How to Use Essential Oils
Using essential oils isn’t complicated, but you do want to follow a few good practices to reap the real benefits.
There are 3 main ways you can use your essential oils
Aromatic uses of essential oils can heighten the senses and have positive effects for the mind and body.
- Inhale the oil directly from the bottle: simply smell it! You can rub a drop or two on your hands and cup your nose or just inhale directly from the bottle.
- Diffuse the oils with a diffuser which disperses the oils in a micro-fine vapor throughout the air. A diffuser does not heat the oils which can damage their therapeutic properties.
- Breathe in steamy vapors deeply by carefully pouring hot water into a glass bowl, adding in a couple drops of essential oils, and covering the bowl in a tent like fashion with a cloth or towel.
Young Living essential oils are safe to use topically on our skin or even our pet’s fur. Because of their molecular structure, Essential Oils are rapidly absorbed by the skin. It takes seconds to get them into our blood stream.
Vitaflex points on hands, feet, spine and ears that relate to organ systems and activate their reflex. This chart is in your Essential Oils pocket reference or desk reference. It’s the same electrical pathways in the body that accupressure and accupuncture work with.
Sensitive people may taste it in their mouth in a few moments. Our pores on soles of our feet are very big and have great absorption so be mindful what you’re walking barefoot on and what cleaners you use or yard chemicals that you, your kids or your pets may walk on or if you stand in a bathtub when you clean it. The pores on our feet absorb alot!
Many Young Living essential oils are safe to ingest as a dietary supplement or food flavoring. It’s always important to follow the recommended dosage on individual product labels before taking oils internally.
You can put essential oils in empty veggie capsules, in your water, put a drop in raw honey, or on bread. Citrus oils eat petrochemicals so use glass or stainless steel oinly to drink oils from.
Adults can make rectal or vaginal suppositories with oils diluted with a carrier oil in a capsule before bed or lying down for a few hours. This can give 100% absorption as opposed to orally which is 70-80% absorption. Please dilute your suppositories with a carrier oil like olive oil because some essential oils are hot.
Of course, using essential oils in DIY cleaning products, beauty recipes, or personal care items is another simple way to utilize the power of essential oils. You can find recipes here via this search tool.
But wait! Safety is Important!
Before you start there are a few things I’d like to recommend. Because I want you to love your essential oil experience the way I do. So, do this mama proud and take care to do the following before jumping in:
There are 2 places we NEVER put essential oils
- In the eyes
- Deep in ear canal
If either of these accidently happens, it shouldn’t damage your eye but it will sting and you can put in a couple drops of a carrier oil and it takes the sting out in seconds!
Do NOT use water! Oil and water don’t mix and sting will be worse. If you don’t have access to a carrier oil (in the car, at a restaurant, etc) find something fatty like milk or butter.
Start Slowly with the Diffuser
Start with just 2-3 drops of oil in your diffuser for a 15 minute time period. If all is well then increase the time intervals. The home diffuser will run for about 3-4 hours and after this initial test period, feel free to run it as long as you are able and with up to 8-10 drops of essential oils. We tend to use fewer of strong oils like Joy for example and more of fresh, citrus oils like Lemon!
It’s a good idea to skin test an essential oil before using it. Every body is different and just because one oil did incredible things for one person doesn’t automatically mean it will be a perfect fit for you, and in some rare instances an oil may irritate your skin:
- Start with just one oil or blend at a time.
- Apply the oil (neat or diluted, as indicated on your bottle) to a small area first.
- When trying oils that are new to you, allow enough time (3 – 5) minutes for the body to respond before applying a second oil.
- Placing oils on the bottom of your feet is most often a safe place to use essential oils topically if you experience irritation elsewhere.
Be careful when using with other chemicals
Most people don’t think of their skin as full of chemicals, but certain things like cosmetics, personal-care products, soaps, and cleansers can contain synthetic chemicals. Your skin may have residual chemicals hanging out that could come in contact with your essential oils. Some of these chemicals, especially petroleum-based chemicals, can penetrate and remain in the skin and fatty tissues for days or even weeks after use. Essentials oils may work against such toxins that are stored in your body, whether from personal care products, food, or the environment. This is another reason why you’ll want to do a skin test. If any redness or irritation occurs, dilute the area with a carrier oil and then cleanse with soap and water.
The oils aren’t bad for you and are gently detoxing your body of these chemicals, but you may find it beneficial to reduce use or stop using the oils for a few days and then try again slowly. Here are some natural detox efforts can help cleanse your body safely. If you are ready to try again, do a skin test (diluted for all oils, this time) and wait 30 minutes to see if there is any reaction.
Keep “Hot” Oils Away from Children
Oils such as oregano, cinnamon, thyme, eucalyptus, mountain savory, lemon, and orange… or blends like Thieves, PanAway, Releive It, and Exodus II should be stored away from children (although, really, I keep all my oils away from my children!). These are also the types of oils that should always be diluted for both children and adults. If a child swallows an essential oil:
- Seek immediately emergency medical attention, if necessary
- Give the child milk, cream, yogurt, or another safe, oil-soluble liquid to drink
Okay, now that we got the technical safety stuff out of the way, don’t stress too much about using the “wrong” oil. Reactions or burning sensations to the oils are most often an indication of fast blood flow to that area. Oils don’t burn the skin the way a chemical can. If an oil doesn’t work for you, there are always other oils to try until you find what’s the best fit for your body. Essential oils metabolize in the body quickly. They do their goodness and then move on. You want to be safe, sure, but unless you’re doing something ridiculous you should be just fine.
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