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Essential oils are usually administered by one of three methods: inhaled, applied topically, or taken internally.
Inhalation: Our sense of smell influences many physiological pathways including the stimulation of hormones and other metabolic processes. Aromatherapy is founded on the body’s predictable response to specific olfactory stimuli. Essential oils are widely used in aromatherapy applications.
Certain essential oils, when diffused in the air, can be very stimulating while others can be calming and soothing. Beyond emotional benefits, diffusing essential oils can purify air of unwanted odors and some airborne pathogens. Low or no-heat essential oil diffusers are recommended as they do not change the chemical structure of the oil being diffused. Inhalation is the safest method of using essential oils and will deliver the oils to the cells of the body more efficiently than topical application.
Topical Application: Due to their natural molecular composition, essential oils are easily absorbed by the skin and can be safely applied topically in conjunction with a carrier oil using proper dilution ratios. Application of essential oils can provide localized benefit to the target area of application. They have restorative and calming properties and can be used effectively with massage and beauty therapy. They can also be natural disinfectants. The chemical structure of essential oils also allows them to be absorbed into the bloodstream via the skin for internal benefit.
Internal Uses: With proper guidance from a certified aromatherapist, essential oils can also sometimes be used as dietary supplements supporting a specific health condition. Some essential oils have powerful antioxidant properties while others help support healthy inflammatory response in cells. Many oils should not be taken internally at all!
Do not use any essential oil product internally before first consulting with your doctor or a knowledgeable and trained aromatherapy practitioner.
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Using Essential Oils Safely: Quality, pure essential oils can be used safely by your family for a variety of wellness applications. However, there are several safety guidelines that you should follow when using essential oils and essential oil products. See more safety information HERE!
-Be sure to use only pure, quality essential oils from a trusted source and follow all label warnings and instructions. If redness or irritation occurs when using essential oils topically, apply a vegetable oil such as fractionated coconut oil or olive oil to the affected area.
-Essential oils should not be used in the eyes, inside the ear canal, or in open wounds. In the event of accidental contact with the eye, dilute with coconut oil or vegetable oil NOT water. Water can actually drive in the oils.
-Do not consume an essential oil internally without consulting a certified aromatherapist or your doctor first.
-Discontinue the use of an essential oil if you experience skin, stomach, or respiratory irritation or discomfort.
When using on children, apply a very small amount of essential oil with a carrier oil to test skin or other sensitivity. Do not use oil on a child’s hand as they may transfer to their eyes or mouth. Consult your physician or a qualified aromatherapist before using essential oils if you are pregnant or under a doctor’s care or have other safety questions regarding essential oils. Do not use essential oils on babies.
It is important to remember that essential oils are highly concentrated plant extracts and should be used with caution and reasonable care. Consulting with someone who has experience with essential oils will make your experience with essential oils more enjoyable and rewarding. Do your own research and feel comfortable with the integrity and reputation of the provider you choose for essential oils.
As you learn how to use essential oils through personal experience, share your knowledge with others in a safe and responsible way and encourage others to do the same.