HOW TO USE ESSENTIAL OILS
Some people are hesitant to start sing essential oils in their daily routine, because they are just not sure what to do with them. We get it....we hear it quite often, and frankly, that is why we are so passionate about essential oil education! Today we are going to share a few ways for you to get started using your essential oils.
DIFFUSING: A diffuser is used to disperse essential oils in a fine vapor, allowing the aroma and benefits of the oils to hang in the air. Unlike a humidifier, diffusers do not add moisture to the air. Instead, they produce a cool mist, and are specifically designed to be used with essential oils. In addition, using a diffuser is a much safer, less expensive, and non-toxic alternative to candles and incense. Diffusing is a great way to purify the air, elevate mood, improve mental clarity, ward off germs, repel insects, provide relaxation, and so much more! Simply add a few drops of an essential oil(s) of your choice to a diffuser in your home, office, car, etc. to instantly receive aromatic benefits.
INHALING: Don't have a diffuser near by or need a something a little more intense? Place 1-2 drops of oil in the palm of your hands and rub together, creating friction. Cup your hands over your nose and mouth, avoiding the area around your eyes, and breathe deeply. You can also simply inhale straight out of the bottle! We like to inhale any left over oils from our hands after applying them topically for added benefits.
Check out this article on the "Power of Aroma" for more information on how our sense of smell affects our bodies and why simply smelling essential oils can be so helpful.
To use essential oils topically, simply place 1-2 drops into your hands and apply to the targeted area. When beginning topical use, dilute every oil with fractionated coconut oil (FCO) and start by applying to the bottom of your feet. This will help to reduce the small risk of experiencing any skin sensitivities, especially in young children. As you use your oils over time, you may begin to apply the essential oil neat if no sensitives are evident, although applying with FCO is always recommended and can even boost absorption. Some of our favorite places to apply oils topically are the bottoms of the feet, the inside of the wrists, and along the base of the neck and spine.
Taking essential oils internally can have amazing health benefits. Be sure to look at the label before taking anything internally and do your own research. it's important that you feel comfortable using essential oils in whichever ways work for you to help you reach your health goals. doTERRA's Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade contain 100% essential oils, making them safe for ingestion.
The easiest way to begin taking oils internally is by putting a drop or two in your water, tea, or smoothies. Make sure you are using a glass, stainless steel, or ceramic container as some essential oils will disintegrate plastics. You can also begin adding essential oils to your favorite recipes in place of spices and herbs. Remember, our essential oils are incredibly potent so start with 1 drop or insert a toothpick into the bottle and add to your recipe to avoid an overpowering taste.
You can also ingest essential oils by filling an empty veggie capsule with whichever oils support your needs. Just be sure to take the capsule shortly after creating it as the oils will disintegrate over time. In addition, doTERRA has created some amazing supplement products that conveniently come with encapsulated essential oils to take the guess work and energy out of making your own.