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August 19, 2014
Essential Oils 101 - How to Apply: Essential oils are used for a wide range of emotional and physical wellness applications. Either a single oil can be used or a blend, depending on the user's experience and the desired benefit. Essential oils are usually applied by one of three methods: diffused aromatically, applied topically, or taken internally as dietary supplements as stated on the label.
Due to the natural molecular composition of EOs, they're easily absorbed by the skin and can be safely applied topically, sometimes diluted with a carrier oil and sometimes "neat" (undiluted). Once they're applied, essential oils can have almost an immediate, localized effect to the area of where applied. They have restorative and calming properties and can be used very effectively in massage and beauty therapy. EOs are also natural disinfectants, many are antimicrobial and the similar chemical structure of essential oils allows them to be absorbed into the bloodstream via the skin for internal benefit throughout the body.
Our sense of smell influences lots of 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 diffused in the air can be 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 because they don't change the chemical structure of the oil being diffused. EOs can also be used as cleaning and purifying laundry and surfaces in the home.
Therapeutic essential oils can also be used as dietary supplements supporting a variety of healthy conditions. Some EOs have powerful antioxidant properties while others help support a healthy inflammatory response in cells. Many EOs are generally regarded as being safe for dietary use in moderation but there are oils that should not be taken internally. Please don't use any essential oil product internally that does not have the appropriate dietary supplement facts on its label. Food for thought: taking essential oil internally sends your essential oils through the digestive system. Results can be modified by body fluids and delayed by the whole process. Consider topical application first and foremost for the quickest results and the most benefits.
Using essential oils can be both profoundly simple and life changing all at once. Working with someone who has used essential oils before can help first-time users have a good experience and boost their confidence. There's a wealth of information available for those wanting to increase their knowledge of essential oil applications. Some ideas for you...
I recommend purchasing a few good books, and spending lots of time Googling EOs and their uses! As always, hands-on use will add to your confidence and open up lots of learning opportunities to broaden your knowledge and healing skills. Practice "less is more", essential oils are very potent tools, learn all you can about their uses and their cautions. Example: Oregano! This is a very hot essential oil and always needs a carrier oil for topical applications.
I hope this post helps simplify some of the basics of EO use. While it all seems overwhelming at first, very soon it becomes second nature, I promise. Just keep your EOs within reach and use them everyday because consistency is key when you're learning and healing.
May 10, 2017
I love reading your blog! The only thing that would make it better is if there was a Cleanprint button so I could easily print things for my EO journal. Please, please, please consider adding one. Thanks!!
Danielle, I would start with Lemon, Lavender and Peppermint – there SO many way to use the basics! Take a look :))http://www.doterraeveryday.com/101-uses/
Hi Rebecca,I love your blog and follow it religiously! :-)I was wondering what you would recommend as far as an oil/blend and method of using the oil for someone who is new to essential oils and on a quite tight budget. Thanks!Danielle
Size 00 is m preferred size because it can hold more drops than a size 0.I actually have changed my tune on veggie caps – I prefer gel caps, they hold EOs longer.
Dara, tell your husband that’s the whole point :) Diffusing PURE EOs is very beneficial for our health AND well being. You’re strengthening your immunity, calming your system and purifying the air by diffusing EOs. Also let him know that essential oils aren’t really oils – they’re a plant essence that is quickly absorbed and recognized by the body as we have similar biochemistry. Our bodies RESPOND to PURE EOs and diffusing is a gentle way to absorb them :)
Thanks for this info. So very helpful. I have a couple questions about the capsules. I’ve seen you recommend the veggie capsules in size 00. However, I’ve also seen size 0. What is the main difference? Also, why the veggie capsules instead of gel? Thanks so much!
I am a beginner using EO’s. I think this is an awesome idea as well. I love your blog! Can’t wait to make the Jeddy’s Blend. I made the bug repellent and it works great! Thanks so much!
Thank you for this! I am new to EO’s and am so thankful to have learned about Spark Naturals from you. My collection is growing! :) One question…my husband is concerned about diffusing oils in that we will be breathing the oils into our lungs. What would be your response to this?Thanks!Dara
I am learning!:-) I recently fell and have a bruise the size of a dinner plate on my thigh. I have put Birch in oil and rubbed it on.. what else can I use.. it is so tender now.. I do take Motrin for pain too. Thank you for sharing what you know. Your information is clear and easy to understand.
I love your(and Jillee’s) blog! I just ordered some EO’s and a diffuser, so excited! I am making some healthy alternatives in my life and I would just like to thank you for putting easy reading info. out there! :)
Perfect. Thank you!
I will! Thank you!
Love your blog and the foot diagram. Would you happen to have a printable version of the foot diagram that I could print and have on hand? Thank you so much for sharing your EO insight!
My friend told me to mix oil and salt together and rub on a terrible bruise I had. It worked very fast. Gone in no time!
Massage Chair For Blood Circulation may hear bit annoying but Massage is believed to improve blood and lymph circulation. The direct mechanical effect of rhythmically applied manual pressure and movement used in massage can dramatically increase the rate of blood flow. This is probably due partly to the physical manipulation of soft tissue and partly to the chemicals released as part of the relaxation response. Also, the stimulation of nerve receptors causes the blood vessels by reflex action to dilate, which also facilitates blood flow.
i like the format set set up for printing, some recipes fit a 5 X 7 index card perfectly for my essential oil recipe card file.
You’re so welcome :)
I would be quite certain your friend is having detox symptoms which is quite common especially with high quality coconut oil. This is also a common occurence when people begin an oil cleansing regime on their face. If it were me, I would power through it however, if it’s possibly an allergic reaction she should discontinue use. I would suggest researching a herx reaction.
i love u r blog!
i made the healling salve and it made wonders to all my body including my face.however i gave some to a friend who has Seborrhoeic dermatitis, and she got an eruption after using the salve on her face .
can u plz think what couldhave caused it ? and why.
can u plz advise me what other thing for her Seborrheic dermatitis?
thanx a lot
I’m wondering if I could only buy ONE book, which is your top go-to book? (I think I saw you recommend your top one on a post). Also, where can I research EO’s and my cat?? I’ve been nervous about diffusing because of our precious feline.
It’s all personal preference but for me, if Im using a roller bottle most likely it’s been diluted with FCO so I feel confident zig zagging down the entire bottom of my foot then massaging in including under toes.
When applying to the feet via rollerball, how do you decide whether just the toe, specific corresponding part of the foot vs the whole sole of the foot? And how many “rolls” of the bottle? Finding it hard to tell if I’m using too little or too much. I’m new to oils.
Welcome to this amazing journey of Essential Oils for health and well being! There is much to learn, but you’ll be amazed at how quickly it all starts to make sense and how comfortable you’ll become with them. There are a couple of terms to remember – to apply neat means to apply undiluted. To apply diluted you will want to add some sort of carrier oil to your essential oils before applying them to the bottom of your feet or to the affected area. We love organic coconut oil, hempseed oil or of course, our CW Naked Salve. If you are going to apply 2 drops of essential oil, add about 1 tsp of your choice of carrier oil to your palm and then drop the essential oil into it ~ blend together and apply. If you wish to use a roller bottle, start with 1/3 of the bottle essential oils and the fill the rest with your carrier oil. You’ll soon learn that every person is different and the amounts will vary. You’ll adjust over time to what works best for you and your family.
I’m new to EO’s and keep seeing ‘dilute by ½’ or ‘dilute by ⅓’. What does that mean? How many drops per tsp or Tbs of coconut oil?
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Yes, you can add EOs to a humidifier however, the oils may etch the plastic.
Hi Rebecca! I am wondering if I can put eos in the humidifier while I wait for my diffuser to get hear. We all have colds in the house and I have the shields blend and the oregano hoping you can help me out. Thank you so much.
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Karyn if you’re experiencing plantar fasciitis pain I like the combination of Lemongrass and Birch topically with a little CW Naked Salve (which contains coconut oil and more). I would apply 2 drops each morning and night directly to area of discomfort.
I am having some foot pain, more on the heel of my left foot but sometimes also on the arch. I have heard that EOs might help my situation. What would you recommend. I read on your page that coconut oil is helpful but is that used in conjunction with something else? I have gone for a couple foot massages recently and I think those help somewhat.
There are many oils listed for the same ailment. How do you know which works best? Is it individual trial and error? This would be very expensive! What do you think?
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