Aromatherapy Insights & Techniques

At Bath Island®, we want you to achieve maximum results when using our essential oils and synergistic blends. A synergistic blend is a term that refers to the combination of essential oils (see "Blending" below.) By using the appropriate technique(s) listed with your essential oil(s), you will achieve greater results in your usage.

Aromatic Diffusion: Diffusion is the easiest and most rapid and comprehensive way to benefit from aromatherapy. Select a pure, fresh essential oil or blend and use according to your needs.

Massage: The honored and ancient holistic treatment is delightfully enhanced with aroma oils, and can be designed to benefit specific tissues, imbalances and emotional conditions. Add the essential oils to our Sweet Almond Oil (5-12 drops per ounce) or Massage Lotion (3-5 drops per ounce). However, halve the amount for sensitive skin. Slightly warming the oil enhances the pleasure of the massage.

Aromatic Baths: For a soothing, sensual, cleansing treatment for body, mind and spirit, vigorously mix 5-8 drops of your favorite essential oil or synergistic blend with the water, or use an emulsifier such as our Body & Bath Oil, Bath & Shower Gelee , or Bubble Bath Concentrate to the tub just before getting in. For a soothing, restorative bath, try a mixture of Lavender, Mandarine and Geranium. For detoxifying, experiment with a little Juniper, Lemon and Lavender in a bath which is hot, but not scalding.

Steam Inhalation: Fill a glass or stainless steel pot with 2-3 quarts of very hot water. Add 2-5 drops of essential oil or synergistic blend. Position your face, eyes closed, about 10 inches above the water, or as close as is comfortable. If you wish, drape a towel over your head and around the sides of the basin. Relax, breathing in the steam for 5-10 minutes. Additional 1-2 drops can be added as needed.

Topical Application: Topical application can take several different forms: A limited number of oils, such as Lavender or Tea Tree, can be applied neat to a small area of skin for a cut, bruise or blister, etc. A compress can be made by mixing 6 drops of essential oil in a bowl of hot or cold water (depending on need). Dip gauze into water, squeeze excess out and apply to affected area. Use up to 15 drops in a little base oil (Jojoba Oil or Sweet Almond Oil) to massage a sore muscle group, etc. Essential oils in alcohol or vodka can be used as a scalp massage or liniment.

Blending: A synergy is created when the individual essential oils in a formula harmoniously support each others' characteristics. The particular effect of any one oil may become far more powerful when that oil is properly matched with others. If you wish to blend yourself, start with 2 or maximum of 3 oils. Blend the 2 less odor-intensive oils together in a 50/50 mix. Drop by drop, add more of the weaker oil in to the mix until the blend has assumed a comfortable but not overpowering flavor of this third oil. Shake the oil vigorously at each point.

Safety Concerns: Essential oils are highly concentrated and must be used with caution. Some are irritating to skin or mucous membranes. Others should not be used during pregnancy. A few are contraindicated for individuals with a history of high blood pressure or epilepsy. We recommend that you follow the guidelines listed in this catalog for each oil and synergy. When used correctly, essential oils are very therapeutic and effective.

Care of Essential Oils: Essential oils, though powerful in effect, are delicate and vulnerable to environmental conditions such as heat, moisture, some metals and plastics, and prolonged exposure to light and air. These cause chemical changes which degrade the therapeutic effects of the oil. Keep your blends out of the sun, in airtight, amber or cobalt blue glass.

Note that this chart gives specific information on using our blends and general guidelines for use of essential oils. We encourage you to learn more about aromatherapy by consulting reputable publications or qualified aromatherapists.