Essential Oils are the naturally occurring aromatic compounds that come from the leaves, flowers, bark, and other parts of the plant. They are extracted through steam distillation, resin tapping or cold pressing and are extremely concentrated compounds of the plants they come from. Plants use EOs to survive, grow and reproduce, and repair damage to their physical structure following trauma. The compounds found in essential oils have a wide variety of health benefits!
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Three Ways to Use Essential Oils
Okay so you understand what they are, but how do you use them? Essential oils can be applied topically to the skin, inhaled through the nose, or ingested internally.
- massage a few drops of oil and a carrier oil (any pure vegetable oil such as coconut, jojoba or grapeseed oil) onto the body, following proper dilution ratios
- roll on desired area with the roller filament or glass roller bottle
- inhale the essential oil directly from bottle
- fill your diffuser with water and add 4-8 drops of oil
- apply 1-2 drops of oil on diffuser jewelry
- add 1-2 drops in a glass of water or tea
- put several drops of essential oil and carrier oil into an empty vegetable capsule and swallow with water
*Note: ingest only pure, therapeutic grade essential oils
Dilution and Storage of Essential Oils
A quick note on dilution and storage of oils. I recommend diluting all essential oils with a pure vegetable oil to start, and following the directions on the bottle for dilution. Diluting the pure essential oil with a carrier oil will help slow the absorption process and cool the hot feeling, but DOES NOT decrease the effectiveness of the essential oil. There are lots of oils that can be used as a carrier; some of my favorites are olive oil, coconut oil, and jojoba oil. I keep a few pre-diluted oils handy in roller bottles, but I also sometimes just put a few drops of carrier in my palm and add the EO to it. Dilution is especially important if you choose to use essential oils on children. These are some guidelines for diluting with your little ones:
It is best to store all EOs in dark glass bottles or in a cool, dark place. Citrus EOs (lemon, orange, tangerine, etc.) are very effective at removing unwanted chemicals from our bodies, but they will also pull the toxins out of plastics. What this means is when citrus EOs are put into a plastic cup, they will begin to break down and eat the material. So make sure you are storing anything containing citrus oils in glass containers!
Disclaimer: I am not a doctor or medical professional, and cannot diagnose, cure, or prescribe. Consult your physician before using essential oils to treat an illness for yourself or others. The safety precautions suggested in these posts are guidelines only.