Using essential oils isn’t hard, however you do need to know how to use them safely to get the most out of your oils. There are just a few safety precautions to take when using your essential oils topically, otherwise using essential oils is easy!
Keep these things in mind when getting started-
- Know the uses and benefits of the oil you are intending to apply.
- Follow any instructions on the packaging.
- Consult with a healthcare professional first if you have any concerns or questions.
There are three ways to use essential oils:
1. Aromatherapy- This includes any application method that helps you experience the aroma of the oil. You can use essential oils aromatically by:
- Diffusing in an essential oil diffuser
- Applying a drop to your hands and inhaling
- Wearing as a personal fragrance
2. Topically- “Topical” application of essential oils allows the oil to absorb into the skin. Some ways to use essential oils on your skin are:
- Apply to targeted areas and rub in
- Add to lotions or moisturizers
3. Ingesting- “Internal” use of essential oils allows the oil to be transported throughout your body. Make sure the essential oil is safe for internal use first, and then try one of these methods:
- Add to a glass of water
- Take in a veggie capsule
- Put a drop under your tongue
What are the Best Essential Oils To Use:
The best essential oils to use should be pure and unadulterated. To see why Natural Choice Company is committed to providing only the purest essential oils, click below:
Each oil is unique, making it easy to find a natural solution for your specific health concerns. Some of the most popular essential oils are those with multiple benefits and application methods. These oils tend to become household favorites.
Here are the 5 most popular essential oils:
- Lavender oil
- Copaiba oil
- Lemon oil
- Sweet Orange oil
- Peppermint oil
- Tea Tree oil
- Eucalyptus oil
- Ylang Ylang
As you try different oils, you will learn which essential oils work best for you and your needs. For the best essential oil experience, it is important to use oils that are pure, potent, and safe.
Keep these things in mind when you are learning how to use essential oils-
- Avoid applying oils to sensitive areas like the nose, ears, eyes, or broken skin. Avoid using “hot oils” on the face.*
- Always read labels and package instructions before using an essential oil for the first time.
- Use a mixing oil to minimize skin sensitivity.
- Be aware of oils with sun sensitivity warnings.
- Practice safe storage—keep oils out of reach of children.
- Always supervise young children when applying essential oils.
- If you have specific health concerns, talk to a healthcare professional before trying essential oils.
*Hot oils or strong oils include Oregano oil.
How to Use Essential Oils Aromatically:
Using your essential oils aromatically is a powerful way to use them. Your sense of smell has powerful ways of releasing physiological, emotional, and mental responses. Essential oils are quickly absorbed by your sense of smell which has a direct link to your limbic system. The limbic system is the part of the brain that controls your emotions and stores your memories. Essential oils can make you feel happy, relaxed, or invigorated. While diffusing essential oils is the easiest way to use the oils aromatically, you can simply put a few drops in your hand and breathe in deeply to achieve the same results.
Other Ways for Aromatherapy:
- Apply oil to a cotton ball and place in the air vents of your vehicle
- Mix oils in a spray bottle with water and mist over surfaces.
- Add oil to your laundry or add to dryer sheets
- Use in your household cleaners
Using Essential Oils Topically:
Essential oils are great when used topically on the skin. They can have healing properties for minor wounds and muscle relaxation. Natural Choice company takes pride in creating potent, pure oils that promote healthy skin and are gentle for everyday use. To get the best use out of your oils when using them topically, it is best to dilute the oil with a mixing agent such as coconut oil. This makes the oil much gentler on the skin and lowers your risk of an allergic reaction. You should still always read the labels and safety recommendations for each oil you are using.
Beneficial Areas of Application:
- Forehead and temples (unless a “hot oil”)
- Chest and abdomen
- Arms, legs, bottoms of feet
Other Ways to Use Topically:
- Add a few drops of oil to a warm bath
- Make a hot or cold compress by soaking a cloth in water, adding essential oils, and then applying to the desired area
- Add oil to a lotion or moisturizer and then apply to your skin
Sensitive Areas to Avoid:
- Some facial areas, such as the skin around the eyes
- Eyes and inner ears
- Broken, damaged, or otherwise injured skin
How to Use Internally:
Using essential oils internally lets the oil travel throughout the body via the bloodstream and gastrointestinal tract. The oils are transported to all the organs of the body including the brain. This makes it a powerful way to get the most benefits out of the oil. Make sure you have a food-grade oil for ingesting, not all oils are safe for internal use. Read the label on the oil to make sure you are using the correct dosage.
Methods For Internal Use:
- Add essential oils to water, smoothies, milk, tea, or other drinks
- Put a drop under the tongue
- Take in a veggie capsule or add to a small amount of applesauce or yogurt
- Use oils in recipes for cooking or baking to replace fresh or dried herbs and spices (Remember, essential oils are much more potent than dried or fresh herbs and spices, so start with a very small amount.)