Thursday, June 16, 2011

Methods of Using Your Essential Oil Part 1: Topical

In this six part series I will cover how to best apply your essential oils. Many times in essential oil books, or online, you will see that a particular essential oil is good for treating a specific ailment, but they won’t always tell you how to apply it. By knowing the methods of application, you can discern which will be best for treatment and if one method doesn’t get the results you are looking for, you can try other methods.

skin. Due to the molecular structure of essential oils, when mixed with a good carrier oil, the EO will readily absorb into your skin. Below are a few suggestions for topical application:

Directly on the area of concern: Your body’s skin, muscles, tissue, nerves and organs are all connected so, the fastest way to treat a muscle, tissue or organ would be to apply your oil directly over the problem area. For instance, if your stomach is upset, rub diluted Peppermint or Inside Out onto your stomach for fast relief. Or, if you are having congestion in your chest, you can rub essential oils over your chest to absorb into your lungs.

Wash: You can add essential oils diluted in distilled water to wash wounds and cuts.

Lotions: You can add essential oils to prepackaged or homemade lotions to create scented lotions, though for treating ailments it is best to just mix the EO with a carrier oil and apply directly.

Perfume/Cologne: Many single essential oils or blends make wonderful perfumes. Unlike store bought perfume and cologne which contain many harmful cancer causing chemicals, essential oils are mild and safe. My favorite to wear are Moonlight, Vanilla, or Sweet Orange. My friend’s husband likes to wear IQ, he smells good and gets a mental boost at the same time. My husband wears a blend of Frankincense and Myrrh which has a very masculine smell and is also antibacterial and antiviral.

Auricular Therapy: This is the method of applying oils to the rims of your ears and ear lobes. I do not have a lot of experience with this one but you can read about it in a book titled “Reference Guide for Essential Oils” by Connie and Alan Higley.

Compresses: To make a compress fill a bowl with hot water and add your desired oil. Stir the water and then wait for the EO to rise to the top. Lay a wash cloth over the top of the water and let it get saturated. Wring out the wash cloth and then place it over the problem area. I often follow with a dry towel and a heating pad or a hot water bottle. I recently had great success treating a bladder infection this way. I was woke up in the middle of the night with sharp pains in my bladder. I made the compress with Endo Relief and put the heating pad on and fell back asleep and all symptoms were gone in the morning.

Shampoo: You can mix essential oils with your shampoo to treat any type of hair loss or scalp treatment. Some oils can even be used to lighten or darken hair. Just put the conditioner in your hand and add your EO, mix well and apply.

Massage: Any type of muscle, bone, pain, stress, tension issue can be very effectively helped with essential oil massage. Mix the carrier oil and EO and massage into your skin. Whenever my neck or back are out of alignment, my favorite oils to use are Millennia massaged directly onto my spine, helping the spine to realign, followed by Paine which helps alleviate the discomfort and muscle spasms.

Vita Flex Points: Applying oils to your feet is a very common and effective process. In Article 2 of this series look for a full, in depth, explanation of what the Vita Flex points are, why they work and how to apply.

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