Historically some exclusive methods have been used for the application of essential oils, but as time has passed and with the rise and development of this therapy; we know very well the best ways to apply oils. Any method is safe if used properly, whether aromatically, topically or internally. One or several ways of applying aromatherapy are usually used for different types of applications, whether for well-being, treatment of physical pain or for emotional affections. It can be used one by one or in mixtures, and basically there are three methods of applying an essential oil.
Smell is a sense used as a tool to obtain strong physical, emotional and / or mental responses. The essential oils are absorbed by the olfactory receptors located in our nose and are directly connected to our brain through a nerve. The limbic system of our brain supports several functions, including smell, memory and emotions, which is why essential oils generate a powerful effect when applied through the smell.
Some of these oils cause invigorating or stimulating effects, others are more of the soothing or sedative type, the aromatic use of oils is made easier with diffusers that use air or water, and however, the use of oils does not require any special equipment to obtain its advantages. You can achieve the same beneficial results for health by just placing a few drops of oil in the hand and bring it to the nose while breathing deeply.
Other uses in aromatic form of an essential oil can be to apply the oil to a cotton ball and place it in the ventilation of the car, mix the oils in a spray bottle with water and spray on furniture, bedding and rugs, add to dirty laundry before washing it or using it on surface cleaners.
The application in this way is very effective for the use of essential oils, these oils have very low molecular weight so they penetrate the skin easily and once absorbed remain in the area for a more localized benefit.
Although they are easily absorbed, there are ways to increase absorption more, if we apply a light massage in the area to be treated, the blood flow will increase in the area improving the distribution throughout the body. The use of carrier or base oils also increases the absorption, especially in dry skins since it helps to hydrate and reduces the evaporation of the oil.
If we want to reduce the risk of skin irritation, especially in those that are very sensitive or young, it is advisable to use a base oil such as coconut oil to dilute the strongest oils. The proportion of use is approximately 25% of essential oil in the mixture.
It is advised to use small dosage several times a day rather than a large dose only once, a smaller dose is recommended to start, 1 or 2 drops in a tablespoon, this dose can be repeated every 6 hours. Because each individual is a different being, the dose varies for each one; it depends on the weight, the age and the state of health in general.
Some areas where you can apply essential oils are the neck, forehead and temples, chest and abdomen, arms and legs, as well as the soles of the feet.
Other ways to apply the oil topically can be adding a few drops to a hot bath, preparing a compress by soaking a towel in water, adding oil and applying over the desired area or adding oil to a moisturizer that you normally use.
It should be avoided applying around the eyes and in the ears or on damaged skin.
Some essential oils have a history in the kitchen and can be used as supplements in our diet. You may not notice it but if you put cinnamon on your oatmeal, or put mint in tea, or use basil leaves in your pasta, you are ingesting essential oil compounds that provide various health benefits as well as aromatic properties to foods. Essential oils in their concentrated form are used as dietary supplements to obtain specific benefits. The internal use of oils is a safe and effective method given the physiological processes of our body.
When we ingest an essential oil, it enters the blood through our digestive system, in this way it is transported throughout the body. The oils are soluble so they are easily transported to all the organs of the body, including the brain, like any other thing ingested, they are metabolized by the liver and then we eliminate them.
The composition of the oils is very complex, each one has a series of unique properties that react differently with the organism, although we do not fully understand the results shown are positive and favorable, but beware, you should always take into account that you have to manage adequate dosage.
To avoid getting intoxicated we must follow labels and professional indications to the details. Some forms of internal application can be used in baking recipes by replacing fresh herbs, with smaller amounts than if we used herbs. In the case of more powerful oils you can dip a toothpick in the oil and then prick the food with it.