Essential Oils: Methods of Application
Many people who begin dabbling with essential oils know of one or two methods of application. Most of these individuals are quite surprised (and delighted) to discover that there are a variety of ways to apply essential oils.
Vapor inhalation is one of the more common methods that the general population is familiar with when applying essential oils. The increased popularity of diffusers (especially for gift-giving around the holidays) is to thank you for this. There are even humidifiers and vaporizers made now that have a "special" place to add essential oils to take advantage of their health benefits. Of course, vapor inhalation can be done with a simple towel. Add five drops to steaming water. Place your face over the water and a towel over your head to create a tent and inhale essential oils deeply.
Use a carrier oil or natural cream with a base (shea butter, cocoa butter, etc.) to create a lotion. Just add drops of essential oils. You can experience and create your own essential oil blend too.
This may come as a big surprise, but it is perfectly safe to take some essential oils internally. Always make sure it states that it is food-grade or has a supplement fact label. Some essential oils manufacturers also offer a specific food grade line.
Just a few drops of pure essential oil to your bath can go a very long way. It will absorb in your skin, and you will also be inhaling it. Eucalyptus is great if you are feeling achy. Lavender oil is ideal if you are stressed or need to quiet your mind down to fall asleep.
Creating a massage oil is easy. Blend a few drops with your favorite carrier oil and you're done. It can benefit you both physiologically and psychologically with their therapeutic properties. There are lots of popular essential oils that you can incorporate on your holistic aromatherapy massage. Lavender is commonly used when relaxing effects and stress relief are wanted. Peppermint is another great one if you want to energize the body.
Whether you have a headache, pulled muscle, or menstrual cramps, a warm essential oil compress can help. Add a few drops to a bowl of warm water. Dip in your washcloth, wring it out, and apply to the area.
Essential oils can be applied as is. For example, patchouli is one folks love to wear instead of perfume or cologne. Always do a small patch test to make sure your system will respond favorably to the oil. Oils that have "hot" properties should never be applied without carrier oil. Oregano and cinnamon are a few examples.