If you’re new to essential oils, first of all: Welcome! There are many benefits of essential oils for both the body and the mind. If you’re looking online how to use them, you may be confused by all the information out there.
For starters, how do you use essential oils? Do you eat them? Burn them? Apply them to your skin? The answer to all three of these questions is, yes—but there are different essential oils for each application.
Some essential oils can be added to a diffuser for aromatherapy purposes. Some can be applied to the skin for topical benefits. Some can be added to food or drinks to ingest.
Here’s some more information about how essential oils can help you.
Aromatherapy essential oils
One of the most popular ways to use essential oils is with aromatherapy. The scent of essential oils can be a powerful mood enhancer. It can also make a room feel and smell clean and fresh all the time in a subtle, natural way.
Using essential oils as aromatherapy often involves a diffuser. You can add a few drops of your favorite scented essential oil, like lavender, citrus, eucalyptus or just about any other naturally-occurring scent you can imagine, into the water in a diffuser. The diffuser heats up the mixture, which disperses the scent throughout your home.
This can also be achieved by applying a few drops of the essential oil to a cotton ball and leaving it on a bookshelf or somewhere inconspicuous to radiate the scent. When you just need an immediate refresher, you can apply a few drops to your hands and cup them over your nose to breathe in a burst of relaxing and resetting personal aromatherapy.
Topical essential oils
There are also many benefits of using essential oils topically. They can be applied to the skin just about anywhere on your body.
For example, a few drops to the crown of your head or behind the ears can warm the oil and give a pleasant scent that will stay with you for hours. Essential oils, particularly tea tree oil, can be great for reducing blemishes on the skin. Some, like lavender, can be added to a bath for luxuriously soft skin.
Essential oils are also great for massage. A few drops can be added to a carrier oil to enhance the experience with aromatherapy. Peppermint oil can also give a cooling relief to sore muscles after an intense workout.
Ingesting essential oils
Essential oils can also add a natural burst of flavor to food and drink. Mixing a few drops into water can be a great motivator to stay hydrated throughout the day. Essential oils are also sugar-free, so using them to flavor your water can help you avoid sugary drinks like soda and juice. You can also add drops to food to enhance the flavor. For example, a drop of oregano oil can perk up a pasta sauce, and a drop of lemongrass oil can give a homemade Thai dish an extra punch.
No matter how you use them, essential oils have many benefits. For the best essential oil selection and advice, contact Bee Hive Natural Foods today.