Do you know those people who love Essential Oils and you just do not get it? They must be so “granola”. Let me break it down for ya!
Essential oils are concentrated forms of natural plants, flowers, roots, and herbs with powerful benefits to the body, mind, emotions, and spirit. These God-given oils greatly enhance mood, and quality of life, and when used correctly are a valuable addition to your home.
Keep in mind, however, that not all essential oils are created equal. Only use high quality, pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils. My favs are from Jordan Essentials, we only offer the best quality oils so you can use them with complete confidence.
But how the heck is the right way to use essential oils? Here are a few basic guidelines to help you maximize the safety and effectiveness of your essential oils.
First, many sources will say that essential oils can be used aromatically (meaning you breathe the aroma), topically (applied directly to the skin), or internally (meaning you ingest them). We highly recommend using your essential oils only aromatically or topically. Although all our essential oils are therapeutic-grade and pure, ingesting essential oils can be very dangerous – and bad for your digestive system. Applied topically in a carrier oil combines safe delivery with effective absorption, while ingesting may result in tissue damage to the digestive tract. Therefore we do not recommend ingesting any essential oil.
Essential oils are highly concentrated forms of the plant they came from. For example, it takes nearly 3,000 lemons to distill just over 2 pounds of lemon essential oil. That equates to approximately 2 lemons in each drop of JE Lemon Essential Oil! The membranes of the mouth, esophagus, and stomach can easily be “burned” by some essential oils.
Why take the risk, when it has been scientifically proven that applying an essential oil to the bottom of the feet, or inhaling aromatically, the constituents in the essential oil reach every cell in your body within 20 minutes of application or exposure?
So let’s look at the other two ways to use essential oils which we do recommend.
One excellent way to enjoy our essential oils is to apply them to your skin. The skin is the largest organ of the body, and the perfect way to apply essential oils directly to an area of concern. When applying topically, always dilute the essential oil in a carrier. This is where the magic and the fun comes in! Essential oils combine beautifully with many of our products to synergistically blend the benefits of the essential oil with the qualities of our other products. Some popular combinations include Unscented Magnesium Lotion, Unscented Magnesium Spray, Skin Relief Lotion, Dead Sea Salt Soak, Unscented Salt Scrub, Shampoos and Conditioners, and Toner Mist.
When combining essential oils with other carriers, start with only a drop or two, and test a small area of skin for sensitivity before applying liberally. For your convenience, we take the guesswork out of the equation in our convenient Roll On Essential Oils, which are perfectly formulated for the optimum balance of essential oil and carrier oil. All Roll On options are ready to use and apply directly to the skin as needed.
Key areas to apply essential oils to the body for maximum effectiveness include the bottoms of the feet, along the spine, on lymph areas, and pressure points. Never apply essential oils, even diluted, to the sensitive areas around the eyes, in the ears, or genitals. Most essential oils are not recommended topically for children under 3-5 years old (see JE guidelines in our current catalog) or for women who are pregnant or nursing. Check with your doctor for recommendations or if you are suffering from a chronic illness.
One of the best ways to enjoy the benefits of essential oils is aromatically. The tiny particles of the essential oils, when internalized aromatically, are quickly and efficiently absorbed into the bloodstream through the nasal passages. When we breathe the delightful scents of the essential oils, our brain is activated and triggered, and the body naturally regulates the absorption of the constituents in the oils. For this reason, aromatically is the safest of all the ways you can use your essential oils.
Aromatic techniques include:
Diffusing: Add a few drops of essential oil to a diffuser any time of the day and enjoy the aroma. Note: Due to the strong essential oils included in the Resistance Blend, limit diffusing time of this blend to about 30 minutes for maximum results.
Palm: Place a drop of essential oil in the palm of your hand, rub your palms together, and cup your hands over your nose. Breathe deeply. This technique is especially helpful with Immune Blend when you feel sick, Headache Blend when you feel pain, Peppermint when you feel nauseous, and Eucalyptus when you need to breathe easier.
Shower: Add 2-3 drops of essential oil onto the floor of a hot shower, away from the water path, and breathe deeply while you shower. This technique is wonderful with Eucalyptus or Resistance for respiratory discomfort or Lavender before bedtime.
Steam: Similar to the shower method, boil a pot of water and remove from the heat. Add 2-3 drops of essential oil to the steaming water then breathe deeply from the steam. Remember that steam is very hot, therefore exercise caution with this method to avoid burns.
Pillows and Bed Linens: Our convenient Essential Oil Sprays make it easy to add essential oil benefits to pillows, linens, clothing, and rooms as needed. Peace, Sleep, or Lavender are excellent choices before bedtime. Happiness, Resistance, or Immune are wonderful first thing in the morning or when feeling under the weather.
Laundry: Add 2-3 drops of essential oil dryer balls, homemade laundry soap (more on this in another blog post), or use one of the Essential Oil Sprays to add fresh aroma to your laundry.
Essential oils can benefit us by boosting the immune system, reduce pain and inflammation, improve our moods, and make our environment more pleasant. Experiment to find your favorite essential oils and your favorite ways to use them. Do you have a top essential oil tip we didn’t mention? Comment below to share your ideas! Because essential oils contribute to Healthy Skin & a Healthy Life.
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