Written By Guest Writer: Alissa Olson
A very common misunderstanding when using essential oils is that there is only one way to use oils. WHAT! Do you need a diffuser to use essential oils? No. As a matter of fact, there are lots of other options. If you only diffuse, you have a whole new world to explore. There are actually three different ways to use oils. You can obviously diffuse them, but you can also ingest them and use them topically as well. While there are three ways to use your oils there are so many ways to do each one of those and include oils in your daily life at home and on the go.
Get out the Roller Balls
My absolute favorite way to use essential oils is by a roller ball. You can get any size roller ball from a tiny 1 ounce to a handy 10 ounce. Now you can get these roller balls in every color under the sun but through research I have found that a glass roller bottle that is amber in color is best. The amber color protects the oils the best from sunlight because some oils are sensitive to light. Once you pick your favorite roller ball you are ready to go crazy. The number one roller ball recipe I use is my immune roller. I keep this sucker in my purse at all times. Someone coughing or has a runny nose around you? No fear rub that oil all over to boost your immune system! I typically take a 10 ounce roller ball and add 5 drops of thieves oil, 2 drops lemon, and 2 drops RC or Raven. Then all you have to do is fill the remaining space up with a carrier oil such as fractionated coconut oil or grapeseed oil. Slap some washi tape on it with a cool name and you’re done. Another one of my favorite rollers is my calm roller. If you have kids this one's for you!! All you need is 10 drops of gentle baby and fill that thing up with carrier oil and bam you’re done! I could go on for days about all of the roller ball recipes you could make which is probably why I have a designated bag in my purse for all of my roller balls for quick and easy application when on the go. You can even make you an easy perfume roller with some grapefruit or the dreamy aroma of rose oil.
DIY - No Diffuser Here
While roller balls are the bomb .com and I use them all day every day there are some other items you can easily DIY and use around the house to keep those oils in your daily life. In the morning I wash my face with cotton pads drenched in a mixture of castile soap, citrus fresh oil and some witch hazel. This removes all the leftover makeup from the day before and leaves me with freshly clean skin then I apply my moisture oil that uses frankincense oil and lavender along with a carrier oil, which are both really great for the skin! I drop some oils such as sensation or peace and calming in a large pump bottle or an old empty soap bottle along with a load of carrier oil for an easy massage oil. You can even just add a few drops of lemon or pine oil to an all-natural cleaner to boost the cleaning power. The best part of broadening your essential oil knowledge is that you can toss those chemically filled products out and get some all natural items and add a boost of essential oils or just make them yourself. More Natural products equals a healthier family.
I can drink it???
But wait there’s more! Do you remember the ingesting oils thing that I mentioned? Yeah that! You can ingest them in so many ways. You can even cook with essential oils! Add a drop or two of peppermint oil to your favorite batch of brownies and you have yourself some tasty peppermint brownies. You can add clove or nutmeg or even black pepper essential oil to your favorite recipe for a tasty time. Along with cooking you can also just simply add a drop of lemon or grapefruit oil to a glass of water for some healthy flavored water. Now not all oils are to be ingested. Verify with your essential oil company via their website or do some research on which oils are labeled for ingesting, such as a vitality line. There are other oils that you can ingest that you may not want to cook with such as copaiba. This oil is great for calming a teething baby by rubbing directly on the gums or putting a drop or two in a vegetable capsule and taking as a pill. Ingesting essential oils is the fastest way to get the best results since it can easily reach your bloodstream.
Room Spray and More
A diffuser is so good for freshening up a stale room or relieving congestion at night. Since diffusers are so expensive there are other ways to get the same results. You can make a quick simple room spray…. Just grab a small spray bottle add 10 drops of citrus fresh, 1 teaspoon of witch hazel and fill the rest with water and you have yourself a handy dandy air freshener. On the go? Get an essential oil inhaler pop the bottom off and add a few drops of eucalyptus to the pad and you have a congestion relief inhaler for your purse. Another great way to diffuse oils without a diffuser is essential oil jewelry. A necklace or bracelet with a couple of lava beads will soak up oils quickly and diffuse all day.
Use with CAUTION & Know the Sock Trick
With using caution you can also put oils directly on your skin. Don’t let me scare you away by saying use caution. I only say that because there are oils that are referred to hot oils or your skin may just be sensitive. So research oils before you directly apply them. This doesn’t mean you can’t use that oil topically, you will just have to put a little bit of carrier oil in the palm of your hand and a drop or two of the oil you are wanting to use and then apply it. I learned about this the hard way. I did a little research and found out that grapefruit oil is great to help reduce the appearance cellulite. So with only thinking “oh man lets rub grapefruit oil all over my rear end and it will help with cellulite.” Nope don’t do that. It burned so bad. Lesson learned. DILUTE, DILUTE, DILUTE! You should also dilute appropriately if you are using oils on kids. Also, when applying oils directly on your skin you should apply in places that are considered low traffic areas. Such as behind your ears or on your feet and slip some socks on before you go to bed so it can soak directly into your skin quickly. I use the sock trick with my kids so they don’t rub the oil on their clothes.
The thing that really stopped me from buying essential oils in the first place was the misunderstanding that you could only diffuse your oils. Do I need a diffuser to use essential oils? Boy oh Boy was I wrong. If you were like me and had no idea about all of the ways you can use essential oils I sure hope I opened some doors for you!
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