Essential oils can be used 3 different ways - aromatically, topically, and internally. Essential oils can also be used to make cleaning products, homemade lotions, lip balm, sunscreen, bug spray, bath salts, and more.
Topically- Because of their molecular structure, essential oils are rapidly absorbed by the skin. Most of the time you will want to dilute your essential oil with a carrier oil*, which is any plain vegetable based oil (olive, coconut, grapeseed, apricot, almond, etc). Essential oils are very powerful and potent so a little bit goes a long way. One reason you would dilute your oils is to allow them to cover a larger surface area. Also keep in mind that you almost always want to dilute oils with children, usually more so than you would on yourself. We also use Carrier oils with an essential oil when an essential oil feels too “hot” on the skin. Clove, Cinnamon, Oregano, Thieves, and Lemon are examples of “hot oils” that may need to be diluted with a carrier oil. However, when putting a “hot” oil on your feet, it does not need to be diluted with a carrier oil. You never want to put essential oils in your eyes or ears! If you do get some in your ears or eyes by accident flush with carrier oil, not water.
As far as how and where to apply your oils, generally around the area you are wanting to support. For example if you have a head discomfort you would apply to your temples and forehead, digestive issue you apply to the abdomen, respiratory issues you apply to the chest, and so on. Other common places to apply are pulse points (wrists and neck), up the spine (lots of nerve endings there), forearms, or bottoms of the feet. Another way to apply oils is on the Vita Flex points. Vita Flex points are places on hands, feet, spine and ears that relate to organ systems and activate their reflex. Applying the oils to the Vita-flex points on a foot that relates to organ system will activate their reflex. This is called Reflexology, which is the same electrical pathways that acupressure and acupuncture work with.
Applying the oils to your feet is a great way to absorb the oils into your body. With over 2,000 pores in each foot, they have some of the largest pores on your body.
Aromatically: Direct Inhalation- Fragrance is the substance of memories. Research shows that when inhaling the pure constituents in these oils, it can stimulate the olfactory receptors and activate regions in the brain’s limbic system associated with memory, emotion, and state of mind. Hence, in less than a second, a scent has the power to activate a number of physical and emotional responses. This causes the pituitary gland to be stimulated and release chemical messages that travel via the blood to your glands and organs that create physical body responses. That is why inhaling the oils can have a great affect on emotions. The only way to reach that part of your brain is not orally, but through your nose
Aromatically: Diffuse-Harsh chemical formulas aren’t your only home cleansing option. Enjoy peace of mind without compromise when diffusing Young Living Essential Oils. By diffusing, it helps to purify and cleanse the air from environmental impurities including cigarette smoke and other disagreeable odors.
Many American homes use synthetic air fresheners that contain numerous amounts of chemical agents that have been linked to cancer. Formaldehyde is in air fresheners. The olfactory nerve is a pathway to the brain, which when it is being hit with formaldehyde, it will disrupt the endocrine system. It actually deadens that nerve, which decreases your nose from being able to smell as well. Formaldehyde is the #1 cancer causing chemical and is what you are embalmed with at the morgue.
Internally- You can put oils in an empty vegetable capsule. You can drink the oils in a glass of water, juice or tea. You can cook with the oils and add them in your food. The oils that are safe to take internally will be labeled as a supplement.