Welcome to the second post in my Essential Oils Series! To read my previous posts on essential oils click here.
In my last post I discussed what essential oils are, but you might still be wondering, “How do I use essential oils?” So this week I am talking about the three main application methods: aromatic, topical, and internal use.
Aromatic – The sense of smell is a powerful tool that can elicit physiological, mental, and emotional responses. Essential oils, when diffused or inhaled can be very stimulating, calming or soothing, depending which oil or blend is used. They can also boost our immunity and support our respiratory system, as well as cleanse and purify the air, both physically and energetically. This is actually my favourite method for using my oils. I like to diffuse various scents throughout the day depending on my mood, or at different times depending on what’s going on in our home. Throughout Winter I often used a combination of Easy Air and On Guard, to help fight off any nasty bugs we always seem to pick up when the weather cools down. Now that the weather is warming up, my current favourite blend is 1 drop each of lemon, grapefruit, lime and orange oil, which gives the house a lovely Spring feel!
Topical – Essential Oils that are Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade (CPTG) can be safely used for topical application. Because essential oils have low molecular weights and are lipid soluble, they easily penetrate the skin, which makes topical application an incredibly effective method for use. Once absorbed, they stay in the applied area for a localised benefit. Additionally, absorption can be increased by using a light massage, which will increase the blood flow to the area of application, and in turn improve distribution throughout the body. Use of a carrier oil, such as coconut or olive, can also increase absorption, especially in skin that is dry or flaky as it helps moisturise the skin and slow evaporation of the essential oil.
Internal – Essential oils contribute many health benefits, as well as add flavouring and aroma to foods. When you sprinkle cinnamon on your oatmeal, sip a mug of peppermint tea, or add fresh basil leaves to your spaghetti, you are actually consuming some aromatic essential oil compounds. Certain Essential Oils have a rich culinary history and when in their concentrated form, can be used as dietary supplements for more targeted and potent health benefits. Internal use is a very safe and effective method of application because of the sophisticated physiologic processes of our bodies. When ingested, essential oils directly enter the blood stream via the gastrointestinal tract, where they are transported throughout the rest of the body. Once again thanks to their lipid solubility, essential oils are readily transported to all organs of the body, including the brain. Then, like all things we consume, essential oils are metabolised by the liver and other organs and are then excreted.
So there you have the three main application methods for essential oils. So far in my oily journey, diffusing essential oils has definitely been my favourite method for use. I enjoy beginning the day with an uplifting blend of citrus, to help start us off right, and ending the day with a calming lavender blend, to help us all sleep. My husband however, enjoys a deep blue massage, to soothe his sore muscles after sports. Do you already use Essential Oils? I’d love to hear what is your favourite way to use them in the comments.
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Next week I will be covering in depth the best ways to purchase oils.