How to Use Essential Oils

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towelsThere are 3 ways to use essential oils.  You can use them Aromatically, Topically, and Internally (if you have a quality brand with a supplement box indicating it’s safe for internal use.) Of course the essential oils we use are labeled accordingly and so our family uses them all 3 ways.

Aromatically

Using an essential oil aromatically can actually affect your mood. This happens because our sense of smell is so complex and, as you inhale the oil, tiny molecules go into the olfactory bulbs.  These olfactory bulbs are actually connected to the limbic area of the brain where our emotions are.  It’s amazing how this all works and how our moods can literally be affected by our sense of smell.  Think about it! What kind of memories do you get when you smell fresh baked cookies or a loaf of warm, freshly baked bread? It’s powerful!

There are different way to use an oil aromatically.  You can place a few drops in the palm of your hand, rub together, and inhale.  You can put a drop or two on a cotton ball and place it somewhere ~ maybe in your pillow case.  There are also diffusers that allow the oils to be dispersed into the air creating a wonderful aroma with many potential benefits.  Be careful tho ~ don’t heat your essential oils or you change the molecular structure and won’t reap all the rewards!

Topically

Using essential oils topically is another effective way to enjoy their benefits. Because essential oils are transdermal they can pass through your skin, go into your circulatory system and penetrate every cell in your body.  This is another reason you want to make sure you are using only the highest grade of essential oils!  Experiencing some tension? Apply a few drops of essential oils in that area. For the occasional stomach upset, put a few drops in the palm of your hand and rub onto your tummy. Another quick and easy option is to rub a few drops of oil onto the bottoms of your feet.

Internally

Lastly if you are using a high quality essential oil, with a dietary supplement box on the bottle, you can take the oils internally.  You could place a couple of drops in a capsule, under the tongue or in a glass of water. Many people even cook with them to enhance the flavors of the dish naturally and effectively.  Remember…a drop or two goes a long way!