There are a number of ways to take advantage of the medicinal properties of these essential oils depending on your ailment:
1. Massage: Mix two to ten drops of essential oil in one ounce of carrier oil and gently massage the oil into your temples, chest, neck or whatever area you are treating (be cautious of getting any essential oil close to your eyes, nose or other sensitive tissue.)
2. Vaporization: Add your essential oils to a nebulizer and breathe in the particles as they are released into the air.
3. Warm diffuser: Add one to three drops of essential oil to a candle or electric warm diffuser and enjoy the essential oil as the smell quickly fills the room. This is a faster way to diffuse than a cold diffuser, but some essential oil purists feel it robs the essential oil of its full scent profile.
4. Cold diffuser: There are a number of cold diffusers out there, but any stone or tile will do. Drop two to four drops of oil on the cold diffuser and let the smell slowly fill the room. This method slowly releases the essential oil into the air and is best used when you are looking for a subtle effect.
5. Bathing: Mix three to six drops of essential oil in at least a one teaspoon of golden jojoba (or other carrier oil of your choice), and add into your hot bath. Note: You should only attempt this after you have tested your sensitivity to the essential oil and be sure to pour the oil away from any sensitive parts of the body.
6. Inhalation: Add one to three drops of essential oil to a bowl of hot water. With a towel draped over your head to capture the stream, breathe in the essence for a number of minutes.
7. Spray: Add ten drops of essential oil(s) to seven ounces of distilled water along with one ounce of vodka, 90% isopropyl alcohol or Witchhazel (to emulsify the oils). Spray on your body, clothes* and throughout the room to naturally deodorize, disinfect and clean the air.
*Do a spot check before spraying on linen and clothes just to make sure the spray does not stain. I’ve never had an issue with this because the mist is so fine, but each fabric is different.