The right use of essential oils
The wide variety of aromatherapy applications
Essential oils can be used in many ways. Aromatherapy treatments are not only possible by scenting the room, but also with fragrant baths and aromatic massages, soothing steam baths, in the sauna or by using essential oils in cooking and baking. We’ll introduce you to the basics of aromatherapy and show you how to use the essential oils properly. </ Span> </ p>
Nature Room Scents
Natural essential oils can significantly enrich our everyday lives. Depending on the mood, the different oils and their individual properties can be used selectively, for example, to refresh body and mind, to give us rest or to bring a harmonious mood into the room.
The most common way to enjoy the effects of the essential oils is to inhale their fragrance. As a result, the range of applications focuses mainly on the respiratory organs and the psycho-emotional area. There are different ways to get the essential oils into the air.
Room scenting by heat
The most well-known method is the application in the fragrance lamp. Here, the essential oils are poured into a bowl of water, under which a candle or an electric light bulb are attached as a heat source. The oil then rises through the heat with the water vapor upwards. This method is an atmospheric variant.
However, too much heat is not beneficial to the quality of the oil. The oils can be damaged by the heat, which the attentive observer can notice in the fragrance development and effect. When the fragrance lamp is well constructed, that is, when the bowl is so large that it holds enough water, the oil does not become too hot. As a very good variant of the aroma lamp are so-called Thermo Scent Stones, where a built-in thermostat prevents the oil from getting too hot.
Room scenting through ventilation
Probably the most practical devices for room fragrancing are devices in which the oil is dripped onto prefabricated pads. Built-in fans then swirl the scent into the air. The fragrance change is not a problem as different fragrances can be dripped on different pads in a row. Further cleaning is not necessary, which is why these devices are particularly popular for use at work, in the office, in hospital rooms and of course at home.
Room Scenting by Diffusion
If you leave a bottle open, the oil evaporates by itself in the room. Probably the easiest way to distribute fragrances in the room is to take advantage of this natural feature. To amplify the effect, thin wooden sticks can be placed in the bottle, which then release the scent into the room. Many fragrances are produced synthetically – therefore your need to pay attention to the natural origin of the fragrances. Our room scents contain only 100% pure natural essential oils. In addition, the closures of the room scents are extra patented to prevent accidental leakage – an important factor in households with children or pets.
Room scenting by ultrasonic diffusion (humidification)
Scent diffusers such as the TaoWells are decorative objects that with their special diffusion technology which is suitable for essential oils are able to give a pleasant fragrance and moisture to the air in living spaces. Especially in winter, our indoor air is often very dry, which quickly becomes a problem, especially with colds and flus. In ultrasonic diffusors, the essential oil is dripped directly into the water and then distributed by ultrasound via the evaporating water vapor in the room.
Room scenting with the scent stone
Scent stones are made of porous clay, which absorbs the oil that you drip on it, and then releases it over a longer period of time. Fragrance stones are well suited to fragrance a small perimeter, for example at the desk or bedside table. To scent a living room, a stone is not enough. If you put the drizzled stone on the heater, the fragrance spreads a bit more.
Fragrant herbal and flower baths
Baths and steam baths are not an invention of our time, but an ancient custom of mankind for external and internal purification. A fresh herbal or flower bath is the best way to relax, regenerate or refresh. The essential oils offer in many ways the opportunity to prepare deliciously fragrant baths that refresh and revitalize or simply relax.
Selection and composition of the individual essences can be determined at will. In no time, the favorite bath is created, which is also free of any synthetic auxiliaries.
Always use an emulsifier
Since essential oils do not combine with water, they must be mixed in a solubilizer (emulsifier) before you can add them to the bathwater. Natural, fragrance-free bases such as a fragrance-free neutral oil bath or base oil bath are best suited for this purpose.
For a full bath you need 10-15 drops of the appropriate essence to 1-3 tablespoons of a carrier base. For domestic use, the essential oils can also be dissolved in fresh milk, cream or honey or dripped onto sea salt. It is important that the oil is stirred well in the carrier and that the mixture is added to the bath water only when the tub is completely filled.
In our recipe section you will find numerous recipes for fragrant baths, nourishing lotions or fortifying rubs.
The preparation of natural body and massage oils, which are free from any synthetic additives, is very easy and you need only a few ingredients. In addition to selected essential oils you need only a fat base oil, which is selected according to your taste and skin type. To start with, pour only 2-3 tablespoons of base oil into an empty glass bowl, add about 5 drops of the desired essence, and mix with each other.
The base oils are all fatty oils, which are obtained from oily fruits or seeds by gentle cold pressing as far as possible. In addition to sunflower and olive oil, there are a number of other oils that are even more suitable for making your own body oils, such as apricot kernel oil, almond oil or jojoba oil. In addition, there are so-called macerates, so base oils in which plants, mostly flowers, were inserted, such as St. John’s wort oil or calendula oil.
Aromatherapy and Spa
For many people the regular walk in the sauna has become the epitome of physical and mental well-being. In fact, it is a very good prophylaxis to get well, as the sauna activates various body functions.
In addition to the effect on the circulation the metabolism is activated. The body is also supported in the cleansing and detoxification processes. In addition, an important factor is the activation of the immune system.
The use of sauna essences is an excellent way to intensify the effects described above. Who finds scents like coconut, passion fruit, peach & amp; Co, should be aware that such fragrances are mostly synthetic, since they can not be obtained from plants.
Use only natural fragrances for sauna and spa
The best are the traditional infusions with 100% natural ingredients suitable for sauna infusions. Stone pine oil, silver fir or cedar, but also oils such as lavender or lightly dosed flower scents can help to create a relaxed atmosphere. Orange oil or other citrus scents create a good mood and increase your well-being.
Intake of essential oils
The internal use of essential oils in the German-speaking countries is mainly limited to the intake of finished preparations. The four standard drugs registered in Germany are eucalyptus, pine needle, mint and peppermint oil. For these essential oils there is a so-called standard approval, which allows certified companies to place them on the market, indicating the curative effects investigated. There are also some capsules in the trade, which are filled with essential oils, mainly for cold symptoms and digestive problems.
While many aromatherapists in France work with the ingestion of essential oils, it is frowned upon in England to use the oils in this way. Of course, there are several reasons, one of which is the therapy’s safety. The use of essential oils for room scenting is the safest method and has the least risk of allergies or irritation. Overall, the application on the skin is also very well tolerated and unproblematic except for some skin-irritating oils.
Which oils are suitable for ingestion?
Refer to the descriptions of the individual oils or a good standard work such as the Encyclopedia of Fragrances, whether a use is recommended or advised against. The most suitable oils for ingestion are the ones that you also know as spices for cooking or as a tea-making herb, such as peppermint.
Dilute all essential oils and check if they are food grade and have a bio-seal, such as the organic Flavors of Baldini . Take into account that essential oils are highly concentrated plant essences and should therefore be used sparingly and prudently. For example, the concentration of essential oil in a tea infusion is significantly lower than an oil taken in the pure state.
For flavoring food and drinks, you should also only use the best quality oils, most certainly those that are approved as food and that come from organic farming.
Pleaser consider the following advices when using oils internally:
- Essential oils should only be taken diluted
- No internal intake for babies, toddlers, pregnant women and ill people
- Only use oils of which 100% natural quality you are convinced, e.g. by the EG Öko-label for food
- Only use oils that you have surely convinced yourself that internal intake is permissible and makes sense
- take only a maximum of 1-2 drops
Essential oils in food and drinks
If you like to surround yourself with natural scents, you should definitely take a little trip to the aroma kitchen. When preparing food and drinks, not only the nose, but also the palate absorbs the precious essences – a special taste experience! Especially if an ingredient is rarely needed, the essential oil is very practical to use, because it can be wonderfully stored in a closed vial.
Aroma cocktails are easily made. For this, the essential oils are mixed in agave syrup or honey in advance. It is important not to dose the oils pure because they are very strong. For those with a sweet tooth, the aroma kitchen offers a wide range of desserts and pastries. For those who prefer a hearty taste, can give a distinctive touch to biscuits with different spices and aromas, for example with basil or rosemary. Anyone who has once entered the world of aroma cuisine will soon come up with their own variants and new creations.
Two basic rules are to be considered in the aroma kitchen:
- Use only food approved, 100% pure and natural Baldini Bio-Aromas in certified ecological quality
- Never give the oils pure to foods and drinks, but always diluted in e.g. Syrup, honey or olive oil to avoid overdose. Always drip the oil on a spoon and from there into the food.
In our recipe area you will find many culinary recipes with essential oils and also cosmetic and room scent recipes.