The benefits of essential oils have been known since ancient times. With their help, the symptoms of colds were treated. Nowadays, the use of essential oils is not limited to reducing the symptoms of diseases - aromatherapy and properly chosen scents can reduce stress, lift the mood, tone. One of the most popular and effective ways to absorb the properties of essential oils is to inhale them. So we will discuss how to use essential oils correctly to get the best results.
Fabric / handkerchief. Apply a few drops of essential oil on the cloth or handkerchief. Take a deep breath several times. You can carry this fabric with you and pull it out and repeat the procedure at any time if necessary. Properly selected essential oils (such as eucalyptus or fir) can help reduce a coughing cough, loosen clogged airways.
Pillow. Use at bedtime to relax, reduce anxiety or cold symptoms. Before going to bed, apply a few drops of the selected essential oil on the pillow. It is advisable to place your head a little away from the area where you dropped the essential oil. This oil will evaporate in a few hours, but will help you sleep well and well.
Aromatherapy inhaler. This is a small portable personal inhaler that you can buy at pharmacies. Add a few drops of the selected essential oil to the device and use throughout the day as needed.
Vapor breathing. Add 1 liter of hot water to the container. Add a few drops of essential oil (depending on the type of essential oil, up to 5 drops are usually sufficient). Tilt your head over the dish and cover it with a towel to trap steam. Breathe in this steam for 1-2 minutes, then take a break of at least 30 seconds and repeat the procedure. You can also take breaks as needed, it is not advisable to breathe the vapor of essential oils for more than 10 minutes. To avoid irritation, be sure to close your eyes during the procedure, do not keep your face too close to hot water to avoid burns.
Essential oil diffusers. It is one of the most popular and commonly used devices for inhaling essential oils. Diffusers not only dispense essential oils into the room and you inhale their microparticles together with the air, but at the same time these devices clean and disinfect the room air. Depending on the type of diffuser (ultrasonic or essential oil spray) you will achieve different results. Ultrasonic diffusers disperse essential oils indoors along with water molecules, so add a few drops of the selected essential oil or a mixture of them to the water container in the unit. Although the oil concentration will not be high, it will not lose its properties, and the scattered particles will not only emit a wonderful smell, but also moisturize the indoor air. Essential oil spray diffusers do not use water and only release essential oil particles into the environment together with the air.
It is important to keep in mind that not all essential oils are suitable for use by inhalation. Before use, make sure that the oil does not cause allergies and is suitable for children or pets.