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Essential oils are gaining in popularity and use for a very good reason. Simply put, they work. Their uses and healing properties are nearly limitless and they are a safe non-toxic natural method of healing and cleaning.
In the first post of this series, The Basics I described the elementary aspects of essentials oils. I briefly describe everything from methods of extraction, methods of use and carrier oils.
Now I am going to delve more in depth into the methods of use and the best practices for essential oils. Depending on the need or situation there are quite a few choices you can make for the best method of use.
There are three main methods of use for essential oils. These include room, body and water. I will not describe internal ingestion because that has been shown to not be an effective way of using essential oils for their full healing benefits. Your internal digestive system alters the chemical structure of the oils and thereby changes the effects that the oil has in its original form.
Methods of Use:
1. Room: candles, diffusers, light bulbs, humidifiers, radiators, room sprays, water bowls, and wood fires are all methods of diffusing essential oils in a room. It is important to note that when using this method you will need to leave the room shortly after starting the diffusion to reap the greatest benefit of the aromatherapy that the oil has to offer. Much like when you walk into a smoke filled room the smell is strongest when you first enter but the longer you stay in that smokey room the smell is less noticeable. The same holds true for essential oils and their aromatherapy properties.
My personal favorite and I believe most effective way of use essential oils in the room method is with a diffuser. Diffusers do no waste any of the precious and often times slightly expensive oils. Just one drop in the diffuser filled with water is often times all you will need to enjoy the aromatherapy and healing properties of the diffused oil.
My favorite essential oil diffuser is the Now Foods Ultrasonic Oil Diffuser. It is not only inexpensive but it also includes a fun colorful light feature and is easy to clean as well as add water and oils. It is truly the best one on the market for the price.
2. Body: there are four main methods for using essential oils on your body. These include inhalation, massage, perfume, and tissue/handkerchief. One could also argue that there is a fifth body method of use which is applied neat on the skin. Not all essential oils are safe applied neat. The two most popular and safe oils neat are lavender and peppermint. I often use lavender on my children just before bed to calm them and prepare them for a restful night of sleep. Peppermint neat on the temples is a great remedy for headaches.
When inhaling essential oils either straight from the bottle or from a small dish it is recommended that you start with the oils low and in front of you. Slowly work the oil up towards your nose in a circular motion. As you get to your nose plug one nostril and inhale deeply to receive the full benefit of this method of use.
Massage is another easy and effective way of enjoying the benefits of essential oils. Simply add a drop or two to your favorite carrier oil and massage on the affected area.
The tissue method is convenient for when you are traveling and without a diffuser or time for a massage. Simply add a drop or two of the oil to a tissue or handkerchief. Then as needed hold the cloth near you nose and inhale deeply. Use as needed.
3. Water: water uses include baths, foot bath, hand bath, sitz bath, shower, sauna, jacuzzi, douche, and bidet. All of these methods are fairly self explanatory but please use caution and follow a reliable recipe when using any of these methods for essential oils in water.
My favorite water method is in the bath. A few drops of lavender with a cap flu of bubble bath and my tired stressed out mommy bones have a few moments of peace and quiet to relax and unwind. The smell of lavender rising on the steam is amazing and incredibly therapeutic.
There simply is not beating the use of essential oils when you are needing or wanting to treat issues at home naturally. All across social media I see countless friends who are popping this pill and that pill to cure this problem and that. I wish I could reach through the screen and hand them the essential oils they need to cure the problem at hand naturally.