Joined: 13 Dec 2006
Location: Cleveland, OH
|Posted: Dec Sat 16, 2006 11:02 am Post subject: E.O. - How to Use
|E.O. - How to Use
by Jim Lynn
There are three ways to use Essential Oils.
1) Topically ,
2) Inhalation ,
Topically: With exceptions, the oils may be applied directly to your skin. You can put the oils anywhere except in your eyes and in your ears. The eye application is around the eyes. For ear application, massage one drop on the auricular points (outside area) of the ears, or put one drop on a cotton ball which may be put in the ear at the canal opening. Avoid contact of the oils with jewelry, as metal alters the healing properties of the oils. Likewise, do not apply the oils over make-up, as chemicals in the make-up will have an adverse affect on the healing properties of the oils.
Apply 1 to 2 drops of Essential Oils on 2 to 3 locations on your body two times a day for good health, or four times a day if you really need it. Rub the oil briefly and allow it to absorb for 2 to 3 minutes before you put on clothing.
When applying the oils for general use, many people choose to apply them on the inside of the elbow where the skin is soft exposing a large artery. Drop the oils neat (direct and undiluted), from a height of 5 or 6 inches above the skin. This allows for the frequency of the oils to synergize with that of the your body's aura for greater benefit. Once on the skin, massage in with the wrist of the opposite hand in a circular motion. Repeat the procedure on the other arm.
Favorite oils like Lavender are frequently applied in this manner.
NOTE: Some oils such as cinnamon, clove, oregano, peppermint and thyme may cause a stinging or hot sensation, especially if you have fair skin. These oils should be diluted with 1 to 6 drops of essential oils to 15 to 20 drops of a "carrier oil" and applied to skin. If the skin becomes hot or if you accidentally rub your eyes, just put a little carrier oil on the skin or in your eye and the hot sensation will soon stop. Never use water as water drives the oils inward and creates more heat.
"Carrier" oils are any mild organic oil that you might buy in a larger quantity. Some examples of these are olive oil, almond oil, jojoba, grape seed oil, sesame seed oil, sunflower oil, or even a common vegetable oil, if it is pure and organic.
If in doubt, always begin by applying the oils to a small area of skin to test for any possible reaction. If you receive any sensation from the application, dilute the oils with a carrier oil before applying a full application.
Inhalation: Breathing the oils stimulates your body to create antibodies, endorphins, and neurotransmitters, all vital to building good health and a strong immune system. There are several ways to breathe the oils:
1. Diffuse: Diffusing oils into the air (with a diffuser) kills airborne bacteria, viruses, microbes, etc. The oil will also send its oxygenating molecules into the air increasing O2 levels in the air. In the beginning, it's best to run the diffuser for only 15 to 30 minutes twice a day. When you feel that your body is accustomed to the oils, you may diffuse for longer periods of time and/or more frequently.
2. Keep a bottle of oil with you at all times. When you want to inhale the oils, simply remove the lid, hold close to nose and breathe in.
Several breath cycles is sufficient, several times a day. Another method is to apply the oil neat on the upper lip and breathe.
3. While riding in a car, apply oil to a cotton ball or handkerchief and place on the dash where the vent can blow the oil into the air. The same procedure can be used in the home. Place the cotton ball in an air vent.
Application of Oils... Vita Flex Points: Nerves that are connected to different organs in your body all end in your feet or ankles. These nerve endings in your feet are referred to as vita flex points. You can either apply oil to the specific point on your feet, or you can coat the entire bottoms of your feet and ankles with oil.
Here is a general guide for application:
1. Pour three or four drops of an essential oil in the palm of your left hand. Take your right hand's 2nd and 3rd fingers and spread the oil around in your left palm making 3 circles clockwise (This helps activate the oil with your own energies).
2. Take your left hand with the spread oil in it and rub onto your left foot. Make sure to rub the oil to all areas of your foot. Then repeat Step 1 and 2 with the right hand and foot. We start with our feet first because our feet have the largest pores on our body and can absorb the oils quickly.
3. After you complete Steps 1 and 2 with both hands and feet, cup your hands and breathe in the oils on your hands taking 10 full deep breaths (This process really helps the body to absorb the oils more fully).
4. After oiling your feet, repeat Step 1 and apply directly to a specific area that the particular oil is good for.
5. You may now start the same process again with another oil.
* Layering oils using the above steps is perfectly fine and is an excellent practice in the morning after showering and before bedtime.
* There is a difference between layering and mixing the oils. Do not mix oils together unless you are using the YL V-6 Mixing Oil and using their directions. * Always drop the oil into your hands first. Do not touch the bottle to your skin.
Have fun! the oils are truly a blessing and to be enjoyed. Practice Steps 1 and 2 above on a friend or spouse. Take your oils with you wherever you go...And by all means SHARE THEM!