Many friends have noticed that I am absolutely in love with essential oils, but they tell me they have no idea WHAT essential oils are or HOW the heck to use them. Hopefully this will help clear up some of that. (You can peruse oils here too)
As James says (and Wikipedia) they are “aromatic hydrophobes” or smelly things that are scared of water. I like to call them aromatic compounds. Anyway…. they are an oil made from parts of plants like the bark, stems, leaves, flowers and they have a very strong smell. Each plant has different oils that protect itself from disease and predators. Each of these oils has properties that can benefit us as well.
There are many ways to use essential oils and each oil has different properties that can support our bodies and minds. But the three main ways to use essentials oils are aromatically, topically, and internally.
Aromatic – This way of using essential oils is by using their smell to benefit us. Scientific evidence shows that are vitals like blood pressure and heart rate change using essential oils this way. You can do this by diffusing, using an oil burner, or even putting them into your humidifier. Oils can improve moods with their smells and they can even kill germs by being diffused into the air.
Topically – Most oils can be applied topically either neat (directly to the skin) or mixed with a carrier oil (like coconut, sweet almond oil, or jojoba for example). Essential oils can help with headaches, cuts, bites, burns, acne or other skin ailments. They can also be absorbed into the skin to help fight off colds, heartburn, nausea, or constipation just for examples. I like to apply them like perfume so that I can carry the aromatherapy with me all day.
Internally – I use and sell doTERRA essential oils, which are pure therapeutic grade so most can be used internally (they will have a supplement facts sticker on the bottle if so). Not ALL brands can be used internally! Essential oils can be used in your drinking water or in a capsule to support your immune system, detox the body, or help with digestion just to name a few.
I hope I answered some questions about the basics of oils. If not, leave me a question in the comments please and I will find out. If there’s a certain oil you’d like or have a question about how to support a certain ailment with oils, please let know.