I’ve been interested in Essential Oils since I was in high school. I loved the way they smelt and made me feel. These days I know they are so much more than just great smells. They capture nature’s living energy in a cute little bottle. But I get concerned when I see some of the social media posts about how to use essential oils, so I thought I would write this post.
First things first – Always read the label before using an essential oil. It will tell you how to use it. For example if it is best diffused or needs to be diluted if using it topically. It will also let you know if there are any safety concerns.
The following methods are some of the ways you can use essential oils and experience their wellness-enhancing benefits:
Inhaling essential oils heightens the senses and can trigger numerous desired responses in the body. Below are some suggested ways that essential oils can be used for inhalation:
1. Inhale directly from the bottle—simply smell them.
2. Diffuse the oils using a cold air diffuser, which disperses the oil in a micro-fine vapour into the air. The diffuser will not heat the oils, thus ensuring full benefits, as extreme heat can damage important constituents in the oil.
Topical application of many essential oils is safe and can offer an enjoyable, relaxing experience. However, once again I suggest reading the label before use to check if the essential oil needs to be diluted or has an contraindications for use. For topical application, follow these simple steps:
1. Carefully tip the oil bottle on a 45 degree angle and drip 2–3 drops in the palm of your hand or directly on the desired application area with or without a carrier oil (as suggested above it is always advisable to check this on the label before applying).
If dropping oil in your hand, rub palms together in a circular motion and then massage oil onto the desired point of application. If applying directly to the desired area, use your hand to massage the oil in a circular motion into the skin. Repeat if desired. You can create your own massage blends by mixing 2-3 drops of your favourites with 10mls of a carrier oil such as V-6™ Enhanced Vegetable Oil Complex, sweet almond oil, macadamia oil etc.
2. If you are new to using essential oils, are using them on children, have skin sensitivities, health challenges or the bottle says to dilute, then make sure you dilute, dilute, dilute. Dilution of means adding them to a carrier oil so that they are not quite as irritating on the skin. Carrier oils help to carry the essential oil in to the body and contrary to what some people believe they do not inhibit their effectiveness. In most cases, using a carrier oil with your essential oils is the best way to apply it topically as it allows you to cover a much greater area with a smaller amount of the oil.
Caution when using essential oils
Essential oils are very potent and some may be irritating to the skin. If irritation occurs, immediately apply pure vegetable oil such as V-6™ Enhanced Vegetable Oil Complex to the area to dilute. Reduce the quantity for children, if you have a medical condition and during pregnancy. Please read label directions for each individual oil before using.
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