How To Use Essential Oils

Want to know how to use essential oils?  There are a variety of different ways but the most important aspect is using them safely. 

Topically: 

Our skin is somewhat permeable. The active elements in the oil are absorbed just like the ingredients in common pharmaceuticals – For Example, the nicotine patch or hormone replacement therapy cream.

Those elements then reach every cell in your body within 20 minutes.  Because they are natural the body only utilizes the elements it needs.  Think of a scale.. when something in your body is out of whack you and you give it what it needs it comes back to balance (center)

 Aromatically:  

Another way essential oils enter the body is inhalation through the nose or mouth.  Common examples include inhaling eucalyptus essential oil when you have a cough or inhaling peppermint essential oil to reduce fatigue or fight nausea. You can inhale many oils directly from the bottle but the preferred method is to use a diffuser. The molecules are diffused into the air around.  When we inhale through the nose these airborne molecules are carried to the lungs and interact with the respiratory system.  They also interact, almost immediately, with the brain via the receptor sites – one of which is the limbic system (referred to as the “emotional brain”
The limbic system is directly connected to those parts of the brain that control heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, memory stress levels and hormone balance.
Ingestion:  Ingestion is not a common method of using essential oils. and one I personally do not agree with.  The safety issues are important because some essential oils should NEVER be ingested.  Be sure to always check the bottle to see what the method of application is recommended.
When oils are ingested it should be done very carefully because they are extremely potent.  For example:  adding citrus essential oils to your water is a common practice.  However, one drop added to a glass of water is always sufficient!The most important aspect is using them safely. With the following methods there are certain aspects you should always consider:

Safety

Safety concerns include dilution rates, oxidation,  and  phototoxicity when using some citrus oils. In addition, there are specific concerns regarding children, senior adults, pregnant women and people with compromised immunity systems.  Be sure read your labels and preferably work with a knowledgeable aromatherapist.

Purity

95% of all essential oils produced are used for cosmetics/beauty products and the food industry, such as peppermint.  They are not essential oils that have the therapeutic qualities we will be talking about here.

Storage:

Oils do not like heat, and some can become oxidized if they are exposed to too much heat.  They should also be stored in glass or PET plastic containers when blended with lotions and butter.

Application Methods of Essential Oils

How to use essential oils with the inhalation method

Inhalation is the use of essential oils in a diffuser, nasal inhaler, steam inhalation, or direct inhalation (inhale directly from the bottle or off of a tissue)

When using an essential oil in an inhalation method you should be cautious because prolonged inhalation of some essential oils can cause irritation of the nasal canal, cause headaches and even nausea.  Essential oils are very concentrated and less is better.

Inhalation is great for respiratory, sinus and headaches.  It is also great for improving the mood.  It is the quickest method of absorption.

How to use essential oils with your diffuser

There are several types of diffusers on the market and each has its benefit and disadvantages.

CANDLE DIFFUSERS –

A heat resistant vessel for water and essential oil lit from below with a candle.  Be sure to use Beeswax candle to remain toxin free.   They are very simple to use and provide some ambiance lighting.  However, they do not produce the airborne molecules needed to get a strong concentration of therapeutic benefits.

A heat resistant vessel for water and essential oil lit from below with a candle.  Be sure to use Beeswax candle to remain toxin free.   They are very simple to use and provide some ambiance lighting.  However, they do not produce the airborne molecules needed to get a strong concentration of therapeutic benefits.

ELECTRIC HEAT DIFFUSERS

A vented heating vessel with an opening to insert a small absorbent pad soaked with the essential oil.  These are also easy to use, require little maintenance, and can be used for the thicker essential oils that tend to gunk up some diffusers.   However, heat can damage the essential oil compounds.

COOL-AIR DIFFUSERS

This is my preference.  These diffusers use air pressure to vaporize the essential oil which releases the tiniest molecules.  These molecules linger in the air, where they are inhaled by those around them.  This maximized the therapeutic benefits for respiratory conditions.  These types of diffusers need to be cleaned regularly especially when diffusing thicker oils.

STEAM INHALATION

Add 1 -1 2 drops of essential oil in a bowl of hot water.  Cover your head with a towel and inhale.  Be sure to close your eyes.

How to use essential oils in the bath

The most effective way to use essential oils in your bath is to mix them with salts, milk, or a carrier oil, such as almond oil.  Oil and Water do not mix, so the oil would float directly on top of the water and be absorbed directly into the skin.

There are several oils that are generally considered safe for the bath, such as lavender, clary sage, frankincense, eucalyptus, and geranium.  It is safe to add 4 – 8 drops mixed with ½ – 1 cup of salt or 2 tablespoons of carrier oil.

Oils considered “Hot” oils, should not be used in the bath, such as cinnamon oregano, and thyme.

Aromatic baths are great for skin problems, circulatory issues, respiratory concerns, stress, and insomnia.   A lovely lavender bath is great right before retiring for the evening.

How to use essential oils with a massage

Most carrier oils (almond, hemp, V6, Jojoba, etc.) used for during a massage have their own set of therapeutic properties.  Essential oils, when  combined with carrier oils, create powerful blends, to support issues with muscles, ligaments, respiratory, digestive, depression, etc.

I hope you found this information on how to use essential oils helpful.

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