Essential oils get to enter the body through three ways. They can be applied on the skin, ingested or inhaled. Inhalation and topical applications are the commonly used methods. The technique selected can depend on the effects that are desired from the essential oil that has been selected. For instance, topical applications can be great for wound care while inhalation can be a great method for addressing congestion and mood.
The essential oil selected can also determine the application technique. For instance, oils that are irritating can be inhaled instead of applying to the skin. An experienced aroma-therapist can help you choose the best technique of using your essential essential oil if you are not very sure of how to go about it.
Dry evaporation – This is a technique where the oil is placed on a tissue or cotton ball and then allowed to evaporate for the effects to be achieved. The ball or tissue can be sniffed for intense doses of the essential oil. You can place the cotton ball on your desk to inhale the beneficial oils.
Diffuser – It is a device in which the oils are placed and left to evaporate with water or heat depending on the device type or directions of use. Modern diffusers have timers because very high temperatures can alter the chemical structure of the oil.
Steam – This is another inhalation method that is done by placing a few drops of the oil in a steaming water bowl to vaporize the oil. The method is great for sinus infections and major respiratory issues such as congestion. The method is potent and direct since only 2 drops maximum should be used and it is not recommended for children under the age of 7.
Spray – In this technique, the essential oil is placed in a solution that is water based, shook and then sprayed into the air so a room is deodorized or to set the desired mood. It is advisable to shake the solution every time before spraying for effectiveness.
Compress – The oil is applied to the affected areas directly in this technique. It can also be diluted and a cloth can be soaked into it before being placed onto the desired areas, either as a cold or hot compress.
Gargle – It is a great method for sore throat and other oral issues that can be helped by essential oils. Drops are added in water and the mix used as mouthwash. It should be gargled and spat out.
Bath – It is one of the commonly used applications for a cooling and calming bath. The drops are added to the bath water right before stepping in. The essential oils are absorbed through the skin and inhaled at the same time. Considering they are not water soluble, it could have helped to use bath salts to disperse the oils.
Massage – The oils in this application technique are added to natural carrier oil and used as massage oil on the body.
When it comes to ingesting the oils, suppositories and oral ingestions can be used but preferably under supervision of a health care provider.
Essential oils can be very beneficial in boosting good health when used in the right way. Get directions from a good and reliable aroma therapist so you can use your oil in the best way possible.