One of the most commonly asked questions I get is How do I actually use the essential oils? Well, I’m certainly glad you’ve asked! Let’s get right into it…
There are 3 ways in which one can utilize an essential oil:
The first two may seem most intuitive; apply them to your skin and breathe them in. Pretty common, makes sense! But, when I share with people that these oils can be ingested that’s usually when I get the looks of confusion. Guys – it’s true! There are Young Living essential oils that are safe to be consumed internally. Now, I’d just like to take a second to reiterate: I do not recommend ingesting essential oils that are not marketed by Young Living’s Vitality line of oils as I am unable to speak to the purity and contents of that specific oil. However, Young Living offers a Vitality line of oils with a distinctive label that are easily recognized as safe to take internally. These oils have been deemed GRAS (Generally Regard As Safe) and cleared as such by the FDA.
Now that’s out of the way, let’s dig into the details surrounding the different applications of essential oils:
Topically – applying oils directly to your skin is what we are talking about here. Topical application of essential oils is the most common and preferred method of the English. Did you know that tests have proven it takes just 26 seconds from when an oil is applied topically on the skin for that oil to be found in the bloodstream? Your skin is the largest organ on your body and being a porous surface it absorbs everything that you put on it! Just 26 seconds after absorption of an essential oil it’s already in our bloodstream circulating throughout our body – it’s fascinating!
Oils can be applied directly to the skin in a “neat” or undiluted fashion. Or in some cases, for oils that have “hot” properties, they can be applied diluted with an carrier (or fatty) oil. Essential oils are made up of small molecules; fatty oils (carrier oils) contain larger molecules. When an EO is mixed with a carrier oil (coconut oil, jojoba oil, or grapeseed oil; to name a few), it takes longer for the essential oil to be absorbed into the body. Safety tip – if you ever use an oil topically and experience any sort of irritation, apply a carrier oil to the directly on top of it. This will allow for absorption of that oil to drastically reduce causing far less irritation. Try to stay away from the immediate urge to rinse or apply water to the irritated location. As we know, oil and water do not mix. When you apply water to an oil, the oil instinctively absorbs quicker into the skin to “get away” from the water as quickly as possible.
My most frequent topical uses of EOs are as follows:
- Frankincense: Every morning, after I wash my face, I apply 2 drops of Frankincense mixed with a little bit of coconut oil to my face. Frankincense is a great oil for the skin!
- Panaway: One of my favorite oils! I apply Panaway directly to any area of my body that I may be experiencing soreness. Whether it be from a workout or if I slept funny one night and wake up with a sore neck.
- Lavender / Cedarwood: I like this a drop of each of these oils on my scalp to promote healthy hair growth.
Aromatically – diffusing essential oils is probably my favorite way to reap the benefits of these oils. Diffusing and inhaling oils aromatically is how the Germans use EOs. This can be the most effective use of EOs as inhaling the oils allow for the molecules to bypass the digestive system / bloodstream. Tests have shown that essential oils reach the heart, liver, and thyroid in just 3 seconds from time of inhalation; just 3 seconds! Another fun fact is that your sense of smell is the only sense that is directly connected to the limbic lobe of the brain, which is your emotional control center. Please tell me I’m not the only one so fascinated by all this?!
Anyway, two of my favorite aromatic applications are:
- Lavender / Cedarwood / Stress Away: 3 drops of each of those oils in our diffuser at night, you will experience the most restful night’s sleep! You have to try it!
- Purification / Lemon (or Citrus Fresh): 3 drops lemon 2 drops purification oils in the diffuser to purify the air and offer a lovely fresh clean scent to your house. This combination is my go-to diffuse while I’m cleaning my house.
Internally – let’s chat briefly about the internal consumption of oils. The French are the ones to bring ingesting EOs and cooking with them to the table. Internal consumption of oils is definitely a hot topic of the industry. As I had mentioned above, Young Living offers a Vitality line of oils that have been cleared by the FDA as GRAS oils. You can guarantee that in each bottle of essential oil that Young Living offers is 100% therapeutic grade pure oil. A bottle of lemon essential oil contains nothing but the oil distilled from lemons. No fillers, no alcohols, no yuck! One of the main reasons (after much research) I decided to choose Young Living’s oils is because of their purity and their Seed to Seal promise that is upheld when bottling their oils. I’ll save the Seed to Seal detail for another post! 🙂
My favorite internal uses of EOs are:
- Citrus Oils – 1 drop of any citrus oil in my water is a must! Whether it’s grapefruit, lemon, orange, or lime I’m always down to have a little flavor in my water. Not only does this help my overall water intake in a day, it also helps with detoxifying my body.
- Thieves – 1 drop of Thieves oil on under my tongue to support my immune system is definitely part of my daily ritual.
- Orange – 1 drop of orange oil on my toothbrush to help get a brighter smile! 🙂
I’ve realized that this post may have gotten a bit longer than I anticipated, so for those who have made it this far, thanks for sticking it out! I hope you were able to learn something new. As always, feel free to send me any question you may have regarding the uses and applications of EOs!