Essential oils are all the rage these days, but did you know that they've been used in medicinal remedies for thousands of years? Historical records show that the ancient Egyptians and Chinese both made use of essential oils in healing and purification rituals. Many people in today's modern age have returned to the ancient practice of using essential oils for healing, pain relief, restoration, and the treatment of a wide variety of ailments and disorders.
Essential oils can be used in three primary methods. Most frequently, essential oils are used aromatically. Oils can be simply breathed in or diffused in a room, filling the air with microscopic particles. The aromatic use of oils is the most effective and efficient way for oils to enter your system. Essential oils can also be used topically, generally diluted with a neutral carrier oil and applied to specific parts of the body. Some oils can also be used internally, but because this method has not been vetted by the FDA, it is best to stay with aromatic and topical applications.
When incorporating essential oils into your lifestyle, it is best to start slow. Add only one or two oils at a time, focused on one specific goal. For example, if you are trying to achieve better sleep, it is best to start by using just one recommended oil before blending and adding a second or third oil. In the world of essential oils, a little goes a long way. Begin by adding just a few drops to a carrier oil (for topical application) or into distilled water (for diffusion). See how your body reacts and then increase the dilution rate as needed.
Interested in trying out the therapeutic effects of essential oils? We've compiled a quick reference guide to help you get started.