How do you use Essential Oils?
There are three main applications of essential oils:
Aromatic use of essential oils can support focus, memory, moods and emotions, hormonal balance, the respiratory system, the immune system, and help clear the air.
Diffuser: Add 2-4 drops (one oil or blend of oils) to a diffuser and place in living room, bedroom, your office or any place where you spend time and will benefit from breathing the essential oil. You can even get a car diffuser that plugs into your USB adapter. The car diffuser also works well plugged into your computer, to benefit from aromatherapy while working.
Hands: Add 1-2 drops to the palms of your hands, rub together to create a little heat, cup about 6 inches from your face and breathe through mouth and nose. Very beneficial to reduce feelings of stress, calm emotions, uplift spirits, and support the sinuses and respiratory system.
Other Tips: Add 1-2 drops to cotton ball and place next to your computer or desk where you work. Create a spritz with distilled water and a few drops of essential oil and mist pillow before bed time. Mist dog bed to neutralize smells or support restful sleep. Mist sneakers, soccer cleats and other sports items to purify air.
Topical use means applying the essential oil directly to the skin. Make sure to only use high quality essential oils labeled for topcial use. Also be aware that some essential oils are considered “hot” and should always be diluted before applying to the skin. Always dilute essential oils when using on children, older people, people with skin sensitivities, and pets. My favorite oil to dilute an essential oil is fractionated coconut oil as it is odorless, non-greasy, doesn’t interact with the essential oil to change its characteristics, and absorbs quickly and completely into the skin.
Back of the Neck: Apply 1-2 drops to the back of the Neck (Suboccipital Triangle) . This is a great place to apply an essential oils as it is close to the blood supply to the brain.
Temples and Forehead: Apply 1 drop to temples and across forehead to relieve tension (Peppermint or Tension Blend); stay far away from the eyes (apply close to hair line);
Soles of the Feet: The bottoms of the feet have the largest pores which allow your body to absorb the essential quickly. It will enter the blood steam within 30 seconds. Within 30 minutes the essential oils will reach all the cells in your body.
Over the Heart: A nice place for a topical application, very soothing and calming.
Over the Sternum: Very soothing and relaxing.
Localized: Apply essential oils directly to the area of discomfort. You may want to dilute in a carrier oil and massage the oils in. Great way to support the skin, help fatigued and achy muscles and joints, relieve abdominal discomforts, and relieve tension in the back of the neck and head.
Internal and Oral Use
Therapeutic grade essential oils labeled for “internal use” can also be used as dietary supplements. Many essential oils have powerful antioxidant properties, can support the immune system as well as the digestive system, mouth and throat.
Internal Use: Add essential oils to water, juice, smoothie, tea or incorporate into your foods. Use very small amounts (1-2 drops – sometimes just dipping a toothpick in the essential oil and stirring in the water or juice will be sufficient).
Oral Use: Put one drop under the tongue (sub-lingual use enters the bloodstream very fast and bypasses metabolism through the liver); place one drop of Frankincense on tip of tongue and press under the roof of mouth (support the brain, focus and memory); apply to gums to support oral health (dip floss into protective essential oil blend or peppermint; add to toothpaste; add to 1 oz of warm water and swoosh to rinse mouth)
Before starting to use essential oils please make sure to read “Safety Guidelines for Use of Essential Oils“.