How to Use Essential Oils
Let’s Talk Essential Oils!
Essential oils are volatile aromatic compounds that can naturally enhance your health and well-being. They are extracted from a plant or tree’s flowers, leaves, bark, roots or fruit. This is done by either steam distillation or by cold pressing. Essential oils are a natural and safe therapy, however they are also highly concentrated, so should be used responsibly.
Essential oils can be used aromatically, topically and internally, BUT bear in mind that NOT ALL OILS CAN BE USED INTERNALLY. Please read the label on the individual bottle on how to use.
Which Essential Oil?
Five of the most popular essential oils are Frankincense, Lavender, Lemon, Peppermint and Tea Tree.
Frankincense oil promotes feelings of relaxation and helps reduce skin imperfections when applied topically. Often called the “king of oils”. There is a saying, “when in doubt, use Frankincense.”
Lavender oil is known for its calming and relaxing qualities, so is perfect for a restful sleep.
Lemon oil is great for cleansing your lymphatic system and uplifting your spirit.
Peppermint oil is a natural energiser, so boosts your energy levels.
Tea Tree oil is a wonderful natural household cleaner and air purifier.
Using Oils Aromatically
Inhaling essential oils are powerful and can change your brain chemistry via the limbic system. The limbic system is the part of your brain that deals with your mood, emotions and memory.
A few ways you can inhale essential oils are: a) using an ultrasonic diffuser b) opening up the essential oil bottle and smelling, or c) putting one or two drops on your hands, rubbing them together and creating a cup with your hands over your nose and breathing in.
Using Oils Topically
By using oils topically, essential oils get absorbed through your skin. As essential oils are highly concentrated, it is important to dilute using a carrier oil such as coconut oil, almond oil, grapeseed oil or jojoba oil.
When using essential oils topically, a good rule of thumb when diluting in a carrier oil, is “less is more”. For example, 1 drop of essential oil per tablespoon of carrier oil for infants, 3 drops of essential oil per tablespoon of carrier oil for children and 6 drops of essential oil per tablespoon of carrier oil for adults. Just because it is safe to have up to 6 drops of essential oil per tablespoon of carrier oil for an adult, doesn’t mean that you need 6 drops. You may enjoy the benefits with just 1 drop! Everyone is different and it is important to find the right balance for you.
Using Oils Internally
It is safe to use certain essential oils internally if done correctly. Firstly, read the label on your essential oil bottle to ensure that it is safe for internal use. A couple of popular ways to take essential oils internally is in a liquid (a drop of lemon essential oil in a glass of water) or in food (a couple of drops of lemon essential oil in a quinoa salad is delicious).
Quick Tips on Using Essential Oils
- Choose high quality essential oils. There is a big difference between using a cheap essential oil and a high quality essential oil.
- When sourcing your essential oils make sure they have never been sprayed with chemicals or pesticides and have no additives.
- Make sure your oils come from a trusted source that are committed to producing the highest quality essential oil that is both effective and safe.
- Avoid contact with eyes, inside of nose and ears.
- Dilute with a carrier oil such as coconut oil or almond oil.
- Avoid sun exposure for several hours if you have applied Lemon essential oil topically. This is the same for other citrus essential oils.
- Read the labels on the bottles and follow recommendations of that particular brand.
- When starting out, use smaller amounts to begin with.
- When using a diffuser use in a well ventilated room (for example, a door or window is open).