Traditionally, certain essential oil application methods have been preferred or used exclusively. However, as the research surrounding essential oils continues to develop, a greater understanding of application methods is now understood. All application methods are safe when used appropriately, including aromatic, topical, and internal methods.
One or multiple application methods can be used for a wide range of emotional and physical wellness applications. They can be used a single oil at a time or in complex blends in one of three methods:
Ideal for: emotional and respiratory health and cleaning the air.
How to: Inhale directly from the bottle, rub a drop of oil between the palms of your hands and inhale, place a drop on a shirt collar or pillow or diffuser in a diffuser, add oil to a batch of laundry or dryer sheets or use in household surface cleaners (I recommend the doTERRA petal diffuser).
Examples: inhale lemon for emotional support, e.g. anxiety, diffuse easy air for clearer breathing or lavender to assist with sleeping, place a drop of rosemary on your shirt collar during study time.
Ideal for: spot-treating discomfort or irritated skin, immune support, and providing systemic effects.
How to: Apply to the affected area or to the bottoms of the feet; beneficial areas to apply essential oils are the neck, forehead and temples, chest and abdomen, arms, legs and bottom of the feet. Other ways to use include; adding a few drops to a warm bath, adding oil to a lotion or moisturiser and applying to the skin or by making a hot or cold compress by soaking a towel or cloth in water, adding essential oils and then applying to the desired area.
Examples: mist lavender onto skin to soothe sunburn, apply peppermint to the temples to relieve tension, apply geranium to a cut to reduce pain and slow bleeding, apply DigestZen to the stomach to calm nausea and stomach aches.
Certain essential oils have a rich culinary history and can be used as dietary supplements supporting a variety of health conditions. When you sprinkle cinnamon on your oats, sip a mug of peppermint tea, or add fresh basil leaves to your spaghetti, you are actually consuming some volatile essential oil compounds.
How to: 1.) Ingesting oil in capsules bypasses the mucous membranes. Place one drop of oil in a capsule and fill with carrier oil. 2) Add one drop of oil to whole milk (or other fatty acid) to drink.
Examples: take a capsule with one drop of oregano for immune support, use oils in recipes for cooking or baking to replace fresh herbs and spices, add to water, smoothies, milk, tea or other drinks.
DO NOT INGEST: Arborvitae, Cedarwood, Cypress, Eucalyptus, White Fir or Wintergreen. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or have liver or immune issues, talk to your doctor about ingesting.