How to Use Essential Oils
Essential Oils are easy to use! The best results are when you blend a few different essential oils together, creating what’s called a “synergy” and then adding a few drops of your “synergy” into what are called “carriers” like: Unscented liquid cleansers, bath salts, scrubs, lotions, gels and creams. It’s important that the user likes the aroma of the oil in use. That way you will experience their maximum benefit; for it’s the power of our sense of smell that can have such a profound impact on our overall health and wellbeing.
We recommend blending your Essential Oils into the variety of Carrier Oils we provide, and applying them by massaging and rubbing them to onto your body. This method of application is quite effective because the potent molecules are absorbed through our skin, while the scent of the whole blend can have an emotional and psychological impact on our unconscious mind.
How are Essential Oils absorbed into the body?
The molecules that make up Essential Oils are absorbed into the body three different ways:
1) Through the skin
2) Through our sense of smell
3) Through our Lungs, our respiratory system.
Research has shown that between 5-10% of Essential Oil molecules can be absorbed into the skin to make contact with the blood stream via two specific routes. One route is through the hair follicles. Our hair shaft is coated with sebum, the oily substance that is secreted by our sebaceous glands and plays a crucial role in our overall health and wellbeing. The Essential Oils gravitate towards the sebum, and immediately slip down the hair follicle, making direct contact with the blood vessels that are connected to its base. The second way the Essential Oil molecules get absorbed through the skin is through our lipid matrix, the gooey in-between layer that acts like the mortar between the cells of our skin.
Essential Oils also get absorbed into our body by signaling our olfactory neurons. This process happens when an aromatic molecule is inhaled into the sinus cavity and then triggers an electrical signaling that connects to the Limbic center of our brain. This part of our brain is what controls all of our unconscious behavior, our emotions, memories and is responsible for manufacturing hormones that initiate actions throughout our body. That’s why when we smell something delicious, our mouth begins to salivate, and we feel hungry.
Inhalation not only triggers an electrical neurological response, but it also carries the molecules into our lungs where they make contact with our bloodstream and can quickly absorb and travel around the body.