Aromatherapy can be a versatile natural health treatment. Though not a replacement for traditional medical treatments or prescription medications, aromatherapy does not cure major illnesses, but it is effective at lessening many of the discomforts associated with them. For stress, try adding 4 to 6 drops of lavender oil to a warm bath or mixing the oil with water in a spray bottle to mist into the air.
To relieve sore muscles, combine 5 drops with 5 drops of peppermint oil and 4 teaspoons of a carrier oil*, then massage into skin. Lavender is an adaptogen, and therefore can assist the body when adapting to stress or imbalances. It is a great aid for relaxing and winding down before bedtime, yet has balancing properties that can also boost stamina and energy.
- Essential oils are very potent, never apply them directly to the skin, always dilute them in a carrier oil before applying to the skin.
- Keep essential oils out of the reach of children.
- If pregnant, seek medical advice before using essential oils.
- Some oils may cause irritation / allergic reaction so patch test before using.
Lavender oil truly is the most versatile of all essential oils, it should be a “must have” for every home.
*Carrier oil, also known as base oil or vegetable oil, is used to dilute essential oils and absolutes before they are applied to the skin in massage and aromatherapy. They are so named because they carry the essential oil onto the skin. Carrier oils do not contain a concentrated aroma, unlike essential oils, though some, such as olive, have a mild distinctive smell. Neither do they evaporate like essential oils, which are more volatile. The carrier oils used should be as natural and unadulterated as possible. Organic oils should be used where possible. Cold-pressing and maceration are the two main methods of producing carrier oils. (source—Wikipedia)