WHAT ARE ESSENTIAL OILS?
Essential oils are the aromatic compounds extracted from plants through a distillation process in which the oil provides an all-natural health option to benefit our bodies.
3 WAYS TO USE
➕Inhale or use a diffuser
(Inhaling could look like adding a drop to the palm of your hands, rubbing them together and then cupping your hands over your nose and taking a big breath in, this is called a personal inhalation. You could add a few drops to a cup of hot water and inhale, this is called a steamer. Or you can breathe deeply straight out of the bottle to make it even easier on yourself!)
➕Diffusing essential oils can also cleanse and purify the air and kill germs. This is an excellent method for purifying the air, boosting your mood, and creating an overall healthy atmosphere in your home, car, desk at work- anywhere!
➕Dilute with carrier oil (like fractionated coconut oil) to minimise skin sensitivity, increase surface area and reduce evaporation rates of the volatile essential oils
➕Add one drop to a carrier oil or moisturiser
➕Add a drop or two to the bottom of your feet or specific areas
➕Apply to feet, back of ears, chest and back of neck, massage head or troubled areas
➕Over time if there are no sensitivities than you may move to applying the essential oil neat, although applying with a carrier oil such as Fractionated Coconut Oil (FCO) is always recommended.
➕Add a drop or two to water or tea
➕Use as directed on labels (not all oils can be ingested!) A good tip to remember regarding taking oils internally, is to always look for the Supplement Facts on the label. You want to make sure the oil is 100% pure and safe for ingestion. There are many opinions on ingesting essential oils and it is important that you do your own research and use this method as you see fit in your life.
➕The methods we suggest for ingesting essential oils include placing a drop of oil under your tongue for immediate absorption; placing oil in a glass of water; or filling an empty veggie capsule (remember to take these quickly as the capsule will disintegrate with time).
➕When drinking oils in liquid, be sure the container you’re drinking from is either glass, aluminium or ceramic as certain oils will deteriorate plastic.
There are so many dilution guides around, so to make things simple I follow the dilution guides that doTERRA have recommended. To decrease the likelihood of developing a skin sensitivity, especially on young or sensitive skin, it is advisable to use a carrier oil (such as Fractionated Coconut Oil) to dilute more potent essential oils, and when trying an oil for the first time.
CAN I PUT OILS ANYWHERE?
You want to avoid putting oils directly into your eyes or your ears. The sensitive skin inside of your mouth might be more easily irritated by undiluted oils so be mindful of this before your first use.
WHAT IF I GET THEM IN MY EYE?
Only use a carrier oil to dilute the essential oil back out of your precious eyes. Never add water, this will only drive the oil in deeper. Your vision might be a little blurry for a while because of the carrier oil (olive oil, coconut oil, avocado oil, jojoba oil, etc.) but it will go back to normal soon enough!
DO ESSENTIAL OILS COUNTERACT PRESCRIPTIONS?
This is definitely something that you should consult your physician regarding, especially if the medication to which you are referring is vital to your livelihood. There are a couple that truly stand out, such as wintergreen oil being avoided by those taking blood thinners and being mindful that tetracyclines can make the skin more sensitive to citrus oil + sunlight reaction. Most western medicine physicians will have limited knowledge when it comes to essential oils, so seeking out the opinion of a holistic doctor, registered aromatherapist is always encouraged. It never hurts to do a little research of your own.
OILS & SUNLIGHT
Certain oils can react with sunlight when applied to the skin and then exposed to direct UV rays. Make sure to always dilute these oils well, apply them to an area that is not exposed to the sun, or wait 24 hours before spending any amount of time soaking up its warmth! Oils that are considered phototoxic are: lemon, grapefruit, bergamot, lime, cumin plus more, and any blends containing these.
CAN I BATHE IN OILS?
Never add an oil that is hot, or caustic to skin in your bath water. We don’t want your delicate skin having to tolerate that potential discomfort! Always apply your oils to some kind of carrier before adding to your running water. Try: epsom salt, vegetable glycerin, any shower gel/bubble bath that is preferably unscented. A good amount to use as you learn your sensitivity levels would be 2-4 drops.
USING CARRIER OILS
A carrier oil is any form of vegetable oil that helps to “carry” our essential oil onto and into our skin. Our favourite is doTERRA’s fractionated coconut oil, but we also use avocado oil, jojoba oil, almond oil, cold pressed coconut oil, rosehip oil and many more. The benefits of using a carrier oil are:
➕increases surface area of application (imagine rubbing 1 drop of essential oil all over a sore back!)
➕decreases your risk for sensitivities to the pure oils
➕gives you a nice base in which to create your own blends
➕allows you to avoid wasting so much of that precious essential oil
PREGNANCY AND BREASTFEEDING
As with any product, it is important that your midwife or physician is aware of and approves your use of essential oils. Since the skin is much more sensitive and permeable during pregnancy, it is important to be mindful of always diluting your oils well before application. Some oils that are good to avoid during pregnancy, even diluted, are clary sage, myrrh, and any blends containing these oils. These oils can promote uterine contractions and are best saved for use during actual labour, when delivery is intended. The safe use of oils during this beautiful time can be a natural and effective way to balance mood and reduce anxiety.
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