What are Essential Oils?
Essential Oils are compounds found within the various parts of plants that have been used for thousands of years for their healing properties. In the most basic sense, essential oils are what gives plants their odor and flavor; however, their utility extends far beyond their most familiar use in aromatherapy.
How do you use Essential Oils?
Essential Oils are typically used in three ways: topically, aromatically, or ingestion.
Topical Use: Some Essential Oils can be put directly on the skin but others require dilution with a “carrier oil” such as coconut oil or avocado oil so it’s important to follow directions especially when using an oil for the first time. Common areas of application include the bottom of the feet, the temples and the back of the neck. Certain Essential Oils can also be applied directly to the area of concern as in the application of wintergreen oil to relieve sore muscles. Many oils are also used during massage or reflexology therapy.
Aromatic Use: Because the molecules of Essential Oils are small enough to pass into the body when inhaled, diffusion is one of the most common ways they are used. Several drops of an Essential Oil or Essential Oil Blend are added to the water in a diffuser. The diffuser creates a fine mist which is spread throughout the room in which it is located. This gives both the aromatherapy and inhalation benefits of the oils that you are diffusing.
Ingestion: Many Essential Oils can be safely ingested, in fact, several come in formulations made specifically for ingestion. However, there are some that are dangerous to ingest or will interact with medications you may be taking. Essential Oils should only be ingested after conferring with a doctor.
What are Essential Oils used for?
Essential Oils are used for many things including fighting cold and flu symptoms, relieving pain, inducing relaxation, improving digestion, and the creation of home cleaning and personal care products.
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