How to Use Essential Oils: Basic Guide
Have you been hearing about essential oils everywhere and hoping to get in on the action? Are you not sure where to start on using them for yourself? If you’ve been wondering how to use them, you’re in luck. We’re going to cover some of the basics now.
These are versatile oils that can be used in a variety of ways to improve everything from your mood to your health. You just need to learn how to use them correctly. If administered improperly, rash and other side effects may occur. Some of them can even be poisonous if absorbed directly through the skin. Certain oils, like grapefruit, lemon, and orange can cause major skin irritations if applied before exposure to sun.
A diffuser releases the scent of essential oils into the air you breathe. It’s better than any air freshener you can buy in the store and comes without harsh chemicals. Place different diffusers in different rooms to enhance your moods. Citrus oils are great for the kitchen, lavender in the bedroom and eucalyptus in your office.
Whether you want to soothe tired muscles or simply absorb moisture and health into your skin topically applying essential oils will help your body and mind. Mix a few drops of your favorite oil into a carrier oil such as coconut oil and massage into your skin. It is not recommended to use essential oils undiluted.
Soak It In
Adding a few drops of essential oil to your bath is not recommended unless you combine essential oils with a carrier oil first. Oil and water don’t mix, so you don’t want essential oils to sit on top of the water and have the undiluted oil directly on your skin which can cause irritation and burn.
There seems to be a debate on whether or not essential oils should be used internally. Some of them that are food grade quality can be orally ingested such as cacao, chamomile, carrot, ginger, grapefruit, orange, and vanilla. There are also some you absolutely should never ingest like
arborvitae, birch, cedarwood, cypress, eucalyptus, white fir, and wintergreen.
Essential oils are natural oils that have a wide variety of uses and mood effects. Whether you want to unwind from a stressful day or need a pick me up to tackle a busy day they can help you get on the right page!