"Drugs do not restore, but destroy... The God of nature directs the human agent to use natural remedies now." - EGW
Learning how to use essential oils (EO's) is probably most peoples most enjoyable part of this journey. I know it was for me. Hearing about all the wonderful benefits of EO's was great, but what really got me was when I got to start playing with them, applying them, and learning all the many ways I could use them. And till this day I’ve never stopped having fun or reaping the benefits!
Caution: PLEASE do not attempt to use any of the following suggestion with essential oils other than "genuine" therapeutic grade essential oils by Young Living.
Most EO's can be applied directly to the skin neat (without the need of a carrier oil). However, some oils are best used with a carrier oil, such as an organic olive oil or similar, to avoid skin sensitivity. Using a carrier oil does not reduce the potency of your EO's, it only allows the oils to absorb into the skin slower avoiding irritation.
Unless you are using a synergistically blended essential oil, it is best to layer the oils you want to use. Allowing only a few seconds between each layer of oil is fine as they quickly absorb into the skin. Using peppermint as your last oil will help drive all the other oils in deeper.
Besides direct application, there are other ways to benefit from the topical application of EO's such as:
Vita Flex Technique – This is a simple method of applying oils to contact points (or nerve endings) in the feet as well as the hands.
Raindrop Therapy Massage – This special massage technique of applying therapeutic grade essential oils to the feet via Vita Flex and the spine stimulates every organ, muscle, and bone at the cellular level. Because this treatment has such as powerful impact on both the physical and emotional level, it is literally changing peoples lives.
If you live around and/or will be visiting the Palm Springs, California area, please contact me to schedule yourself for a Vita Flex or Raindrop appointment today.
Neuro Auricular Therapy – A technique that integrates EO's and acupressure by using a small pen-shaped instrument with a rounded end to apply the oils to the acupressure meridians or Vita Flex points of the ears. This technique has shown remarkable benefits in both the emotional and physical realm.
Acupressure – EO's can greatly enhance the benefits of acupressure.
Massage – If you enjoy massages, you will enjoy them so much more and will receive benefits at the cellular level if you have your therapist incorporate therapeutic grade EO's into the treatment.
If you would like to learn more about the massage industry and/or have an interest in becoming a massage therapist, massage-education has some great resources.
Perfumes or Cologne – Using EO's vs. the highly toxic man made perfumes and colognes can provide wonderful emotional and physical support.
Warm Packs – Applying warm heat over your EO's allows for deeper penetration. Heat is great for sore and aching muscles. Lay a wet/warm cloth or towel over designated location and then cover with a try towel to keep heat in and let sit for 15-30 minutes or until your warm towel has gone cool. Note: You will never want to use heat with neurological problems such as Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Lou Gehrig’s Disease (ALS) or Parkinson’s Disease. Always use cold packs to reduce pain and inflammation.
Cold Packs – Using a wet cold towel or ice pack over your EO's is best when treating inflamed or swollen tissue. Frozen bags of corn or peas also work great! Be sure to keep the cold pack on until the swelling diminishes.
Unless noted otherwise, it is safe to take genuine therapeutic grade essential oils internally and the FDA has even approved many by designating them as GRAS (generally regarded as safe for internal consumption).
Although the oils can be added to capsules, I personally love to flavor my water with my favorite oils and cooking with essential oils is a great method too. I’ve been having a lot of fun lately making different flavored salad dressings out of them. However, I do have to warn you that no matter how beautiful an oil may smell or how safe it may be to take internally, they do not all taste good so be sure to do a taste test first. Trust me! The ones that don't taste good get put in the capsule.
Toothpick Application – The toothpick application is sometimes the best method when cooking with essential oils. When one drop of oil is too much, as many oils are extremely strong, you will want to dip the end of the wooden toothpick into the oil and then apply to your mixture, sauce, etc.
Vaginal retention – this is excellent for systemic health problems like Candida or vaginitis and is one of the best ways to absorb EO's. Ladies, what you’ll do is mix 20-30 drops of essential oil into 1 tablespoon of carrier oil and apply this mixture to a tampon (for internal infection) or a pad (for external issues). It is recommended that the tampon or pad you use be made from organic cotton.
Rectal retention – this is the most powerful way to deliver EO's to the urinary tract and reproductive organs. Be sure to use a sterile syringe and place a mixture of 15-20 drops of essential oil along with a tablespoon of carrier oil into a small syringe and inject into the rectum. Enemas can also be created and work quite well.
There are many ways you can enjoy the aromatherapy benefits of EO's such as:
Directly inhaling – place 2-3 drops of essential oil into the palm of your hand and rub clockwise with the flat palm of your opposite hand. Cup your hands together over your nose and mouth and inhale deeply. Be sure to avoid touching your eyes.
Diffuser – This is one of the easiest ways to get the aromatherapy benefits of EO's.
Hot water – You can add a few drops of an essential oil to a bowel of hot water and inhale. However, the higher the heat the less therapeutic properties you will have. This is why I prefer my cold-air diffuser.
Depending on your skin sensitivity, some essential oils may need to be diluted with a high quality vegetable oil such as the V-6 oil or you can use an organic first pressed olive oil, when being used both topically or internally. This is especially true with "hot" oils such as Oregano and Thyme.
The amount of dilution will depend on the essential oil used, but a safe place to start would be a 50/50 dilution.
Although everyone using essential oils should use common sense, as with anything in life, there are still some important guidelines that everyone should follow when learning how to use EO's.
Single essential oils, as well as oil blends, should be in a dark glass such as amber or blue glass. The dark glass actually protects the oil from light preventing the oil from polymerizing, increasing the size of the molecules, which then destroys the oils capability to penetrate human tissue or olfactory and bring about healing. Glass is more stable than plastic too and does not “breath” the same way plastic does.
When you’re done using your oil, be sure you put the lid on tightly do you don’t lose some of the lighter, lower-molecular-weight parts of the oil.
Also, over time oxygen in the air reacts with and oxidizes the oil.
Store your essential oils away from light, especially sunlight—even if they are already stored in amber glass bottles. The darker their condition, the longer your oil will last.
And be sure to keep your oils in a cool location. Excessive heat can damage the molecular structure of the oil the same as UVA light can.