Essential Oils: How to Use Them

If you've been around here for very long, you know that I am in love with my essential oils from Young Living. They've changed a lot around my house (it's a shame there isn't a selective listening oil. I'd be all over that one, too!), and they've changed how we treat the sickies and regular daily yucks. We're mostly all-natural, folks.

Wooo to the Hoo Hoo!

The main question I had, once I was holding my very own oils, was how to use these little wonders. 

You might be wondering the very same thing. Well, wonder no more, because today I'm here with some easy ways to use Young Living Essential Oils.

There are three ways to use essential oils, and fortunately you can use Young Living oils all three ways (Which is the #2 reason why I don't use oils that are found in health food, drug, or grocery stores.) The three ways are:

Let's start at the top shall we?

Topical application is super easy.There are two ways to apply your oils topically. The first is to measure the carrier oil into the palm of your hand or in a glass container. Then, you would carefully tip your essential oil bottle and drop the needed number of oil drops directly into the carrier oil. If you're dropping them in your hand, rub your palms together in a circular motion and then massage the oil onto the desired point of application. If you are mixing them in a glass container, simply pour the oil into your hands, rub your palms together and apply to the desired area. Repeat if desired.

The second method is to use a roller fitment or vitassage massager to roll the essential oils directly onto the desired area "neat" or without a carrier oil. Young Living has 5 blends that come with a roller fitment, they're commonly referred to as the roll-on's. My favorites are Deep Relief and Breathe Again. You can also make your own roll-ons. I buy empty roller bottles and fill them with the blends we use most often. We have one for allergies, one for coughs and another for bug bites (that one stays in the diaper/park/mommy's purse though!)

Inhaling essential oils heightens the senses and can trigger numerous healing responses in the body.  There are three methods to use your oils aromatically.

Inhale directly, just open the bottle and smell them, You can rub a drop or two in the palms of your hands and cup your nose or inhale directly from the bottle.

Another way to use the oils aromatically is to carefully pour hot water into a bowl and then add a few drops of essential oil. Cover your head and the bowl in a tent like fashion with a towel. Then, breathe deeply and slowly. (I enjoy doing this method because I get a steam facial too!)

The third way is to diffuse the oils using a diffuser, which disperses the oils in a micro-fine vapor in the air. The diffuser doesn't heat the oil, thus maintaining it's full benefits. Extreme heat can damage important constituents in the oil.

Soon, I'm going to add another way to use oils aromatically - in jewelry. That's right diffuser jewelry.  There's more coming about that next week though!

The last way to use your Young Living Essential Oils is internally.  There's a lot of debate out there as to whether or not it is okay to ingest essential oils.  You'll find people on both sides, both incredibly passionate about their view.  Clearly there is a difference between oils used in candy making and the oils used for health purposes.  You're probably wondering how you can tell if the oil you're looking at is able to be ingested. Fortunately Young Living has two VERY clear ways to make this determination. 

On the back of every Young Living Essential Oil bottle, that is able to be ingested, is this handy little table. Look familiar? Of course it does - it's on the back of the food we purchase to eat. What? You don't see it on your bottle? Look on the back label, for a "peel here" icon in the bottom corner (just like the photo below). Peel it back and the chart will magically appear! 
The other way to know if the oil you're looking at, is able to be ingested is right on the back of the bottle, in the directions section. There, you'll be able to find instructions for the using that specific oil including dillution measurements! Not all oils are the same, so it's important to check each oil before you use it!

Back to HOW to use them internally!

You can put several drops into an empty capsule, and swallow it with water.

You can add 1-2 drops to a glass of water or milk (one of my favorite ways to drink my water is by flavoring it with oil! My current favorite is Citrus Fresh!). Note: you should never put essential oils into plastic or styrofoam cups. You can use glass, ceramic, porcelain, or even stainless steel. The reasoning is because some oils (citrus mainly) will break down the chemicals in plastic.

Finally, you an also drop oils directly onto your tongue and swallow. It is suggested that you exercise extreme caution when doing this method though. Many oils are very strong and should be tested by pouring a single drop onto a spoon and tasting a small portion to determine the amount of oil to be used. 

Now that I've shared how to use oils, what is your favorite oil and what is your favorite way to use it?

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