Topical application, once absorbed, stays in the applied area for a localized benefit.
To increase absorption, use a carrier oil and light massage which will stimulate the blood flow to the area. Applying several small doses throughout the day is better to achieve optimal results.
The sense of smell can create powerful physiologic, mental, and emotional responses. Essential oils are quickly absorbed by the limbic system by way of the olfactory nerve. The limbic system is part of the brain that supports a variety of functions including smell, emotions, behavior, and memory. For this reason, essential oils have an especially powerful effect via aromatic application.
Essential oils can be used as dietary supplements for more targeted and potent health benefits. Internal use is a safe and effective method because of the sophisticated physiologic processes of our bodies.
When ingested, they directly enter the blood stream via the gastrointestinal tract, where they are transported to all organs of the body, including the brain. Then, like all things we consume, essential oils are metabolized by the liver and other organs and are then excreted.
Steam inhalation is an effective method to assist in respiratory ailments. Add a few drops of your favorite oil to boiling water and cover your head and inhale for 10-15 minutes. If you have a cold, a persistent cough or a sinus infection, steam inhalations can be done several times a day.
One of the easiest and most relaxing ways to use essential oils is through a detox bath. .
Essential oils, which provide antioxidant, antimicrobial, and anti-inflammatory benefits, along with common household items like baking soda, Epsom Salts and honey can help flush impurities from the body by allowing it to sweat out toxins.
Essential oils are the concentrated essences of the natural oils found in plants. When processed in a particular way, they are safe to use in cooking, much like you may use vanilla or almond extract. 30-75 times more potent than dried herbs, they pack a powerful flavor punch.