As traditional herbal remedies, the essential oils are very valuable resources for help because they are effective in the prevention and the treatment of many common problems. In addition, most of the oils are used for baths, products for the skin, as well as for perfumes or air fresheners.
Types of Inhalation
This is an easy and convenient method of using essential oils. With only 2-3 drops on a napkin, you can do a lot for your health. You should use essential oils by rubbing them locally.
Put 60 drops of e certain essential oil in 30 ml of vegetable oil which is easily absorbed, this is about 10% concentration of essential oils in vegetable oil. In children and people with sensitive skin, you should use half of the recommended dose, or a maximum of 30 drops per 30 ml of base oil. Apply this twice a day with a thin layer of the upper back and the chest and you should try to avoid the nipples.
If you have problems with the upper respiratory tract, you should rub the oil locally into the forehead, the temples and the neck. You should never apply the oil to the cheeks, under the eyes and on the front of the neck because you can irritate the skin.
You can combine the local rubbing with inhalation.
Steam inhalation has a much stronger effect on the work of the respiratory tract. It can be used as help with the respiratory problems or for deep cleaning of the face. You should avoid inhalation of the face if the person is prone to breaking of capillaries.
Take 500 ml of boiling water and add 2-4 drops of essential oils, the amount you use depends on its strength. You should do the inhalation for five minutes, not more.
You should cover your head with a towel if you want to use the aromatic steam better. During inhalation, you should keep your eyes closed. You can do the inhalation with steam 2-3 times a day during a short period of time, especially if you have the flu or a cold.
Inhaling is healing, but people often seem to breathe almost boiling water, which is very wrong, because its temperature should be about 40 degrees. Steam inhalation is not recommended to the asthmatics or during bronchial attacks.
The diffusers are devices designed to spray essential oils into the air in the form of small drops. Put the recommended dose of essential oil in the diffuser, switch it on and keep it on a distance at approximately 10 cm from the nose. Inhale it for about 5 minutes, 2-3 times a day. This is a very elegant way of inhalation, ideal for those who do not want to make inhalation over a dish with hot water. The inhalation process is quick, and the use of essential oils is more efficient and more healing approach than the conventional inhalation.
They can help you, because the whole scent of the essential oils occupies your living space. However, they have a deficiency because you should put the oils in water, the water is heated and the essential oil as well, and this reduces its healing effeciency and quality.
Relieve coughing with steam inhalation of rosemary essential oils
Pour boiling water in the container for inhalation. After that, you should add only one drop of rosemary essential oil of the cineole chemotype in order to ease the coughing or rosemary of verbenone chemotype to soften the accumulated mucus in the respiratory system.
You should carefully do the inhalation for about one minute and then add another drop, and inhale again for about one minute. In this way, you will totally inhale about 4-5 drops, and for children it is recommedned to use 3-4 drops. You should do the inhalation twice a day in order to stop the problems.
For children and pregnant women you shoul avoid the use of rosemary of cineol chemotype.
Ease the brathing with dry inhalation of Eucalyptus or Peppermint essential oils
In order to ease the breathing when you have a cold or a flu, you should put 2 or 3 drops of eucalyptus or peppermint essential oil on a tissue and inhale. The eucalyptus helps the breath and protects against colds and flu. You can also put drops of the essential on a pillow in order to ease the breathing and have a peaceful sleep. If you do not want to put the oil on the pillow, you can put it on a tissue and keep it near the pillow.
Steam inhalation of Eucalyptus essential uil for colds and flu
Add a few drops of eucalyptus or pepermint essential oil in a container with hot water, cover your head with a towel, close your eyes and inhale the healing steam. The eucalyptus is good for this type of use of essential oils because of its healing effects on the respiratory system. It has extremely good effect on colds and flu.
Dry inhalation against nausea and headaches
If you are travelling, the dry inhalation with peppermint essential oil will help you to have a pleasant journey, without nausea and headaches. If you are driving, put one drop of rosemary and lemon on the handkerchief besides the peppermint. This mix will increase the concentration and relieve the fatigue.
Dry inhalation against anxiety, fear and panic
In case of acute anxiety, such as panic attacks, or fear of dealing with something difficult, the simplest thing to do is to put one drop of the appropriate essential oils (lavender, ylang ylang, lemon balm and sage) on the palm. Rub your palms to heat the oil and inhale the scent. Keep your nose covered until you start breathing slowly and deeply, about four times.
Aromatherapy for respiratory problems
The most effective essential oils are the ones that are good expectorants, which stimulate and ease the coughing and at the same time act against pathogenic bacteria and viruses.
The folloming oils have these effects:
- Niaouli cineole chemotype – Melaleuca quinquenervia
- Melaleuca cajuputi
- Eucalyptus globulus -for infection of the lower respiratory tract
- Eucalyptus radiata – for infection of the upper respiratory tract
- Revintsara – Cinnamomum camphora – antiviral and antibacterial effect
- Tea Tree – Melaleuca alternifolia – antiviral and antibacterial effect
- Rosemary Cineol chemotype – stimulates and facilitates coughing
- Rosemary verbenon chemotype – dilutes the mucus
Combinations of essential oils for steam inhalation
All mixtures should be dosed at 6 to 12 drops for 1-2 liters of boiling water.
Inhalation for all kinds of ailments
5 drops of lavender, 3 drops of eucalyptus, 3 drops of essential oil of pine needles, 2 drops of thyme essential oil.
Inhalation for coughing
4 drops of bergamot essential oil, 4 drops of eucalyptus, 4 drops of rosemary oil and 4 drops of sandalwood oil.
Inhalation with antiseptic effect
3 drops of eucalyptus essential oil, 3 drops of rosemary oil, 6 drops of lavender essential oil.
Inhalation against colds
2 drops of thyme essential oil, 5 drops of lavender essential oil, 3 drops of eucalyptus essential oil or 12-15 drops of essential oils of pine needles or fir needles.