Ok, so you’ve just got your first oils, or maybe you just need a refresher?
Here’s a few tips to ignite the love affair, that is, your new life with the world’s most powerful essential oils.
Appreciating the value of high quality essential oils in relation to how powerful the volatile aromatic compounds they possess can be for our physical and emotional wellbeing is one thing, understanding how to use them safely and work with their power to gain the most benefits, is another.
There are 3 common ways to use or apply essential oils.
AROMATICALLY, TOPICALLY & INTERNALLY
Reading the label, taking the time to educate yourself and/or speaking with a health professional for guidance will make it easy to apply all 3 ways confidently in no time.
AROMATIC – Breathing in or just smelling essential oils can be one of the most powerful ways to use them.
Smell is human sense that can evoke powerful emotional, psychological and physiological responses.
This is because smell is received and relayed by the olfactory nerve, situated in the limbic system.
What is the limbic system. It’s the part of the brain 9made up of multiple structures that supports multiple functions including motivation, emotions, smell, behaviour and memory. That’s why when you smell something familiar it often reminds you of a certain time or place.
Diffusion is one of the most popular ways to enjoy the aromatic benefits of essential oils.
But there other aromatic uses:
- Apply oil to a cotton ball and place in the air vents of your vehicle
- Mix oils in a spray bottle with water and mist over furniture, carpet, or linens
- Add oil to a batch of laundry or to dryer sheets
- Use in household surface cleaners
TOPICAL— Applying (some) directly to the skin or mixing them with carrier oils or other personal care products.
To decrease the likelihood of developing a skin sensitivity, especially on young or sensitive skin, it is advisable to use a carrier oil (such as Fractionated Coconut Oil) to dilute more potent oils and when trying an oil for the first time.
Where on your body you might apply essential oils
- Forehead and temples
- Chest, stomach and wrists
- Arms, legs, bottom of feet
Other types of topical use
- Add a few drops of oil to a warm bath
- Add to a spray bottle with cold distilled water
- Make a hot or cold compress by soaking a towel or cloth in water, adding essential oils, and then applying to the desired area
- Add oil to a lotion or moisturizer and then apply to skin
The recommend dilution ratio is typically one drop of essential oil to three drops of carrier oil, or at least twice that amount of carrier oil for babies, children or those with sensitive skin.
When using essential oils – ‘less is more’ (in the moment). Remember these are powerful so a ‘little bit of oil applied often’ is the best way to go. Meaning start with 1-2 drops, diluted if needed and decide which dose is best for you and your specific size, age and overall health. (A topical dose can be repeated every 4–6) hours as needed.
SAFETY TIPS: Please be aware of the ‘hot oils’ (Oregano, On Guard, Cinnamon, Cassia) that may sting or burn.
Sensitive Areas to be Avoided:Some facial areas, such as the skin around the eyes, eyes and inner ears, broken, damaged, or otherwise injured skin. My favourite way to remember is to avoid- lips, pits and sensitive bits
Always patch test any new oils on your wrist. If you get oil in your eyes, or on your skin just rub extra fractionated coconut oil around or over the area.
Water and oils don’t mix, so avoid wetting your skin for a while after applying oils.
INTERNAL— Add oils to beverages, take them in doTERRA Veggie Caps, take doTERRA essential oils supplements, or use them in your favourite recipes.
This type of use is not for everyone and so I urge you to do as much reading and researching, as you need to feel safe and confident in your own choices and applications.
If you think about it though you’re likely ingesting essential oils in very low doses already. These oils exist in their whole forms in plants before they are extracted – so when you eat herbs like cinnamon, basil, thyme or oregano, or when you use peppermint tea leaves or buy food with ‘natural flavours’, essential oils are likely to be the cause of the amazing smell and natural ingredient that greats the flavour you experience with these meals.
As stated on the Doterra website;
Essential oil contributes many health benefits as well as flavouring and aroma properties to foods. When in their concentrated form, essential oils can be used as dietary supplements for more targeted and potent health benefits. Internal use is a very safe and effective method of application because of the sophisticated physiologic processes of our bodies.
When ingested, essential oils directly enter the blood stream via the gastrointestinal tract, where they are transported throughout the rest of the body. Essential oils are lipid soluble so they are readily transported to all organs of the body, including the brain. Then, like all things we consume, essential oils are metabolized by the liver and other organs and are then excreted. Read more about it here https://www.doterra.com/US/en/using-essential-oils
Our body’s however can only process a certain amount of essential oil at a time so make sure you read and strictly follow the correct dosing as per the labels and other professional guidelines to avoid toxicity.
Effective Methods of Internal Application
- Use oils in recipes for cooking or baking to replace fresh or dried herbs and spices
- Remember that essential oils are much more potent than dried or fresh herbs and spices, so start with a very small amount
- For more potent oils, it may be better to administer them by toothpicks (dip the end of a clean toothpick into the oil and then add to the food) rather than drops
- Add essential oils to water, smoothies, milk, tea, or other drinks
- Take essential oils internally in a veggie capsule or add to a small amount of applesauce or yogurt