Most people might think of essential oils as a sort of lotion, in which just slathering an oil on various parts of your body will help with every health issue you have. Others take oils internally in food or drink. Both of these methods work to a certain point, but only when done correctly. If they are not used with proper knowledge and precautions, they can be highly dangerous and not even beneficial to the parts of the body they are targeting.
The good news is, these are not the only two ways to use essential oils. The world of aromatherapy is vast and versatile, helpful for a variety of people and needs. Here are three ways to “think outside the box” to effectively use essential oils.
Putting a few drops of oil in some boiling water and breathing in the steam can be highly beneficial, especially for respiratory problems. The steam also helps open up pores and cleanse the skin. Rosemary and lavender are helpful for these.
There are several kinds of diffusers helpful for releasing oils into the air. I have a steam diffuser from Ameo, and tons of similar devices can be found online. Reed diffusers and oil burners are also available. Some helpful oils to diffuse include grapefruit to brighten the mood and peppermint to energize (and create a really nice smell!). Jewelry made with untreated clay can hold in oils like a sponge and diffuse as you wear them.
This method occurs when the oil is put in an inhaler and sniffed in short breaths throughout the day. Oils such as lemon are great for this as they can provide a burst of energy on the go!
Of course there are many more ways to use essential oils, but these three are practical, everyday ways to incorporate aromatherapy into your life.
Have you used any of these methods before?
How did they work for you?
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