Using Essential Oils
What are essential oils?
If you have ever enjoyed the scent of a rose, or sliced into a fresh orange, you’ve experienced the aromatic qualities of essential oils. These naturally occurring, volatile aromatic compounds are found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of plants. However, in addition to giving plants their distinctive smells, essential oils have long been used for food preparation, beauty regimens, and natural health care practices.
How to use essential oils
Essential oils are used for a wide range of emotional and physical benefits.
They can be used a single oil at a time, or in complex ready-made blends in one of three ways.
Essential oils can be very stimulating when inhaled, while others can be calming and soothing. Certain essential oils can also cleanse and purify the air. You can experience essential oils aromatically when you breathe in their scent from your hands or from the bottle, but they are most commonly used in an aromatherapy diffuser.
Essential oils are easily absorbed by the skin, and many can be safely applied topically when used in conjunction with a carrier oil, such as Fractionated Coconut Oil. You can use a carrier oil to help the essential oil absorb into the skin, as well as to prevent any skin irritations. Even better, using a carrier oil helps your bottle go a lot further and last much longer!
Certain essential oils can also be used as dietary supplements. In Canada, many of our oils have been approved by Health Canada as ‘Natural Health Products’ and can help relieve a variety of health conditions, such as colds and coughs. You can ingest essential oils by either adding a drop or two to our water. Or, more effectively, you can add them to an empty veggie capsule and swallow them. The mucosal lining of the stomach does an excellent job breaking down the ingestion-safe oils and delivering them to exactly where they need to go, safely. (Our bodies are amazing!) Just remember—less is more when it comes to essential oils. Typically, only 1-2 drops is needed!