There are three ways you can get relief using essential oils delivered to your system fast. There are also several options for each of those methods.
The bad news is – for those of us used to simple directions like “take two pills and call me in the morning,” that makes essential oils complicated. And complicated things tend to be put aside and forgotten.
The good news is – that makes essential oils flexible. In some instances, one type of application is preferred over another, but if you have difficulty using one, there’s bound to be one option among the many that will work for you.
Inhalation is the fastest way to deliver an essential oil to your system. Studies have shown it can take as little as 22 seconds from the time you inhale a diffused oil until it can be measured in your bloodstream.
- Inhale directly—simply smell them.
- Put 1-3 drops of the desired oil into the palm of one hand. Rub both hands together two or three times, then cup your hands over your nose and mouth and inhale.
- Diffuse the oils using a diffuser, which disperses the oil in a micro-fine vapor into the air. The diffuser will not heat the oils, thus ensuring full benefits, as extreme heat can damage important constituents in the oil.
- Use on a humidifier. Put a tissue or small cloth, sprinkled with a few drops of oil, in front of the escaping steam. (Do not put essential oil in your humidifier. It will float on top of the water instead of rising with the water vapor and may cause damage to your humidifier.)
- Carefully pour hot water into a bowl and add a few drops of essential oil. Cover your head and bowl in a tent-like fashion with a towel. Breathe deeply and slowly. (Grandma knew best! This is a great way to use oils for colds and chest congestion where you want to receive a concentrated “dose.” Breathe over your bowl for about 10 minutes and do this two to three times per day)
- Put a couple of drops of your desired oil onto a cotton ball and stick it in the air vents in your home, car or in a hotel room if you are traveling (this is great with something like Thieves that is an airborne microbe killer!)
Absorption through a topical application is also a fast way to get the oil into your system. There are some points on your body where oils will be absorbed very quickly (a drop dabbed on behind your ear lobes can be detected in your blood in your big toe in under a minute). Where you apply the oil depends on what you are trying to achieve. If you are trying to work the stiffness out of a knee it makes sense to apply the oil directly to the knee. If you are working on an internal organ, you will want to apply the oil on the skin over that organ, etc.
There are certain points on your feet, called Vita-Flex points that correspond to different body parts. Applying an oil on the right part of your foot to affect the internal body part desired can be like drawing a straight line between the two. So if you want to put an end to the pain of Sciatica, you would massage 1-2 drops of Panaway or Peppermint Oil into the middle of each heel.
It’s important to follow dilution directions to safely apply oils topically. While most oils can be applied directly, or “neat,” some should be diluted with V-6 carrier oil all the time, not only if you have very sensitive skin. You’ll find dilution directions on the product detail page for each oil or on the specific essential oil “recipe” page.
For topical application:
- Carefully tip the oil bottle and place 2–3 drops in the palm of your hand or directly on the desired application area.
- If dropping oil in your hand, rub palms together in a circular motion and then massage oil onto the desired point of application. If applying directly to the desired area, use your hand to massage the oil in a circular motion into the skin. Repeat if desired.
- Caution: Essential oils are very potent and some may be irritating to the skin. If irritation occurs, immediately apply pure vegetable oil such as V-6™ Enhanced Vegetable Oil Complex to the area to dilute. Please read label directions for each individual oil before using.
Topical Application Layering;
In some instances you may want to use more than one oil or blend. If you wanted to combine R.C. and Raven for example, to combat a particularly nasty cough and cold, you don’t need to pre-blend them in order to use them topically. You can apply one oil directly over another without having to wait between applications because the oils are absorbed so fast.
Some blends include oils specifically designed to enhance absorption. Others are known to help drive other oils deeper into the skin faster. These oils, including Copaiba and Peppermint, should be applied last in your layering. Otherwise it doesn’t matter what order you use to apply the oils.
Only the purest, most authentic essential oils can be GRAS rated. GRAS stands for “generally regarded as safe” for ingestion. Unless your oil source can honestly answer “yes” to your questions about whether an oil is safe to ingest in proper amounts, you are dealing with a perfume with no remedial value. Also, many essential oils make excellent food flavorings or dietary supplements. Here are some ways you can ingest your oils:
- Place several drops of oil into an empty capsule and swallow the capsule with water. (Let’s be honest. Some of the oils do not taste good and some smell even worse. Putting them in a capsule helps you get all the benefits without having to overcome either problem)
- Add 1–2 drops to a glass of water or rice milk.
- Put 1–2 drops onto a piece of bread or add to your meals when cooking.
- Add 1–2 drops into a teaspoon of blue agave or honey.
- Drop directly onto the tongue and swallow. Exercise extreme caution when using this method. Many essential oils are potent and should be tested by pouring a single drop onto a spoon and tasting a small portion to determine the amount of oil to be used.