Essential oils can be used for a wide range of wellness and emotional purposes. We can use them as single oil at a time or in complex blends (my son calls it special potion whenever we make one to use in a roll-on bottle). How you use it will depend on the experience you wanted and the benefit you desired.
There are 3 methods to use essential oils – It can be diffused aromatically, applied topically to the skin, or taken internally as dietary supplements. The benefits of oils include:
Support healthy immune and respiratory function
Helps minimize the effects of seasonal threats
Promote tranquility, relaxation and balance
Ease feelings of sadness, depression and anxiety
Help manage craving, hunger and boost metabolism
Help with weight loss and appetite
Calm nerves when feeling stress
Ease tired and sore muscles
Help balance mood swing, soothe and balance heightened emotions during a woman’s menstrual cycle.
One way to experience the benefits of essential oils is aromatically or by breathing them in. Diffusion is the most effective way to do this and can be efficiently achieved by using an essential oil diffuser. Placing a few drops of oil in an essential oil diffuser can immediately alter the atmosphere of your home, office, or any indoor area, as the aroma of the oil travel through the air. Another effective way is simply inhale the oil straight from the bottle, or placing a drop in your hands, rubbing the palms together, and inhale the scent.
Applying the oils topically to the skin is a safe, effective way to yield the benefits of essential oils as they can easily penetrate and absorb into the skin. To prolong this benefits, you can use a carrier oil such as Fractionated Coconut Oil to slow down the evaporation of the essential oil, allowing it to moisturize the skin. If you have sensitive skin, or when applying the oils on small or young children, it is always a good idea to dilute the essential oil with a carrier oil first – this help to avoid the development of skin sensitivity, especially when you are trying a new oil for the first time or applying it to young children. The recommended ratio for dilution is typically three drops of carrier oil for every single drop of essential oil.
Note; Essential oils should never be used inside the eyes and ears. It is also important to remember that some essential oils should always be diluted before topical use, including Cassia, Cinnamom, Clove, cumin, Oregano, and Thyme.
Internal use should be considered on a case-by-case (or oil-by-oil) basis. For each oil, you’ll need to consider the specific chemistry of the oil, its possible effects, appropriate doses, and application methods. It is important to note that some essential oils simply cannot be used internally – in any amount. And more importantly, the ability to use an essential oil internally will also depend on the quality of the oil itself. To avoid toxicity, it is very important that proper dosing according to labeling recommendations and other professional guidelines is strictly followed.
Refer to the Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) guidelines from the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) which provides general safety suggestions as well as information about plants and other substances that have a well-documented history of safe internal use
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