3 Ways to use your essential oils
First of all!
The use of essential oils should be made according to the type of oil in question, but none of the recommendations is a substitute for the test that should be done on you. Everyone has different ways of reacting in contact with oils.
Essential oils are extremely concentrated products and therefore require some wisdom.
When testing oils on your skin, use the skin of your elbow, have a carrier oil (coconut oil, sweet almond oil, grape seed oil) with you. In case your skin doesn't like it you can just wipe it off. This is important because the oil will not dilute with water.
There are 3 main ways to use / apply your essential oil.
1.1 - Direct application to the skin
1.2 - Use diluted in bath
1.3 - Diluted use for massage
1.4 - Diluted use in therapeutic gauze
- Internal Use
1. Topical Application
1.1 - Direct application to the skin, how to use it?
What 100% pure essential oils can you use directly on your skin?
Here are they: Melaleuca essential oil (Tea Tree) and Lavender Essential Oil .
Also Peppermint Essential Oil which is also often used but its recommended a test on your skin, prior to a more overall use. One drop is enough to understand your receptivity to this oil.
Are there other oils that I can apply directly to the skin besides these three? Yes plenty! But the easiest to recommend are Melaleuca and Lavender and Peppermint to begin with.
For beginners these are really safe oils, used for centuries in this form. And because they are all so versatile, this trio (Lavender, Tea Tree and Peppermint) is the chosen one to be in dōTERRA's Introductory Kit.
Because we are all different in contact with essential oils, it is recommended that you test your skin in small amounts, one drop will suffice. Then you can progressively increase the application area and see if you are still comfortable.
It is worth remembering that as oils are very potent, greater concentration does not mean greater efficacy. Usually the application of 1 to 5 drops is sufficient to achieve the therapeutic objective whatever it may be.
1.2 - Diluted use in an immersion bath
Apply your essential oils in the bath, a simple, practical and pleasant way to apply Aromatherapy! If using bathtubs, apply between 3 and 6 drops while being filled and the skin will absorb quickly. You can also dilute it with liquid soap or use bath salts with essential oils.
1.3 - How to use essential oils in a massage?
When incorporating essential oils in a massage, use a maximum of 10 drops of essential oil for every 100ml(3.4 oz) of base oil. Do not exceed recommended serving. Before applying, check the sensitivity of the skin in a small area.
Massage has a very effective effect on skin, muscles and connective tissues and promotes relaxation, energization and balance. To benefit from Aromatherapy in massage, it is necessary to dilute essential oils in some quality base oil (vegetable oil), such as: Fractionated Coconut Oil , Linseed Oil , Avocado Oil , Jojoba oil , among others.
1.4 - Diluted use in therapeutic gauze
The power of essential oils can also be harnessed through the use of a gauze. It's simple: fill a basin with 300ml(10 oz) of hot or cold water (depending on what you are treating) and put 3 to 6 drops of the essential oil you prefer, after that, mix it vigorously and soak a gauze in the water applying it in place for at least 30 minutes.
When using a diffuser, add 3 to 5 drops, depending on the size of your diffuser of course. Avoid using oil burners at all cost. These burners destroy the properties of the essential oil.
Through the diffuser any essential oil can be used there is no restriction and will depend only on your personal taste and how you feel better.
3. Internal Use
Under no circumstances should 100% pure essential oils be ingested except products from the brand dōTERRA. dōTERRA oils are widely tested products of exceptional quality and within the brand range there are products that can be administered orally. See product information and how to read if an oil can be ingested here.
Are there any precautions when using 100% pure essential oils?
The use of essential oils or hydrolates for therapeutic purposes always work best after asking for expert advice. You should also consult a specialist if you are hypertensive (a) or have a history of epilepsy. And some oils can cause photosensitivity.
Avoid sun exposure after application.
And of course it must be kept out of indiscriminate access of children.