There are many benefits one can find through the use of essential oils. Among these benefits, we see an overall improvement in mood, pain relief and even improvements in our skin health.
If you have decided to venture into this world of alternative medicine and see what essential oils can do for you, we have five ways you can use them and will offer tips on choosing the best for you.
Choosing Your Essential Oils
When choosing which essential oil to use, simply figure out exactly what you need to treat and then find one that helps. For example, if you have trouble sleeping, then lavender is always a good choice. If you have acne-prone skin, then you may want to use tea tree essential oil.
Five Ways to Use Essential Oils
This is one of the most common ways to use essential oils. Through aromatherapy, you can reap all the benefits simply by breathing in the scents. Simply put, aromatherapy is typically done through inhalation or through topical applications. When you inhale the essential oils, you are stimulating your olfactory system and once those scents pass through your nose, the molecules spread out to other parts of the body.
Dry evaporation is another method you can use for essential oils and is good if you don’t have access to a diffuser. Place several drops of the essential oil you want to use on some cotton balls and allow the scent to begin to evaporate into the air. This method allows you to sniff the cotton ball if you want a more concentrated dose of the essential oils or you can just have it in your vicinity and allow it to provide milder exposure.
Another commonly used method for essential oils is by steaming. You can place a few drops of essential oil in a bowl of steaming water and then place a towel over your head over the bowl to breathe in the aroma.
You can also add a few drops to a sink full of hot water. If you use the steam method for essential oils, you will only want to use one or two drops, or the smell can become too overwhelming.
Steaming is good if you are suffering from a cold or a clogged nose because it can help clear your sinuses and help with congestion. It is also good for the skin because it helps promote circulation and releases trapped sebum and acne-causing bacteria.
Steaming with essential oils can hydrate your skin, promote the production of collagen and elastin, and is soothing and relaxing.
Lavender can relax you and helps reverse the signs of aging. It can also help treat acne and other skin conditions. Frankincense is another essential oil that is good for the skin and can help soothe redness and heal dry, cracked skin. Finally, patchouli is an effective essential oil for acne, eczema, and severely dry skin.
For a more direct way to use essential oils, you can add alcohol to a spray bottle and drop in several essential oil drops to mix in with the alcohol. We recommend using vodka. Once the essential oils and vodka have been mixed, you can then add the water and shake the solution. This spray is good for deodorizing any room or other soft surfaces and linen. You can also spray the solution on your yoga mat and use it as a cleaner.
Finally, you can also use essential oils topically. For example, if you want to make your own face mask at home, simply add a couple of drops of essential oil to a clay face mask powder, and honey to create a thick paste that can be applied to your face. Leave the mask on for ten to twenty minutes and then rinse your skin clean.
However, before using any essential oils topically, you should first perform a patch test. To do a patch test, combine one to two drops of essential oil with half a teaspoon of carrier oil. Once the solution is diluted, you can apply a couple drops to the skin on the inside of your arm and cover it with a bandage and watch for any reaction.
Meta: If you want to use essential oils but are unsure of how you can go about doing so, there are several methods you can use from diffusers to steaming.