ESSENTIAL OIL APPLICATION
Applying an essential oil topically is another way of getting their properties into our cells. Because of their tiny molecular structure, essential oils are rapidly absorbed by the skin. Applying the oils to your feet is a great way to absorb the oils into your body. Bottoms of the feet have some of the largest pores on your body, and sensitivity is uncommon. Other great areas to apply topically include the hands, wrists, ears, temples, spine, and over the heart.
Applying an essential oil topically is another way of getting their properties into our cells. Within twenty minutes of an essential oil being applied, it will be detectable in every cell in the body.
Some oils, like Lavender, are generally safe to apply directly to the skin (this is known as applying them “neat”) but it is generally recommended to dilute them with another ‘carrier’ oil when you’re just starting out and don’t yet know if your skin will be sensitive to a particular oil.
Other oils like Thieves and Peppermint are classified as “hot” oils and should usually be diluted with a carrier oil before applying topically. Diluting an oil with a carrier oil does not impact the effectiveness of the essential oil. The use of carrier oils allows the essential oil to be applied to a larger area of the body. It also extends the use of the essential oil since you’re only using a drop or two at a time. Carrier oils are also used when making things like lotions, creams, and lip balms with essential oils. There are many different oils that can be used as carriers depending on the application and properties desired. Olive, coconut, jojoba, and grapeseed are some examples of carrier oils.
When in doubt, dilute. 🙂
Take care not to get essential oils in your eyes, ears, or mucous membranes. If you experience any discomfort or irritation do not attempt to use water to get the oil off of the skin. Instead, flush the irritated area with a carrier oil.
A convenient way of using essential oils topically is with the use of a roller bottle. Rollers allow you to have a pre-diluted formula on hand that you can roll onto the desired area quickly, easily, and often.
Essential oils should be applied topically as often as every five minutes for acute situations, two to four times daily for conditions caught early, and one to three times daily for chronic conditions.
The feet are one of the best places to apply oils because they have a high concentration of pores and allow good absorption. Other good areas to apply essential oils are your wrists and neck because our skin is thinner and our veins are closer to the surface in those places. It is also helpful to apply the oil at the location being treated.
You can also bathe in the oils. It is best to mix 15-20 drops with Epsom salt in a separate bowl, then pour the bowl in the bathtub.
Tip 1: Apply 1-2 drops essential oil directly to the desired area.
Tip 2: For digestive support, apply 1-2 drops essential oil to belly or chest.
Tip 3: For respiratory support, apply 1 drop as a raccoon mask around the eyes (over sinuses) and over the chest.
Direct Inhalation / Aromatic Use
The most commonly known way to use essential oils is aromatically. We all know the power of scent and you can get reap the benefits of essential oils through inhaling them. On each label, guidelines are given for how long to diffuse your oils. These guidelines are based on how long it takes to reap the benefits of the oils, which is fascinating!
Research shows that inhaling the pure constituents in these oils can stimulate the olfactory receptors and activate regions in the brain’s limbic system associated with memory, emotion, and state of mind. Hence, in less than a second, a scent has the power to activate a number of physical and emotional responses. This causes the pituitary gland to be stimulated and release chemical messages that travel throughout the body to create physical body responses. That is why inhaling the oils can have a great affect on emotions. The only way to reach that part of your brain is not orally, but through your nose.
Tip: For emotional distress or nervousness, put 1-2 drops essential oil into the hands; cup hands over face and breathe deeply.
Whoa! In 15 minutes, my whole living area can reap the benefits! How cool is that? You can use a cool-mist diffuser to diffuse the oils, but if you're on the go, you can also pour a drop of oil in the palm of your hands, rub them together, cup them over your nose and inhale deeply. I do this often when we are traveling or I'm out and about and don't have my diffuser. You can even place a drop or two of oil on a cotton ball and place it in the air vent of your car (or on a wooden clothespin and clip to your air vent). I love placing a cotton ball with the "odor killing" oil (Purification) in the diaper pail and trash cans!
Harsh chemical formulas aren’t your only home air purifying option. Enjoy peace of mind without compromise when diffusing Young Living essential oils. Diffusing oils helps to purify and cleanse the air from environmental impurities including cigarette smoke and other disagreeable odors.
75% of American homes use synthetic air fresheners that contain numerous chemical agents that have been linked to cancer, including formaldehyde. The olfactory nerve is a pathway to the brain, and some of those chemicals are potential endocrine disruptors. Why compromise your healthy endocrine system? Ditch the toxic laden sprays, plugs, and candles. Diffuse instead!
Tip: Add 6-8 drops of essential oil to diffuser and diffuse as often as possible to help soothe and uplift moods, and cleanse the air of undesirables!!!
Because of Young Living’s Seed to Seal promise, and the extremely high quality of oils they provide, internal use is an option as well. It is completely up to you, after your OWN research, and consultation with your physician, to decide if internal use is right for you.
Young Living recently released their new Vitality Line of 27 oils which oils are considered safe for internal consumption. It is the same exact oil that is in the regular bottles but this bottle is labeled for internal consumption. (There's a picture of these pretty new bottles below in the comments! I love their design!)
Some oils are not recommended internally, so again, always look at the back of your bottle before ingesting and remember that oils are potent. Most oils can be beneficial when taking 1-4 drops internally at any given time. Often, more is NOT recommended.
Speaking from personal experience, 2 drops of peppermint in your hot chocolate is WAY too much. One is plenty! Oops!
Drinking LOTS of water is a great idea, because not only is it healthy for you, but it will help aid in digestion and flushing out your system. My personal preference when using oils internally is by putting them in an empty veggie or gel capsule (you can purchase these through Young Living or at local natural food stores). Always dilute as recommended on the back of the bottle for best results.
If you are going to add oils to your drinks, be sure you use a glass bottle or container. Essential oils are so concentrated that they can break down plastic over time and you'll be consuming plastic infused water. No thanks!!
These are safe for all kinds of internal use EXCEPT for your eyes and ears; eyes will cause temporary discomfort, and ears contain delicate membranes-both should be avoided.
Tip 1: Add 1-2 drops of Vitality citrus oil to your glass of water for ph balance and cleansing toxins from the body.
Tip 2: Only use glass or stainless steel with the Vitality essential oils as they will eat plastic or Styrofoam.
ESSENTIAL OIL SAFETY
Here are a few safety guidelines to help you have the best experience with your essential oils!
- Do not put essential oils directly in eyes or ear canal; it will burn. If this happens, apply a carrier oil. Do NOT use water!
- Olive oil, Coconut oil, and Grapeseed oil (and other fatty oils) are considered “carrier oils” (best to use organic).
- If an essential oil feels hot to the skin, put a carrier oil on the area and it will bring relief.
- Pregnant women, epileptics, and those with high blood pressure should consult their doctors as there are a few oils that should be avoided.
- Citrus oils are photosensitive, so if applied topically, avoid being in the sun for 12-48 hours.
- Essential oils should always be diluted for use on babies and children.
- If you are allergic to anything, always read the label.
- Always consult your physician when adding oils to your regimen.
Carrier oils are used with an essential oil when it feels too “hot” on the skin. Clove, cinnamon, oregano, Thieves, lemongrass and lemon are examples of “hot oils” that may need to be diluted with a carrier oil. However, when putting a “hot” oil on your feet, it does not need to be diluted with a carrier oil. Young Living's V6 Vegetable Oil Complex, coconut oil, olive oil (which most people have around the house), grapeseed oil, vitamin E oil, and almond oil are some examples of carrier oils.