How to Apply Essential Oils
Essential oils have been used throughout time for a myriad of different uses. There are three main ways to use them; topically, aromatically and internally. Within these three methods are many ways of using to provide lots of aromatic and health benefits for you and your family.
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One of the most popular and safest ways of using essential oils is through aromatic use. There are several ways to do this. You can simply open the lid and smell the essential oils directly from the bottle, or even put a few drops of the essential oil on the palm of your hands and then rub together and inhale.
One of my favourite ways to use oils aromatically is by using a diffuser. If you use one that does not heat the oils it will not damage the oils. It will also make it safe to use around kids and pets.
Another way to use the essential oils aromatically is by steam inhalation. This is where you fill a bowl with hot water, adding several drops of your desired oil, then covering your head with a towel and inhaling the steam. This is a great way to use oils when you have a cold.
Another way to use essential oils is topically. Using essential oils topically is great for having a localised effect. Whilst there are some essential oils that can be applied undiluted, most should be mixed into a carrier oil first. Suitable carrier oils you can use are almond, apricot, coconut, olive oil and fractionated coconut oil (not an extensive list). Diluting an essential oil does not minimise its effectiveness, but it will minimise any potential discomfort or reaction.
The amount of drops compared to the amount of carrier oil will depend upon the particular use you have in mind and whether its for an adult, child, baby or the elderly. Simply mix the correct amount of carrier oil with the amount of essential oil drops you want, and then apply where you would like to use.
There are many different parts of the body that essential oils can be applied to. The bottoms of the feet are a common place to rub the mixture on to because the skin is not as sensitive, feet have large pores which allow for quick absorption, there are no sebaceous glands to slow absorption, and there are lots of reflexology points in the feet.
Here are some different places you can apply essential oils on the body:
- Face -be careful around eyes
- Forehead, neck and temples
- Base of the skull
Some citrus oils are photosensitive which means they can make your skin more sensitive to UV radiation and sunburn. Its best to avoid direct sunlight exposure for up to 12 hours after applying these oils by either diffusing htem, using them internally or applying them under clothing.
Not all oils can be ingested, so maintain caution when using oils this way. Make sure your using a brand of essential oils that specify they are safe to use internally and read all labels carefully before administering them this way.
The safest way of using oils internally is by ensuring they are diluted first. This can be through adding them to food like dips and dressings or by placing in a capsule topped with a consumable carrier oil and swallowing like a pill.
If you have any major health concerns or are on any medication it is best to consult with a healthcare professional first before taking oils internally.
These are the three main ways to use and apply essential oils. Within these three ways there are a variety of different ways to bring health and healing of these oils into your life. Make sure you review he guidelines of your specific brand of oils and be sure to follow their specifications before using them.