How to Use Essential Oils
When I first was learning about essential oils I thought it was a bunch of woo-woo mumbo jumbo. Witchcraft, at best, or at it's worst synthetic bs being sold to us in overly priced bottles. Little did I know there's actually a science to back it up. And there are obviously differences in sourcing and quality as well. So to begin, let me explain what essential oils are.
What Are Essential Oils?
Essential oils are the aromatic compounds extracted from plants through a distillation process in which the oil provides an all natural health option to benefit our bodies. They can be used topically, aromatically (through inhalation or diffusion) or internally.
How do You Use Essential Oils?
There are 3 ways to use essential oils - aromatically, topically, and internally.
INHALING: Place 1-2 drops of oil in your hands and rub together, cup your hands over your nose and mouth and inhale through your nose. One of our favorite tips is to take an extra minute and inhale the extra oils from the palms of your hands after any topical oil use. Or you can breathe deeply straight out of the bottle to make it even easier on yourself!
DIFFUSING: This is an excellent method for purifying the air, boosting your mood, and creating an overall healthy atmosphere in your home, car, desk at work- anywhere!
Simply add a few drops of an essential oil(s) of choice to a diffuser in order to gain benefits of aromatic use.
Place 1-2 drops of desired oil into your hands and apply to the targeted area. When beginning topical use, dilute every oil with fractionated coconut oil (aka "FCO") and start by applying to the bottom of your feet. Over time if there are no sensitivities than you may move to applying the essential oil neat, although applying with FCO is always recommended. Some of our favorite places to apply our oils topically are the bottoms of the feet, the inside of the wrists, and along the base of the neck & spine.
Let me begin this section by stating that the only brand I would ever trust to take an essential oil internally - is doTERRA. This is because of their purity and potency standards, which you can read more about right here. Okay, now about the internal uses...
A good tip to remember regarding taking oils internally, is to always look for the Supplement Facts on the label. You want to make sure the oil is 100% pure and safe for ingestion. There are many opinions on ingesting essential oils and it is important that you do your own research and use this method as you see fit in your life.
The methods we suggest for ingesting essential oils include placing a drop of oil under your tongue for immediate absorption; placing oil in a glass of water; or filling an empty veggie capsule (remember to take these quickly as the capsule will disintegrate with time). When drinking oils in liquid, be sure the the container you’re drinking from is either glass, aluminum or ceramic as certain oils will deteriorate plastic.
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