What are Essential Oils?
Essential Oils are natural, volatile aromatic compounds found in seeds, bark, roots, petals, plants, leaves, fruit peels, stems, flowers and other parts of plants. Both beautifully fragrant and powerful, Essential Oils protect the plants and play a role in pollination. Essential Oils can be used for a wide range of emotional and physical wellness. They can be used singularly or in a complex blend depending on the users experience and desired benefit.
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How do we use Essential Oils?
One or multiple application methods can be used for a wide range of emotional and physical wellness applications. They can be used a single oil at a time or in complex blends in one of three methods:
The sense of smell is a tool that can elicit powerful physiologic, mental, and emotional responses.
Some essential oils induce uplifting or invigorating effects, while others are more calming. Diffusion is one of the simplest methods for using essential oils aromatically. Diffusers that use cold air or water are ideal. However, using essential oils aromatically does not require any special diffusing devices.
You can achieve the same health benefits by simply placing a few drops of essential oil in the palm of your hand that is then cupped around the nose as you breathe deeply.
Topical application is a very effective method for applying essential oils.
Although essential oils are readily absorbed, there are many ways to increase absorption. Using a light massage will increase the blood flow to the area of application, in turn improving distribution throughout the body. Use of a carrier oil can also increase absorption, especially in skin that is dry and dehydrated as it helps moisturize the skin and slow evaporation of the oil.
For skin sensitivity or a younger skin always dilute. I recommend using Fractionated Coconut Oil.
Beneficial areas to apply topically include: (Keep away from eyes and inner ears)
Forehead and temples
Chest and abdomen
Arms, legs and bottoms of the feet.
Essential oil contributes many health benefits as well as flavoring and aroma properties to foods.
Use oils in recipes for cooking or baking to replace fresh or dried herbs and spices
Remember that essential oils are much more potent than dried or fresh herbs and spices, so start with a very small amount
For more potent oils, it may be better to administer them by toothpicks (dip the end of a clean toothpick into the oil and then add to the food) rather than drops
Add essential oils to water, smoothies, milk, tea, or other drinks
Take essential oils internally in a veggie capsule or add to a small amount of applesauce or yogurt
Always follow the dosage amount on labels por recommended amount to avoid toxicity.