Essential Oils: Methods of Application

Many people who begin dabbling with essential oils know of one or two methods of application. Most of these individuals are quite surprised (and delighted) to discover that there are a variety of ways oils can be used.

 

Inhalation

Vapor inhalation is one of the more common methods that the general population is familiar with. The increased popularity of diffusers (especially for gift giving around the holidays) is to thank for this. There are even humidifiers and vaporizers made now that have a "special" place to add oils to take advantage of their health benefits. Of course, vapor inhalation can be done with a simple towel. Add five drops to steaming water. Place your face over the water and a towel over your head to create a tent and breathe in deeply.

 

Lotion/Cream

Use a carrier oil or natural cream with a base (shea butter, cocoa butter, etc.) to create a lotion. Just add drops of an essential oil. You can experience and create blends of certain oils too.

 

Internally

This may come as a big surprise, but many essential oils are safe to take normally. Always make sure it states that it is food-grade or has a supplement fact label. Some essential oils manufacturers also offer a specific food grade line.

 

Bath

Just a few drops to your bath oil can go a very long way. It will absorb in your sin, and you will also be inhaling it. Eucalyptus is great if you are feeling achy. Lavender is ideal if you are stressed or need to quiet your mind down to fall asleep.

 

Massage

Creating massage oil is easy. Blend a few drops with your favorite carrier oil and you're done it can benefit you both physiologically and psychologically. Lavender is commonly used when relaxing effects are wanted. Pepper mint is another great one if you want to energize the body.

 

Compress

Whether you have a headache, pulled muscle, or menstrual cramps, a warm essential oil compress can help. Add a few drops to a bowl of warm water. Dip in your wash cloth, wring it out, and apply to the area.

 

Neat

Essential oils can be applied as is. For example, patchouli is one folks love to wear instead of perfume or cologne. Always do a small patch test to make sure your system will respond favorably to the oil. Oils that have "hot" properties should never be applied without carrier oil. Oregano and cinnamon are a few examples.



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