How Do I Choose an Essential Oil?

Depending on your needs, you should carefully choose which essential oil is best for you.  Essential oils can be used in aromatherapy or even as a diluted topical cream for different skin breakouts.  Most mood enhancing essential oils are used in aromatherapy for mental fatigue, stress, and anxiety.  If physical uses are the focus of your needs, then using essential oils that help with rashes or acne problems would be more beneficial.  It is important to use the proper essential oil or you may find yourself frustrated from inactivity.

Before choosing an essential oil that is perfect for you, doing research and reading articles related to several essential oils will help you decide.  Some essential oils are better as mood enhancers.  If you suffer from depression or low self esteem, certain essential oils will properly help lift your spirits and increase your mood so that you can be more active during the day.  You can also ask a professional or qualified consultant to help you choose.  A professional can help you choose which essential oil will quickly help your condition with the best efficiency.

After you choose an essential oil it is important to test it prior to using it.  Essential oils should never be applied without testing a small area of the skin.   The oils should also never be used without first diluting the extract.  Essential oils are potent, so using them on the skin without diluting can cause a rash or burn.  Conversely, dilute a small drop in a few milliliters of vegetable oil.  Spread the essential oil cream on a small area of your skin and observe for twenty four hours.  If your skin becomes irritated or red, then you may be allergic to that specific oil.  Use this method even before burning essential oils for aromatherapy.

After checking for allergies, it is time to use the essential oils.  There are several different methods that you can use.  Below is a list of ways to inhale or apply the essential oils for the different therapeutic effects.  It is important to use them the way they are intended for the best benefits.

Diffuser

A diffuser will allow you to inhale the essential oils.  Put a few drops of essential oils into the diffuser with water.  Some essential oils can be used just with the heat, so make sure to read the directions.  A diffuser will evaporate the essential oils into the air, and most come with a timer so that they can be used while sleeping.

Dry Evaporation

Dry evaporation is a more simple way to inhale the essential oils.  You can place a few drops on a cotton swap or tissue and allow it to evaporate into the air.  If you need a quick, strong scent inhale the fragrance directly from the cotton swap.  For a less potent effect, allow the essential oils to evaporate on the tissue or cotton swap and leave it in the general vicinity of where you will remain for about an hour.

Steam

Steam is a simple way to inhale the essential oil aroma.  Place a few drops into a steaming bowl of water.  The oils will quickly vaporize into the air.  Place a towel over your head and place your head close to the steam and inhale.  The fresh fragrance of the essential oils will penetrate your senses and help you feel refreshed.

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