Diffusion works by distributing essential oil molecules through the air. Once in the air, they are inhaled and come into contact with nerves that send them directly to the brain. This is a quick and safe way of letting the essential oils go to work for you. You can either use a diffuser or direct inhalation. For direct inhalation, simply open the bottle and breathe. You can also drop a few drops onto the palm of your hand, rub your hands together, then cup your hands over your mouth and inhale.
An essential oil is that aromatic liquid that comes from inside flowers, shrubs, trees, roots, bushes, and seeds.
Essential oils play many roles including infection control, humidity control, hormonal effects, wound healing, and attracting or repelling insects, birds, and animals.
We can use them for supporting a healthy immune system, for relaxation and better sleep, for stamina and boosting energy, and for uplifting our spirit.
Lavendar may be applied undiluted to skin but all other oils should be diluted with a carrier oil, such as Fractionated Coconut Oil or even Olive Oil.
Before starting an essential oil application, you may want to test for skin sensitivity, otherwise, apply the essential oil you want to use to the bottom of the feet. The feet are the second fastest area of the body to absorb oils, but other quick-absorbing areas include the ears and on the hands.
Direct Application Basin Option for children and those with sensitive skin.
Fill a basin with 2 quarts of hot (not boiling water), and add the desired essential oils, i.e., 5-15 drops. Stir the water vigorously and let it stand for 1 minute. Lay a dry towel on top of the water. Since the oils will float to the top, the towel will absorb the oils with the water.
After the towel is completely saturated, wring out the excess water (leaving much of the oils in the towel), and place the towel over the area needing the compress.
To seal in the warmth, cover the location with a thick towel 15-30 minutes.
Internal use of essential oils offers powerful effects to the body. Years of past and ongoing research have found that internal usage is a safe and profoundly efficacious application method.
Essential oils are already a normal part of your diet and the human body is well equipped to safely metabolize them. When you sprinkle cinnamon on your oatmeal, sip a mug of peppermint tea, or add fresh oregano to your pasta sauce, you are actually consuming small amounts of the volatile compounds found naturally in the plant. Essential oils give plants their aroma and flavor. When concentrated, essential oils can be used as internal supplements for more potent and targeted support.
Internal use of essential oils is perfectly safe when used properly. Some essential oils are not recommended for internal use, such as Arborvitae, Birch, Cedarwood, Cypress, Eucalyptus, White Fir, and Wintergreen. They are best used aromatically or topically.
An important aspect of using essential oils is regarding them on an individual basis, noting their specific chemistry, beneficial effects, safety considerations, and appropriate application methods.