Essential oil 101:   Different type of uses

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Essential oil 101:   Different type of uses

When it comes to using essential oils it is important to know that there is more to it than what we are used to hearing about when referring to aromatherapy. There are four distinct ways to incorporate essential oils in your life:

Aromatically:

Our sense of smell influences many physical pathways including the stimulations of hormones and other metabolic processes. Diffusing essentials oils can purify air of unwanted odors and environmental threats.

Use aromatically to :

  • Uplift mood
  • Open airways
  • Cleanse the environment

 

Topically:

Essential oils are easily absorbed into the bloodstream via the skin for internal benefit throughout the body within 30 seconds of application

Apply directly to skin for systemic and localized effects:

  • Massage and as a relief of occasional muscular pain after exercise
  • Immediate comfort such as soothing occasional  digestive upset, or reducing tension in the head and neck.
  • Support healthy immune system function

 

Internally:

Some essential oils can be used as dietary supplements to support a variety of health conditions. Internal use refers to taking essential oils in a capsule or a softgel form.

  • Digestive system
  • Liver
  • Urinary tract
  • Immune system support

 

Orally:

Oral use refers to essential oils taken in water or other liquid, or under the tongue. According to a well known essential oil company, oral use is not recommended for children. Mine have taken  essential oils orally since the age of 6 years old in small amounts with no negative incidence. As a parent, I suggest you do your research and make your own judgment about what feels safe for your family.

  • Support the digestive tract in its function
  • Promote oral health
  • Alleviate mild throat discomfort due to seasonal or environmental threats.

Remember that some essential oils should not be taken orally or internally and dilution is needed  for people with sensitive skin, children and when dealing with what is considered hot oils.  More on safety and essential oils in the upcoming weeks. Stay tuned!