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How Essential Oils Work
There are constituents in the oils. They are natural chemicals that create a response in the body. They have been used for centuries to support the body. I like using them to support wellness… The oils are fat soluble, so they absorb easily through the skin and cell membranes. They also evaporate easily and can enter the body through the nose and mouth through smelling them.
You know how a scent can make you remember something immediately?
When you smell the oils, it stimulates the olfactory receptors and activates regions of the brain’s limbic system associated with memory, emotion, stress response, pain, mood, etc. The constituents send messages that carry out its effect on the body.
Even if you can’t smell, the molecules of the oils can create a response in the body to bring balance to certain body systems that are very supportive to health.
Keep essential oils away from the eyes and ears.
Use citrus oil on skin NOT exposed to direct sunlight.
(Even in blends. Your skin will burn easily.) Some oils are hot (spicy). Especially don’t use those in the bath tub and be sure to mix them well before applying to skin. (Hot=cinnamon, nutmeg, black pepper, etc)
LISTEN TO YOUR BODY! We all need different things.
More sensitive people need to dilute and be more cautious than less sensitive people.
Remember that the oils are fat soluble. If you get it in your eyes, or if it ever feels stingy – wash your hands and rub more carrier oil.
For Babies: the most gentle are Lavender, Lemon, Frankincense, Orange, Cedarwood. Start here. Mamas, use your intuition. Dilute well, and apply topically to the bottoms of feet to start, or place it on your chest- with baby nearby. Diffuse the more gentle oils in closed areas.
Pregnancy: Avoid large quantities of Basil, Butch, Calamus, Cassia, Hyssop, Idaho Tandy, Rosemary, Sage, Tarragon, Cinnamon Bark, Fennel, or Wintergreen.
Breastfeeding: No peppermint or anything from the mint family.
Animals- ideally research what works best for animals. Never enclose an animal in a room without the ability to leave if they want to. (leave this up to them.) Animals are VERY smell sensitive.
The top safety expert on essential oils is Robert Tisserand. He is uber cautious. If he says its safe, it should be (but still- everyone is different. Do what works for you.) He is so cautious, that some of what he cautions may be just fine.
(uplift the spirit):
Put on palms and inhale
Apply directly to skin or dilute with carrier oil.
Remember: with citrus oils – avoid direct contact with sun.
Can be helpful to dilute in oil. (Salad dressing, smoothie, etc…)
Vitality essential oils
Diffusers: the best way to get a FEW drops into a LARGE area….
- They set a mood (emotions)
- Natural Room Fragrance (ditch the chemicals)
- Deodorize bad smells
- Clean the air (such as during family sickness)
- 3-7 drops in water, according to diffuser directions
Inhalers: personal blends
- Ideal for Sinus wellness blends since you breathe them directly to area
- personal use: using oils doesn’t affect anyone else
- on-the-go for travel, purse, backpacks, etc
- great for ZYTO custom blends
- 5 drops for children, 15 drops for adults
- Lasts about 3 months then oils are evaporated
Blends in Creams: Fast absorption
- ideal for blends for muscle cramps or muscle discomfort- absorbs quickly
- ideal for blends for stomach wellness
- use a drop of EO with a teaspoon of cream.
- to mix:
- use 4 drops (children and elderly) to 27 drops (occasional use healthy adults) per oz of cream
- use glass container or PET plastic container (oils could dissolve plastic)
- Keep in cool dry place.