Water method applications can be some of the most enjoyable and relaxing aromatherapy techniques.
Inhaled as a Vapor – Pour hot water into a bowl; add 2-3 drops of an essential oil. Cover your head with a towel and lean over the bowl with your face about 10 inches away and your eyes closed. Breathe deeply though your nose for about one minute.
Baths – Adding essential oils to bath water is challenging because oil does not mix with water. For even dispersion, mix 5-10 drops of essential oil in ¼ cup of Epsom salts or bath gel base and then add this mixture under a running faucet. This method will help the oils disperse in the bath evenly and prevent stronger oils from stinging sensitive areas. Soak for at least ten minutes, relaxing and breathing deeply. Keep the bathroom door closed to keep the vapors in the room.
Sauna – Add 2 drops of essential oil per 2 ½ cups water – Use eucalyptus, tea tree, or pine oils. Mix in the water beforehand and throw on to the heat source as usual. Only use these essential oils because they enter the body with inhalation and exit by perspiration. They're all excellent cleansers and detoxifiers.
Shower – Wash as usual. Now add a maximum of 8 drops of an essential oil to your facecloth or sponge and rub it over yourself briskly as you continue to stand under the running water. Breathe in the aromatic steam deeply.
Sitz Bath – Run a bath to hip level or use a bowl which is large enough for you to be able to lower yourself into it. Add 2-3 drops of an essential oil mixed into a little bath gel and swish it around thoroughly so that no globules are left on the surface, where they could come into contact with delicate mucous membrane.
Hand Bath – Soak the hands for a maximum of ten minutes in a bowl of warm water that has had 2-4 drops of an essential oil added.
Foot Bath – Soak the feet for twenty minutes in a bowl of warm water that has had 2-6 drops of an essential oil added.
These are some of the more commonly used water method applications. Much more information is available to help you use essential oils safely, easily and creatively. Explore the
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