There are three ways to use essential oils.
This just means you breathe the oil in. Inhaling the aroma of essential oils is especially good for situations in which you want to promote feelings of clear breathing, boost mood, or create a relaxation atmosphere.
Here are some of the best ways to use essential oils aromatically:
- With a DIFFUSER: Diffusers come in all shapes and sizes. I love dōTERRA’s petal diffuser. It’s small but powerful, has three different time settings, and is super quiet—ideal for use in a sleep or work situation. It also has an optional light, which provides the perfect glow for kids to use as a nightlight.
- Straight out of the BOTTLE: Sometimes I just hold the bottle under my nose and let the aroma drift up to reach me. You can also put a few drops on a tissue or cotton ball and set it near your desk or night table.
- In the SHOWER or STEAM TENT: I find this method especially helpful when I want help with respiratory support. Put a couple of drops on the shower floor in front of you (be careful—this will make your shower floor slippery!) and let the steam bring the oil to you. Or heat a pan on the stove or bowl in the microwave to steaming, put one or two drops of oil in (any more than that will be WAY TOO powerful!) and breathe in. Be careful to keep your eyes closed. Add a towel over your head to make a makeshift steam tent. You’ll look and feel silly, but your nose and air passages will thank you!
- SPRAY BOTTLES: Fill a *glass* (not plastic) spray bottle with water, add a few drops of essential oil, and spray away! Add citrus oils to purify the air and get rid of unpleasant odors or spray lavender or Serenity blend on your pillow and sheets to promote relaxation and sleep.
- USE YOUR HANDS: Put a drop or two of oil in the palm of your hand, bring your hands to your face (*be careful not to get it in your eyes!*) and breathe in the aroma. No special equipment necessary to enjoy oils aromatically this way!
The skin is the body’s largest organ, and one of its most amazing! Essential oils are made of components so small, they can permeate the skin within 20 – 30 seconds. Once in your body, these components will travel via your circulatory system, and within half an hour, they will reach every cell of your body!
Where to apply? It depends on the issue:
If you’re wanting help for a specific part of your body, put the oil on that body part. For example, if you’ve lifted something you shouldn’t have and now your shoulder is paying the price, put the oil on your shoulder. If you’re feeling queasy and need a little extra digestive support, put the oil on your stomach.
If it’s more of a whole body issue, like immune or mood support, apply to the bottoms of the feet or along the spine.
It’s important to dilute oils if you have sensitive skin or if you’re using oils with children or elderly skin. A little goes a long way. Just a drop or two of essential oil in a tablespoon of carrier oil is all you need for skin types in these categories.
There are some oils you should always dilute, regardless of your age or skin type. These are referred to as “hot” oils, and include oils such as cassia, cinnamon, clove, thyme, lemongrass, and oregano. These tend to irritate the skin more than most oils.
Diluting oils doesn’t reduce their effectiveness; it just reduces the chance of skin irritation.
So what’s a carrier oil? Any nut or vegetable based oil that is gentle on the skin like coconut, almond, argon, jojoba, olive, grapeseed, etc. You can also use lotion, shampoo, moisturizer, or bath salts. I love the unscented hand and body lotion dōTERRA has because I can add whichever oils I need!
For internal essential oil use, I only recommend dōTERRA oils. Oils of lesser quality can damage your mucus membranes and do more harm than good.
Some oils are not safe to ingest no matter the company. How do you know which oils are safe to ingest? Just check the bottle: if it has supplement and nutrition facts listed, you can use it internally. If it doesn’t, don’t.
You can use oils internally by putting a couple drops in your water (*only use glass containers*), a drop under your tongue, or a few drops in a capsule. You can also cook with essential oils such as dill, cilantro, basil, peppermint, lemon, and many others. They enhance the flavor of many foods.
Some oils are not appropriate for internal use, even if they are doTERRA oils. So how do you know which oils are safe to ingest? Just check the bottle: if it has supplement and nutrition facts listed, you can use it internally. If it doesn’t, don’t.