The minute you decide you need to use an organic essential oil, it’s quite obvious you know a bit their typical uses and benefits.
You need to spend some time, read a bit and get informed on how to use and when to use essential oils as there is no list to mention which essential oil to use for a specific health situation.
You can start the research with a book on therapeutic aromatherapy and you need to always be careful on the application procedure for each essential oil. An organic essential oil has to be diluted properly and you also have to keep in mind your body’s possible adverse reactions.
When to use organic essential oils?
Mainly, you can either apply, inhale or ingest an organic essential oil, but you may also use compresses, sprays or baths for applying the essential oils.
The application method is related directly to the effect you want from your organic essential oil and the oil itself. As some essential oils (even organic, it’s the chemistry that has this effect) may irritate the skin, it’s better to dilute them or even use them by inhalation.
Several health problems require specific methods of application. For instance, you’d want topical application on a wound, whereas inhalation or topical application is better for mood effects. Bath is a two-way method as it implies both inhalation and topical absorption. If you sit on a fence and can’t decide which method to use, it’s better to ask a professional.
How to use an organic essential oil?
When it comes to inhaling the essential oil, there are several methods to choose.
You can use a diffuser for your organic essential oil. You can simply place essential oil in the diffuser (sometimes with water and you need to check the instructions on that) and use some heat for the oil to evaporate. Some diffusers feature a timer and you should never directly burn an organic essential oil as the chemical structure may get seriously damaged by the burning.
For a dry evaporation, place some drops of your essential oil on a cotton ball or tissue and give it some time to evaporate into the air. For the powerful dose, you should sniff the cotton ball. In case you want a subtler effect, place the cotton ball near you.
In some cases, a steam method is preferred. You can simply add some drops of the organic essential oil to a bowl of steaming water, place a towel over your head and over the bowl of water and take deep breaths. This method is both powerful and efficient and always keep your eyes closed when doing it. You may use, for instance, eucalyptus essential oil for the upper respiratory and sinus infection. Don’t use this method for a child younger than 7 and you could use some swimming goggles to protect a child’s eyes even older than 7.
Essential oils may be placed in a water-based solution and in this case you may use a spray. You shake, spray into the air the essential oil and enjoy the mood. Never forget to give a good shake to the spray before using it, though.
Remember that you may also apply topically the essential oil but you need to dilute most of the organic essential oils.
You can use water, vegetable or nut oil to dilute the essential oils and the general proportion is 1% for large areas of the body, and 3-5% otherwise. For small babies, a 0.25% solution is the best choice.
More useful notes
Go for the organic and cold-pressed carrier oils and keep them refrigerated until used. Throw them away the second they start to smell rancid.
You can use also internally the organic essential oils. This means oral ingestion and suppositories. Keep in mind that you need to check with your healthcare provider before you do it.