Santa Bianca

Essential oils

Therapeutic uses

Dilution:

As specified in the precautions it is better to avoid using undiluted essential oils directly on the skin. For use in massages and cosmetics, essential oils must be diluted in a vegetable oil that serve as carriers. The so-called carrier oils make a good vehicle which allows for a more efficient absorption of essential oils, so they must be carefully chosen. Dry skin requires thicker oils (olive or wheat germ oil); oily or combination skin necessitates thinner and less greasy oils (almond, grape seed, or sunflower oil). We recommend jojoba oil, a liquid wax suitable for all skin types.

HOME DIFFUSER:

Using essential oils as a home fragrance is one of the easiest ways to appreciate its properties. Besides their pleasing scent diffused in the air, the essential oils used in the diffuser can help treat many common disorders—both physical and emotional. (learn more)
All essential oils can be used with our ultrasonic diffuser. All you have to do is to add your essential oils (just a few drops) to the water in the water tank.

MASSAGES:

Massages are the most ancient form of physical therapy, the roots of which date back to the great civilizations of the past, as is demonstrated by the etymology of the word “massage”. From the Greek “massein” (to knead, or to shape), or from the Arab “masser” (to crumple, to press with hands).
This therapeutic practice is used to soothe pains and loosen muscles, getting rid of both tiredness and soreness. Massaging with essential oils is especially useful to fight stress, to soothe rheumatic or joint pains, or to treat respiratory system problems, especially during the winter. Do not apply too much oil (which must be previously diluted) to the affected area—it is important to give an accurate massage so that the oil deeply penetrates the skin.

See the complete list of our essential oils for massages.

AROMATIC BATHS:

Along with the home diffuser, the aromatic bath is one of the more simple ways to use essential oils.
After filling your bathtub with hot water, add the essential oil (or a blend of different essential oils) to a handful of bath salts (or coarse salt you generally use for cooking); 10-12 drops are enough for a bath. Since essential oils are very volatile, it’s better to add them to the water right before getting into the bathtub, and be sue to stir well. Then, immerse yourself in the tub for at least 15 minutes, taking deep breaths for the duration of the bath. We recommend you close any doors and windows, so that you can keep the warm scented air in.
Aromatic baths are particularly helpful for those experiencing insomnia, muscle aches, circulatory problems, influenza, or in the case of tension and stress.
If you are washing only some parts of your body, for example in a foot bath, 3 drops of essential oil are enough. The steps are the same: blend the essential oil with a handful of salt and then add it to a basin full of hot water.
The essential oils we recommend to use to alleviate tired legs and feet are true lavender, rosemary, and thyme.

See the complete list of our essential oils for aromatic baths.

STEAM INHALATION:

Steam inhalation is the ideal solution for colds and coughs. All you have to do is fill a basin or a bowl with boiling water, then add 3-5 drops of your selected blend of essential oils. Like aromatic baths, we recommend to dilute the oils right before you start inhaling—otherwise they might evaporate. Bend over the bowl of water, cover your head with a towel to keep the steam inside, and take long deep breaths with your eyes and mouth closed.

See the complete list of our essential oils for steam inhalation.

GARGLES AND MOUTHWASHES:

To treat some oral diseases like toothache, gingivitis, sore throat, tonsillitis, or just for your daily oral hygiene, or bad breath (halitosis), gargles and mouthwashes with aromatic water can be very effective.

See the complete list of our essential oils for gargles and mouthwashes.

WARM COMPRESSES:

Warm compresses are an especially effective treatment for some specific problems. To prepare a compress with essential oils, it is necessary to fill a bowl with water, and then add 1 to 3 drops of the essential oil you want to use. Soak a gauze pad or a cotton cloth (same size as the area you want to treat) in the bowl and then slightly squeeze it before applying the compress to the affected area. Press with a towel. We recommend the use of lukewarm — not hot — water to prevent the essential oils from evaporating.
Compresses with essential oils or aromatic water are indicated for treating sunburns or pimples.
For face cleansing or eye irritation, it is better to use aromatic water—or a maximum of 1 drop of essential oil.

See the complete list of our essential oils and aromatic waters for warm compresses.

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