Essential oils are powerful, aromatic liquids that have been extracted from plants through a variety of methods. Once extracted, these oils are the “essence” of the plants and can play a key role in human health and well-being. Research shows that essential oil use dates back as far as 4500 BC, when they were primarily used as perfumes, as well as for aromatherapy, and medicinal purposes. Today, the oils continue to provide amazing benefits to humans and animals alike.
In order to get the greatest benefit from your essential oils, it is necessary to know how to safely use them.
One method is to directly inhale the oils simply by smelling their scent or breathing in their vapor. A special diffuser or humidifier is also beneficial for dispersing the oil into microscopic vapor. For at home treatments carefully pour hot water into a bowl and add a few drops of oil, cover your head above the bowl with a towel and breathe deeply.
Essential oils are very powerful on their own, therefore in order to use them without irritation they must be diluted. Before application, combine a few drops of your essential oil with pure vegetable oil, argon oil, jojoba oil or rose hip seed oil. Once properly diluted you can safely apply this to the skin. Key points of the body are:
- Crown of head
- Soles and tops of the feet
- Behind the ears
- Upper back
- Over vital organs
Research has shown that some oils are even more effective when taken orally. However, only pure essential oils, proven safe and labeled as dietary supplements, should be used internally. To ensure safe use, always follow the dilution and dosage on the individual product label. Some safe methods may include:
- Putting several drops of oil into an empty capsule and swallowing with water
- Adding 1-2 drops to a glass of water or rice milk
- Putting 1-2 drops onto a piece of bread or adding to your meals when cooking
- Adding 1-2 drops onto a teaspoon of Blue Agave and swallowing