Confession… Essential oils used to intimidate me. I liked the idea of using them, but I didn’t know how to go about it. Years later I find myself reaching for these awesome plant extracts daily to benefit myself and my family.
And now my friends, I’m here to help you take that leap, let’s demystify this interesting subject for good and learn how to use the essential oils you already own that are collecting dust, or you have yet to invest in.
The good news? It’s easier than you think, and I’ll be sharing a simple DIY in my next post called How To Use Essential Oils: Roll-on Bottle DIY to get you started ACTUALLY using them, hooray!
First, what is an Essential Oil?
An essential oil is the essence of a plant in a concentrated liquid form which is used for therapeutic, nutritional, and medicinal purposes. Essential oils come from flowers, trees, leaves, grasses, fruits, and roots. The oil is carefully extracted from the plant matter preserving the healthful properties inside allowing for people like you and me to make use of them.
Next, how to use Essential Oil?
There are many ways to use essential oils, I will be covering the two easiest methods for maximum benefit, breathing in their aroma, or applying them topically to the skin. Inhaling essential oils or rubbing them into the skin is known as Essential Oil Therapy, also referred to as Aromatherapy.
The National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA) has defined Aromatherapy as, “…the art and science of utilizing naturally extracted aromatic essences from plants to balance, harmonize and promote the health of body, mind and spirit. It seeks to unify physiological and spiritual processes to enhance an individual’s innate healing process.”
Pretty awesome right? I want me some of that enhancement-of-my-healing-processes.
Finally, how to use Essential Oils safely?
Essential oils are powerfully concentrated substances, if applied undiluted to the skin they can cause severe irritation or reactions in some individuals. There are many things you can use to dilute your essential oils, in the upcoming DIY I use what’s known as a carrier oil.
A carrier oil is a vegetable oil taken from the fatty portion of a plant which is usually the nut, seed, or kernel. Chances are you have some of these in your home already. Virgin Coconut oil, Olive oil, Vegetable oil, Peanut oil, or Grapeseed oil are some of the ones I had in my pantry before I ventured into the world of essential oils. These and more can be used to dilute essential oils down to a safe concentration for topical application.
To keep things easy I’ve created this handy little chart with dilution ratios with usage guidelines taken from Rocky Mountain Oils.
So let’s get to it!
Check out this next post… How To Use Essential Oils: Roll-on Bottle DIY
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