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.
When applying oils topically, it takes 2-3 minutes for an oil to reach the blood stream, 20 minutes to reach and affect every cell in the body and 2 ½ hours to fully metabolize.
Most EO's can be applied directly to the skin neat (without the need of carrier oil). However, some oils are best used with carrier oil, such as Young Living’s V-6 Vegetable Oil Complex or an organic olive / coconut oil, to avoid skin sensitivity. Using carrier oil will not reduce the potency of your essential oils; it only allows the oils to absorb into the skin at a slower rate, which usually avoids any irritation.
Unless you are using a synergistically blended essential oil, it is recommended 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 an oil like peppermint or copaiba, known as driving oils, as your last or top oil will help drive all the other oils in deeper.
Besides direct application to a specific area, 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 – Heat is great for sore and aching muscles and applying over your EO's allows for deeper penetration.
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.
All of Young Living’s Essential Oils are inherently safe to take internally. However, jasmine, neroli and onycha are three specific oils that are not recommended for internal consumption due to the extraction method. The singles and blends that are specifically created and recommended for internal consumption will have the name “supplement” on the bottle.
A few suggestions for taking your oils internally:
Drink – Add to a glass of water, rice/almond milk, juice or NingXia Red shot.
Cooking – Enhance your meal or desert by using essential oils for flavor and/or in place of dried herbs. To keep the therapeutic properties in tact add after the heating process when possible.
Under the Tongue – one of the fastest ways to get the oils into your system.
Capsule – Using a capsule is the best way to take oils that don’t taste so good, but are oh so good for you!
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 such as oregano and thyme, you will want to dip the end of the wooden toothpick into the oil and then apply to your mixture, sauce, etc. Repeat until desired flavor is achieved.
Vaginal retention – this is excellent for systemic health problems like Candida or vaginitis.
Ladies, what you can 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 essential oils to the urinary tract and reproductive organs.
You can place a mixture of 15-20 drops of desired essential oil along with a tablespoon of carrier oil into a small sterile syringe and inject into the rectum. Enemas can also be created and work quite well.
When inhaling, it only takes 22 seconds for the oils to reach and affect the brain. There are three main way to enjoy the benefits of inhalation, also known as aromatherapy, such as:
Directly inhaling – Inhale directly from the bottle or 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 in the nose and exhale out the mouth. Be sure to avoid touching your eyes.
Diffuser –This is one of the easiest ways to not only receive the aromatherapy benefits of essential oils, but to also share them with the entire family. Diffusing your EO's is not only a good way to support your overall well-being but it also creates a healthier environment and is a much safer alternative to toxic freshener sprays and plug-ins.
Hot water –You can add a few drops of an EO to a bowel of hot water and inhale. However, it is important to note heat destroys the therapeutic properties of your oils so I would add them in as the water is cooling down, not while it is boiling.
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.