When I started using essential oils in 2014, I thought the only way to use them was aromatically, but you can also use them topically and internally.
Aromatically ~ One popular way to use oils is with a diffuser like the one pictured here. You can attach a bottle of oil, or there are other styles that you would put a few drops of the oil into the diffuser and let it run.
The nice thing about aromatic use is your house will smell nice, and everyone in the room gets the benefits of the oil you are using. There are blends to promote happiness, peace, respiratory health – you name it. You can also use oils by just inhaling them from the bottle! This is a great way to get the benefits from the constituents of the oil that you are inhaling.
Topically ~ Many of us are already using essential oils topically as they are added to many skin creams and lotions. You can use most oils directly on the skin in order to reap the benefits of the constituents of that oil. There are single oils as well as blends that can be used topically for things such as skin wellness or supporting joint function.
I find that using oils in an Epsom Salt bath are a great way to promote relaxation and soothe emotional tension.
Internally ~ Internal use includes putting a drop or two under the tongue, putting a couple drops in water and swallowed, or putting in a capsule and swallowed. Many people are familiar with putting a couple drops of Lemon oil in water and sipping to promote healthy liver function.
If you are considering oils for internal use, I do have a few tips for you to consider.
- The easiest way to tell if an oil can be used internally is to look at the bottle. Oils that can be used internally will have a nutrition guidelines label on them and are considered supplements.
- Learn about the oil you are considering for internal use. Oregano oil, for example, is a “hot” oil and could potentially hurt the delicate tissues of the throat and esophagus. Putting it in a capsule and swallowed is preferred – never put the oil in water and drink it, as this will burn!
- Remember that every brand of essential oil is different, as they all have different sources, methods of farming, and purity/processing standards. I think of it like picking out food that I eat – I feel much safer eating clean organic foods vs. processed food which can contain artificial fillers.
I hope this overview helps you if you are considering the use of oils in your daily life. The more I have used them, the more empowered I feel about my health and wellness. I am happy to help you do the same!
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