosemary
Travel sickness: Lemon grass and Lavender
Insomnia: Lavender, Chamomile, Neroli

Bee bites

As a general rule, never apply neat oils to the skin as they can produce a skin reaction. However, in case of insect bites and stings, and to disinfect cuts or acne and boils, a drop or two of only certain oils (eg. Tea Tree, Lavender) can be used on the spot. Put 1-2 drop on cotton wool and dab gently.

Special uses

The hectic pace of life today makes particular demands on everyone. Women often have to combine work, home care and the demands of children. Modern life exacts an emotional toll on men too, while they engage in types of work and sports that can place great demands on the body.

For women, oils like Clary Sage, Geranium, Lavender, Marjoram, Ylang Ylang and Rose have a calming effect. Whereas oils like Cypress, Frankincense, Lemon, Rosewood, Sandalwood and oils with a dual aspect like Clary Sage and geranium work better on men.

Essential oils that help to refresh and uplift the moods are Lavender, Rosemary, Lemon and Rosewood.

Essential oils that help one feel secure and warm are: Chamomile, Clary Sage, Lavender and Ylang Ylang.


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