How To Use Oils
Now that you have decided to dive into this whole “essential oil” thing, how do you use them…right? I remember when I purchased my Everyday Oils Kit…I was SO excited to receive it, but SO overwhelmed. I am pretty positive that I messaged my friend one million times with two million questions. There is no reason to get worried and overwhelmed.
First, I would like to state that the oils I will make reference to are Young Living Essential Oils. I can’t vouch for other companies. Please, DO NOT ingest oils you find at health food stores. Believe me, I know there are oils out there that are cheaper than Young Living, but you better NEVER ingest them. To be honest, I am not even comfortable applying them to me topically. You can read more about that in, Why I Use Young Living Essential Oils. Also, if you are under the care of a physician, before using the oils, PLEASE inform them of what you are using and see if it’s okay with the plan of care they have you on. If you are pregnant or nursing, please discuss with your doctor as well. Also, it’s good to go to your Essential Oil’s Pocket Reference to see how your oils should be used.
Now that we have that out of the way, let’s find out how to use these things.You can use essential oils in three ways. You can diffuse, apply topically, or ingest.
When you diffuse Young Living Essential oils, you are inhaling and processing them directly through the olfactory system, which then sends therapeutic benefits of the oil to the brain. A diffuser will take an essential oil and break it down into micro molecules and project them into the air. I have read some of THE MOST amazing testimonials of the benefits people receive while diffusing essential oils. Studies have shown that when diffusing certain oils you may experience relaxation, alertness, motivation…the list goes on.
There were some studies done at Weber State University showing the killing power of thieves blend against airborne microorganisms. One study showed a 90% reduction in the number of gram positive Micrococcus luteus organisms after diffusing for 12 minutes. After 20 minutes of diffusing, the kill rate jumped to 99.3%. Another study against gram negative Pseudomonas aeruginosa showed a kill rate of 99.96% after just 12 minutes of diffusion. Ummm, HELLO, someone go get me a diffuser and thieves, I need me some of that.
What diffuser do I recommend? I recommend the diffuser pictured above, the Young Living Home Diffuser. When you become a member and purchase the Premium Starter Kit, you will get this diffuser for FREE. Yep, you get it WITH the Premium Starter Kit. VERY VERY VERY good deal. This diffuser is $95 retail and $75 wholesale, so you need to get ya some of that goodness.
Your skin is the largest organ of your body. Crazy, huh? So this is a great way to use essential oils. Applying to your skin. I personally apply essential oils on my temples, forehead, wrists, behind ears, back of my neck, my stomach for digestive issues, and on my feet. When I have back pain, I apply there. When I feel a cough coming on, I apply on my chest. Obviously I don’t apply to all of those places at one time, usually 1-4 drops on one area will do the trick.
Some oils can be applied “neat”. That does not mean in a non-sloppy manner…it means you can apply it straight to the skin without diluting with a carrier oil. You drip some drops in your hand and apply straight to your skin. However, some essential oils are suggested to mix with a carrier oil. I typically use grapeseed oil or extra virgin olive oil as my carrier oils. You can purchase these at natural/organic stores in the “cooking” section, not beauty/skin care. When I first started with the oils, I purchased grapeseed oil in the beauty section. It worked fine, but I could have got it in the cooking section for MUCH cheaper. Also, the kind in the beauty section you can NOT ingest, cooking section, you can! You always want to make sure there is NOTHING added to it, 100% pure.
It will tell you on the essential oil bottle the ratio you will need to use (remember those from math class)…example 1:1. So one drop of oil to one drop of carrier oil. Or like on peppermint it will say 1 drop of peppermint to 4 drops of carrier oil. It’s always good also to test a small spot of your skin to make sure you handle it okay. You also need to realize that many of our lotions and beauty products contain toxins…GASP…I know. Well, the oils may react with toxins and sometimes you will see a flair up…just keep that in mind. It’s not really the oil you may have a reaction to, but the toxins from your beauty supplies it is reacting with.
I purchased a little glass bottle dropper to keep my carrier oil in. It is perfect because it allows me to get precise drops.
I simply pour my carrier oil in this bottle and it stays in my bag of oils for when I need to use a carrier oil, or add to my capsules, which I will talk about that below.
I get asked a LOT, do I pre-mix my oils that need carrier oils. NO, essential oils stay good forever…carrier oils can go bad over time. So I just keep my carrier oil separate and use when needed. If I need to dilute 4 to 1. I will drop 4 drops of carrier oil in my hand, then one drop of essential oil in my hand, then apply.
Ingesting Young Living Essential Oils…scary, right? Nope, don’t let it freak you out. You can read ALL about my first experience with ingesting lavender in my post, It All Started With A Lavender Pill. I’ll go ahead and fess up…I was freaked out. I can tell you, I have NEVER been the “daring” type. Really. I just knew that by taking this pill, I would more than likely start growing horns out the top of my head or have some other mutation develop. I know, you are thinking, COME ON, it was a “LAVENDER” pill. Well, I have always been a compulsive rule follower. In 3rd grade I signed the Nancy Reagan Just Say No To Drugs Promise and that kept me down the straight and narrow in life. Technically since Lavender is not a “drug” I now feel no remorse for giving into the peer pressure. It all turned out good.
So, how can you ingest Young Living Oils??? Well, so glad you asked.
You can put the essential oils in your water. The lemon and orange are my FAVORITE oils to put in water. You need to always use a GLASS when doing this. Remember, oils will attack the toxins…plastic and such have toxins. You MUST use glass.
I also put lemon and orange in my tea. Peppermint is also a great addition to hot tea or water…but trust me, you will only want to use one drop. It’s strong. You can add lemon and lime with some stevia to carbonated water and have a yummy drink. You can put a drop in a spoonful of honey or agave. You can put a drop on a piece of bread. We even at times will place a drop on our finger and hold on the inside of our cheek if we are feeling sick.
NOT all oils are good for ingesting, EVEN if you are using Young Living, so MAKE sure to read your bottle and Reference Guide to see IF you can ingest and HOW much to ingest.
Finally, you can ingest by using vegetable capsules. This is seriously the easiest way and I do this daily. You want the size 00. It comes in 0 and 00.
You can purchase these at most Natural Health Stores. I honestly didn’t realize that Young Living sold them at first and I got mine at Whole Foods. They are much cheaper through YL, for the same amount of capsules if you are a YL member.
These little suckers open up and you fill the oil in the larger portion of the capsule. Always refer to your bottle or your Pocket Reference Guide for the amount of essential oil you place in and the amount of carrier oil. For instance with lemon, I will put 2 drops of lemon and then fill the rest with Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Crazy, right? Then you just apply the smaller cap back on the capsule and swallow. You will need to take within a reasonable time after creating it, I have heard that the pill will begin to get soft. I have never tested that, well, because I am that compulsive rule follower, remember? If I am going to ingest peppermint and lemon, I just put them in the same capsule and ingest.
Finally, I mentioned the Essential Oils Pocket Reference throughout this post. The great thing about this book is that it’s referring to YOUNG LIVING oils, blends, and supplements. It tells how you can use it, diffuse, apply topically, and ingest. It tells you recipes you can create that may help with certain things like coughs, cold, flu, headaches, and the list goes on and on. I love it because it lists EVERY single oil and blend that Young Living has and tells their botanical family, plant origin, extraction methods, key constituents, historical data, medical properties, uses, fragrant influences, how to apply, and if there are any cautions. I COULD NOT LIVE without my Essential Oils Pocket Reference. Seriously! Well, I could live, but my life with oils would be MUCH more complicated.
If you have a nerd side like I do, then you can explore all kinds of molecular and scientific facts about essential oils. There is a whole section on biblical references. A MAJOR part of the book lists different problems you may face, such as fever, coughs, colds, headaches, different disease processes, and it tells you what they think may help with those issues. I am SO intrigued with this section. It also explains what that disease process is…LOVE the wealth of information.
Finally, there is a chart on the back that lists ALL the oils out and then graphs what things these may benefit. Like, nervous system, cardiovascular system, respiratory system, digestive system, immune system, glandular/hormonal system, emotional balance, muscles and bones, antiaging, oral hygiene, and skin and hair.
There is a Desk Reference you can get that is a great tool as well, it’s a little more expensive…so starting with the pocket reference should be fine.