How to Use Essential Oils
There are basically 3 ways you can use Essential Oils - TOPICALLY, AROMATICALLY or INTERNALLY, and I have outlined each of these below.
1. Topical Application
What that means is you can put the oils directly onto your skin. They get absorbed immediately into the skin and leave no residue. You can apply them anywhere on your body and actually the bottom of your feet is especially effective because that is where your bodies largest pores are, so the oils are absorbed even faster. NOTE: NEVER apply the oils in or near the eyes, and never into the ear canal.
Because they are so potent, for those of you who have sensitive skin or if you are applying them topically for babies and young children, diluting the essential oil with fractionated coconut oil (FCO) is recommended. The dilution ratio I go by is usually 1-2 drops of essential oil to 1 teaspoon of FCO for a normal healthy adult.
2. Aromatic Use
The first and easiest way to use the essential oils aromatically is to open a bottle and breathe in the aroma, or
put a couple of drops into your hand, rub together, cup them and inhale deeply.
Another way is to put one or two drops onto a tissue and breathe it in that way.
You can also get a spray bottle, like the one shown below, preferably made from glass. Fill it with water, add your favourite essential oils (about 5 drops) and spritz the air. You can also use it to spritz your pillows, clothing, couches, and even pet bedding.
Another great way to use the oils aromatically is to put them in a cup or bowl of hot water, cover your head with a towel and inhale deeply.
By far the most popular and effective way to use the oils aromatically is to use them with a diffuser. You fill it with water, add approximately 4-6 drops of your favourite drops of Essential Oils and turn on. This gives off a cool mist which maintains the therapeutic qualities of the oils and diffuses the oils right into the air helping to purify and freshen the air. Other benefits of using a diffuser is that it is very calming and relaxing, helps you to focus more, and it can help boost your immune system.
3) Internal Use
Finally you can take essential oils INTERNALLY occasionally by ingesting them, however this is only recommended if your bottle of essential oil shows the supplemental facts box. If it doesn’t show this, they are NOT suitable for internal use.
The way they can be taken internally is you can put 1 drop under your tongue, or you can put 1 drop into a glass of water and drink it.
You can make your own capsules to swallow, by using these empty veggie caps from your essential oil company or a good health store. The top essential oil companies have some products that already come in a capsule from so you won’t have to make up your own. If you do make them up yourself, make sure you follow the correct dosages that are recommended.
Due to their concentration levels, ALWAYS read the bottle and follow safety protocols when taking essential oils internally.