Applying essential oils can seem confusing at first, but once you understand the basic facts about how essential oils work, you’ll begin to understand inhalationwhich method of application is best for you. There are three basic methods for applying essential oils.

Applying Essential Oils Method #1: Aerial Diffusion

Diffusers are a simple and often beautiful way to add aromatherapy to any room. They work by breaking down the essential oil into tiny molecules, then dispersing them into the air.

Diffusers are preferred to incense because they’re non-irritating and they don’t emit smoke. You can choose whatever blend of essential oils you want, add a few drops to the water-filled base and enjoy the fragrance in your home or office. A diffuser can also help purify the air if you choose an essential oil with anti-bacterial properties such as lemongrass  or bay lavender.

Applying Essential Oils Method #2: Direct Inhalation

Place a drop of essential oil on a tissue and bring it to your nose to directly inhale it. For an energizing boost, try peppermint. Or put a drop or two of lavender essential oil on your pillowcase for a good night’s sleep.

Applying Essential Oils Method #3: Topical Application

The size of essential oil molecules allows them to be easily absorbed through the skin.  It’s important to remember that you shouldn’t apply essential oils directly to the skin (undiluted essential oils are often referred to as “neat”). This can cause irritation. You should always consult an experienced aromatherapy practitioner before you go ahead and do this. Instead, dilute essential oils into a carrier oil such as grape seed oil, apricot kernel oil or fractionated coconut oil before applying them to the skin.

By Amy at Aromapath