Essential oils can be a great way to keep your family happy and healthy, but as we come into cold and flu season, it’s important to make sure you’re using them safely and effectively. Some oils are better suited to topical application, and lots of these potent plant extracts are great multitaskers.
Here are some tips for easy, safe essential oil use so you know just which oil to use and how:
Use a carrier oil. One of the best and safest ways to apply essential oils topically is to add a drop or two to a carrier oil. Any pure vegetable oil will work but coconut and grapeseed are very popular. Carrier oils can also enhance the therapeutic benefits. If you feel a cold coming on or just want to breathe clearly during a workout, rub some diluted eucalyptus oil on your chest. Rosemary or basil can help alleviate menstrual cramps. Try using lavender for scars, rashes, or stretch marks; and cardamon, ginger, or peppermint for a stomach ache.
Wear lava bead jewelry. Add a couple of drops to a lava bead bracelet and you’ll experience the benefits of the oil all day. Place the jewelry on a paper towel, add oil, and let it absorb for a few minutes before wearing. Try lavender, orange, or chamomile for anxiety; peppermint, lemongrass, or clary sage for hot flashes; or bergamot, sandalwood, or wild orange to lift your spirits.
Use your feet. The bottoms of your feet are one of the best places to use oils since they have large pores and absorb quickly. Mild oils like lavender, tea tree, frankincense, and sandalwood can be applied directly to help you sleep, fight a cold, or balance your mood.
Breathe in. One overlooked use is inhalation. Whether a single oil or a blend, apply it to your hands (diluting if necessary), cup them in front of your nose, and take 5 long, deep breathes. Try this with peppermint or lemon for a mid-day pick me up, tea tree for immune support, or chamomile to center your emotions.
Diffuse the right way. Gone are the days of candle-warmed diffusers since the heat can damage the oil. A nebulizer or diffuser that releases a fine mist is the best way to distribute oils in the air. Try lime, grapefruit, bergamot, or ylang ylang to combat stress; or simply pick your favorite oil to freshen the air.
Relax in the bath. Adding a few drops to a bath is another great way to use essential oils. Lavender or lemon can tackle a hangover or upset stomach, try clove for sore muscles, tangerine if you’re having trouble falling asleep, or rosemary if you’re feeling run down.
Start Small. Whatever the oil or the method, it’s best to apply a less is more philosophy. Start with 1-2 drops and add more if necessary.
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Essential Oil Usage Guide