Essential oils can aid with a variety of things, but there are only three main ways to use them. Once you are familiar with these using essential oils will be like riding a bike (helmet included).
Three Ways to Use Essential Oils:
This is when you experience the benefits of essential oils through your olfactory system by either smelling an open bottle of essential oil, putting some in a diffuser, or applying some drops to fabric or aromatherapy jewelry. All essential oils are safe to diffuse. You should only need to put a few drops of essential oil in your diffuser to experience the benefits. The smell does not need to be strong.
When using essential oils for emotional reasons the body communicates with the olfactory system (thingy do in your brain), so be sure to inhale the essential oil.
This is when you apply the essential oils to your skin. The benefits of topical application are healing cuts and scrapes (but don’t put oil directly in a wound, put around the area) and applied topically the oil can start to work at the cellular level. All essential oils are safe to apply topically but there are a few cautions.
Do not put hot oils such as oregano or black pepper directly on your skin apply them with a carrier oil (like coconut, jojoba, avocado, grapeseed).
Do not apply citrus oils within 12hr of being outside. Citrus essential oils are photosensitive. Basically, they’ll turn your skin red like a rash if exposed to sunlight. Simple, work around it to apply citrus essential oils under your clothing when you are going to go outside or diffuse or take internally instead.
Again, only use a couple drops at a time in the area of concern, and never put near eyes.
Not all essential oils are safe to take internally but most are. The essential oils that are safe to take internally will have a “supplements facts box.” With safe to take internally essential oils, put 1-3 drops of essential oil in a glass of water (or other beverage!), put a drop under your tongue, or put up to 20 drops of different essential oils into a veggie cap (like an empty pill capsule).
A quick note on why you’d want to take essential oils internally. Essential oils (like lemon) have great cleansing benefits. Taking essential oils internally can help with bigger things like pain management in a different way than applying topically would.