Using the Aromatherapy Basic Care Kit

This post will show you how The Aromatherapy Basic Care Kit can be used to treat a wide variety of health problems, and the proper applications of oils for specific treatments.

Remember to check my previous post about using essential oils safely here before using any of the remedies below.

This is a very large post, if looking for a certain problem try using ctrl+f to find it quickly.

Abdominal Pain: Abdominal Pain should be checked by a doctor if it persists or increases in intensity because it could be appendicitis or another condition that needs to be properly diagnosed.

Upper Abdominal Area: Apply the following oil over the painful area in a clockwise motion.

3 drops Peppermint
2 drops Clove
diluted in 1 teaspoon carrier oil

Lower Abdominal Area: Apply the following oil over the painful area in a clockwise motion.

2 drops Thyme
3 drops Eucalyptus
diluted in 1 teaspoon carrier oil

Abrasions: Clean the area well with 5 drops of Lavender diluted in a bowl of warm water. Apply one neat drop of Lavender and leave to heal.

Abscesses: Make a compress by submerging a gauze pad into warm water and ringing until slightly damp. Apply the following oils and secure to the area of swelling twice a day using a bandage.

2 drops Lavender
2 drops Tea Tree
3 drops Chamomile

Dental Abscesses: Put 1 drop of Chamomile on a cotton ball and apply directly to the abscess. Also rub over the jaw and cheek area with the following oil.

3 drops Lavender
2 drops Tea Tree
diluted in 1 teaspoon carrier oil.

Anal Fissure: Bathe the area with warm water to which you have added 5 drops of Lavender and 2 drops of Lemon. Also massage around the anal area with the following oil.

2 drops Chamomile
1 drop Geranium
3 drops Lavender
diluted in 1 teaspoon carrier oil

Athlete’s Foot: Make up a mixture of 2 drops Tea Tree and 1 drop Lavender, dip a cotton ball into it and smear it between the toes and around the nails. Also make up the following massage oil and rub it over the feet, paying special attention to the toes.

5 drops Tea Tree
1 drop Lemon
diluted in i teaspoon carrier oil

Bilious Attacks: Inhale from a tissue on which you have put 1 drop of Peppermint and 1 drop of Lemon. Also make an oil by adding 2 drops of Peppermint to 1 teaspoon of carrier oil and use it to rub over the gallbladder area (around the right, lower rib cage) and stomach.

Black Eyes: Dilute 1 drop of Geranium and 1 drop of Chamomile in 2 teaspoons of witch hazel, and blend together well. Now add this to 1 tablespoon ice-cold water, mix well, and soak some cotton pads in it. Close your eye and apply a pad to the eyelid and surrounding area.

Bleeding: For bleeding from an open wound apply a compress to which you have added the following.

1 drop Geranium
1 drop Lemon
1 drop Chamomile

Nose Bleed: Lie flat on you back, pinch the nostrils, then inhale the following oils from a tissue.

3 drops Lemon
1 drop Lavender

Bleeding Gums: Make up the following mixture, add it to a tumbler of warm water, and use as a mouth wash. DO NOT SWALLOW.

2 drops Lemon
1 drop Lavender
2 drops Eucalyptus

Blepharitis: Inflammation of the eyelids -see Conjunctivitis.

Blisters: Apply neat 1 drop of Lavender and one drop of Chamomile. Pat up excess oil thoroughly but carefully.

Blisters from Burns and Scalds: DO NOT PIERCE. Put 1 neat drop of Lavender onto the blister and then hold an ice-cube on the blister for at least 10 minutes. Cover with a piece of clean dry gauze. Repeat up to three times a day. (See also Burns)

Boils: Bathe the area with 2 drops of Lavender and 2 drops of Tea Tree diluted in a small bowl of hot water. If the inflammation is severe, add 1 drop Chamomile. Bathe twice a day.

Hot Compresses: These can be applied to boils to draw out the pus. Put 1 drop of Red Thyme onto a hot compress and apply twice a day. After the pus has been dispelled apply a little of the following oil over the affected area twice a day.

3 drops Lavender
2 drops Red Thyme
2 drops Tea Tree
diluted in 1 teaspoon of carrier oil

Bruises: Make up two bowls of water, one hot and one cold, and add the following to both.

2 drops Lavender
3 drops Rosemary
1 drop Geranium

Soak a washcloth in each bowl and apply them alternately to the bruised and surrounding area. Then apply a small amount of the following oil.

2 drops Geranium
2 drops Rosemary
1 drop Lavender
diluted in 1 teaspoon of carrier oil

Bumps: Treat as for bruises.

Burns: Apply ice-cold water for at least ten minutes. Then immediately put 2 drops of neat lavender directly on the burn. Put 5 drops of Lavender on a dry, cold compress and cover the area. Repeat as needed.

Carbuncles: Treat as for boils.

Catarrh: Use the bowl method of steam inhalation. Put the following oils on the top of the water and inhale for at least ten minutes. Keep your eyes closed.

1 drop Rosemary
2 drops Peppermint
1 drop Tea Tree

Also rub your chest and back with the following oil.

2 drops Tea Tree
2 drops Rosemary
5 drops Eucalyptus
1 drop Thyme
diluted in 2 teaspoons carrier oil

Use the essential oils on tissues also, and inhale when needed. Use any of the following: Rosemary, Thyme, Eucalyptus, or Tea Tree.

Chapped Lips: Apply to the lips,

2 drops Chamomile
2 drops Geranium
mixed well with 2 teaspoons aloe vera gel

Alternatively, use the oil for chapped skin.

Chapped Skin: Make up the following oil and massage over the chapped area, including the face if affected.

10 drops Geranium
10 drops Chamomile
5 drops Lemon
5 drops Lavender
diluted in 2 teaspoons carrier oil

Chilblains: Apply 1 drop of neat Geranium to the affected area, usually the toes or fingers. Do this for two days then massage with the following oil.

5 drops Geranium
1 drop Lavender
1 drop Rosemary
diluted in 1 teaspoon carrier oil

Cold Sores: Put 1 drop of Geranium on a cotton ball and apply it directly to the sore, if possible as soon as it is suspected. Repeat every day. Also massage the whole of the body including the face and the neck with the following.

10 drops Geranium
10 drops Lavender
2 drops Thyme
8 drops Lemon
diluted in 2 teaspoons carrier oil

Common Colds: Use the following oils in a hot bath. Lie back and inhale deeply.

2 drops Thyme
2 drops Tea Tree
1 drop Eucalyptus
3 drops Lemon

For the steam inhalation method, use 1 drop of each of the following: Thyme, Tea Tree, Lavender, and Clove. Carry with you a tissue on which you have placed one drop each of Red Thyme, Peppermint, Eucalyptus, and Clove and inhale deeply whenever possible.

Massage around the chest, neck, and sinus area (forehead, nose, and cheekbones) with the following.

1 drop Lemon
2 drops Eucalyptus
3 drops Rosemary
diluted in 1 teaspoon carrier oil

Conjunctivitis: Add 1 drop of Chamomile to 1 teaspoon witch hazel and mix as well as possible. Then add 2 tablespoons rosewater and leave it for at least seven hours. Strain through a paper coffee filter and use with a compress on the eye lids (keep eyes closed).

Constipation: Massage in a clockwise direction over the lower abdomen three times a day with the following.

15 drops Rosemary
10 drops Lemon
5 drops Peppermint
diluted in 2 tablespoons carrier oil

Constipation can have underlying causes -check dietary habits.

Convalescence: If you have a convalescent at home it may be well worth investigating other essential oils that help nerves and strength but are not within the scope of the basic care kit. The following, which are in the kit, are all helpful and can be used in massage oils, in the bath, or in a room diffuser or other room method.

Geranium
Lemon
Lavender
Rosemary
Chamomile

Coughs: Massage over the back and chest with,

3 drops Eucalyptus
2 drops Thyme
diluted in 1 teaspoon of carrier oil

Use 3 drops of Lavender in a hot bath, or humidifier.

Cuts and Wounds: Bathe the area with warm water to which you have added the following.

5 drops Lavender
2 drops Tea Tree
to each 2 cups of water

Put 3 drops of lavender on a piece of gauze and place it over the cut. Renew it twice a day and expose the cut or wound to air on the third day if possible.

Diarrhea: Diarrhea may be caused by a whole range of conditions which generally fall into the three categories of food-related, nerve-related, and viral-related. In all cases, drink large quantities of water. Follow the same treatment but use the oils which are appropriate to your particular condition.

Food:
Peppermint
Eucalyptus
Thyme
Chamomile
Tea Tree

Nerves:
Lavender
Geranium
Lemon
Chamomile
Peppermint

Viral:
Tea Tree
Red Thyme
Lemon
Lavender
Eucalyptus

Use these oils to make a massage oil or follow the formulas below. These quantities are to be diluted in 1 teaspoon vegetable oil. Massage over the whole of the abdomen in a clock-wise motion.

Food:
2 drops Chamomile
3 drops Peppermint
1 drop Eucalyptus

Nerves:
1 drop Chamomile
2 drops Eucalyptus
3 drops Lavender

Viral:
3 drops Thyme
2 drops Lavender
1 drop Tea Tree

Diverticulosis: The inflammation, pain, flatulence, and discomfort of this condition are effectively eased by the essential oils, but nutritional habits must be examined to ensure there is no recurrence of the problems. Rub the following oil over the abdomen in a clock-wise motion twice a day.

2 drops Peppermint
1 drop Chamomile
3 drops Rosemary
1 drop Clove
diluted in 1 teaspoon carrier oil.

Earache: Persistent pain and earache could indicate a perforated eardrum or an ear infection and you should get a medical diagnosis. For general earache, warm a teaspoon of olive oil and add to it 1 drop Lavender and 1 drop Chamomile; blend well. Soak a cotton ball in this and use it to plug the ear. Also use the following oil to massage around the ear area, up the neck, and across the cheekbone.

3 drops Chamomile
1 drop Lavender
1 drop Tea Tree
diluted in 1 teaspoon carrier oil

Applying a warm compress to the cheek and ear area after massaging helps with the pain.

Ear Infection: Treat as for earache but using essential oils. For the ear plug substitute 3 drops Tea Tree and 2 drops Lavender. This is the substitute massage oil.

2 drops Tea Tree
1 drop Thyme
2 drops Lavender
diluted in 1 teaspoon carrier oil

Fainting: Untie any tight clothing and raise the legs higher than the head. Hold the open bottle of essential oil under the subject’s nose: use Lavender, Rosemary, or Peppermint. Once they regain consciousness add 2 drops of any of the oils listed above to a tissue and inhaled.

Fainting from Exhaustion or Fatigue: Treat as above, followed as soon as possible by a warm bath to which you have added the following.

2 drops Chamomile
1 drop Lavender
1 drop Geranium

Bed rest should follow immediately.

Fibrositis: Massage well into the affected area.

2 drops Rosemary
1 drop Lavender
1 drop Peppermint
1 drop Clove
diluted in 1 teaspoon carrier oil

It is helpful to apply this after a cabbage compress has been applied. Iron a large outer leaf from a cabbage to release the vitamins and enzymes and apply while still hot to the area. Leave for 15 minutes. Also use this combination of essential oils undiluted in hot baths -4 drops per bath.

Frozen Shoulder: Frozen shoulder can often be eased by using the treatment for Fibrositis. The cabbage method should be used every day and followed by a massage using this formula.

3 drops Clove
3 drops Chamomile
3 drops Thyme
diluted in 2 teaspoons carrier oil

Gingivitis: Inflamed gums are thought to be the cause of more teeth being lost than tooth decay. Prepare a mouth wash by adding 1 teaspoon of the mixture below to a glass of warm water. Swish well around the mouth; DO NOT SWALLOW.

3 drops Thyme
2 drops Eucalyptus
3 drops Chamomile
3 drops Peppermint
diluted in 1 teaspoon brandy

Halitosis: The problem of bad breath is often caused by factors other than breath itself. These are the oils that help.

Digestive Problems
2 drops Peppermint
2 drops Lemon

Gum Disease
2 drops Tea Tree
2 drops Thyme

General
4 drops Lavender

Dilute the 4 drops of essential oil in 1 teaspoon of brandy and then put in a tumbler of warm water and use as a mouth wash; DO NOT SWALLOW.

Hay Fever: Put 1 drop each of Chamomile and Lemon on a tissue and inhale. Add the following combination to baths.

2 drops Chamomile
2 drops Lemon
1 drop Lavender

Massage the neck, chest, and back with

2 drops Chamomile
1 drop Geranium
1 drop Lemon
diluted in 1 teaspoon carrier oil

Because hay fever affects people in different ways, treatment is often a case of trial and error. Experiment with the oils.

Headaches: Several essential oils in the Basic Care Kit can ease headaches but as these arise from a variety of causes, look under the appropriate heading.

General Headaches for No Apparent Reason
Massage around the temples and the base of the skull, along the hairline, with 1 neat drop of the following combination

3 drops Lavender
1 drop Peppermint
1 drop carrier oil

Gastric Headache
This is often caused by eating the wrong foods. Make up the following combination

1 drop Rosemary
2 drops Peppermint
1 drop Lavender

Use 1 drop of the combined oils on a tissue to inhale or 3 drops in a steam inhalation.

Nervous Headache
Follow the treatment as for general headaches but us these essential oils

3 drops Lavender
1 drop Chamomile

Also massage over the solar plexus in a clockwise direction using the following

1 drop Geranium
2 drops Lemon
3 drops Lavender
Diluted in 1 teaspoon carrier oil

Sinus Headache
See Sinusitis

Tension Headache
Same as Nervous Headache

Heartburn: Rub the upper abdominal area with the following

2 drops Eucalyptus
3 drops Peppermint
Diluted in 1 teaspoon carrier oil

Hiccups: Put 1 drop of Chamomile in a brown paper bag and hold it over your mouth and nose. Breathe in and out slowly and deeply through your nose.

Influenza: There are many identified and unidentified viruses which are given the name “flu.” Viral attacks that involve fever, tiredness, coughs, colds, muscular pain, and exhaustion are all likely to be given this label.

Treatment needs to be quick and is aimed at raising immunity levels as well as combating the virus. If you are shivery and feel that you have the onset of something more, take a warm bath to which the following oils have been added.

5 drops Tea Tree
2 drops Lavender
2 drops Thyme

Then massage your body with the following oil.

2 drops Tea Tree
3 drops Eucalyptus
diluted in 1 teaspoon of carrier oil

And go to bed.

Bedrooms should be sprayed with Thyme and Lavender, or use one of the room methods to diffuse them throughout your living space. Also make sure to drink plenty of water!

Insect Bites: Remove the stinger if applicable and apply neat Lavender to the site.

Laryngitis: Use steam inhalations with the following oils added.

2 drops Chamomile
3 drops Lavender
1 drop Thyme

Massage all over the neck area and behind the ears with the following.

5 drops Chamomile
1 drop Thyme
2 drops Lemon
Diluted in 1 teaspoon carrier oil

Lumbago: Put the following oils onto a hot compress and apply to the lower back.

3 drops Rosemary
1 drop Clove
1 drop Eucalyptus

When the compress becomes cold replace it with another. Do this at least 3 times a day. Also massage the lower back and into the crevice of the buttocks, but not as far as the anus, with the following.

3 drops Peppermint
5 drops Rosemary
2 drops Chamomile
diluted in 2 teaspoons carrier oil

Remember to rest often!

Mouth Ulcers: Mouth ulcers are caused by a minor viral infection, take care of it by making a mouthwash by adding 1 teaspoon of the mixture below to a glass of warm water. Swish well around the mouth but DO NOT SWALLOW.

2 drops Peppermint
4 drops Lemon
2 drops Geranium
2 drops Thyme
diluted in 2 teaspoons brandy

Blend the following together and use a little to smooth around the ulcerated area.

2 drops Chamomile
1 drop Thyme
blended with 1 tablespoon Aloe Vera Gel

Nettle Rash (Urticaria): Apply up to 2 neat drops of Lavender over the stung area as soon as possible. Make up the following mixture and smooth it over the rash.

5 drops Lavender
5 drops Chamomile
blended with 1 tablespoon Aloe Vera Gel

Take warm baths to which one handful of Epsom salts and 4 drops of Chamomile have been added.

Neuralgia: Numbing the area with ice often relieves the pain initially so use a cold compress or ice treatment over the affected area. To relieve any inflammation follow by massaging with the following.

5 drops Lavender
5 drops Chamomile
2 drops Clove
diluted in 2 teaspoons carrier oil

If the face is the area affected omit the Clove and substitute 2 drops of Rosemary.

Palpitations: Put the following oils on a tissue and inhale.

2 drops Lavender
1 drop Chamomile
2 drops Geranium

Massage over the whole torso regularly every night with the following.

10 drops Lavender
10 drops Chamomile
3 drops Rosemary
7 drops Lemon
diluted in 2 teaspoons carrier oil

And before you go to bed take a warm bath to which you have added 2 drops of both Chamomile and Lemon.

Scalds: Se Burns

Shock: This can be treated as for fainting, as well as by massaging the body before bed with the following.

3 drops Lemon
2 drops Geranium
1 drop Lavender
diluted in 2 teaspoons carrier oil

Sinusitis: Use the following combination of oils in a steam inhalation method.

3 drops Rosemary
1 drop Thyme
1 drop Peppermint

Make a blend using the following proportions and put 1 drop on a tissue and inhale.

2 drops Rosemary
1 drop Geranium
1 drop Eucalyptus

Blend the oils below in the following proportions. Use 5 drops only in each massage. Massage around the neck, behind and in front of the ears, over the cheekbones, the nose, and the forehead.

5 drops Rosemary
5 drops Geranium
2 drops Eucalyptus
3 drops Peppermint

Blend together and use 5 drops per teaspoon carrier oil.

Sore Throats: See Laryngitis

Splinters: Remove the splinter with a sterilized needle or pair of tweezers. Apply 1 neat drop of Lavender.

Sties: First prepare the liquid needed for a hot compress. Boil 2 teaspoons Rosewater and add to it 1 drop of Chamomile. Strain this liquid through a paper coffee filter and leave to cool slightly.

Now put 1 drop of Lavender on a cotton ball and smear it on the cheekbone under the sty -keeping the eye well closed. Soak a cotton pad in the Rosewater and Chamomile liquid and put it on your closed eyelid. Leave until cool. Repeat the procedure twice a day for three days. Also use the massage given for Sinusitis.

Synovitis: Massage the inflamed joint with the following oil.

10 drops Chamomile
5 drops Eucalyptus
5 drops Rosemary
3 drops Lavender
7 drops Peppermint
diluted in 2 tablespoons carrier oil

Toothache: Put 1 drop of Clove on a cotton ball and apply it to the gum around the tooth or into the crevices on either side. Massage the jawbone and cheek with the following.

1 drop Clove
3 drops Chamomile
1 drop Lemon
diluted in 1 teaspoon carrier oil

In severe cases a hot compress can also help. Use 3 drops of Chamomile in hot water and soak the material in this, then apply to the affected cheek area. If the nerves are not exposed, applying ice to the cheek can also bring relief.

Whitlows: Make up the following combination of oils.

2 drops Thyme
3 drops Lemon

Apply 1 drop neat around the infected area three times a day. When the pus has been dispersed, follow the same procedure three times a day, but using 1 drop of this combination.

2 drops Lavender
2 drops Chamomile

This article was adapted from The Complete Book of Aromatherapy and Essential Oils by Valerie Ann Worwood

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