How To Use Essential Oils
This method is the simplest, where you inhale any oil directly from the bottle. You can also soak a cotton ball with the oil and leave it in your purse to inhale all day.
Another method is steam inhalation, which involves placing a few drops of oil in a bowl of steaming water, placing a towel over your head and breathing in the vapors that way.
Placing several drops of any oil in a hot (preferably salted with Epsom salts) bath or into your shower basin provides for an aromatic and healing experience.
Diluting an oil in distilled water in a spray bottle and then spraying on linens, clothes, etc. are both fantastic ways to “gently” receive the beneficial properties of the more potent oils.
Diffusing Through The Air Via Natural Evaporation
This method can be achieved simply by placing 10 – 15 drops of the chosen oil in a bowl of hot water that has been salted with either Epsom salts or sea salt, which help with the diffusion process throughout the night.
Other ways of achieving this method are by the commercially made terra cotta bowls that are designed specifically for diffusing essential oils, or by soaking a cotton ball in the oil of your choice and placing it by your bed overnight.
Direct Skin Contact
Diluting any chosen essential oil with a carrier oil, such as Jojoba, olive or almond oil allows you to apply it directly to the skin without the risk of burns. This method is ideal for massage, or dabbing the blend onto your wrist, neck or other parts of the body.
As previously mentioned, diluting with a carrier oil is important as some oils, such as peppermint, wintergreen, lavender and others can cause burns if applied directly to the skin.
Diffusion Via Electronic Devices
There are a number of commercially made devices that deliver oil through electronic diffusers and nebulizers that work in your home, office or car, and there are even diffusers that work via USB ports.
Ultrasonic Diffusers Versus Nebulizers
The main difference between ultrasonic diffusers and nebulizers is that the former uses water to disperse an essential oil, therefore, diffusers also double as humidifiers. They use less essential oils than nebulizers, but the nebulizer gives you a much more stronger concentration of essential oils.
Diffusers typically cost less than nebulizers, but nebulizers are able to cover a lot more square footage (depending the model) and use an atomizer technology.
Food grade essential oils can be added to tea, recipes and ingested.