As essential oil use continues to grow in popularity, they are becoming more and more easily accessible. I have seen bottles labeled essential oil at big box stores, small boutiques, even at gas stations! However, just because they are easily accessible, does not mean that all oils are created equal.
While I have a firm belief in which oils and company are the best, I won’t sit here and bad mouth other companies. Don’t listen to the marketing pitches, please don’t buy the cheapest biggest bottle of oil you can find at the big box store, and don’t always believe what you read on social media. This is a decision you alone have to make, and it’s one you have to feel good about!
When I first started using these oils, I started with 3 5mL bottles. I tested them out over the course of a few weeks and started to research the company. I came across loads of websites telling me to only use XYZ company because all other companies are out to kill you. Talk about overwhelming. The only way to quiet the noise, is to tune it out. Find what works for you and your family and run with it.
Now, onto the topic for this post: How exactly can you use these oils? There are 3 main ways that you can make use of these wonderful, natural oils. You can use them aromatically, topically, or internally.
This is probably one of the most popular ways to use essential oils in the beginning. By adding a few drops of oil to a diffuser you can benefit from aromatic usage throughout your home. We even have diffusers in multiple rooms of our home (bedroom, living room & soon kitchen!). This can be a fun way to experiment with oils as you can make your own blends by adding whatever oils you want. I have invented some daily blends this way. You can also use this method by just opening up the bottle of oil and inhaling directly from it. This is great because it means you can benefit from aromatic use while you are out and about just by carrying whichever oils you would like around with you.
This method of use is one that you should use, with caution. Just as every person is different, every person’s skin will react differently. Young people can have more sensitive skin than adults, and skin sensitivities vary from person to person. I always dilute the oils before I put them on my skin. This means I combine the essential oil, with a carrier oil (such as coconut, almond, olive, even baby oil works!).
Beyond skin sensitivities, there are other things to be aware of when using essential oils topically. Some oils out there classified as “hot” oils, meaning they have to be more heavily diluted. There are also oils that aren’t recommended for topical use at all. Some oils are even photosensitive (this means they react with sunlight!). Just as you did your research before picking a brand of oil, do your research on which oils may not react well with topical use.
When it comes to essential oil use, tnternal use is one of the most widely debated topics. This method means you are ingesting the oil whether it be through a drop under your tongue, cooking, adding a drop to a water glass, or even taking it in a veggie cap. While I may feel comfortable using essential oils internally, not everyone is. That being said, we do ingest essential oils in our home, within reason. We aren’t putting 20 drops in one glass of water (do you know how potent these oils are? 1 drop of peppermint oil is the equivalent of 28 cups of peppermint tea!), we aren’t drinking straight from the bottle of oil, and we are using them in moderation. We enjoy this method of use but understand that some people aren’t as willing to do so and guess what? That’s okay!
The important thing to remember about these oils is that everyone’s journey with the oils is different. Most people connect with the oils for a very personal reason at first and will move through at their own speed of investigating these wonderful gifts from nature. If you take only one thing away from this article, I hope it’s to do some research before using these oils. They can be dangerous if not handled correctly and used with some common sense. But please don’t let this scare you away from trying. I am always here to answer any questions you may have about the oils, and there are loads of fabulous places to find research & safety tips.