How To Use Essential Oils Safely for Increased Benefits To Your Health

How To Use Essential Oils Safely for Increased Benefits To Your Health

Having evolved alongside nature over many thousands of years, it makes sense that plant medicine is incredibly gentle, yet so powerfully effective on both human beings and also animals.

Some of the most potent plant-based medicines are pure essential oils: the aromatic essence of plants themselves. Essential oils can provide great therapeutic benefit, while also producing very little to no negative side-effects. This is in stark contrast to the synthetic prescription drugs that are mass-produced and administered throughout the world today, which for the most part tend to mask symptoms (and disrupt normal bodily functions) as opposed to actually treating the causes of illness and disease.

Ways To Use Essentials Oils

There are 3 primary ways to use pure aromatic oils:

1) You can use them Aromatically.

To use oils aromatically means that the oils are breathed in through the nasal passage and mouth. This can include breathing the aroma of the oil directly from the bottle itself, or breathing in oil that has been applied to the hands, or to another material such as a tissue, face cloth, cotton ball or cotton bud. It could also mean breathing the vapour / mist of an oil that has been diffused or sprayed into the surrounding air via an ultrasonic diffuser / vaporizer or simply via a spray bottle containing essential oil-infused water.

2) You can use them Topically.

To use aromatic oil topically is the apply them directly into the skin. In this way the oils can be applied ‘neat’ (i.e. undiluted) or within a lotion, cream or massage oil, or simply added to a bath (diluted). Some essential oils are particularly strong and may require dilution (such as stimulating, warming oils e.g. cinnamon and oregano) in order to avoid potential irritation, while others are especially gentle and can be applied undiluted in most cases, such as lavender. It should also be noted that certain oils (e.g. lemon and bergamot) can intensify the effect of UV light on the skin and cause burning and irritation. These oils should be diluted when used on the skin and prolonged periods of exposure to direct sunlight should be avoided for several hours afterward.

3) You can use them Internally.

Contrary to popular opinion / belief, oils with a very high degree of purity (i.e. ultra-low levels of contaminants) and potency such as doterra oils can safely be taken internally. Some methods include adding oils to food or drink and consuming them, swallowing a capsule containing an essential oil or blend or simply placing a drop of oil under the tongue. It should be noted, however, that not all oils should be consumed at all, while others can be ingested if diluted. Food-based oils, such as those extracted from citrus plants (e.g. orange, lemon, lime, grapefruit etc) are perfectly safe to take internally, provided that appropriate care is taken in regards to dosage. If in doubt about whether or not it is safe to take a particular essential oil internally, always check the certified as GRAS (Generally Regarded as Safe) list on the Food and Drugs Administration website. Oils that are on that published list should be safe to ingest, again, provided that appropriate dosage levels and dilution (if applicable) are observed.

So there you have it, the three main ways that you can use essential oils safely and enjoy greater benefits to your health and well-being. These plant-based medicines are precious gifts from the Earth. Use them in your life daily and you will quickly discover just how much they positively support you on so many levels: physically, mentally, emotionally, and even spiritually.

So there you have it, the three main ways that you can use essential oils safely and enjoy greater benefits to your health and well-being. These plant-based medicines are precious gifts from the Earth. Use them in your life daily and you will quickly discover just how much they positively support you on so many levels: physically, mentally, emotionally, and even spiritually.

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