Essential Oils are very powerful components of plants – they have the capability of being harmful if improperly used. Essential Oils can be very helpful for some cases, supportive in others, and have little to no effect in others. They are not intended to treat or cure serious medical conditions; there is no substitute for a consultation with a competent physician for any matters regarding your health, or anyone else.
Three uses of Essential Oils in Aromatherapy are Inhalation, Topical Application, and Ingestion.
Aromatherapy is the use of aromatic plant extracts for therapy of ailments,
a chemical and drug-free way to heal and prevent illness and also an effective way to reduce stress and boost the immune system.
Inhalation: Inhalation is often effective for mood-altering effects of essential oils for example, Rosemary for mental stimulation and Lavender for relaxation. This is the direct effect of essential oil components on the lymbic system. You may combine some essential oils or have solo-notes, depending on your intended impact. Most essential oils can be used undiluted in a diffuser or lamp safely.
Topical Application: Topical application is the preferred method of use for many essential oils. Most essential oils require significant dilution as they can cause skin irritation. Lavender Oil and Chamomile Oil are two essential oils that can be applied without dilution; others, such as Cinnamon Oil and Oregano Oil should not be applied topically in most cases – they may be applied once highly diluted. A small amount should be always be tested first.
The interesting thing about topical application is that essential oils tend to pass through the skin fairly readily, as they are fat soluble. Essential oils can pass into the bloodstream and surrounding tissues. This way, their possible effects can be targeted – for digestive trouble: rub Peppermint Oil diluted in a carrier oil (a pure vegetable or nut oil) into the abdomen. Rubbing Chamomile Oil or Lavender Oil into the solar plexus (bottom tip of the sternum) may help relieve tension.
Ingestion: Some essential oils are ingested, usually either in water or in capsules. As this technique is rare, and not really considered effective in most cases, we strongly suggest one refrains from trying it unless prescribed specifically for that oil by a knowledgeable source.