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 add a few drops of your “synergy” into what are called “carriers,” such as unscented liquid cleansers, bath salts, scrubs, lotions, gels and creams. It’s important that the user likes the aroma of the oil being used. Because our sense of smell can have such a profound impact on our overall health and well being, using oils we find pleasant allows us to get the most benefit from them. We recommend blending your essential oils into the variety of carrier oils we provide, and applying them by massaging onto your body. This method of application is quite effective because the potent molecules of these oils 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 to 10% of essential oil molecules can be absorbed into the skin, and from there will enter our bloodstream. One route is through hair follicles. Our hair is coated with sebum, an oily substance secreted by our sebaceous glands. This substance plays a crucial role in our overall health and well-being. Essential oils gravitate towards the sebum, moving down the hair follicle and 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. It then triggers an electrical signal to the limbic center of our brain. This part of the brain is what controls our unconscious behavior, our emotions, and memories. It is also responsible for manufacturing hormones. 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, it also carries the molecules into our lungs, where they make contact with our bloodstream and are quickly absorbed into the body.