Essential oils are widely used in aromatherapy applications. Certain essential oils, when diffused in the air, can be very stimulating, while others can be calming and soothing. Beyond emotional benefits, diffusing essential oils can purify air of unwanted odors and some airborne pathogens. Essential oils can also be used as cleansing and purifying additives to laundry and surface cleaners throughout the home.
Aromatic application involves inhaling the oil directly from the bottle or diffusing it into the air with a diffuser.
Diffusion is the easiest way to put a fine mist of the oil into the air for inhalation. The oils will remain suspended for several hours to freshen and improve the quality of air. The antiviral, antibacterial, and antiseptic properties of the oils kill bacteria and help to reduce fungus and mold. CAUTION: diffusers that use an intense heat source may alter the chemical makeup of the oil and is typically not recommended.
Direct inhalation is a simple way to inhale the aroma of the essential oil. Simply hold the opened bottle close to your face and inhale. You can also place 1-2 drops of oil on your hands, cup your hands over your mouth and nose, and inhale.
Topical application is the process of placing the essential oil on the skin, mouth, hair, nails, or teeth. When you apply the essential oil directly to your body without any kind of dilution that is referred to as applying the oil “neat”. Since essential oils are potent, and because essential oils may irritate the skin, they are often diluted with a “carrier oil” such as fractionated coconut oil (this is coconut oil that is always a liquid and never solidifies), jojoba oil, olive oil, almond oil, etc. because essential oils are so potent, more is not always better.
Internal use is the process of consuming the essential oil into the body. ONLY pure, therapeutic grade essential oils should be used for internal consumption, as other oils on the market may be diluted or processed using harmful chemicals.
One of the most effective ways to take an essential oil is sublingually. You, simply place a drop or two of an oil under your tongue. As the blood capillaries are so close to the surface of the tissue under the tongue, many essential oils are able to pass directly into the bloodstream, where they can quickly travel to the different areas of the body where they are needed.
An easy and fun way to take your oils internally is with a drink. Add a drop or two to some hot tea or water and drink. Alternately, you can add oils to your recipes to spice them up and add some therapeutic benefits to them.
Adults: To achieve your desired results, 1-3 drops if oil is enough. Quick absorbing areas on your body are the feet, wrists and behind the ears. Always dilute the oils by 15% to 30% when applying to a large area of body.
Children: When applying oils to children, use 1-2 drops of essential oil with 1 teaspoon of fractionated coconut oil or carrier oil.
This is one of the most vital things you must know about essential oils…not all essential oils are created equally. In fact, most of them are worthless to your health and often synthetic. When buying essential oils be sure they are certified pure therapeutic grade.
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