How Do I Choose and Use Essential Oils?
Essential oils are Nature’s gift to mankind. A multitude of qualities has made essential oils make their way into cosmetics, healthcare and more. But to enjoy their benefits, knowing how to use and choose them is extremely important.
Firstly, the choice of oil depends on the purpose for which it will be used. Next, its purity and therapeutic value are essential to stay safe and reap the effectiveness. Once you have bought the right essential oil, next step is to use it properly for the problem you need to address.
Let’s take a look in the ways essential oils are used to help you make a decision.
- A direct application on the skin
- Sprays and Bathing
- Compresses and more.
Applying Topically – For applying essential oils topically you must know your skin type. Some of the essential oils for topical use are:
- Neat oils – The oils that can be applied without any diluter are the neat oils. Because of their mild chemistry, they are not harmful for the skin. Frankincense, lavender, melissa and sandalwood are good examples of neat oils.
- Dilute or sensitive – Those oils which need to be diluted with carrier oil before use. Cinnamon, cloves, ginger and peppermint are examples of dilute topical oils.
How to Use
- Always dilute the essential oil first, then apply it on your skin.
- Massage the essential oil on your joints, muscles and relax your body. While applying on arms and legs, massage in upward direction, move hands gently over the spine and the sensitive areas.
- Choose mild, non-irritating oils for topical use. Beware of adulterated, re-distilled and rectified essential oils.
Inhalation – Inhalation is a fast and secure method of using essential oils. This is an excellent method of relief from stress and anxiety, as well as respiratory issues. Some of the most effective essential oils for inhaling are:
- Lavender – Use to release nervous tension, to fight anxiety and depression.
- Chamomile – It improves digestion and leaky gut.
How to Use
- Direct palm inhalation – Take 1 to 2 drops of essential oil, add a diluter and rub it gently on your palms before inhaling it.
- Diffusers – The easiest way to inhale essential oil is to use candle diffusers. Take a heat-resistant vessel and pour a little water and essential oil before heating it over a candle. This will diffuse the aroma.
- While choosing essential oils for inhalation, beware of synthetic fragrances. They are not good for you.
Bath – It is the most popular and effective way of using essential oils. Use it to increase circulation, alleviate stress, tension, insomnia, menstrual spasms and more. The best way to use essential oils in the bath is to mix them with emulsifiers like milk or sesame oil. Essential oils that can be used for bathing are:
- Lemon and Sweet Orange – It benefits all skin types and lightens up the mood.
- Frankincense – It soothes the skin and is the best known stress buster. Jasmine, rose and sandalwood are effective as bathing essential oils.
How to Use
- While choosing essential oils for bathing, choose the one that has a calming and gentle effect on the skin and also suits your skin type. If you have a sensitive skin, test it before applying.
- Add 4 to 5 drops of essential oils to one tablespoon of carrier oil, then add the mixture to the bath water. OR add 5 drops of essential oil to a cup of milk and pour it into your bath water.
- Using it overtly can cause skin irritation.
These are highly effective for both emergency first aid and pain relief. Compresses can be applied with pressure on specific body parts. It supports the body against infections. Essential oils that can be used for compresses are:
- Grapefruit essential oil – If you are feeling stressed and tired, use grapefruit oil to enhance positivity and power.
- Fennel essential oil – It reduces and prevents spasms in the gut. Its antioxidant and antimicrobial properties are good for healing wounds and infections. Defense Pure Essential Oils also provide protection against bacteria causing infections.
How to Use
- To select an essential oil for compress use, look at its therapeutic properties first.
- Add 10 drops of selected essential oil in 9 oz of water. Soak and then wrap.
- Use cold water for sprains, insect bite and headache and hot water for boils, cystitis and dysmenorrhea.
Essential oils are good, but only when you know how to choose and use them. It’s also import to take some precautions.
- Use pure essential oils only;
- Do not use internally;
- Know that they can be harmful for the eyes and mucous membrane;
- Don’t use them for kids;
- Don’t use citrus oils if you are going to venture outside in a while.
Amanda Dawson is a fitness coach with a Master’s degree. Her passion revolves around encouraging others rediscover their lifestyle and inspire them to live a healthy lifestyle. Her keen interest in health can be seen in her writing. You can read her views on the use of tea tree oil soap, body wipes and sports-specific products.