The Benefits of Using Essential Oils and How to Get Started
Known for centuries and even millennia, essential oils are a great way to boost or maintain your health. Whether you are skeptical or already a believer, they are a great addition to your self-care routine. However, remember that essential oils are not a replacement for prescription medication. Be sure to tell your doctor before you start using essential oils.
Using Essential Oils: The Three Main Methods
Aromatically with a Diffuser
Topically on The Skin
1. Aromatically with a Diffuser
Diffusing essential oils is perhaps one of the easiest methods. A good quality diffuser can be found online or in a retail store. They vary in sizes from small to large. Try to find the appropriately sized diffuser for your room or house. Remember, you can always buy more than one at a later time.
Once you have your diffuser, you will need distilled water and your essential oils. Distilled water is preferred so as to avoid a mineral buildup in your diffuser. A good quality therapeutic grade essential oil is ideal. With a therapeutic grade, you know you are not getting any fillers or low-quality oil.
Simply add the distilled water to the diffuser and around 10 to 12 drops of the oil(s) of choice and turn it on to enjoy its health benefits. If your diffuser has the option, you can set its timer so that it turns off after a certain length of time. This may be helpful if you don't want to leave the diffuser running for extended periods or simply so you don't forget to turn it off. As a safety feature most diffusers shut off automatically once they are empty.
2. Topically on the Skin
Topical use of essential oils is also a great way to experience their benefits. You should be careful while using essential oils on the skin as some are more potent than others, but all of them are highly concentrated. Some will need to be diluted with a carrier oil such as coconut before applying to the skin.
Use a small amber bottle (around 5 to 15 ml) to carry your oils around with you. If you make a blend, you can also use a small bottle such as this with a roller ball for easy application.
While you are applying to your skin the essential oil of your choice, go ahead and give it a smell to further benefit from its healing properties.
"Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship."— Buddha
Oral use of essential oils can sometimes be controversial. As long as you have a therapeutic grade essential oil that is approved for internal use, you should be okay. Vegan or vegetarian capsules also exist for oral use of essential oils. If you are uncertain, double-check with a physician before internal use.
Like diffusing or topical use of essential oils, internal use is also beneficial to the body and mind. Just be sure to take it easy and be a little more cautious with oral use of your oils.
Benefitting From Essential Oils
Essential oils have various benefits. Lavender, for instance, is a very common essential oil. It has a calming, tranquil, and grounding effect. Peppermint, on the other hand, is uplifting and awakening to the senses.
Sometimes you will want to blend your essential oils. Use a combination of three or four oils at most. Try to use oils that compliment each other. For instance, you might try peppermint, eucalyptus, and rosemary for an uplifting blend to awaken you in the morning.
It's also a wonderful idea to run your diffuser at night for a peaceful night's sleep. Again, a blend of essential oils is a good idea. Peaceful oils such as cedarwood and orange or even ylang ylang work well at night to put you and keep you asleep.
No matter which method you use, you will surely benefit from essential oils. They are time-tested and widely used around the world. You really can't go wrong with Mother Nature's finest plants concentrated into wonderfully fragrant and healthful oils. Essential oils are sure to delight you and your family for a long time to come.
"The greatest medicine of all is teaching people how not to need it."— Hippocrates
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.