How are They Made?
The oils are extracted/separated from the plant 1 of 3 ways:
- Distillation = steaming, think heating test tube to get steam then cooling to get condensed form
- Solvent extraction = using a solvent like hexane to separate the oil from the plant, not ideal as can leave toxic residue, although CO2 method ok
- Cold pressing = less toxic method, literally pressing them, mostly the citrus essential oils
How Do They Work?
The oils are absorbed into your skin, your lungs, and in some instances your bloodstream which then transports the healing benefits to your organs
How To Use Them:
You can use them 1 of 3 different ways: topically (apply to the skin), with a diffuser (using sticks or machine), or ingesting them. The topical and diffuser method are very effective. Ingestion is much more extreme and really should be for the veteran essential oil user.
TOPICALLY = You mix 1-2 drops of essential oil with 1 tsp of a carrier oil, such as coconut oil, olive oil, or shea butter. Then apply it to your skin near your sweat glands i.e. armpits, feet, hands. Note this is not a moisturizer you lather on, you only need a few drops mixed with a carrier oil to have great effects. *Other carrier oils: argan oil, almond oil, and jojoba oil **See the bottle for individual details on ratio of essential oil drops to carrier oil
DIFFUSER = Put in a diffuser machine and then pumped into the air in your home. *Some research demonstrates the diffuser method allows the oils to be absorbed into the bloodstream, which then transports it to your organs. It is because of its ability to enter your bloodstream that it can in fact be even more effective than ingesting them, but also has the perk of being a safer method.
INGESTING = literally taking by mouth. Should only be done with the guidance of a medical professional given the high concentration of essential oils/potency and thus potential effect on the body. *Topical and diffuser are really the better options here given their accessibility and effectiveness.