There are 3 ways to use essential oils based on your needs. Below we're going to outline the basics of each way.
Aromatic is the easiest way to use your essential oils. For most people that means using a diffuser, but it's also as simple as smelling the oils directly from the bottle or rubbing a drop in your hands and inhaling deeply.
To use your diffuser you'll want to fill it to the line with water and add 2-8 drops of oils, depending on your preference and tolerance. You can use a single oil, a blend, or 2-3 single oils together in any combination that you like.
Diffusing is really cost-effective too because everyone in the room will get the benefits. Does your family watch TV together before bed? Throw some lavender in the diffuser and everyone can wind down together! Do you guys eat breakfast together? Throw lemon and peppermint in there and give everyone a morning boost!
Topical application lets you target specific areas on your body. For example, if you have a stiff neck you can put a few drops of peppermint in your hand with a few drops of carrier oil, swirl it around, and apply directly to your neck.
Dilution of the essential oil may be either necessary or desired so make sure to read the instructions on the bottle. You can learn more about carrier oils and dilution here:
Some oils can also be used "neat" which means they can be applied without a carrier oil because they are mild. Lavender, Tea Tree, Frankincense, and Sandalwood are all examples of gentle oils.
Read more about topical application safety here:
Taking essential oils internally is a matter of preference, but many on our team feel comfortable since Young Living oils are pure, unadulterated, and backed by their SeedToSeal guarantee. If you choose to ingest oils you should exercise caution and follow instructions on the bottle.
Here are several suggested ways to ingest essential oils:
1: Put several drops of oil into an empty capsule and swallow with water.
2: Add 1-2 drops to a glass of water or rice milk.
3: Put 1-2 drops onto a piece of bread or add to your meals when cooking.
4: Add 1-2 drops onto a teaspoon of honey and swallow.
5: Drop directly onto the tongue and swallow. Exercise extreme caution when using this method. Many oils are very strong and should be tested by pouring a single drop onto a spoon and tasting a small portion to determine the amount of oil to be used.