HOW TO USE ESSENTIAL OILS
There are countless ways to use essential oils, but they all fall into three categories of application: aromatic, topical, and internal. Once you have tried these techniques with individual oils, experiment with combining oils for a powerful blend of effects.
Do you have a favorite smell that takes you to your happy place? I sure do. When essential oils are diffused into the air, they work much the same way. By sending messages from our noses to our brains, essential oils can trigger certain emotions. Diffused oils can create different emotions, from tranquility and relaxation to alertness and concentration.
To diffuse your oils, either add several drops to your diffuser or just put a few drops on your hands, rub together, and inhale. Diffusing is an easy way to reduce stress at work or refocus your day. Plus, using oils aromatically rids the air of unpleasant odors, leaving you with a fresh, clean-smelling room.
When you think of essential oils, topical application—or applying oils to the skin—is probably what first comes to mind. Massage therapists sometimes use oils this way, since a massage helps push the oils deep into your tissues so they can get working faster.
One advantage of topical application is that you can target specific parts of the body. Have a sore spot on your shoulder that just won’t go away? Target it with an oil like Deep Blue for satisfying relief.
Since everyone’s skin is different, there are three important terms to keep in mind when using oils topically:
Dilute oils always require a carrier oil. These oils are so powerful, they must be diluted with a carrier oil (such as liquid coconut oil) before use. To do so, simply mix a drop or two of your chosen essential oil with the carrier oil and apply topically.
Sensitive oils require dilution for use on young or sensitive skin. These oils are slightly more potent, so using a carrier oil prevents unpleasant reactions for those with fragile skin. The process here is the same as that for dilute oils. If you’re applying peppermint on the little ones, for instance, just mix the essential oil with your chosen carrier oil and apply topically.
Neat oils don’t require dilution with a carrier oil. Because oils like lavender, sandalwood, and frankincense are mild, they are safe to use directly on the skin, but I recommend diluting them so they absorb better and if you or someone using them has sensitive skin there isn’t an issue.
Essential oils work so well because they are heavily concentrated. However, that concentration means consuming essential oils shouldn’t be taken lightly. Oils from Amazon or your local grocery store often have impurities and additives that make them dangerous to ingest, so it’s important to find a trusted oil supplier like doTERRA. You can learn more about doTERRA’s purity standards on [link to “So What Are Essential Oils”]. Only doTERRA provides an easy way to tell which oils are safe to consume with the supplemental facts label. doTERRA oils that you can ingest will always have a supplemental facts label on the bottle.
Ingesting essential oils can mean adding a drop of basil to sauce as you are cooking dinner, putting frankincense under your tongue in the morning to decrease inflammation and anxiety, or mixing a few drops of grapefruit with your water throughout the day. But whenever you consider using essential oils internally, it’s important to be cautious. For example, when you add oils to your water, they can leach harmful chemicals out of plastic, so always use a glass or stainless steel cup. If you’re ever unsure about how to safely use your oils, don’t hesitate to reach out.