You don’t need to be an expert to use and enjoy the wide benefits that essential oils hold. You just need a basic understanding of how to safely use essential oils during your daily routine. Here are some ways you can use essential oils:
One way you can enjoy the benefits of essential oils is by using it aromatically, or by breathing them in. This process offers many benefits and it can be particularly ideal for improving or managing one’s mood. Depending on the chemical structure of an essential oil, it may provide refreshing or uplifting effects, or it may bring you soothing feelings.
Diffusion is one of the most effective ways to enjoy essential oils aromatically. One can use a diffuser to easily enjoy the benefits of essential oil. Essential oil diffusers transform the whole oil into a microscopic droplets or mist that allow the user to experience the aroma of the essential oil for an extended period of time.
It is important to keep in mind that essential oils have a delicate chemical structure, so you never want to use a diffuser that could alter the chemical profile of the oil by using heat. It is best to stick with diffusers that use water or cold air to diffuse the oil. Although diffusers make it easy to use essential oils aromatically, you can also get the aromatic benefits of an essential oil without a special diffusing device. Simply inhaling an essential oil straight from the bottle, or placing a drop in your hands, rubbing the palms together, and inhaling the scent will allow you to yield the benefits of essential oils through the air.
Applying essential oils topically is a safe, effective way to yield the benefits that essential oils hold for the skin and other aspects of the human body. Due to their chemical makeup, essential oils can easily penetrate the skin and offer a localized benefit to the applied area. Essential oils are easily absorbed into the skin, but you can prolong the benefits of an essential oil by using a carrier oil to slow down the evaporation of the oil, allowing it to moisturize the skin. Remember, deciding when and how to dilute your essential oils is a personal decision that should be based on your usage preferences, the oil’s chemistry, and any personal sensitivity to certain oils.
Skin sensitivity and dilution
If you have specifically sensitive skin, or when applying essential oils on children, it is a good idea to use carrier oil such as Fractionated Coconut Oil. Through diluting the essential oil with carrier oil, you can avoid the development of skin sensitivity, especially when you are trying new oil for the first time
The recommended ratio for dilution is usually 3 drops of carrier oil for every single drop of essential oil. The dose for applying essential oils topically will vary depending on the individual and their needs, age, size, and overall health status. When you are first starting out, try a few small doses throughout the day instead of a single large dose all at once. Start with a small dose (one to two drops.) This dose can be repeated every four to six hours as necessary.
Though internal use has been greatly debated in the essential oil community for years, research continues to confirm the safety of internal application and validate its many uses. It turns out that essential oils are most likely already a big part of your daily diet. Large portions of the plants that we consume throughout the course of a day produce small amounts of essential oil.