There are three main ways to use essential oils: applying the oil topically, inhaling the oil, and ingesting the oil. For safety and effectiveness, you will need to determine the best method for the specific essential oil you are using. If you are not sure what method you should apply, do further research or consult a specialist. Read on to learn how to use essential oils!
How to Use Essential Oils
Inhalation & Aromatherapy
Diffuser – For aromatherapy, many people enjoy using a diffusing devise to inhale the oil. Some are used with water or heat, so that they evaporate. Be sure to read the directions when using a new diffuser.
Dry Evaporation – According to the University of Minnesota Center for Spirituality & Healing, with this method of aromatherapy, several drops of the essential oils are placed on a cotton ball or tissue and then the oil evaporates into the air. Leave it nearby for constant exposure. For more intensity, sniff the cotton ball or tissue directly.
Steam – An additional method of aromatherapy involves adding drops of the essential oils into a bowl of steaming water. With a towel over your head, breathe into the steam that is released from the bowl of water. Be sure to close your eyes when you are doing this.
Spray – For the simplest method of aromatherapy, place drops of the essential oil in a water-based solution. Shake it and spray it into the air.
Most essential oils must be diluted before being applied to the skin. Use carrier substances like vegetable oil, nut oil, or water for dilution. As stated by the University of Minnesota Center for Spirituality & Healing, for every one teaspoon of carrier oil, you should add about 3 drops of pure essential oil.
Bath – Add a few drops of the essential oil with a dispersant to your bath water before you get in. The oil is then absorbed into the skin.
Compress – After the oil is diluted, apply using a compress directly to an area of the body that needs special attention, such as a bruise or muscle ache.
Gargle – Mix drops of the essential oil in water. Gargle it and then spit it out. Do not swallow it.
Some essential oils are safe to ingest and some are not, therefore all ingestion of essential oils should be overseen by a licensed heath care provider.
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