Diffusing is a quick and surefire way to get the oils into your home. But it’s so much more than the fragrance. Many oils are extremely effective at destroying airborne bacteria and germs, neutralizing odors, elevating our moods, and promoting a good, deep nights rest.
You simply take the lid off your diffuser, fill it up to the line with water, and add your oils. I love the smell of Lemon on it’s own, but I also ADORE Lemon & Peppermint together. It is so incredibly fun discovering new combinations. A few favorites are shown below in the graphic. :)
Inhalation is also incredibly effective, especially if you don’t have your diffuser with you and you’re out. I have several friends that keep oils with them in their car or purse, and for different reasons. A dear friend of mine keeps a bottle of Joy with her to help with depression, and my must have oil is Peppermint for food allergies and sinus congestion. Killing two birds with one stone, I tell ya!
When we inhale an oil, the odor molecules travel up through our nose and affect several receptor sites, one being our limbic system. Our limbic system is connected to the parts of the brain that control memory, stress levels, breathing, heart rate, blood pressure, and hormone balance. So it’s no wonder that they have such a tremendous effect.
Adding them to water is one of my favorite ways to use the oils internally. My favorites are Lemon, Peppermint, Grapefruit, Orange and Citrus Fresh.
But a quick note: they cannot be added to plastic, only glass!
Capsules is another way we take them internally. I’ll add Thieves or Frankincense to a empty vegetable capsule [sometimes both] and take them when I feel something may be coming on. Lemon if I want to detox. Peppermint if I’m suffering from indigestion or an upset stomach. And the list goes on!
The best way to ‘test’ for skin sensitivity is to apply the oil first to the bottoms of the feet, as that’s where our skin is the least sensitive!
Directly applying onto the skin is one way we use the oils. Most therapeutic-grade oils are safe to use “neat” [undiluted].
However…exercise caution with the “hot oils.” These are the ones that will cause skin irritation and burning if they’re not diluted. You can typically tell just by smelling them, but they tend to be the spice oils [Thieves, Oregano, Thyme, Cinnamon Bark, and for some people, Peppermint].
Roll-ons, body butters and moisturizers are another way we use them! You’ll see mason jars filled with whipped coconut oil all over the place in our house. If it smells like Peppermint, it’s for sore muscles or indigestion. If it smells like Lemon, it’s probably a body butter. If it smells like Lavender or Stress Away or Peace & Calming, it’s probably for sleeping. The list is endless.
Bath Salts…is there anything like soaking in the tub at the end of a long day? Or at the beginning of the day? Or just soaking in there all day long? This is a girl who loves baths, and is not ashamed. One of my favorite discoveries has been adding essential oils to my epsom salts and letting the oil absorb for 10-15 minutes while the water runs. I’ve used Lemon & Peppermint to detox, Lavender to promote a deep nights rest, Joy or Peace & Calming when I was emotionally drained, and several others. And I can feel the difference.
“So what happens if I put an essential oil on and it burns my skin or causes irritation?” …or even worse, every persons biggest fear, “What happens if I get peppermint oil IN MY EYE?!”
Well first of all, I’m going to tell you what NOT to do.
Do not splash water on your eye.
We’re going to bring it back to the basics of science here: water and oil DO NOT mix. So when you splash water onto irritated skin, it’s driving the oil deeper into the skin. Do not be like the author of this blog, who forgot this crucial bit of information.
The RIGHT thing to do is to grab a carrier oil and smear it on the irritated skin, which will dilute it. Just really lather it on. You will immediately experience relief, and you’re traumatizing experience will be a thing of the past. :)
“What’s a carrier oil?”
If you don’t know, a carrier oil is a vegetable oil that “carries” the essential oil onto the skin and dilutes it. You probably have a few in your kitchen right now [coconut oil, olive oil, grapeseed oil, sweet almond oil, avocado oil, sesame oil, sunflower oil…you get the picture! And Young Living has a variety of great carrier massage oils as well. One is listed below, V-6 Vegetable oil]. My personal favorite is coconut oil…don’t even get me started on how much I love coconut oil! I’ll post about it later. ;)