Essential oils seem to be everywhere these days, but if you’re just starting out, you might not be sure about the best way to use them. They can seem intimidating at first because they are so many different oils, they all have different properties, and there are different methods to use them, but with some quick tips, aromatherapy can become fun and addictive.
I fell in love with essential oils during my childhood summers in Provence in the south of France. Lavender essential oils are at the heart of life in Provence. I remember the lavender fields, the soaps, the perfumes and lavender ice cream and candy. This is when it all started for me, life was better, sweeter and happier with my essential oils.
Essential Oil Method 1: Rub on Your Hands or Drop on a Tissue
The easiest way to use an essential oil is to just open the bottle and breathe in the aroma. You can also try to put a few drops in your hands, rub them together and breathe in the scent. For example, if this method is used with eucalyptus essential oil, you will feel you airways open and clear up. You can also put a few drops on a tissue and inhale deeply if on the go.
Essential Oil Method 2: Use a Diffuser
Diffusing the aroma with a diffuser in a particular room is probably the most common way to use essential oils. An essential oil diffuser is a device that will evaporate essential oils into the air. There are different types of diffusers such as atomizing, vaporizing, fan or heat devices, and the price range of diffusers vary greatly. The atomizing diffuser is the most expensive, and the vaporizing diffuser is the most commonly used. You only need to put a few drops of essential oil in the water portion of the diffuser, plug it in, and the ultrasonic waves will emit the oils and water particles into the air. Keep in mind,the diffuser should have the requisite capacity to diffuse enough aroma to cover the square footage of the particular room you want to use it in. Furthermore, some diffusers have timers, fancy changing light displays, or intermittent distribution options.
Essential Oil Method 3: Spray Bottles
Essential oils can also be used in spray bottles when an essential oil is diluted in water or scentless alcohol (such as vodka). The mixture can be sprayed into the air as a room spray or air freshener, sprayed on surfaces (such a kitchen or bathroom counters), or on the body for refreshing or calming benefits.
Essential Oil Method 4: Topically with a Carrier Oil
Millions of people use essential oils topically and lavender, eucalyptus, geranium, sandalwood, peppermint and grapefruit are amongst the most widely used. It is widely believed that massages with essential oils will help with circulation as the oils are absorbed by the skin. You should always use a carrier oil with a few drops of your essential oils. Carrier oils such as grapeseed oil, sweet almond oil, jojoba oil or fractionated coconut oil will prevent the rapid evaporation of the essential oil and will also protect the skin from any irritation. Essential oil massages are considered to be particularly effective for muscle pain, body aches and injured tissues. Many people swear by back, neck and foot massages with oils after a long day standing or sitting at a desk. Massages with essential oils can also become an intimate moment, but no matter how one goes about the massage, the benefits are endless.
Essential Oil Method 5: In the Bath
A favorite use for essential oils is adding them to the bath. This method is both topical and aromatic. The diffused oil in the water penetrates the skin and the aroma is inhaled, making your bath time more luxurious. Mixing the essential oil of choice in Epsom salts is the most commonly employed method. You should add 8-10 drops of the chosen essential oil to 1 cup of bath salts, and mix in the warm water before getting into the bath.
Essential Oil Method 6: Yoga Mat
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Essential Oil Method 7: Ingest Them*
Finally, some people ingest essential oils such as oregano, lemon and clove buds with a few drops under the tongue, in veggie caps, in teas, food and water. Oregano oil and cinnamon oil are often used this way be people fighting cold symptoms. Remember that essential oils are potent and highly concentrated. A single drop of essential oil is obtained from a large amounts of plants.
*Always consult your healthcare professional before ingesting essential oils
It’s so easy to make essential oils and enjoyable part of your daily routine with very little effort and investment. I recommend you start with a few drops of your favorite oil in a diffuser and see where this takes you. In no time you might be blending different oils and massaging your sore feet, or even making your own soaps, candles and spraying your pillow with a dream mist. The sky is the limit with what you can do with your essential oils. I encourage you to start experimenting one drop at a time. I hope you will enjoy them as much as I do!!!