Essential oils are a boon to natural living enthusiasts who value the many uses that these herbal oils offer for health and home. But just as there is a variety of oils, there is also a variety of opinions as to the best ways to use them, the benefits of each oil and the effectiveness of each. Many opinions are also derived from anecdotal evidence and personal experience.
The diversity of opinions about essential oils is generally derived from the fact that there is no clear governing standard that settles all issues surrounding these important herbal oils. However, there are four standard ways in which essential oils are used by all:
- External (i.e. cleaning, etc.)
Popular Applications of Essential Oils
Here are some of the most popular practical applications that incorporate these four uses:
Mixing Essential Oils With Massage Oil
Massages are always relaxing and offer you numerous health benefits by helping you reduce stress. However, when you mix essential oils with massage oil, you will experience even more benefits. Massages with essential oils will help enhance your immune system, relax your nervous system, treat headaches and migraines, and offer pain relief.
Steam inhalation is a really simple way to use aromatherapy. You place 3 to 7 drops of essential oil into boiling water, cover your head with a towel, close your eyes, and breathe through the nose. Steam inhalation will help enhance respiratory function.
Diffusers are special machines that diffuse essential oils into the air for inhalation, there are different models available, and each uses a specific delivery method. Using diffusers will help improve your energy levels, increase alertness, improve your mood, boost sleep quality, and fill your home, office, or car with healing air-freshening aromas.
Additional Inhalation Methods
There are different ways to inhale essential oils. You can inhale directly from your palm, from the bottle, place a few drops on your pillow and inhale deeply before you fall asleep.
You can also place a few drops on a tissue or handkerchief and inhale, take it with you in your purse or pocket. Inhalation will not only help improve respiratory function, but it will also help you relax and improve your mood.
To inhale in the shower, simply plug your drain and add a few drops of oil to the floor of your shower and create a therapeutic steam that will envelop your whole body.
Facial Creams And Lotions
If you want to rejuvenate your skin, you can simply buy unscented body lotions and facial creams and mix them with essential oils. Mixing them together will improve your skin tone, slow down the aging of skin, reduce the visibility of scars, increase local circulation, and encourage hydration of the skin.
Adding 5 to 12 drops of essential oils into your bath water can provide you with a number of health benefits. Most importantly, it will help reduce stress and anxiety, while also alleviating muscular tension and pain. Other health benefits of adding essential oils to your bath include increased local circulation, detoxification, and improved skin health.
These are just a few of the most popular applications of essential oils that can be beneficial to a natural lifestyle. As you become more experienced in using these amazing oils, you’ll find almost unlimited uses for health and home.