GETTING THE BEST FROM ESSENTIAL OILS

There are a variety of different ways to harness the power of essential oils, it’s important to remember, though, that each essential oil has its own effective method of use. You should always check with your doctor about using essential oils. Some are suitable for internal use, while others are not.
• Gargling – some essential oils can be diluted in water and then gargled or used as a mouthwash. This can help heal mouth wounds and cold sores. Not all essential oils are suitable for this, check before you do this.
• Diffusion – if you want to boost your immune system, improve air quality, and fight bacteria in your home, then diffusing essential oils is the way forward. You can simply place a few drops in water and let your oil go. You can even create your very own air purifying recipe, oils like rosemary, lemon, eucalyptus, and cinnamon are the perfect choices to clear the air.
• Inhalation – two or three drops is all you need, along with a basin and a towel. Add your essential oil to hot water, toss the towel over your head and inhale through your mouth and nose. This can help break up mucus and relieve congestion.
• Direct Inhalation – this is another method of inhalation. You can use cotton balls or tissues for this use. Simply place a drop or two of your essential oil onto the tissue and inhale (through your nose) two or three times. You can do this twice a day.
• Massaging – using essential oils in massage therapy can be just as helpful as the other methods. This method will allow your body to slowly absorb the oil in a sort of time-released manner. Remember, your skin is your body’s largest organ. So, allowing for essential oils to penetrate your skin and enter your bloodstream is a great way to do this. You will also be inhaling the smell during the course of the massage, so it’s a kind of two for one. Remember, the essential oil needs to be added to a lotion or a carrier oil before it is applied to the skin. The oil is up to you, you can choose coconut oil or try jojoba oil instead. If you mix your essential oils with an unscented lotion, this is something you can wear every day. So, include lavender to keep stress at bay and then include some immune boosting options, too.
• You can also use essential oils in the bath. Adding a few drops of your favorites will help you relieve congestion, beat stress, or help you get a good night’s sleep.

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