If you don’t know how to use essential oils, don’t worry! Getting started is really easy and lots of fun! We’ve compiled a list of some ways for you to start using essential oils.
Please note: these methods are intended as a guideline only. Review your oils’ safety notices as each individual essential oil may have different effects and warnings.
1. Topical (Skin) Application
One of the most popular ways to use essential oils is by applying them to your skin. Essential oils are fat soluble, which means they can be immediately absorbed by your skin. To protect your skin, never apply essential oils directly, first dilute them with a carrier oil and then apply.
If you have skin sensitivity dilute your oils with a neutral carrier oil, or a base oil, before application. Carrier oils are usually cold-pressed oils so they do not evaporate the same way that essential oils do. There are many different types of carrier oils, the one you choose will depend on your personal preference of smell, texture and allergies. The most popular carrier oils are coconut, sweet almond, jojoba, avocado, sunflower, and grape seed oil.
You can apply essential oils to different parts of you body for different effects, the most common locations are your wrists, temples, feet, and behind the ear. For more detailed information about application points, see the Vita Flex Hand and Food Guide, as well as your Auricular Internal Body Parts.
There are several ways you can inhale your essential oils to gain their benefits.
Simple Inhalation: This method allows you to carefully inhale your essential oils. Rub 3-4 drops into the palms of your hands, or drop them on a tissue, inhale and enjoy. As a safety precaution, the first time you try a new oil, use only one drop to make sure you don’t have any negative reactions or sensitivity to the oil.
Essential Oil Diffusers: Electronic essential oil diffusers disperse a super fine mist of essential oils. They will gently fill the air with the aroma and healing benefits your essential oil in minutes. Each diffuser has its own instructions, but generally you put a few drops of your oil in the diffuser and turn it on. The diffuser will circulate the oil around the room.
Adding essential oils to your bath is a great way to take a relax during your day. You can use Epsom salts as the base for your essential oils. Instead of dropping the oils into the water, first mix them into the salts. This allows the oils to dissolve better in your bath for an enhanced effect.
To prevent any conflicting or diminished effects of your essential oils, don’t combine your oil bath with any chemically produced soaps or products.
4. Aromatherapy Massage
Essential oils can add that extra element to any massage. Since essential oils are too concentrated and strong to use for by themselves, so must use a carrier oil to dilute them first. Neutral-smelling carrier oils like sweet almond or grape seed are best for this. You can add up to 20 drops of your essential oil to 1oz of your carrier oil.
Tip: Why More Isn’t Better
You don’t want to overpower your senses or waste your essential oils. Remember, essential oils are are heavily concentrated plant extracts, you do not need many drop to have significant effects! For example, one drop of Young Living’s essential peppermint oil is the same strength of 28 cups of peppermint tea! With this strength, a drop or two is often plenty enough to feel the effect.