Using oils topically allows quick absorption into the bloodstream and can circulate throughout the body. As the oils are applied and absorbed into the skin the scent is inhaled giving a double benefit. Logic often dictates where to apply an oil. Often applying directly to the affected area is most effective. Headaches originate from certain places, like some might be sinus headaches. Common sense says that cup and inhale, applying it to the temples, back of neck, and/or applying it to the sides of the nose would be appropriate. Massaging a selected oil to the neck and shoulders often offers quick relief. Complete the process by applying a compress to the effected area. The pressure points identified in reflexology or acupressure have proven effective places to use oils.
A common and effective place to apply the oil is the feet. The oils absorb well when applied to the feet and is an area where the skin is not very sensitive to stronger oils. When using stronger oils such as cinnamon, oregano, or wintergreen be sure to dilute the oils as necessary with carrier oils such as coconut oil or olive oil before applying.
One of the most common ways to enjoy the benefits of essential oils is using a diffuser. A diffuser is a great way to releasing oils into the air. Some diffusers act as a humidifier.
Properly diffused oils are known to kill bacteria and virus, improve mental clarity, enhance or calm emotions, and increase feelings of well-being. A good diffuser can fill a room or office with therapeutic aromatics in only minutes. Over longer periods of time, these diffused oils strengthen the immune system, reduce mold, and reduce unpleasant orders.
Another way is to put a few drops in your hand rub them together and then inhale the aroma from your hand. Some people choose to put a few drops of oil in a cup and then inhale the aroma for therapeutic benefits.
Of those that write on oils use there is a wide variety of opinions about internal consumption. Some recommend it often, others distance themselves from it. Internal consumption of essential oils is best done with professional advice. Listed here are some common techniques to consider:
· Water – Oils are often added to cold water and ingested. This would include procedures such as citrus oils or blends for appetite suppression or using Lemon oil for its cleansing effect.
· Capsules – Many add the oils in a capsule and taking orally as you would traditional medications. Depending on the strength needed a carrier oil may be added to the capsule to “buffer” the essential oil. Also many protocols have multiple oils added to the same capsule for a desired blend.
· Pulling Oils – Not quite considered ingestion, but does involve oils in the mouth, is the method of ‘pulling oil.’ This is a therapy that is proven to improve the health of gums and teeth. Others feel it has further detoxifying qualities. Choose an appropriate carrier such as grapeseed, coconut, or olive oil. Combine 2 drops of an essential oil such as Clove, Myrrh, or Peppermint. Then without swallowing, swish and pull the oil mixture through the teeth and around the mouth for 5-10 minutes, then spit out the mixture without swallowing. Then brush the teeth.
Before taking an oil internally, check its references and determine that it is certified as GRAS (generally regarded as safe) by the FDA.
Be sure to check out the proper usage of essential oils page.