How to use essential oils:
This is the easiest way to utilize oils in your home. Our sense of smell is a very powerful tool and it is through our smell receptors that there is a direct connection to the limbic system which controls many things including emotions, behavior, and memory. Due to this very powerful connection essential oils can have a profound effect on our bodies when used this way. The most common way to use aromatically is through a diffuser which disperses the essential oil into the air without heating it. Also smelling directly from the body or applying on your skin to smell or your hands and cupping your nose to breathe deeply. Many oils have uplifting effects on your emotions whereas others provide calming/grounding effects. In addition, many oils can help promote a restful sleep when used aromatically during the night and others can help get rid of unwanted odors and germs in the air.
Applying oils directly to the skin is a great way to help them absorb into your body. Because essential oils are lipid soluble they easily penetrate the skin and when absorbed can provide localized benefits. It is advised to also dilute oils when applying them on the skin. Dilution is a process in which essential oils are mixed with a carrier oil that helps “carry” the essential oil onto the skin. There are many benefits to dilution, including increasing the surface area of absorption, enhancing absorption through dry skin, and preventing sensitivity responses. Another way to improve the absorption of oils is to massage them lightly into the skin which will help increase blood flow to the area.
Common topical locations: Face: Use essential oil as part of your regular skin care regimen to beautify the skin and promote a clear, healthy looking complexion. Neck/Forehead/Temples: These areas are good to target feelings of tension. Abdomen: Application of essential oils, especially over major digestive organs. Arms/Legs/Back: Massage onto the arms, wrists, legs, feet, or back after physical activity. Roof of the Mouth (Soft Palette)/Base of the Skull: Applying oils to these areas is an excellent way to help transform your mood and balance your emotions. Chest: Rubbing oils onto the chest promotes feelings of clear breathing. Bottoms of Feet: This location is often ideal as the skin on your feet is generally not sensitive and this is a great place for a generalized effect. Apply and massage in 2–4 drops of essential oil.
Essential oil compounds have been used in cooking throughout history – for example when you use basil on your spaghetti or have bergamot tea – you are actually consuming some essential oil compounds. Oils when in their pure and concentrated form can be used as a diatary supplement for targeted health benefits. Some oils can help our bodies maintain a healthy inflammatory response while others can help support our immune systems in working to fight off environmental threats. Given Essential oils are lipid soluable they are readily transported throughout the body including the brain. When ingested they enter our bloodstream via the gastrointestinal tract and are metabolized by our liver. There are many ways to use oils internally including- putting a few drops in water, adding to a veggie capsule (these can be purchased), or utilizing in culinary recipes. Look for the supplement label on the bottle to show it is safe for internal use and dosing guidelines. Please note: I can only recommend using dōTERRA oils in this manner due to their safety and purity standards. And of course do what feels comfortable to you! There are many ways to use oils and you get to choose what works best for you.