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Essential Oils: Methods of Application

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Essential Oils: Methods of Application
By Ifayomi Fasola • Issue #3 • View online
Topical Application
1. Direct Application.
Apply the oils directly on the area of concern using 1 to 6 drops of oil. More oil is not necessarily better, since a large amount of oil can trigger a detoxification of the surrounding tissue and blood. Such a quick detoxification can be somewhat uncomfortable. To achieve the desired results, 1 to 3 drops of oil is usually adequate. 
A few guidelines for direct application of the oils are as follows:
The feet are the second fastest area of the body to absorb oils because of the large pores. Other quick-absorbing areas include behind the ears and on the wrists.
To experience a feeling of peace, relaxation, or energy, 3 to 6 drops per foot are adequate.
When massaging a large area of the body, always dilute the oils by 15% to 30% with the V-6 Oil (the vegetable carrier oil).
When applying oils to infants and small children, dilute with V-6 Oil. Use 1 to 3 drops of an essential oil to 1 tablespoon (Tbs.) of V-6 Oil for infants and 1 to 3 drops of an essential oil to 1 teaspoon (tsp.) V-6 Oil for children from 2- to 5-vears-old.
Do not mix oil blends, Commercially available blends have been specially formulated by someone who understands the chemical constituents of each oil and which oils blend well. The chemical
properties of the oils can be altered when mixed improperly, resulting in some undesirable reactions.
Layering individual oils is preferred over mixing your own blends. Layering refers to the process of applying one oil, rubbing it in, and then applying another oil. There is no need to wait more than a couple of seconds between each oil, as absorption occurs quite rapidly. If dilution is necessary, the V-6 Oil may be applied on top. The layering technique is not only useful in physical healing but also when doing emotional clearing.
The FDA has approved some essential oils for internal use and given them the designation of GRAS(Generally Regarded As Safe for internal consumption) Oils without
this designation should never be used internally.
2. Vita Flex Therapy.
A simple method of applying oils to contact points (or nerve endings) in the feet or hands; then a series of hand rotation movements at those control points create a vibrational healing energy that carries the oils along the neuro-electrical pathways. The oils help increase the frequency of this healing energy and serve to either help remove any blockage along the pathways or to travel the length of the pathway to bench the particular organ.
3. Raindrop Technique
 A simple application of dropping certain oils like little drops of rain from about 6 inches above the body along the entire length of the spine. It is also a tremendous boost to the immune system, as it releases toxins and kills viruses and bacteria that have accumulated along the spine.
4. Auricular Therapy.
A method of applying the oils to the rim of the ears. This technique works extremely well for emotional clearing. Some physical benefits can also be obtained from this technique.
5. Perfume or Cologne.
Wearing the oils as a perfume or cologne can provide wonderful emotional and physical support–not just a beautiful fragrance.
6. Compresses
Basin
  • Fill a wash basin with 2 quarts of hot or cold water, and add the desired essential oils. Stir the water vigorously, and then lay a towel on top of the water. Since the oils will float to the top, the towel will absorb the oils with the water. After the towel is completely saturated, wring out the excess water (leaving much of the oils in the towel, and place the towel over the area needing the compress. 
  • For a hot compress, cover with a dry towel and a hot water bottle. 
  • For a cold compress, cover with a piece of plastic or plastic wrap. 
  • Finally, put another towel on top and leave for as long as possible (1 to 2 hours is best).
Massage
  • Apply a hot wet towel and a dry towel on top of an already massaged area. The moist heat will force the oils deeper into the tissues of the body.
7. Inhalations
Diffuser
  • The easiest and simplest way of putting the oils into the air for inhalation is to use an aromatic diffuser. Diffusers that use a heat source (such as a light bulb ring) will alter the chemical makeup of the oil and its therapeutic qualities. A cold air diffuser uses room-temperature air to blow the oil up against some kind of a nebulizer. This breaks the oils up into a micro-fine mist that is then dispersed into the air, covering hundreds of square feet in seconds. The oils, with their oxygenating molecules, will then remain suspended for several hours to freshen and improve the quality of the air.
  • The antiviral, antibacterial, and antiseptic properties of the oils kill bacteria and help to reduce fungus and mold. 
  • Essential oils, when diffused, have been found to reduce the amount of airborne chemicals and metallics as well as help to create greater spiritual, physical, and emotional harmony. The greatest therapeutic benefit is received by diffusing oils for only 15 minutes out of an hour so that the olfactory system has time to recover before receiving more oils. 
  • The easiest way to do this is by using a timer that can be set in 15 minute increments over a 24 hour period. 
Cloth or Tissue
  • Put 1 to 3 drops of an essential oil on a paper towel, tissue, cotton ball, handkerchief, towel, or pillow case. Hold it close to your face, and inhale.
Hot Water
  • Put 1 to 3 drops of an essential oil into hot water (or a hot mug or glass), and inhale. Again, heat reduces some of the benefits.
Vaporizer or Humidifier
  • Put oil in a vaporizer or a humidifier. The cold air types are best since heat reduces some of the benefits.
Fan or Vent
  • Put oil on a cotton ball, and attach it to a ceiling fan or to an air vent. This can also work well in a vehicle, as the area is so small.
8. Baths
Bathwater
  • Begin by adding 3 to 6 drops of oil to the bathwater while the tub is filling. Because the individual oils will separate as the water calms down, the skin will quickly draw the oils from the top of the water. People have commented that they were unable to endure more than 6 drops of oil. Such individuals may benefit from adding the oils to a bath and shower gel base first. Soak for 15 minutes.
Bath and Shower Gel. 
  • Begin by adding 3 to 6 drops of oil to ½ oz. of a bath and shower gel base. Add the mixture to the water while the tub is filling. The number of drops can be increased as described above under Bathwater. Adding the oils to a bath and shower gel base first allows one to obtain the greatest benefit from the oils, as they are more evenly dispersed throughout the water and not allowed to immediately separate.
Washcloth
  • When showering, add 3-6 drops of oil to a bath and shower gel base. Place on a washcloth, and wash the entire body.
Body Sprays
  • Fill a small spray bottle with distilled water, and add 10-15 drops of your favorite oil blend or single oils. Shake well, and spray onto the entire body just after taking a bath or shower.
9. Dishwater, Clothes Washers, And Dryers
  • The antibacterial properties of essential oils can effectively promote greater hygiene. Add a couple drops of melrose or lemon to dishwater for clean dishes and a great smelling kitchen. Use lemon or another citrus oil to take gum out of clothes. A few drops of Purification in the wash water will kill bacteria and germs in clothes. Put Purification, Joy, or other oil on a wet rag, and place in dryer or mist from a spray bottle directly into the dryer.
I’d love to see what are some things you come up with!
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I’m Iya Ifayomi! She/Her. Onisegun. Herbalist. Isese. Ifa, Egbe, & Olokun priestess. Rootworker. Mvskokxe. 2 headed. Bone Reader 🦴 Venmo:@ifayomifasola

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