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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.

 

The penetrating characteristic of essential oils greatly enhances their effectiveness.  Essential oils penetrate through the skin.  They may penetrate a fingernail or toenail to reach fungus underneath.  The immediate effects of essential oils last 20 minutes.  Oils go where needed and are activated in those areas.  When layered, one oil applied over another, they act faster and more effectively.  Current research shows that when used aromatically, applied topically, or taken internally, essential oils can calm, energize, balance, purify, and rejuvenate the mind and body.

Methods of Application

1.Inhalation

Direct Inhalation:  Directly inhale the oil from the bottle.

Diffusion:  Use a nebulizing diffuser to disperse oil in a micro-fine vapor into the air.

Humidifier: Fill a humidifier with water then place a tissue or cloth, sprinkled with a few drops of oil, in front of the escaping vapor.

Steam: Place a few drops of oil in hot water, cover your head and the container with a towel, and breathe deeply and slowly.

2.Topical application

Direct Essential oils can be applied directly to the crown of the head, to the temples, behind the ears, over vital organs, to the feet, and many other locations. Dilution may be required.

3.Internal use

Capsule: Add several drops of oil into an empty capsule and swallow with water.

Water or Milk: Add 1–2 drops of oil to a glass of water or rice milk.

Bread: Add 1–2 drops of oil on a piece of bread.

Cooking:  Use oils in place of herbs and spices in your everyday cooking.

Honey or Agave:  Add 1–2 drops of essential oil into a teaspoon of  honey or agave sweetener.

Direct:  Drop directly onto the tongue and swallow.