If you actually know what to do with them, essential oils are surprisingly easy to incorporate into your daily routine and rituals. They are also a great replacement for the toxic chemicals often found in self-care and cleaning products.
Here are three ways to start using essential oils to help with everything from air purification to better sleep and relieving body aches.
Breathing in essential oils is, in essence, aromatherapy. This is really the easiest and safest way to use them, especially for children. For babies, in particular, it is always safer to diffuse the oils.
Once inhaled, the essence goes straight to the limbic system of the brain and has been clinically shown to bring about calming effects and soothing emotions, as well as support the processing of negative or traumatic experiences.
To create a special mood – whether it is for relaxation, staying focused, getting inspired, or creating a cozy or welcoming feel for guests – diffusing essential oils is simple and a great way for beginners to start experimenting with different ones. All you need is a good-quality diffuser, to which you will then add water and seven to ten drops of the essential oil of your choice.
Young Living ‘Desert Mist Diffuser’
If you are diffusing essential oils in the office to stay focused, opt for peppermint, which is like the caffeine of essential oils. It helps you stay alert and gives you a boost of energy. On the other hand, rosemary and basil are known to activate your brain and promote memory.
Young Living ‘Peppermint Essential Oil’
To uplift your mood, rely on citrus oils like lemon, orange, bergamot, and grapefruit. If you’ve been cooking at home and want to clear the air of any lingering smell, diffuse Young Living’s ‘Purification’ blend.
Young Living ‘Purification Essential Oil Blend’
Another quick and easy way to inhale essential oils is to apply one drop on the palm of your hand, rub your hands together, cup them over your mouth and nose, and simply start taking in slow, deep breaths. For those of you who work in a stressful environment or under a lot of pressure, this is a great way to keep you balanced throughout the day.
I would strongly advise against using a candle diffuser as the heat from the fire actually destroys the oil, which is often why you are left with a sticky resin that is impossible to clean. You may have also noticed that, once the oil is overheated, its smell changes.
There are several ways to apply essential oils topically: directly (also known as “neat”), through a massage, or with a compress.
With neat application, the essential oil is placed directly on the area you are targeting. For example, if you have a headache, one drop of peppermint is enough to rub over your temples and top of your forehead. Just be careful not to touch or get too close to your eyes. One drop is potent enough to be effective.
If you are applying essential oils topically for their general wellbeing benefits, the best places to do so are the soles of the feet, the back of the knees, the crook of the elbows, and the back of the ears.
Lavender is known for its calming effects and is beneficial if you suffer from insomnia. Simply apply one to two drops directly on your big toes or dilute it in a carrier oil and massage it on the bottom of your feet to help your mind and body get ready for bed. Lavender is also great to soothe the skin, helping with everything from insect bites and burns to psoriasis, eczema, and breakouts. It can also be used as a compress to ease earaches.
Young Living ‘Lavender Essential Oil’
Another great neat application is for tense muscles, especially after a workout. Young Living’s ‘PanAway’, the “tiger balm” of essential oils, is a combination of wintergreen, helichrysum, peppermint, and clove. It’s the perfect blend for aches and pains and a great support for treating arthritis, sciatica, and tendonitis. Because of the strength of this oil, it should be diluted with a carrier oil such as coconut oil, fractionated coconut oil, almond oil, or jojoba oil for before it is massaged into the skin. A safe body dilution is two percent, or 12 drops of essential oil to 20ml of carrier oil.
Young Living ‘PanAway Essential Oil Blend’
Before I make any suggestions for ingestion, it is important to know that the essential oil industry is not regulated. As a result, a company need only put five percent of pure essential oil in a bottle to call it “organic”. It is essential to do your research before buying your oils – especially if you plan on ingesting them.
I would recommend Young Living’s ‘Vitality’ range, which contains therapeutic-grade oils that you can ingest and use for cooking. To try this out, add two drops of lavender oil to really transform a fruit salad, or a couple of drops of basil oil to a tomato and mozzarella dish.
Young Living ‘Basil Vitality’
If you are a beginner, please make sure to research before using essential oils. Even though they are generally safe, they are quite potent, which means that there are certain basic safety guidelines that have to be followed. For instance, you should never apply them in your ears or eyes. For more information, visit Tisserand Institute’s basic safety guidelines.
Melany Oliver is a Spiritual Guide and Intuitive Healer. She uses her gift to read people’s soul energy and detect mental and emotional blocks that keep them from manifesting their heart’s desires. With over 10 years of experience with healing deep emotional wounds, she now leverages her expertise to help women who are wounded by their childhood traumas and past negative relationships heal themselves and open themselves to love.
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