Aromatherapy and Essential Oils 101…
Essential oils work synergistically WITH the body to help it heal itself because they are recognized by the body as nutrients, unlike synthetic chemicals which the body recognizes as foreign substances.
Ways to Use Essential Oils:
Essential oils are commonly used for immune support, stress relief, relaxation, skin care, respiratory health, sleep enhancement, muscle tension and pain, mood enhancement, and emotional balance.
- Diffuser – my favorite way to use EO’s in the house.
- Changes mood & emotions, kills airborne germs and odors, purifies the air.
- Scent affects the limbic part of the brain that controls emotions and memories.
- Use a diffuser that does not operate with heat, heat destroys the therapeutic properties of the oils.
- Easy, safe, less is more
Due to their molecular structure, essential oils are rapidly absorbed by the skin and enter the bloodstream. Applying the oils to the Vita-flex points on a foot that relates to organ system will activate their reflex. 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.
- Takes just 2-3 sec for oil to reach bloodstream when used topically.
- Takes 20 min for an oil to reach every cell in the body.
- The body metabolizes the oils fully in 2 ½ – 3 hours
- This is a powerful and effective way to use oils!
- Use vegetable carrier oils, organic is best, like Sweet Almond, Olive, Jojoba, Coconut, Fractionated Coconut, Grapeseed, etc. to dilute the oil.
- Do a skin patch test first to make sure you won’t have a reaction, especially when new to oils.
FREQUENCY: It is also very important when sick or dealing with a chronic issue. Oils metabolize in the body after 2.5-3 hours. So, you can reapply that often when you’re sick, or 2-4 times a day. Tylenol, Ibuprofen and other medications also metabolize in the body that is why the directions also say administer every 4-6 hours or so, however they do not have the added benefits of Essential oils and can be harmful to your body after longtime use.
It is typically not advised to ingest Essential Oils, however some may be ingested if referred by a certified aromatherapists or a doctor. It is wise to use caution due to the potent nature of the essential oils and some people may have allergies or some sort of reaction to the plant, flower, seed or tree the oils are extracted from. I personally do not advise ingestion of oils.
Storing and care of your Essential Oils
Store them in a closed dark glass container, out of the sun, in a cool place.
Simply stated, keep the cap tightly on your oils when you are finished using them, and store them in a refrigerator or cool closet. Oxygen, sunlight and heat speed up oxidation—the process that breaks down your essential oils. When essential oils are stored cold, their shelf lives improve.
Note: If an essential oil begins to appear cloudy, thicker, or if it smells more acidic, it has likely begun to oxidize and needs to be tossed out and replaced with a new stock.
The importance of Diluting your Essential Oils in a carrier
It is important to dilute essential oils due to they are so highly concentrated and in some cases can cause skin irritation. Also carriers help to do just that “carry” the Essential Oil molecules thru the skin into the blood stream. Here is a helpful chart for dilution of oils.
1% 1 oz carrier (30ml) – 5-6 drops EO
2oz carrier (60ml) – 10-12 drops EO
2% 1oz carrier (30ml) – 10-12 drops EO
2oz carrier (60ml) – 20-24 drops EO
3% 1oz carrier (30ml) – 15-18 drops EO
2oz carrier (60ml) – 30-36 drops EO
I hope this is a great quick referance to help you learn more about Essential Oils and how to use them.
*This is the opinions and research of hopefaithhealthblog.com these are in no way intended to diagnose or treat major illness and you should be advised to consult your doctor on the use of Essential Oils reguards to your condition.
References: http://mymerrymessylife.com/essential-oils-2/essential-oils-101 Sara
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