Over the past couple of years, natural products have become more popular because people have begun to realize how many products contain harmful chemicals. While some chemicals are necessary, natural products can be great substitutes for harmful chemicals and essential oils are one of the most simple and natural products you can use. There are many essential oils, however how you use them is important.
How to Use Essential Oils
The most important step to remember when using essential oils is to dilute them, if they are not already diluted! Essential oils in a diffusor do not need to be diluted because it is not coming into contact with skin or the body.
Most people don’t realize that essential oils are extremely potent and can be too harsh when used alone. They can irritate skin, and even organs when ingested. The best option would be to use a carrier oil such as: coconut oil, sweet oil, jojoba oil, or grapeseed oil. And remember, a little goes a long way!
It is completely possible to ingest essential oils for great benefits. However, extremely strict guidelines must be followed, because as previously mentioned essential oils are potent and could cause harmful side affects internally.
I love using essential oils, although I am not confident enough to attempt ingesting them, I definitely use them topically. Personally I use Tea Tree Oil, Peppermint Oil, Jojoba Oil, Lavender Oil, and Grapefruit Oil (jojoba being the carrier).
I cannot tell you how many times I’ve seen or heard of friends or family using essential oils directly onto skin without first diluting, and it makes me cringe. I won’t deny that in the past I did the same, but soon after noticed the irritation on my skin. The best thing to do is carefully read the labels of the essential oils, dilute if they aren’t already, and keep in mind a little goes a long way.
Other fun options are premixed essential oils! These blends are created to give you either energy, relaxation, and focus…to name a few. For example, the essential oils pictured above are blends that work as amazing as they smell!
Because they are blended oils you can use them to create bath scrubs, conditioner, shaving creams (one of my favorites), and even as a linen spray. No matter how you use essential oils, you can’t go wrong with them as long as you are cautious to dilute them and read instructions.