To recap from my previous posts, essential oils come from healing plants and act as antibacterial, anti-fungal and insecticidal agents to said plants to allow them to flourish in nature. Because humans and plants share similar cellular functions, what is beneficial for some plants can also be beneficial for us. Hence why we painstakingly find ways to consume kale!
Because essential oils hold internal benefits for the body, many people use them for things like promoting healthy cell function, supporting gastrointestinal health, or maintaining healthy immune function. Essential oils provide a safe, natural way to deal with many of the issues that our bodies face on a regular basis. In addition to wellness benefits, essential oils also hold cleaning properties that can be helpful for internal cleansing of the body.
There are 3 ways to use your oils:
AROMATIC, the easy way
- Direct: Put 1 – 2 drops in the palm of your hands and rub them together, then inhale deeply several times. Big, juicy, belly breaths.
- Indirect: Put 1 – 2 drops on a vessel, like a cotton ball (or scarf, tissue, pillow case) and allow the aromatic constituents to penetrate the environment around you.
- Indirect: Dilute with a carrier oil or use a doTERRA Touch oil product (they are already diluted with a carrier oil and come in a roller bottle) and roll over palms and inhale
- Diffuse: Place several drops in a diffuser and enjoy. The oils remain suspended in the air for several hours while oxygenating and purifying the air
Other aromatic uses for oils:
- Apply oil to a cotton ball and place in the air vents of your car
- Mix a few drops in a small spray bottle with purified water and use as a room spray
- Same as above but spray the garbage can and compost bin
- Place 2 to 3 drops on the floor during a shower and breathe in (keep oil away from the water path for maximum efficacy)
- Spray on clothing to be so fresh and so clean, clean
TOPICAL, the sensorial way
Topical application means you’re applying the oil directly to the body neat or diluted in a carrier oil.
- Apply oil directly to the area of concern on your body for focused support. Only 1 -2 drops, avoiding the mucus membranes
- Apply oil to pulse points: neck, wrists, temples, over heart, ankles
- F.E.W. Spots: Feet, Ears, Wrists, where the largest pores are located
- Reflexology: Apply the oils to specific areas of the feet or ears to reach certain locations in the body; foot reflexology application is the safest for children
- Compresses: Apply EOs to the skin first and then cover with a wet, warm, washcloth so the water will repel the oil and drive it in deeper; cool compresses can be used for soothing tension or heat and for supporting bruises, swelling or sprains
Dilution and Oils. Dilution can:
- Help skin more efficiently absorb the oils on a greater surface area
- Prevent drying of skin or hazardous reactions from neat application
- Protects skin from effects of skin sensitive oils (ex hot oils, cooling oils) and phototoxicity
- Keeps the volatile oils from evaporating too quickly
I like to dilute my oils with fractionated coconut oil or jojoba oil.
INTERNAL, the powerful way
Internal use is the most efficacious way to use oils, but can not be done with all oils as some are too taxing on the liver.
Our bodies are already equipped to metabolize and process natural compounds like those found in fruits and plants, which means that we are prepared to process essential oils. Essential oils are extremely useful for adding natural, potent flavours to your favourite meals and drinks like lemon and water or oregano and pasta. Keep in mind that due to their chemistry, there are certain essential oils that are never safe for internal consumption
- Adding a drop or two of an essential oil to your glass of water is a simple way to enjoy its internal benefits
- Peppermint & lemon can help cure a hangover!
- Supplement capsules: Add a few drops of the essential oil into the supplement capsule, and swallow. dōTERRA sells vegetarian supplement capsules that don’t contain any animal products or preservatives
- You can also take essential oils directly by placing them on or under the tongue and swallowing.
- Just remember that essential oils are very potent, and even a small drop on the tongue can be extremely powerful.
- Cooking and baking: It’s easy to add essential oils to your favourite recipes, and not only will it enhance the flavour of your dish, but it will allow you to experience the internal benefits that the oil holds.
Oils that can never be taken internally in any amount: Arborvitae, Cedarwood, Cypress, Douglas Fir, Eucalyptus, Spikenard, White Fir, and Wintergreen.
Oils that can never be taken internally without dilution: Cassia, Cinnamon, Clove, Cumin, Oregano, and Thyme should be diluted in at least four ounces of water before swallowing.
The recommended dose for internal usage is one to five drops. Beyond this point, increasing the dose will no longer add benefit, and taking too much can be potentially harmful. Instead of increasing the dosage amount, it is better to take smaller doses throughout the day, repeating every four to six hours as needed.
It is typically recommended that the user doesn’t exceed 20 drops of essential oils internally within a 24-hour period. When you are using an essential oil daily over an extended period of time, stick with lower dosage amounts.