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Applying Essential Oils
From perfumes and aromatherapy to cooking and medicinal purposes, essential oils have been a vital part of everyday life, dating back to 4500 BC. Depending upon the chemical make-up of the oil, pure therapeutic quality oils may be applied to the skin, ingested or inhaled. The body absorbs the oils fastest through inhalation and second fastest by applying to the skin on the feet or ears. One may inhale the fragrance directly from the bottle or diffuse them into the room. When diffusing, to preserve the therapeutic constituents of the oil, they should not be heated. Using a flame or light bulb ring to heat the oil is not advised. Instead, a cold air nebulizing diffuser that creates a fine mist should be used. Diffusion acts as an air filtration system by removing metallic particles and toxins from the air, and produces negative ions which inhibit bacterial growth, destroys odors from mold, cigarettes and animals, and fills the air with a fresh, herbal aromatic scent.