Essential oils are widely known today. There are many brands sold in stores and privately, but I want to share with you which ones I use and why. First, lets start with how they work. The understanding for how essential oils work varies slightly based on application, but basically, the receptors found in your nose communicate to the nerves and network of the brain (limbic system) to help you determine how to perceive different smells. Because they are connected to the brain’s limbic system, essential oils directly help your brain control things like heart rate, circulatory system, memory, stress levels, emotions, and hormones.
There are three ways that essential oils are primarily used: aromatically (in the air), topically (applied to the skin), or internally (ingested into the body). Aromatically is, in my opinion, the one used most, and it is simply breathing the essential oil directly or diffusing it into the air. You can use most brands of essential oil this way without thinking as much about quality, even though quality to me is extremely important.
Next is topical application. How do you apply topically? Simply dab a drop of essential oils to your inner wrists and behind your ears for instant head tension relief (dependent on the oil). Topical application allows your essential oils blend to be absorbed directly into your blood stream. You can apply the oil right directly where you feel the discomfort or soreness and it will enter the bloodstream within 30 seconds. The most popular topical application sites are on the soles of the feet, inner wrists, temples, forehead, and along the spine. Some essential oils require dilution before applying and others can be applied directly or “neat”.
The third application is when essential oils are taken internally. Essential oils can have different beneficial powers when taken internally. Ingestion of essential oils delivers concentrated and potent dietary support. Because essential oils are so concentrated and because most people are so toxic, care should be taken (proper study) when ingesting essentials to properly dilute and not take too much. When I first started taking essential oils internally I had to taste them. Most of them were not that tasty to me, so, I found ways around that. 1) Use honey. Honey in itself has excellent anti-viral properties. Combine that with the pure healing properties of essential oils, and you are sure to reap the health benefits in no time. To make this, try adding one drop of your essential oils to a tablespoon honey and either eat plain or add to a smoothie. 2) Under the Tongue. To do this, open your mouth and place one drop under your tongue. 3) Capsule. If you are concerned about the flavor (my kids especially), use an empty capsule to ingest your favorite essential oils. Empty capsules are sold at most health food stores. Carefully add 1-2 drops of your favorite blend to the capsule, close, and swallow. Make sure you do not mix different blends in the same capsule without first testing how your body reacts to a certain blend together.
Does it matter which essential oils I use? Yes! I use CPTG (Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade) essential oils. They represent the safest and most beneficial oils available today. For an oil to be CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade the oil must be: 1) Pure and natural, with aromatic compounds carefully extracted from plants 2) Free from fillers or artificial ingredients; no dilution of active qualities 3) Free of contaminants, pesticides, or chemical residues 4) Rigorously tested for standards of chemical composition 5) Sourced by a global network of leading essential oil chemists and growers to ensure correct species, growth in ideal environments, and that raw plant materials were carefully harvested at the right time
Because Therapeutic Grade oils are 100% pure- they are potent. I have compared the lavender and frankincense using an some brand’s and my therapeutic grade oils and there is a tremendous difference. As soon as you open the bottle, you smell it!