How Can I Use Them?
As I hope you have come to realize, essential oils can be used for a million different things. The way you apply them is going to be different, based on the oil and you are using it for. Now, more than ever before, we understand the application methods and how they can be used for the beset results.
There are three ways you can apply essential oils. You can use multiple methods at a time, for single oils or blends. Below, I have broken down each of the application methods to help you determine which one(s) are right for you and to help you understand them better.
Your sense of smell is extremely powerful and can affect you physiologically, mentally and emotionally and your smell receptors can quickly absorb essential oils. The smell receptors are linked to your limbic system, which controls the functions of smell, memory, behavior and emotion. That's way essential oils are so powerful when used aromatically!
When you think of essential oils you probably also think of diffusers as that is one of the first ways essential oil users begin, by using a diffuser. It's kinda the gateway tool to becoming an EO junkie! :)
Diffusing essential oils is the easiest way and uses water and oil. It's that simple. However, you want to be sure to use a cold air diffusers, as the hot ones can break apart the wonderful and active properties of the oils.
You can also place a drop of an essential oil in your palm, rub your hands together, cup your hands around your nose and take a deep breath in.
Here are a few ways you can use essential oils aromatically:
- Place a few drops of oil in your vacuum filter to freshen the air as you vacuum.
- Mix oil and water in a spray bottle and use as an air freshener on your carpet, rugs, beds and curtains.
- Combine your favorite calming oils in a spray bottle and use on your pillows just before bed time.
- Put oil on a cotton ball and place in your car's air vents.
This means applying to your skin. Essential oils are lipid soluble, or fat soluble, and so they can easily penetrate the skin and stay in the area they were applied.
There are a lot of ways to increase the absorption of essential oils, such as massaging, which increases blood flow which helps distribute the EO throughout the body. Using a carrier oil is not only a good idea for diluting an oil, but it helps with absorption and slows the oil's evaporation.
Speaking of diluting, it is important to dilute certain oils, especially if you are using them on young children or you have any skin sensitivities. There are many types of carrier oils with different benefits, but fractionated coconut oil and olive oil (yes, the kind in your kitchen) are the two most common.
When diluting, the recommended ratio (although this may be different for you) is 1:3 - 1 drop EO, 3 drops carrier oil. A lot of times I will even do 1 drip EO to 1 TBS carrier oil - especially when I use them on my kids. Always start small with the lowest amount, like 1 or 2 drops and repeat every 4 to 6 hours as you need it.
Please note: We are all different, so the dose and how often we use these oils will also be different. You know yourself and your family, so be responsible and do what is best for you. Also, you don't want to be careful when using essential oils near your eyes - getting these oils in your eyes is NOT going to feel good.
Here are some of the areas you can apply EOs: bottom of feet (my favorite), chest, stomach, temple, back of neck, wrists and forehead.
Here are a few ways you can use essential oils topically:
- A few drops in your bath
- Rub a few drops of your favorite protective blend on the bottom of your feet for an immune system boost.
- Apply a drop or two of peppermint oil to the back of your neck if you have a headache.
EOs can be used as supplements to support lots and lots of health conditions for targeted benefits. It can also be used to cook and flavor foods. You have been doing it already and probably weren't aware - like when you drink peppermint tea, add fresh basil to a rcipe or sprinkle cinnamon on your applesauce. You are ingesting the same volatile aromatic compounds that are in essential oils.
Using EOs internally, they enter the blood system through your GI tract and then out to the rest of your body. Because they are lipid soluble, they reach far distances like your organs and brain and are metabolized by your liver.
If you haven't figured it out by now, EOs are very complex and each one has unique properties that reach with your body in different ways. It is important to use the proper dosage, as your body is made to only handle appropriate levels of EOs.
Before using essential oils internally, be sure to do some research to follow professional guidelines. Again, you know yourself and your family, so do what's best.
Here are a few ways to use EOs internally:
- Use essential oils in place of dried spices in a recipe (for really potent oils, you may just want to dip a toothpick in the oil and add it that way)
- Flavor up your smoothie, milk or tea
- Add a couple drops of a citrus oil to your water for a touch of flavor during your workout.
- Cover up the taste of the oil by placing it in yogurt, applesauce, or put in a vegetable capsule to swallow.
There are lots and lots of ways you can incorporate essential oils into your life and this is just the start! Are you ready to get started and need a few oils to begin your collection? If so, check out which ones are great to begin with, by clicking here.