The Lavender Life: How To Use Essential Oils
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The way you use an essential oil varies on your particular need, but ultimately there are three main ways to use them: Aromatically, topically and internally. Let’s look at these in more detail:
Diffusing essential oils is a very popular method for multiple reasons. It involves adding a few drops of essential oil into an ultrasonic diffuser that emits a cool vapor, not hot steam. Unlike diffusers, candles and aroma lamps use heat, which consequently effect the beneficial components of the essential oil.
Through diffusing, not only does it ‘attack’ odor molecules in the air instead of just covering them up, it can also increase oxygen levels, and produce negative ions. Therefore, this is a great way to allow your oils to clean the air in your home and make it smell amazing, and you can have fun either waking up or relaxing a room of people with your choice of oils.
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One of the quickest aromatic way to get an essential oil into your body is by direct inhalation. You’ll have to talk to my husband about the finer details of how our lungs work, but I know you’ll feel the difference after a breath or two. It’s as simple as rubbing a drop or two of your chosen essential oil in between the palms of your hands. Cup your hands over your nose and breathe in.
Nevertheless, there are several other ways you can experience essential oils aromatically:
- Spray bottles: Add several drops of essential oil to a spray bottle filled with distilled water and mist your home, office or car with your own personal spraying diffuser. Shake well before each use. A popular example is as simple as spraying linens before bedtime with lavender.
- Diffuser jewelry: There are plenty of necklaces and bracelets on the market where you can apply an essential oil and go on your merry way. Then, subtly throughout the day you’ll catch a whiff of your chosen aroma. We even have an amazing team member that makes diffuser earrings too.
- Head tent: Add a few drops of essential oil to a bowl of hot (not boiling) water. Cover your head and bowl with a towel and breathe in the vapors.
- Potpourri: Make your own with essential oils. That way you know you and any guests are not breathing in toxic fragrancies.
- Cotton balls: Add your chosen essential oil to a cotton ball or tissue and place strategically including an air conditioning vent, trash can or hotel room.
- Wash cloth: Add a couple of drops to a wet washcloth and put in the bottom of the shower (not directly under the water). It won’t be too long before you’ll start smelling and feeling the benefits of the chosen oil.
Essential oils can not only be applied to your skin, but that of your children and pet’s fur too. Apply 1-2 drops of an essential oil directly onto the desired area and massage in. You may repeat this as desired. However, some essential oils are considered “hot”, meaning they will feel hot to the skin when applied directly. These oils should always be diluted with a high-quality carrier oil. You may even decide to dilute cooler oils for sensitive areas until you feel more comfortable. Dilution requirements are always higher for children and pets. Labels have dilution instructions, but when in doubt, any oil can be applied to the bottom of the feet.
But what’s a carrier oil? These include fatty oils such as Young Living’s V-6™ Vegetable Oil Complex, or an oil you may already have in your home such as olive, coconut, jojoba or grape seed.
One of the great aspects of essential oils is their molecular structure. They are rapidly absorbed by the skin, and it only takes them seconds to get into the blood stream. Various ways to use essential oils topically include:
- Massage: Combine with a carrier oil when covering a large area – it allows it to go further.
- Reflexology: Apply to Vitaflex points on the hands, feet, spine and ears that relate to organ systems and activate their reflex. These are the same electrical pathways in the body that are used in acupressure and acupuncture.
- Compresses: For deeper penetration apply an essential oil to your skin and place a cloth that has been soaked in hot water and wrung out over it. Remember oil and water don’t like each other. The same principle may be applied if you’re requiring an ice pack.
- Bath time: There are great benefits to adding essential oils to your bath water, but in order for them to disperse well in the water, you need an extra ingredient – Epsom salts. The first step is to add several drops of essential oil to 1/4 cup of Epsom salts. Let that sit for a minute or two, and then add your warm water. This same principle applies if you’re wanting to have a foot soak in a wash basin. This is one of my favorite ways to use oils after a long day on my feet.
Young Living has a range of personal care products (for women, men, children of all ages and pets) that are infused with essential oils and can be applied directly to the skin, hair or fur.
By taking an essential oil internally, it can help support all your body systems, such as skeletal, muscular, cardiovascular, digestive, endocrine, nervous, respiratory, lymphatic, urinary, reproductive and integumentary (your skin). There are also multiple ways you can use essential oils internally:
- Place several drops of oil into a vegetable capsule and swallow with water. Please ensure the capsule is filled as much as possible so there is hardly any air trapped inside – no one likes burping. So, either fill it up with extra essential oils, or a carrier oil of your choice. Once made, these capsules need to be taken immediately or they can be stored for future use in the freezer.
- Add 1-2 drops of an essential oil to a glass of water, NingXia Red, or other liquid of choice.
- Add a drop of essential oil to a spoonful of honey – yum.
- Add 1-2 drops of essential oil to your food recipes. Cooking with essential oils isn’t as hard as you may think, but there are some tricks to it. Keep an eye on our blog for plenty of recipes and the dos and don’ts of using them in the kitchen.
As you can see there are multiple ways to use essential oils, but to follow labeling laws Young Living has had to choose the primary usage for each oil – whether aromatic/topical OR dietary. So, if in doubt of how to use a particular oil – read the label for its recommended use. To make it easier on the eye, all essential oils labeled for internal use now have a white ‘vitality’ label and are classed as a supplement.