How to use Essential Oils
Essential oils are used for a very wide range of emotional and physical wellness applications. They can be used a single oil at a time or in complex blends depending on user experience and desired benefit. Essential oils are usually administered by one of three methods: diffused aromatically, applied topically, or taken internally as dietary supplements.
 

AROMATIC USES

Aromatic

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 USES
Topical
Due to their natural molecular composition, essential oils are easily absorbed by the skin and can be safely applied topically. Application of essential oils can have immediate, localized benefit to the target area of application. They have restorative and calming properties and can be used effectively with massage and beauty therapy. They are also natural disinfectants. The chemical structure of essential oils also allows them to be absorbed into the bloodstream via the skin for internal benefit throughout the body.

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.
To achieve your desired results, 1-3 drops of oil is usually 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. When applying oils to infants and kids, use 1-3 drops of an essential oil to 1 tablespoon of a “carrier oil”.

 

INTERNAL USES
Internal
Essential oils can also be used as dietary supplements supporting a variety of healthy conditions. Some essential oils have powerful antioxidant properties while others help support healthy inflammatory response in cells. 

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.

Using capsules is a very common way of taking your essential oils internally. Place 1-5 drops of an oil inside an empty capsule, close the capsule and then swallow it. This is a great way to take oils internally that have a less desirable taste.

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.

 

HOW MUCH DO I USE?
With essential oils, it is important to know that small amounts used more frequently is usually more effective.

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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