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10 soothing scents that can boost your immune system

Reader's Digest Logo Reader's Digest | Slide 1 of 11: To use the scented oils listed below, unless otherwise indicated, mix about 10 drops with 15 ml of an unscented carrier oil (almond or olive), then use as a massage oil. For a compress, add 2–8 drops of scented oil to a bowl of hot water, mix well and immerse a clean cloth. Squeeze the cloth out and place it on the skin. For inhalation, add 6 drops of scented oil to a bowl of steaming water. Drape your head with a towel, close your eyes, lean over the bowl and inhale. Note: Aromatic oils are generally safe to use, provided you never take them internally or use them undiluted on the skin, unless directed otherwise by an aromatherapist. The exceptions: tea tree and lavender oils may be used full strength on pimples, insect bites or minor burns.

How to use essential oils

To use the scented oils listed below, unless otherwise indicated, mix about 10 drops with 15 ml of an unscented carrier oil (almond or olive), then use as a massage oil.

For a compress, add 2–8 drops of scented oil to a bowl of hot water, mix well and immerse a clean cloth.

Squeeze the cloth out and place it on the skin.

For inhalation, add 6 drops of scented oil to a bowl of steaming water.

Drape your head with a towel, close your eyes, lean over the bowl and inhale.

Note: Aromatic oils are generally safe to use, provided you never take them internally or use them undiluted on the skin, unless directed otherwise by an aromatherapist.

The exceptions: tea tree and lavender oils may be used full strength on pimples, insect bites or minor burns.

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