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There are several ways to use essential oils safely. They can be used for their aromas only or for their cosmetic or medicinal qualities. You can use essential oils as compresses, in a bath, in a massage, or in steam inhalators.

If you are using an essential oil for the first time, be sure to do a skin patch test, to avoid any allergic reaction. To test, put a drop of oil on a cotton ball and apply it to the inside of the arm, the back of your wrist or under the arm. Place a band aid over the patch and leave for 24 hours. If there is a reaction, such as itching or redness, do not continue to use.

Hot compresses can be used for migraine headaches, sinus headaches and sore muscles. Recommended oils are rosewood, angelica and neroli. To prepare a hot compress, add a few drops of oil to a bowl of very hot water. Soak a clean cloth or bandage in the water. Wring out excess water, and place the cloth over affected area. Repeat this step as often as necessary.

A hot bath with four to six drops of oil, will come in contact with the skin and also will be inhaled into the respiratory system. This will help soothe skin and relieve mucus buildup in the lungs. Recommended oil are rosemary, grapefruit, and sandalwood.

An aromatherapy massage relieves tension and stress in the body. Relieving the daily stress allows you to live a healthier life. Recommended oils for a body massage are lemongrass, sweet basil and scotch pine.

Steam inhalation helps to clear the lungs and sinuses of congestion and infection. This allows are more direct approach. This method will affect the respiratory and blood supply immediately. Place a few drop of essential oils in a bowl of steaming water, place your face over the bowl, then drape a towel over your head. Breath in the steam for a few minutes. Rest, and then repeat as necessary.

When using essential oils, remember to use caution, as like conventional medicines seek the advice of your physician before taking internally.