There are three ways to use essential oils:
- Aromatic – smelling
- Topical – on the skin
- Internal – ingesting
- The sense of smell is a tool that can elicit powerful physiologic, mental and emotional responses.
- Essential oils are quickly absorbed by the smell receptors, which have a direct link to the limbic system.
- The limbic system is part of the brain that supports functions like smell, emotions, behavior, and memory.
- For this reason, essential oils have a powerful effect by an aromatic application.
- Diffusion is one of the simplest methods.
- Diffusers that use cold air or water are ideal however, you can also place a few drops in the palm of your hand, cup around your nose and breathe deeply.
- Apply to a cotton ball and place in air vents in your vehicle or in your pillow at night with some lavender.
- Mix oils in a spray bottle with water and mist around your house.
- Add oil to a batch of laundry or to dryer balls.
- Create your own “green” cleaning products using essential oils.
- Topical application is very effective. Because the oils are lipid soluble, they penetrate the skin easily.
- Essential oils can be used during a massage which will increase the blood flow to the area of application and improve distribution throughout the body. For this method, you’d use a carrier oil like fractionated coconut oil, which also helps increase the absorption, slowing evaporation of the oil.
- It is advisable to use a carrier oil, especially on young and sensitive skin when trying the oil for the first time or if it’s a more potent oil. The recommended dilution is one drop of essential oil to 3 drops of carrier oil.
- Use several small doses throughout the day rather than one large dose
- Beneficial areas to apply essential oils are:
- Forehead and temples
- Chest and abdomen
- Arms, legs, the bottom of feet
- Other effective methods are:
- Add a few drops of oil to a warm bath
- Make a hot or cold compress by soaking a cloth in water, add essential oils and apply to the desired area
- Add oil to lotion or moisturizer and then apply to skin
- Sensitive areas to be avoided:
- Some facial areas, such as skin around the eyes
- Eyes and inner ears
- Broken, damaged or otherwise injured skin
- Certain essential oils have a rich culinary history and can be used as dietary supplements. For example, when you use cinnamon on your oatmeal, drink peppermint tea, or add fresh basil leaves to your pasta you are consuming some volatile aromatic essential oil compounds.
- Essential oils contribute to many health benefits as well as flavoring food.
When ingested, essential oils enter the gastrointestinal tract and are transported throughout the rest of the body.
- The composition of essential oils is highly complex. Each constituent possesses a unique set of biochemical properties that react with cells and organs in different ways.
- Proper dosing according to labeling recommendations and other professional guidelines should be strictly followed to avoid toxicity and only Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade should be ingested.
- Use oils in recipes for cooking or to replace fresh or dried herbs and spices.
- Remember that essential oils are much more potent than dried herbs so start small
- you might only need to dip the end of a clean toothpick into the oil and then add to the food rather than adding drops.
- Add essential oils to water, smoothies, tea, or other drinks.
- Take essential oils internally in a veggie capsule or add to a small amount of applesauce or yogurt.
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