Aromatic // scent
The first of the three methods for essential oil use is (drumroll) Aromatically! This means that you are using and reaping the benefits of the oils by inhaling the vapors of the oils, via the nose!
Add fresh water and the oils of your choice to your diffuser, switch it on, let the oils and water mingle and mist up into the, while letting the aroma of #plantsFTW fill your space!
Tip: Young Living has an assortment of diffusers to choose from and they all offer a one-year warranty from date of purchase. Sweet!
Choosing which oil(s) to diffuse should be determined by what your end-game is. Looking to purify the air? To support your immune system? To help support your respiratory system, especially in the winter? Help lull your sweet babies (fur or human!) to dreamland? To relax at the end of the day or perk you up int he morning when your feet are dragging?
Oils have got you covered.
Other methods of Aromatherapy
Besides using a diffuser, you can still experience Aromatherapy! Here's how:
- Place a drop of E.O. in the palm of your hand, rub hands together, cup over nose and mouth and inhale.
- Inhale directly from bottle. Sniff the the cap for less intensity.
- Rub a few drops (diluted or not, depending on the oil) under your nose. This is especially helpful when you feel plugged up!
- Invest in a diffuser necklace or bracelet to smell oils all day, but not have them on your skin. (Great for kiddos!)
- Add a few drops of essential oil to a steamy sink or bowl full of water and breathe in the misty vapors.
- Add a drop of sleepy oil to the corners of your pillow to help soothe you at night.
- add a few drops of oil to a cotton ball and place in air vents.
How it works
This method of use involves using or applying the oils in a way that the odor molecule affect your brain and chemical/hormone release. You inhale the vapors of the E.O.s into your nose, the molecules then stimulate your olfactory bulb, which transmits impulses to the part of your brain where emotional memories are stored, as well as to your limbic system.
“Because the limbic system is directly connected to those parts of the brain that control heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, memory, stress levels, and hormone balance, essential oils can have profound physiological and psychological effects.”
- Essential Oil Desk Reference, 4th edition