Many of us are curious about how to use essential oils. We want to know if they are safe and can be used daily. Application methods for essential oils include aromatic, topical, and internal methods. All of these methods are safe when used appropriately and all are safe to use regularly – even daily. One or more application method can be used to help a variety of emotional and physical wellness applications. Essential oils can be used one at a time or in complex blends. Let’s explore further.
Our sense of smell brings responses that are emotional, mental, and even physiological (biological). Because our sense of smell is directly connected to the brain’s limbic system, smells immediately bring to mind emotions, memories, and past behaviors. Our noses quickly absorb the scent of essential oils and immediately make those same connections. This is why essential oils have an especially powerful aromatic application. Some essential oils can bring uplifting moods while others aid in calming feelings.
Diffusers that use cold air or water are ideal, but aren’t required. You can simply place a couple of drops of essential oil in the palm of one hand, rub both palms together, then cup the hands closely around the nose while breathing deeply.
Quick Aromatic Essential Oil Ideas
- Apply oil to a cotton ball and place in the air vent(s) of your vehicle
- Blend oils in a spray bottle, diluted with water, and mist over furniture, carpet, or linens for a custom refreshing scent
- Add a favorite oil to a load of laundry or to dryer sheets
- Use lemon or other oils in household surface cleaners (check my blog for recipes)
Topical application is a popular and effective application method for many essential oils. They easily penetrate the skin, absorb quickly, and stay localized upon application for maximum benefit.
To increase absorption light massage or a carrier oil, such as fractionated coconut oil, may be used. A carrier oil will also slow the absorption rate, decrease the evaporation rate, and moisturize the skin.
If your skin is sensitive (especially on children), using a carrier oil to dilute more potent essential oils is a good idea. A ration of one drop of essential oil to three drops of carrier oil is recommended.
- Using several small does throughout the day is better than using one large dose per day. Begin by using the lowest dose (1-2 drops) and repeat topically every 4-6 hours as needed. You may find that your dosage needs vary because every individual is unique.
- Areas to apply essential oils include the back of the neck, forehead and temples, chest and abdomen, arms, legs, and the bottom of the feet. Check the dōTERRA website for specific locations to use any particular oil and whether a carrier oil is recommended.
- Other relaxing, yet effective topical application methods include adding a few drops of oil to a warm bath, making a hot (or cold) compress by soaking a towel or cloth in water, adding essential oils, then applying to the desired area. Add oil to a lotion or moisturizer and then apply to skin.
- Sensitive areas to avoid applying essential oils include facial areas such as the skin around the eyes and the lips (review instructions for each oil), eyes and inner ears, broken, damaged, or injured skin.
Some essential oils have traditionally be used as dietary supplements and in cooking. Cinnamon sprinkled on your oatmeal, a cup of peppermint tea, or fresh basil leaves added to your pasta sauce are derived from essential oil compounds. Internal use of essential oils is a very safe and effective method of application when oils are in their concentrated form because they can be used as dietary supplements to aid in health benefits.
Essential oils are lipid soluble (will dissolve in organic solvents) and enter the blood stream through the gastrointestinal track when ingested. Then they are transported to all organs, metabolized by the liver (and other organs), and are then excreted. The body is equipped to handle only appropriate doses of essential oils so adhering to labeling recommendations and professional guidelines should be strictly followed to avoid toxicity.
Internal Application Methods
- Use oils in recipes for cooking or baking as a replacement for fresh or dried herbs and spices. Essential oils are more potent so begin with a very small amount (such as the end of a toothpick dipped into the oil rather than full drops)
- Add essential oils to water, milk, tea, smoothies, or even applesauce or yogurt
- Drop oils into a veggie capsule to take internally
Now You Know
You have some basic information now and can make a more informed decision about what you might like to achieve with using essential oils. You can check out some information on the Cynthia & Co website or to my dōTERRA webpage at dōTERRA by Cynthia & Co. (my.doterra.com/cynthiaandco). And you can always get it touch with me if you have any questions (there’s a form on the main page).
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