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Practical Aromatherapy

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FREE E-Book from NurseHealer Mary Catherine Miller Practical Aromatherapy Aromatherapy is the use of herbal essential oils for therapeutic, calming or revitalizing effects, and for household use in cleaning liquids, room scents, and deodorizers. There are many complex ways to use essential oils. This booklet is designed to help you get started with your personal practical aromatherapy using some very basic household supplies. Before you begin, consider any allergies or sensitivities you may have to certain plants. Essential oils are extremely potent distillations from herb plants. Test before you use. A basic list of essential oils is included in this booklet. Choose a few from the list to get started. Recipes are included. Pick a few oils that you have recipes for to begin. Essential oils are stored in glass containers because they are so powerful that they will slowly dissolve plastic or rubber. Amber or dark glass is used in most bottles to prevent deterioration from sunlight. Don’t store your essential oils in a window or leave the bottles on their side. Here is what you will need to use with your essential oils to make your own home products. For sprays, you will need distilled or purified water. Use any spray bottle. Use a glass bottle for long-term use, but a plastic spray bottle will work if you are going to use up your spray quickly or if you remove any unused liquid and store it in a glass jar until the next use. For powders, you will need cornstarch (and occasionally baking soda). You can shake your powder from any container or use a powder puff to apply it. Shaker bottles made for spices will work fine if the holes are not too small. For lotions, you will need any unscented lotion. You can make your own, or purchase a mild, unscented lotion from your local store. You can store your lotion in a glass or ceramic container. Add a pump for a nice countertop lotion dispenser. Or you can use smaller containers, even plastic, if the lotion will be used within the next several months. For oils (massage oils) you will need a carrier oil. A carrier oil is a medium for the essential oils to mix with so they can safely be used on the skin and in the bath. You can use the extra virgin olive oil from your pantry, or choose from almond, apricot kernel or other natural oils. Store the oil in a glass container with a lid. For diffusers, you can use reeds or sticks standing in a jar, a potpourri pot, or even a handkerchief to waft the scent. For sachets you need natural leaves or flowers and small draw-string bags. You can make or purchase your bags. NurseHealer.com Page |1

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FREE E-Book from NurseHealer Mary Catherine Miller The basic categories of essential oils are top, middle and base notes. These are fundamental characteristics of each category, and examples of essential oils in each category. TOP NOTES  Evaporate very fast  Anti-viral  Light, fresh, uplifting  Inexpensive  Volatile, fast acting  Give the first impression of the blend; but don’t last very long Examples of Top Notes: Bergamot, Cajuput, Clary Sage, Citrus (Grapefruit, Lemon, Lime), Eucalyptus, Niaoli, Petitgrain, Tea Tree MIDDLE NOTES  Most essential oils are in this category  Give body to the blend  Have a balancing effect  The aroma is not immediately evident (Takes a couple of minutes to establish the scent)  Warm, soft fragrance Examples of Middle Notes: Black Pepper, Chamomile, Geranium, Juniper Berry, Lavender, Marjoram, Rosemary BASE NOTES  Heavy, solid fragrance  Fragrance lasts a long time  Slow down evaporation of other oils  Intense and heady  Rich and relaxing  These are the most expensive essential oils Examples of Base Notes: Frankincense, Myrrh, Neroli, Rose, Sandalwood, Ylang Ylang NurseHealer.com Page |2

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FREE E-Book from NurseHealer Mary Catherine Miller Essential Oils Basic Kit You can put together a basic kit from the essential oils on this list, and begin your practical aromatherapy right away! □ Balsam Fir □ Basil Sweet □ Bay Laurel □ Bergamot □ Camphor □ Citronella □ Clary Sage □ Clovebud □ Eucalyptus □ Fennel Seed □ Frankincense □ Ginger □ Grapefruit □ Lavender □ Lemon □ Marjoram □ Orange □ Oregano □ Palmarosa □ Peppermint □ Rosemary □ Rosewood □ Sage □ Tea Tree □ Thyme □ Ylang Ylang NurseHealer.com Page |3

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FREE E-Book from NurseHealer Mary Catherine Miller Aromatherapy Essential Oil Blends Disinfectant Spray 3 drops Grapefruit 3 drops Lemon 2 oz distilled water Rosemary Disinfectant Spray Fatigue Relief Massage Oil 6 drops Rosemary 6 drops Grapefruit 4 drops Lemon 2 ounces purified water Lavender Linen Spray 5 drops Lavender 5 drops Clary Sage 5 drops Bergamot 2 oz distilled water Refreshing Air Freshener 2 drops Citronella 2 drops Bergamot 2 drops Frankincense 2 drops Lemon 4 drops Lavender 2 ounces of distilled water Minty Air Freshener 6 drops Grapefruit 4 drops Peppermint 4 ounces distilled water Spray Air Freshener 12 drops Marjoram 12 drops Sage 12 drops Peppermint 12 drops Clovebud 10 drops Patchouli 2 oz distilled water All-Purpose Cleaning Spray 1 drops Lavender 1 drops Rosemary 2 oz distilled water Sore Throat Spray 1 drop Tea Tree 2 oz distilled water 6 drops Grapefruit 5 drops Palmarosa 4 drops Thyme 15 ml Olive Oil Refreshing Bath Oil 5 drops Lavender 4 drops Peppermint 3 drops Grapefruit 3 drops Lemon 1 tsp Apricot Kernel Oil Anti-Anxiety Massage Oil 4 drops Geranium 6 drops Lavender 12 drops Almond Oil Dandruff Massage Oil 6 drops Eucalyptus 6 drops Rosemary 12 drops Apricot Kernel Oil (Leave 20 min, then shampoo) Diffuser Blend 5 drops Rosemary 1 drop Peppermint 3 drops Lavender 1 drop Chamomile Colds/Flu Bath Blend 4 drops Tea Tree 4 drops Eucalyptus 2 drops Peppermint 10 drops Olive Oil Stress Relief Blend 10 drops Lemon 7 drops Bergamot 2 drops Ylang Ylang 1 drop Rosewood Lavender Breeze Blend 6 drops Lavender 3 drops Rosemary 3 drops Bergamot 1 drop Peppermint Muscle Ache Massage Oil 4 drops Marjoram 5 drops Lavender 3 drops Rosemary 12 drops Olive Oil Furniture Polish 10 drops Lemon or Orange 2 teaspoons lemon juice Add above to: 2 to 3 drops Olive Oil Anti-Nausea Bath Oil 3 drops Ginger 2 drops Grapefruit 1 drop Orange 6 drops Almond Oil Congestion Chest Rub 2 drops Peppermint 4 drops Eucalyptus 4 drops Lavender 10 drops Olive Oil Peppermint Ache Massage Oil 4 drops Peppermint 4 drops Thyme 4 drops Lavender 3 drops Marjoram 5 ml Olive oil Rosemary Chi Blend 5 drops Rosemary 3 drops Lavender 1 drop Peppermint 1 drop Chamomile Lifting Spirit Blend 4 drops Ylang Yalng 4 drops Clary Sage 2 drops Bergamot Bay Laurel Clarity Blend 4 drops Bay Laurel 2 drops Orange 1 drop Patchouli Mock Jasmine Blend 5 drops Patchouli 2 drops Ylang-Ylang Glass Cleaner 2 drops Lemon 1 oz white vinegar 5 ml distilled water Synergy Blend 4 drops Bergamot 2 drops Ylang Ylang 2 drops Grapefruit 2 drops Lemon NurseHealer.com Page |4

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FREE E-Book from NurseHealer Mary Catherine Miller Peppermint Body Powder 7 drops Peppermint 3 drops Bay Laurel 2 Tbs Cornstarch Lavender Body Powder 6 drops Lavender 1 oz Cornstarch Foot Powder 2 drops lavender 3 drops peppermint 1 drops tea tree 1 oz baking soda Carpet Freshner 6 drops Eucalyptus 6 drops Lemon 2 drops Clove 1 oz baking soda Wait 10-15 minutes to vacuum Minty Body Powder 7 drops Peppermint 5 drops Lavender 3 drops Bay Laurel 2 Tbs Cornstarch Herbal Body Powder 7 drops favorite essential oils 2 Tbs cornstarch Lavender Body Lotion 3 drops Lavender 2 oz unscented lotion Peppermint Body Lotion 3 drops Peppermint 2 oz unscented lotion Relaxing Lavender Sachet 2 drops Frankincense 2 drops Clary Sage 2 drops Ylang Ylang Lavender flowers Revitalizing Body Lotion 3 drops Peppermint 3 drops Lemon 2 drops Grapefruit 2 ounces unscented lotion Holiday Mist 4 drops Clove Bud 3 drops Cinnamon 3 drops Ginger 2 drops Orange 4 oz distilled water Glass Cleaner 2 drops Lemon, Lavender or Rosemary 1 oz white vinegar 5 ml (1 tsp) distilled water Room Scent Spray 6 drops Lemon 4 drops Bergamot 2 drops Ylang Ylang 1 drop Rosewood 4 ounces distilled water Touch of Spice Air Freshener 4 drops Marjoram 4 drops Sage 4 drops Spearmint 4 drops Clove 4 drops Patchouli 4 oz distilled water Disinfectant Surface Spray 6 drops Rosemary 3 drops Lemon 4 drops Grapefruit 2 drops Bay Laurel 2 drops Eucalyptus 2 oz distilled water Stress Relief Blend 10 drops Lemon 7 drops Bergamot 2 drops Ylang Ylang 1 drop Rosewood Hope and Trust Blend 11 drops Lemon 6 drops Bergamot 3 drops Peppermint Bliss Blend 4 drops Rosewood 5 drops Lavender 1 drop Ylang Ylang Motivation Blend 9 drops Orange 5 drops Lavender 5 drops Peppermint Lavender Bouquet Blend 4 drops Lavender 4 drops Ylang-Ylang 2 drops Patchouli Tired Footbath Blend 3 drops lavender 3 drops rosemary 4 drops lemon Add 10 drops to 2 gal warm water. Detox Bath Drops 2 drops Geranium 2 drops Rosemary 2 drops Juniper Berry 2 drops Lavender Add up to 8 drops to bath water. Bathroom Counter Cleaner 2 drops Tea Tree Oil 2 oz water (Use on sponge for mold and mildew on counters) Athlete's Footbath Blend 4 drops tea tree 4 drops lavender 2 drops sandalwood Add 10 drops to 2 gal warm water. Calming Blend 3 drops Lavender 3 drops Clary Sage 3 drops Bergamot Bathroom Floor Cleaner 50 drops Tea Tree Oil 1 gallon water (Use in mop bucket for tile or linoleum floors) Wake Up Blend 4 drops Peppermint 4 drops Grapefruit 4 drops Bergamot 3 drops Juniper Berry 2 drops Lavender NurseHealer.com Page |5

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FREE E-Book from NurseHealer Mary Catherine Miller Aromatherapy Measurements & Equivalents DROPS 10 drops (gtt) = 0.5 ml = 1/8 tsp (.125 tsp) 20 drops (gtt) = 1 ml = 1/5 tsp (.2 tsp) 25 drops (gtt) = 1.25 ml = 1/4 tsp 30 drops (gtt) = 2.5 ml = 1/2 tsp = 1/5 Tbs = .08 oz 45 drops (gtt) = 3.75 ml = 3/4 tsp = 1/4 Tbs = 1/5 cup 60 drops (gtt) = 5 ml = 1 tsp = 1/3 Tbs = 1/6 oz = 1/5 cup 75 drops (gtt) = 5 ml = 1 tsp = 1/3 Tbs = 1/6 oz = 1/5 cup 90 drops (gtt) = 7 ml = 1.5 tsp = 1/2 Tbs = 1/4 oz = 1/3 cup 300 drops (gtt) = 15 ml = 3 tsp = 1 Tbs = 1/2 oz = 1/16 cup 400 drops (gtt) = 20 ml = 4 tsp = 1.5 Tbs = 3/4 oz = 1/10 cup 500 drops (gtt) = 25 ml = 5 tsp = 1.5 Tbs = 3/4 oz = 1/10 cup 600 drops (gtt) = 30 ml = 6 tsp = 2 Tbs = 1 oz = 1/8 cup MILLILITERS 0.5 ml = 10 drops = 1/8 tsp (.125 tsp) 1 ml = 20 drops = 1/5 tsp 1.25 ml = 25 drops = 1/4 tsp 2.5 ml = 30 drops = 1/2 tsp = 1/5 Tbs = .08 oz 3.75 ml = 45 drops = 3/4 tsp (.75 tsp) = 1/4 Tbs = 1/5 cup 5 ml = 60 drops = 1 tsp = 1/3 Tbs = 1/6 oz = 1/5 cup 7 ml = 90 drops = 1.5 tsp = 1/2 Tbs = 1/4 oz = 1/3 cup 15 ml = 300 drops = 3 tsp = 1 Tbs = 1/2 oz = 1/16 cup 20 ml = 400 drops = 4 tsp = 1.5 Tbs = 1/10 cup 25 ml = 500 drops = 5 tsp = 1.5 Tbs = 1/10 cup 30 ml = 600 drops = 6 tsp = 2 Tbs = 1 oz = 1/8 cup 60 ml = 12 tsp = 4 Tbs = 2 oz = 1/4 cup 125 ml = 25.5 tsp = 8.5 Tbs = 4 oz = 1/2 cup 170 ml = 34.5 tsp = 11.5 Tbs = 5 oz = 2/3 cup 240 ml = 48 tsp = 16 Tbs = 8 oz = 1 cup 250 ml = 50.5 tsp = 17 Tbs = 8.5 oz = 1 cup = 1/2 pint = 1/3 qt TEASPOONS 1/8 tsp = 10 drops = 1/2 ml 1/4 tsp = 25 drops = 1.25 ml 1/2 tsp = 30 drops = 2.5 ml = 1/5 Tbs = .08 oz 3/4 tsp = 45 drops = 3.75 ml = 1/4 Tbs = 1/5 cup 1 tsp = 60 drops = 5 ml = 1/3 Tbs = 1/6 oz = 1/5 cup 3 tsp = 300 drops = 15 ml = 1 Tbs = 1/2 oz = 1/16 cup 6 tsp = 600 drops = 30 ml = 2 Tbs = 1 oz = 1/8 cup OUNCES 1/8 oz = 45 drops = 3.7 ml = 3/4 tsp = 1/4 Tbs = 1/5 c 1/4 oz = 90 drops = 7 ml = 1.5 tsp = 1/2 Tbs = 1/3 c 1/2 oz = 300 drops = 15 ml = 3 tsp = 1 Tbs = 1/16 c 1 oz = 600 drops = 30 ml = 6 tsp = 2 Tbs = 1/8 c 2 oz = 60 ml = 12 tsp = 4 Tbs = 1/4 c 4 oz = 125 ml = 24 tsp = 8 Tbs = 1/2 c 5 oz = 170 ml = 30 tsp = 10 Tbs = 2/3 c 6 oz = 177 ml = 36 tsp = 12 Tbs = 1 teacup 8 oz = 250 ml = 48 tsp = 16 Tbs = 1 c TABLESPOONS 1 Tbs = 300 drops = 15 ml = 3 tsp = 1/2 oz = 1/16 cup 2 Tbs = 600 drops = 30 ml = 6 tsp = 1 oz = 1/8 cup 16 Tbs = 250 ml = 8 oz = 1 cup CUPS 1/16 cup = 15 ml = 3 tsp = 1 Tbs = 1/2 oz 1/8 cup = 30 ml = 6 tsp = 2 Tbs = 1 oz 1/4 cup = 60 ml = 4 Tbs = 2 oz 1/3 cup = 90 ml = 3 oz 1/2 cup = 125 ml = 4 oz 1 cup = 250 ml = 48 tsp = 16 Tbs = 8 oz 2 cups = 16 oz = 1 pint 4 cups = 32 oz = 1 quart For more Practical Aromatherapy: http://www.nursehealer.com/Classes NurseHealer.com Page |6

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FREE E-Book from NurseHealer Mary Catherine Miller NurseHealer Mary Catherine Miller is the author and originator of Divine Purpose Guidework™. DPG is a personal and professional consciousness-expanding selfdiscovery system. The program utilizes tools for intuitive attunement; clarity; mindfulness; spiritual guidance and personal growth through the sacred higher self. NurseHealer Mary Catherine Miller offers classes, workshops and Webinars on a variety of topics related to spirituality, well-being and Divine Purpose Guidework™. Many previous classes, workshops and meditations are available FREE of charge from NurseHealer.com and are broadcast over NurseHealer Radio. NurseHealer Features Divine Purpose Guidework™ Blessing for Today Library Recommendations Workshops and Webinars Live Radio and Archives CDs, MP3s and Videos Blog w/Articles and News Follow Nurse-Healer Blog to receive lots of inspiration and information about events of interest. Blog Features:  Search - Keyword search box for blog posts (side column)  Categories - Select a category from the drop-down list to view only posts on that topic (side column)  Archives - Select a month from the drop-down menu to view posts for that month (side column)  Calendar - Hover to see blog titles for a date, click to view them (side column)  Tags - Commonly used tags (bottom of the page)  Share This - Click to share any blog post on social media, email or printer (bottom of each blog post) Thank you for following Nurse-Healer Blog! NurseHealer.com Page |7

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