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Essential oils can be very powerful so we want to make sure that when we are using them we are using them in a safe way.
How To Use Essential Oils
The most common way to use essential oils is aromatically.
You can diffuse the oil in a diffuser, but it’s important that you use a medical grade plastic diffuser because overtime the oils (especially citrus oils because of its acidic properties) can eat through the plastic diffusing toxins out into the air defeating the purpose of you diffusing for wellness.
You can also diffuse using jewelry, make sure to use stainless steal jewelry so that it does not start to flake or discolor the jewelry which can get on your skin.
Another way to diffuse is to put a drop on your hands, rub them together and bring them to your nose to create a “scent tent”. Inhale a few times to reap the benefits of the oil. You can also inhale the oil directly from the bottle.
Adding a few drops to a bowl of hot water and putting a towel over your head to keep the steam in will also give you the aromatic benefits of the oil.
The second way to use essential oils is topically or directly on the skin. You’ll want to keep oils away from your ears, eyes and nose meaning you don’t want to add the oil directly in these areas. A good place to start is on the bottoms of your feet because the skin on your feet is less sensitive and it also relates to the areas of your body.
Dilution with a carrier oil is especially important for kids, the elderly, pregnant women or anyone with sensitive skin. The labels in our Young Living essential oil bottles are meant for people who are 15 years of age or older. This does not mean anyone younger than 15 cannot use them, they just have to be properly diluted before they are use. Using a carrier oil when applying oils to the skin will help the oil feel more comfortable on your skin and will help spread the oil over a larger area.
If you use a citrus oil or a blended oil that contains citrus it is best to stay away from prolonged sun exposure for 12 hours after applying the oil. The label of the oil will have this warning. If you go out in the sun for a long period of time after applying a citrus oil or oil blend you can get serious burns caused by UV rays so be cautious of using these oils in your beauty products that you wear during the day.
The third way to use oils is internally. However, before using an oil internally, make sure the oil has a white (vitality) label.
You can add them to a capsule with carrier oil and swallow with water, add 1-2 drops to your water or drop them directly on your tongue. If you choose to put them in your drink, like the diffuser, you want to make sure it’s of a certain quality. Glass, ceramic or stainless steel is the way to go. Stay away from plastic and styrofoam cups. Oils can also be used for cooking.
Other safety info
Not all oils are safe for everyone. Always check the labels, reference a dilution chart and check with your doctor FIRST.
If you have a disease or medical condition or are using a prescription medication, it is recommended that you consult with a health care advisor who has experience with essential oils prior to using them.
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