How to Use Essential Oils – Aromatherapy Benefits

by KG Stiles, Clinical Aromatherapist

Pure essential oils have a wide range of therapeutic uses and benefits. Remember the method applied can affect your results.

First, please remember that essential oils should never be applied neat (undiluted) to your skin. There are absolutely NO exceptions to this! This includes the soles of your feet or palms of your hands. When using oils neat for inhalation purposes please exercise care and dispense your oils on a tissue or cotton ball for direct inhalation.

Research shows that Cold-Air Diffusing certain essential oils may:

1) Reduce bacteria, fungus, mold and unpleasant odors:

Eucalyptus, Tea Tree, Lemon or Lavender are known to have properties that will achieve these desired outcomes for you.

2) Relax and relieve tension, as well as clear the mind:

I highly recommend you try Lavender or Frankincense for these benefits!

3) Help with weight management:

Citrus oils are great for curbing your appetite, as well as uplifting your spirits! I recommend Lemon or Pink Grapefruit.

4) Improve your concentration, alertness and mental clarity:

Use Peppermint or Basil for improving your memory. Both are exellent when you’re studying for exams.

Start by diffusing your oils for no more than 15-30 minutes per day. As you become accustomed to the oils and recognize the effects, you may increase your time of exposure.

In illness, inhale near the “mouth” of your nebulizer or fan difuser. A short session of breathing in the oils for 4-5 minutes should be sufficient, repeat every few hours.

You can also dispense your oils on a tissue, cotton ball, or Organic Celtic smelling salts for Direct Inhalation of 30-60 seconds minimum and up to 5 minutes.