Essential oils may be used three ways: diffused, ingested and applied topically.
Each oils has different therapeutic benefits and it’s important to know the safest and best ways to use each oil. When purchasing a diffuser make sure you choose one that is ultrasonic. That means it uses electric frequencies to create vibrations to disperse the oil. Avoid using heat as it destroys the therapeutic benefits of the oils.
Some oils may be ingested. This can be done be adding a drop to a beverage or a teaspoon of honey or you can put a few drops of extra virgin olive oil in a vegetable capsule with a drop or two of an essential oil and swallow it. Just remember that essential oils should only be added to glass or stainless steel containers. Young Livings Vitality Collection is specifically labeled for dietary use. The Vitality products can be used for baking and cooking too!
Lastly, essential oils may be used topically. When applying oils to your skin it’s best to use a carrier oil (extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil, grapeseed oil, almond oil, etc). This does not dilute the benefits of the essential oil; but makes it easier to apply and can help stretch your essential oils. For example, add 2 drops of lavender to a teaspoon of coconut oils and massage on a tired muscle.
Keep in mind some oils are “hot”. This means they may be sensitive to your skin – clove, cinnamon, peppermint, etc. Always dilute them with a carrier oil and start with small, test patch on your arm before applying it to a larger area. If it is hot add more carrier oil. Do not wash with water. Oil and water don’t mix.
Should you get an essential oil in your eye, grab some carrier oil, wipe it over your eyelashes and then wipe with a tissue.