How To Use Essential Oils

 

How Do You Use Essential Oils?

There are 3 ways to use essential oils: 

1. AROMATICALLY

  • Scents can affect mood and memories. 
  • Scents are the fastest way to reach the mood center - which is through the limbic system of the brain. That’s why essential oils are fantastic for mood support especially when used aromatically.
  • Most American homes have some kind of synthetic air freshener (such as plug-ins and aerosol sprays), which contain chemicals that have been linked to cancer and other health issues. 
  • Use oils in a diffuser or spray bottle with water to replace replace synthetic air fresheners in the home to save money and get chemicals out of the home.

2. TOPICALLY

  • Essential oils are absorbed by the skin, which is the largest organ of the body. In fact, the the bottom of the feet have over 2,000 pores and have some of the largest pores on the body, so it’s a great way to get the oils absorbed rapidly into the body OR to apply an oil that you don’t really like the smell of. 
  • Use carrier oils to apply essential oils to the skin. Diluting does NOT diminish the effectiveness of the essential oils - it’s more like a time release and actually helps the skin absorb the essential oils better. 
  • Carrier oils are nutty or fatty oils, like coconut oil or avocado oil, that help to dilute essential oils and make them easier to apply to a larger area of the skin, like the back. Try V-6 from Young Living.
  • You can use essential oils to make your own DIY beauty products. A lot of times it’s just as easy as mixing coconut oil with a few drops of essential oil to make a homemade lotion, or almond oil and essential oil to make a DIY perfume.

3. INTERNAL / DIETARY SUPPLEMENT

  • Young Living has a whole line of essential oils for internal/dietary use. They have white labels and are called the Vitality line.
  • Add them to your water or cup of tea. I even like to put a drop of Peppermint or Cinnamon Bark in the coffee grounds before I make coffee. 
  • Take oils in an empty vegetable capsule (you can get them at health food stores or on Young Living). Some people prefer to take their oils this way - just add a little avocado or coconut oil to the capsule so your body absorbs it better.
  • Use in cooking and baking. Just remember essential oils are way more concentrated than extracts, so start with a drop and do a taste test. Dip a toothpick in the bottle to add to a dish rather than a single drop for oils like Oregano and Basil.

Safety

  • You shouldn’t put oils in your eyes or your ears. 
  • Care should be taken to dilute oils that are ‘hot’ to the skin. If an oil ever feels warming to the skin, do not try to wash it off with water (remember oil and water don’t mix!). Simply dilute the essential oil with a carrier oil to help soothe that warming sensation.

Why Young Living?

  • Not all oils are created the same. Many store-bought oils have been produced with pesticides or extracted using chemicals (to get more yield)
  • Young Living is the oldest (25 years), most trusted essential oil company in the world
  • Young Living has a Seed to Seal guarantee - which means each plant is hand-weeded, there are no pesticides used, no chemicals, and no weed killers. 
  • Young Living members can actually visit Young Living farms to be a part of the harvest and replanting each year. 

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