By Hwaa Irfan
Below the surface layer of the skin, the epidermis, is the dermis, which is alive and contains blood vessels, sweat glands, and nerve endings. As we get older, our skin takes longer to regenerate and the shedding of dead skin takes longer. Most lotions and creams penetrate only the epidermis, and thus is only able to moisturize the epidermis, but essential oils reaches the tiny blood vessels, the capillaries. And thus is able to enter the blood stream. Therefore, as such, one should not take essential oils on face value alone, i.e. smell.
As can be seen from the individual essential oils, they contain chemical and therapeutic factors, which have specific, i.e. localized functions, and each essential oil falls under a category that makes it compatible/synergistic with a certain essential oil – so it is wrong to assume that one can mix any essential oil with any essential oil. Each oil works on the physical, spiritual, instinctual, and mental nature of a person depending on how it is applied.
Essential oils also have a synergy with water. When used for a bath, the oil/oil blend should be added first, before filling the bath with water. As the bath fills, the action of the water not only disperses the oil/oil blend in the water evenly, but it helps to potentate the oil as the water takes on the signature of what is added to it. Therefore, one should not be mistaken by adding more oil to get a better affect – this is not the case at all! To ensure efficacy, it is best to buy organically made essential oils, because they are without adulteration, and only then can the therapeutic affect be guaranteed.
Here are some examples:
For a Calming Bath
Evening: 6 drops of one of the following:
- Lavender essential oil
- Marjoram essential oil
Morning: 6 drops of one of the following:
- Ylang ylang
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