There are 3 Ways to Use Essential Oils:
Before explaining these 3 ways to use essential oils I’d like to make 2 important points.
- To receive the benefits of essential oils, the oils need to enter your bloodstream. Think about it like you’re ‘feeding’ your body with highly concentrated food (essential oils). If you keep this in mind then how you achieve that is your personal preference. How to do that is the focus of this blog.
A quick general safety guide for using essential oils is included in my post Essential Oil Safety Guidelines here.
Let’s begin with one personal example of how I use essential oils:
I personally now use my favourite essential oil for the day as a perfume instead of commercial, chemical perfumes. Frankincense is a frequent favourite for me. I put 1 or 2 drops on my hands rub together to smell; then rub onto my neck and upper chest area; and put a peppermint beadlet (drop of oil) inside my mouth to start the day. This morning routine for me includes all 3 ways to use essential oils.
Frankincense oil on hands (aromatic)
Frankincense oil on my neck and chest area (topical) and
Peppermint beadlet (internal)
Please note, it is not necessary to do all 3 all at once. If you’re new to using essential oils. Start one step at a time. I have been using essential oils all my adult life however I do remember the very first time using them and I began with one step at a time too.
Inhale or to smell essential oils. You can do this by:
- Smelling straight from the essential oil bottle or a drop or 2 in the palm of your hand and inhale the smell
- Diffusing diluted by water
- Mixing in a spray bottle diluted with water and spray the air
- Adding to a hot bath to enjoy inhaling the scent of your favourite oils
Apply to skin. This can be done for adults as I explained above ‘neat’ or diluted if that is preferred. Always dilute for children, babies and elderly skin types. Your skin is an organ of the body and therefore absorbs what goes onto the skin very quickly. In other words entering your blood stream rapidly. Common methods for our household are:
- Apply to soles of our feet (particularly when fighting on a cold or sinus symptoms)
- Rub into hands to smell
- Rub into neck or behind ears to smell throughout your day
- Add drops to a carrier oil for a massage
To consume essential oils. This can be done like taking one drop as I did using the peppermint oil beadlet or cook with oils. For example:
- Peppermint oil or Orange oil in Cacao chip (chocolate chip) cookies
- Oregano oil in your favourite Italian, tomato sauce
This method completely ‘freaked out’ my mother when my son and I first demonstrated and explained the oils to her. Now she uses oils every day and while she doesn’t use the beadlets as I do her husband adds them to their meals regularly in his cooking adventures. This point leads to my summary:
Essential oils can be confusing and overwhelming in the beginning. Therefore regardless of your experience level. Take your essential oil journey one step at a time. Begin with the top 3 health and wellness needs in your home and start there.
You are welcome to comment and leave your top 3 health and wellness needs and we can make suggestions of where to start: