Essential Oils, Part 5

For our last post in this area, lets go through how to use Essential Oils.

How to use Essential Oils

There are a myriad of ways to use Essential Oils, but here are four  of the main ways to use essential oils: 

Topical, Internal, Inhalation and Personal care.

Topical Use:

Some essential oils can be placed directly on the skin, but some cannot and should be mixed with a carrier oil. Some of the best carrier oils include coconut oil, almond oil, olive oil, avocado oil, jojoba oil and pomegranate seed oil.
Simply take 3–5 drops of the essential oil and put directly onto your skin. If it needs a carrier oil, mix 3–5 drops of essential oils with 1 teaspoon of a carrier oil of oyur choice.  

Rub oils together with palm and fingers, then apply to area in circular light massage movement.

Other ways to use oils topically include:
Baths

15 drops mixed with 1/2 cup of Epsom salt makes a fantastic aromatherapy bath. This can help improve circulation, relieve sore muscles, soothe skin, open airways, relax the body and improve sleep. Use soothing oils like eucalyptus and lavender.
Compresses

10 drops per 4 ounces of water. Soak cloth and apply for bruises, cuts, aches and pains. Peppermint is one of the best for muscle aches, and lavender is great for cuts and burns.
Salves

A 2.5% dilution is recommended, which is 15 drops per 1 ounce of oil. You can make salves by mixing coconut oil, beeswax, vitamin E oil and essential oils. You can store salves in a metal or glass container and use for things.

You can also look up a Reflexology Chart to see some application areas.

Internal Use

Research suggests that many oils are more effective when taken orally. But only pure certified organic oils should be taken this way. Dosage and dilution is dependent on age, size and health of individual. If you have more in-depth questions, consult your nutritionist or physician.
Suggested internal use methods include:

• Put several drops of oil into an empty capsule and swallow with water
• Add 1–3 drops to a glass of water, almond milk or coconut milk
• Put 1–3 drops to 1 teaspoon of coconut oil then consume
• Add 1–3 drops to 1 teaspoon of raw honey
• Drop directly under tongue with certain oils

** CAUTION: Certain oils can be used internally and others cannot. Certain essential oils suitable for adults are not healthy for children. In-depth questions about internal dosage should be directed to a nutritionist or physician. The following essential oils should never be taken internally: anise, basil, fennel, hyssop, pine, cypress, arborvitae, birch, cedarwood, eucalyptus, white fir and wintergreen.

Inhaliation or using a Diffuser

Another excellent way to use essential oils is to diffuse them. As discussed earlier, the molecules in essential oils are small enough to pass into your body and cells to support health and wellness.
Here are some directions when using a diffuser:

Putting 15 drops of essential oils in a diffuser or in warm water is fast becoming one of the most popular ways to use
essential oils.

  • To clean the air, add in essential oils of lemon and clove
  • To improve energy, add in peppermint
  • To induce relaxation, add in lavender

Depending on the season, you can go from Holiday in the air to fresh air and sunshine

Personal Care Uses

In our next postings we can discuss some common home recipes with essential oils , like homemade toothpaste, deodorant
and body lotion, but first let’s talk about a few Essential Oils which are some of the most powerful Essential Oils to stock in your Herbal Cabinet.

LAVENDAR 

Well known for its soothing, calming properties, lavender is wonderful for promoting natural healing time for burns, cuts,   tings and other wounds. It’s jam-packed with antioxidant power, which is why researchers from Tunisia evaluated its ability to support healthy blood sugar levels and reduce oxidative stress.  A Russian scientist Rene Gattefosse first discovered
the beneficial properties that lavender oil possessed when he severely burned his arm in an accident.
He immersed his hand in a vat of lavender essential oil and found that the oil aided in natural healing without any scarring!
LAVENDER Oil benefits

• Relaxes body and reduces stress
• Promotes natural healing of wounds and burns
• Supports healthy blood pressure and cholesterol levels
• Promotes restful sleep
• Promotes healthy skin and appearance
• Supports hormone balance
• Supports healthy blood sugar levels

Some uses:

+ Rub on neck in evening to relax body and improve sleep
+ Detox and relaxing bath — add lavender essential oils and Epsom salts to restore body after a challenging day
+ Apply to your kids’ cuts, scrapes, rashes, burns and wounds
+ Diffuse in the air to relax and improve mood
+ Take as supplement or use topically on neck to support healthy blood pressure levels
+ Put on as fragrance to replace chemical perfumes

PEPPERMINT
Pleasantly suitable for an abundance of oral and topical uses, peppermint may be the most versatile essential oil in the world.  Research has found peppermint can support healthy digestion and relieve occasional gas and bloating.  Peppermint essential oil gives a cooling sensation and has a calming effect on the body that can help relieve sore muscles when used topically. It also has antimicrobial properties so it can help freshen bad breath and support healthy digestion.
PEPPERMINT Oil benefits

• Improves focus, energy and concentration
• Supports digestion
• Reduces muscle soreness
• Fights bad breath
• Improves breathing
• Supports seasonal immunity

Some uses:

+ Mix with coconut oil and rub topically on sore muscles
+ Diffuse in air to improve focus and energy
+ Use on bottom of feet and chest to improve breathing
+ Mix with coconut oil and baking soda for homemade toothpaste
+ Put 1 drop in water to freshen breath
+ Take 1 drop in water to support healthy digestion
+ Mix with coconut oil and dark chocolate to make homemade peppermint patties

LEMON

Lemon is best known for its ability to support the body’s natural detoxification and is widely used to stimulate lymph drainage, to rejuvenate energy, purify skin and act as an insect repellant. Lemon oil stands out, for research has recently discovered that it carries powerful cleansing properties.
According to a study published in the International Journal of Food Microbiology, lemon oil may actually be the most powerful antimicrobial agent of all the essential oils. Lemon essential oil actually comes from the lemon peel, which is the most nutritious part of the lemon, something almost no one has in their diet.
Another study published in Experimental Biology and Medicine found that breathing in the scent of lemon essential oils supports healthy neurological activity and promotes the breakdown of body fat.  Lemon oil is one of the most “essential” oils to have on hand and can be used for everything from a detoxification program to freshening up your clothes. I also put a drop of lemon essential oil in my water every day.
Lemon oil benefits

• Promotes cleansing of lymphatic system
• Supports healthy weight management
• Promotes energy levels
• Supports healthy immune system response
• Improves mood and reduces stress

Some Uses:

+ Put 1–2 drops in water to freshen breath
+ Take 1 drop 3x daily as supplement to promote cleansing and metabolism
+ Diffuse to clean air, for a nice citrus scent and to uplift mood
+ Rub on hands in place of hand sanitizer for antimicrobial benefits
+ Put drops in yogurt or smoothie to enhance flavor
+ Mix with olive oil as natural cleaning product
+ Mix with baking soda as natural teeth whitener
+ Improve house smell by diffusing in air

Conclusion

† These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.

This article is not intended to provide medical advice or to take the place of medical advice and treatment from your personal physician. Readers are advised to consult their doctors or qualified health professionals regarding specific health questions. Neither the publisher nor the author takes responsibility for possible health consequences of any person reading or following the information in this book. All readers, especially those taking prescription or over-the-counter medications, should consult their physicians before beginning any nutrition or supplement program.