How To Use Essential Oils
The fastest and most effective way to absorb essential oils is by inhaling their aroma, which can have a direct effect on the brain. Here are some popular ways to use essential oils:
Inhalation: the sense of smell has a direct effect on our emotions. Whether you use an inhaler or add a few drops to a tissue, inhaling essential oils can alleviate congestion, increase a sense of well-being, improve moods and relax the mind.
Massage: An essential oil massage can alleviate aches and pains, digestive problems, relax tense muscles and ease anxiety or stress. Add a 2/5 - 3 % dilution of essential oils to carrier oils (choose your carrier oil dependent on skin type).
Baths: The therapeutic quality of an essential oil bath is undisputed. Mix your essential oil a carrier oil and add to your warm bath. Lie back and relax!
Compresses: A compress is a good way of treating specific complaints such as bruises, local pains and varicose veins. Add 4-5 drops of essential oil to a bowl of water (warm for muscular, arthritic complaints or cool for headaches and inflammation)
Diffuser: A diffuser disperses tiny molecules of the oil into the air in a fine vapor or mist.