There are 3 main methods for using essential oils – Aroma-therapeutic, Application & Ingestion – each one offers unique powerful benefits. One is NOT weaker or stronger than the other – each condition will call for a different use. Below is a quick guide to each practice:
Our sense of smell influences many physiological pathways including the stimulation of hormones and other metabolic processes. Aromatherapy is founded on the body’s predictable response to specific olfactory stimuli. Essential oils are widely used in aromatherapy applications. Certain essential oils, when diffused in the air, can be very stimulating while others can be calming and soothing. Beyond emotional benefits, diffusing essential oils can purify air of unwanted odors and some airborne pathogens. Low or no-heat essential oil diffusers are recommended as they do not change the chemical structure of the oil being diffused.
Many times it is not convenient to use the diffuser. Here are suggestions on other handy techniques to enjoy the benefits of oils aroma. Inhaling oils assist with BRAIN FUNCTION, EMOTIONS and RESPIRATORY ISSUES
- Inhaler: Empty inhalers, similar to a “Vicks inhaler” may be purchased and any oil or blend can be dripped onto the wick. They are very handy to carry in a pocket or purse and last for weeks.
- Cup and Inhale: With cup and inhale, place a couple drops of an oil or blend or use the residue on the hands after a topical application. Then stimulate the olfactory cells by cupping the hands over the nose and breathing deeply.
- Tissue cup: Find a small (appx. 8oz) cup with a lid. If plastic it would preferably be high quality plastic. Place one or two tissues or some toilet paper in the cup and drop 5-10 drops of oil on the tissues. The cup can be opened occasionally and holding the opening to the nose, breathe deeply. If the lid stays on, it will be effective for up to 2 weeks. Use this for a stimulant when driving or to stay alert in tedious meetings.
- Make a spritz: using 5-10 drops of oil with ½ cup of clean water. Put the mixture in a small spray bottle and shake well prior to uses.
- Make a steam tent: Add several drops of oil to a steaming hot bowl of water. Place a towel over the head and let it drape around the bowl and breathe in the vapors. This is especially valuable for sinus problems, coughing or colds.
- T Shirt Tent: Apply the desired oils to the chest and neck as needed then put on a T shirt and while laying down pull the neck of the shirt up over the nose and breath deeply .
When traveling by car or plane, the immune system is under particular stress. Apply a few drops of oil to cotton balls, cotton pads or tissue. In the car, place them in the heating and cooling vents. The air passing over the oil diffuses the scent into the air.
Applied topically, essential oils provide almost immediate delivery through the bloodstream and circulatory system as well as benefit skin conditions – aches & pains, bruises and wounds. Simultaneously as the oils are applied and absorbed into the skin the scent is inhaled giving a double benefit. Various methods for application are:
- Direct – Apply directly into affected area for pain relief or to wounds for infection protection.
- Massage – The most common way to administer essential oils topically. One such technique is the Aroma Touch Technique
- Compress – Ideal for post aromatherapy massage; hot compresses are ideal for aches/pains, menstrual cramps or other inflammatory conditions while cold compresses are preferred for headaches, tension, swelling, bruises or sprains.
- Hydrotherapy – AKA baths. Adding a few drops of oils can turn your typical bath into a spa like experience.
Essential oils can also be used as dietary supplements supporting a variety of healthy conditions. Some essential oils have powerful antioxidant properties while others help support healthy inflammatory response in cells. Many essential oils are GRAS – generally regarded as being safe for dietary use, but some oils should not be taken internally – I ONLY recommend doTerra for internal use. The most common way to use essential oils internally is adding a few drops to your drinking water; for certain health protocols the ingestion of oils via capsules are used.