A friend asked me how to burn oils and I thought I would share how I do it at home. There two main ways to get oils into our bloodstream – inhalation and through the skin. Here I will show you how to use oils in an oil burner.
An oil burner has a small ‘well’ where you put water and then oils which is then heated up by a candle. It’s a lovely way to inhale oils as you can create any blend, or just use one oil, to support how you are feeling or alleviate symptoms such as a cold. For example, I often use a Eucalyptus oil when I’m feeling congested and want to breathe easier. Or if I need to concentrate in the morning I’ll prepare a blend of Basil, Lemon and Rosemary. Alternatively, if I need a blend to soothe and calm after a long tiring day – Bergamot, Lavender and Ylang ylang is a favourite. I generally don’t use more than three oils in a blend though because when I blend to a symptom or symptoms, the synergy of the oils works better this way.
Firstly, you need a burner! Oil burners can be purchased online or in gift shops, or anywhere really! I found this one in a charity shop and it serves me well.
Next, I pour in about a tablespoon of tepid water. Warm water helps the oils diffuse quicker.
Then, I carefully add one drop of each oil. Today, I’m using Geranium and Fennel. Geranium is balancing and good for women who are experiencing the menopause. Fennel is cleansing. I just felt like I needed these two oils today!
Once you’ve added a drop of each oil, you are ready to light your candle and let the oils do their work.