The 3 ways to use essential oils
Your sense of smell is actually your most powerful sense. It influences many physiological pathways including the stimulation of hormones and other metabolic processes. There are particular oils that we diffuse at night, which are “down” oils as I like to call them (e.g. Lavender, Bergamot, Patchouli), and some which are “up” oils and so are very uplifting and invigorating (e.g. Lemon and Peppermint).
You can achieve the same benefits by simply placing a few drops of essential oil in the palm of your hand that is then cupped around the nose as you breathe deeply, and I even like to add a few drops to the corner of the shower morning and night to create that #DaySpaFeel.
Because essential oils have a natural molecular composition, they are easily absorbed by the skin and can be safely applied topically with a carrier oil. Applying essential oils in this way can have an immediate effect on the targeted area of application. The ‘reach’ of the targeted area can also be increased by diluting essential oils with a carrier oil (such as Fractionated Coconut Oil) to the target area of the application. Place 1-2 drops of oil in your hands, mix with Fractionated Coconut Oil and apply to the targeted area. Similarly, using a light massage will increase the blood flow to the area of application, in turn improving distribution throughout the body. See FAQ for a list of carrier oils you can use and what oils to avoid applying neat (i.e. without a carrier oil).
Beneficial Areas You Can Apply Essential Oils
Forehead and temples
Chest and abdomen
Arms, legs, bottom of feet
Other Effective Methods of Topical Application
Add a few drops of oil to a warm bath (I like to combine with epsom salts and a dash of Fractionated Coconut Oil so it disperses a little better)
Make a hot or cold compress by soaking a towel or cloth in water, adding essential oils, and then applying to the desired area
Add oil to a lotion or moisturiser and then apply to skin
Sensitive Areas to be Avoided:
Some facial areas, such as the skin around the eyes
Eyes and inner ears
Broken, damaged, or otherwise injured skin
Certain essential oils have a rich culinary history and can be used as food additives. When you sprinkle cinnamon on your oats, sip a mug of peppermint tea, or add fresh basil leaves to your spaghetti, you are actually consuming some volatile aromatic essential oil compounds. When in their concentrated form, essential oils can be used as dietary supplements for more targeted and potent benefits. Use as a food additive is effective because of the sophisticated physiologic processes of our bodies.
SOme of the ways I use the oils
1 drop Peppermint in bliss balls
2 drops Wild Orange in homemade chocolate
1 drop Frankincense under tongue morning and night
1 drop Yarrow|Pom under tongue morning and night
1 drop Peppermint in my bulletproof coffee
2 drops Lemon/Wild Orange/Tangerine in my water
1 drop Bergamot/Cinnamon in my cup of tea