3 ways to use essential oils
Did you know that our sense of smell is actually our most powerful sense. It influences many physiological, mental and emotional responses. When using oils aromatically you can pop them in the diffuser, place a drop or two into your palms rub them together and inhale the aroma or simply take the cap off and breathe in..
Simply diffusing an essential oil directly into the air we breathe, we can influence the feeling of our environment, and, more powerfully, our own emotions. It’s also an effective way to purify and cleanse the air of airborne pathogens and create a healthy atmosphere in your home. You can create any feeling you like just by popping the oils into your diffuser.
First thing in the morning for an energy pick me up I love placing 1-2 drops of Peppermint & Wild Orange into my palms and rubbing them together, I cup my hands over my nose & inhale. I then rub the back of my neck. I also love putting a couple of drops of Tea Tree or Lemongrass or Easy Air in the corner of the shower in the morning and let the steam turn my bathroom into a spa experience. We have diffusers throughout our whole house and I love nothing more than diffusing all day. Some of my favourite diffuser combos are:
Topical application of essential oils is a favourite of mine. Although, using essential oils on your skin can be a bit more complicated than applying your regular body lotion. In general, apply essential oils where you need them for their localized effect. For example, to soothe your body after exercise, you would apply Deep Blue oil to the muscles on your back or legs.
Another reason to use oils topically is to experience them aromatically by putting the oil on your wrists, palms, or behind your ears.They are an incredible alternative to wearing toxic perfumes and you can create any scent you like just by playing around with the essential oils.
Before going to use any oil or blend on your skin, make sure to follow these basic guidelines to get the best results:
All doTERRA oils and blends are classified into three categories: Neat, Dilute, or Sensitive.
Neat means that no dilution is necessary.
Dilute means an oil should always be diluted for everyone.
Sensitive means it should be diluted for sensitive groups including young or sensitive skin.
Remember that diluting an oil does not make it less effective. When in doubt, even the Neat oils can be diluted to your comfort level. Especially if you are using an oil for the first time or on your little ones – dilute it.
Areas You Can Apply Essential Oils
Other Effective Methods Of Topical Application
Add a few drops of oil to a warm bath (I like to combine with epsom or magnesium salts and a dash of Fractionated Coconut Oil so it disperses a little better)
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 moisturiser and then apply to skin
Areas To Be Avoided
Ingesting essential oils is definitely not for everyone and I believe should always be done with caution. Remember to check that the oils are safe for internal use and follow usage guidelines on the bottle.
Essential oils are MUCH more potent than dried/fresh herbs and spices so please proceed with caution and only as advised by your health professional. Taking 1 – 3 drops a day internally is the recommended ideal amount.
Although the benefits can be huge, it is important to be aware of your own health circumstances. Please don’t go ingesting just any old essential oils. Unfortunately not all essential oils are created equally. For this reason I trust and align myself with doTERRA because I know that they are 100% pure therapeutic grade oils and that each batch of essential oil has been third party tested. It’s important to me that what they say is in the bottle is actually in the bottle.