Aromatic application involves inhaling either a fine mist of the oil or a vapors that have evaporated from the oil. Inhalation of the oil, or aroma can be a powerful way to affect memory, hormones or emotions.
Here are some ways to use essential oils aromatically.
Diffusion: There is a whole science behind the oxygen and molecules affecting the oils that I won’t get into with how diffusers work. Basically, a diffuser does just that, diffuses the essential oil into the air which remains there for several hours to freshen and improve the quality of air. Essential oils, when diffused, have been found to reduce the amount of airborne chemicals. Beware: Diffusers with an intense heat source may alter the chemical makeup of the oil.
Direct Inhalation: Obviously, this is the simplest way to inhale the aroma directly from the bottle. You may also apply 1-2 drops of oil onto your hands, cup over your mouth and nose and inhale.
Cloth or Tissue: Put 1-3 drops of oil on a paper towel, cotton ball, tissue, towel etc. and hold it close to your face and inhale.
Hot Water Vapor: Put 1-3 drops of oil into hot water and inhale. Heat may reduce some of the benefits.
Vaporizer or Humidifier: The cool mist types are best, since heat as we know reduces the benefits.
Fan or Vent: Put oil on a cotton ball and attach to ceiling fans or air vents. This can also work well in a vehicle since the area is so small.
Perfume or Cologne: Apply 1-2 drops of oil to the wrists or neck, or create a simple perfume or cologne by dissolving 10-15 drops of oil in 20 drops alcohol and combining this mixture with 1 teaspoon distilled water. Apply or mist on wrists or neck.
I personally like the aromatic benefits of doTERRA’s Elevation Blend. I inhale this in the morning to get me perked up for the day. Recently I applied it topically by putting 1 drop behind each ear and I felt more rejuvenated.
This information was taken from the book, “Modern Essentials – A Contemporary Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils, Pages 31-32.”
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