* Direct inhalation – this simply means smelling the essential oils directly. There are of two kinds: basic and steam inhalation. In basic, you drop a little essential oil on a tissue, place it under your nose and inhale. Steam inhalation entails boiling 1 cup of water, adding 3 to 7 drops of your desired oil into it, leaning over the bowl and then breathing in deeply and slowly.
Steam inhalation works very well for colds and chest- related problems. It can be used for its therapeutic benefits day or night, depending upon the blend. However, stop immediately if it causes irritation in your body.
* Indirect Inhalation- this can be done through a diffuser whish disperses the essential oil into the air. Certain essential oils can be very stimulating, calming and soothing when diffused in the air. Besides emotional benefits, diffusing essential oils purifies air of unwanted odors and help to reduce the amount of airborne chemicals.
* Another way is through a humidifier. First, you fill it water. Sprinkle 2-6 drops of oil on a small cloth or tissue and then place it in front of the steam emerging from the humidifier.
However, do not put the oil in your humidifier because it will not rise with the water but merely float on top of it. Your humidifier may even be damaged in the process.
Ideally, topical application and inhalation should be sufficient to address almost all issues of concern. Nevertheless, if you must ingest essential oils, be sure to use only those that have been certified safe and labeled as dietary supplements and be sure to follow the stipulated dosage on individual product labels. You should also seek the counsel of a health professional.
Here are a few suggestions of how to take essential oils internally:
* Get an empty capsule, put several oil drops into it and then swallow with water.
* Add 1 to 2 drops to a glass of water or milk.
* Add 1 to 2 drops to your meals when cooking or to a piece of bread.
Some essential oils are also commonly used as flavorings for food products. Peppermint-flavored toothpastes, some flavored soft drinks and certain types of mouthwashes are common examples.