Why use essential oils?
Earth is covered with different shapes, sizes, colors, and scents of plants. These plants are composed of roots, flowers, seeds, bark, and other areas of the plant which contain combinations that create essential oils. They are extremely concentrated, making them tremendously powerful.
The natural makeup of these plants create aromatic combinations in essential oils which allow them to be released in the air. This allow you to smell the strong aroma of the essential oils instantly. This causes the sensors of the brain to interact immediately with the aroma of that particular oil. The biological structure of each plant species will create a unique essential oil and contribute to specific benefits.
Essential oils are extracted from various parts (roots, bark, leaves, flowers, fruit etc.) of the plants by compression or distillation (using water vapor). To get the best oil extract the plant must have ideal geographic location, weather, distillation process, and other variables. Extracting oils from plants can be difficult because it requires the proper method of compression or distillation to get the wholesome oil in its purest form.
Using Essential Oils Today
As you learn how to use essential oils, you will likely use one of the following application methods: aromatic, topical, or internal. All of these methods are safe when used appropriately. One or multiple application methods can be used for a wide range of emotional and physical benefits.
Essential oils are rapidly absorbed by the smell receptors, which have a direct link to the limbic system by way of the olfactory nerve. The limbic system is part of the brain that supports a variety of functions including smell, emotions, behavior, and memory. For this cause, essential oils have a powerful effect via aromatic application. Some essential oils induce uplifting or invigorating effects, while others are more calming.
Aromatic methods Include:
- Diffusion is one of the easiest methods for using essential oils aromatically.
- Placing a few drops on the palm of your hand, cupped around the nose and breathing deeply.
- Apply oil to a cotton ball and place in the air vents of your vehicle
- Mix oils in a spray bottle with water and mist over furniture, carpet, or linens
- Add oil to a batch of laundry or to dryer sheets
- Use in household surface cleaners
Applying essential oils on the skin is an effective way of absorbing the oils, because of they can easily penetrate the skin. Once on the skin, they remain in the applied area for a localized benefit. Light massage will increase the blood flow to the application area to improve absorption. Mixing the oil with a carrier oil such as fractionated coconut oil helps reduce irritation to sensitive skin. The recommend dilution ratio is typically one drop of essential oil to three drops of carrier oil. Use 1 to 2 drops overtime rather than one large dose is best the recommendation for topical. Each individual is different therefore the dose will differ based on size, age, and overall health status.
Topical methods Include:
- Forehead and temples
- Chest and abdomen
- Arms, legs, bottom of feet
- Add a few drops of oil to a warm bath
- Make a hot or cold compress by soaking a towel or cloth in water, adding essential oils, and then applying to the desired area
- Add oil to a lotion or moisturizer and then apply to skin
Sensitive Areas to be avoided:
- Some facial areas, such as the skin around the eyes
- Eyes and inner ears
- Broken, damaged, or otherwise injured skin
When ingested, essential oils directly enter the blood stream via the gastrointestinal tract, where they are transported throughout the rest of the body. Essential oils are lipid soluble so they are readily transported to all organs of the body, including the brain. Proper dosing according to labeling recommendations and other professional guidelines should be strictly followed to avoid toxicity.
Topical methods Include:
- Use oils in recipes for cooking or baking to replace fresh or dried herbs and spices
- Remember that essential oils are much more potent than dried or fresh herbs and spices, so start with a very small amount
- For more potent oils, it may be better to administer them by toothpicks (dip the end of a clean toothpick into the oil and then add to the food) rather than drops
- Add essential oils to water, smoothies, milk, tea, or other drinks
- Take essential oils internally in a veggie capsule or add to a small amount of applesauce or yogurt
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