Essential oils have a place in many households these days which is not surprising given that the scent that they come with can change the atmosphere in a room, and even a person’s emotions too, for that matter. For sure you have several bottles of essential oils on hand not because you know how to use them, but because they smell nice. Unfortunately, you are missing out on a lot if you are not really aware on how these scents work.
You’ve probably done your research on how to use essential oils for your skin and to detox your body from impurities, but how would you incorporate them into your day? If you want to be able to use your essential oils properly, here are some suggestions to consider.
Inhale. Most of us do this when it comes to essential oils especially when we want to clear our head after a tiring day or because we are just too stressed. You can either inhale the scent directly from the bottle or you can add a few drops of the oil on your hand and rub them before inhaling the scent. Another way to get a whiff of your favorite essential oil is to add a few drops of it on your handkerchief so you can inhale the scent as needed.
Oil Pulling. Oil pulling is actually beneficial for your teeth as the oil can help get rid of debris that got stuck in between your teeth. However, this doesn’t mean that you should oil pull every day. Once or twice a week should suffice. To do oil pulling, combine 1 to 2 tablespoons of carrier oil (coconut or sesame oil) and a drop of an essential oil then swish the mixture in your mouth for 10 to 20 minutes. You need to do this first thing in the morning or while you are in the shower or getting ready to go to work. However, don’t spit it out in your sink as the oil can clog the pipes. Spit it in a container or waste basket instead. Rinse your mouth with a mixture of salt and warm water for added benefits then brush your teeth.
Topically. Another way to use essential oils on a daily basis is to apply it topically. Most essential oils are applied on the temples, chest, pulse points, and even on the bottoms of the feet. But there are other areas where you can apply these oils too such as behind the ears if you want to fight off fatigue or insomnia, on your shoulders if you have joint pain, and even your abdomen for when you have menstrual cramps or when you want to improve your digestion. You can either apply the essential oil directly on your skin or mix it with some carrier oil especially when you have sensitive skin.
Oral Care. Aside from oil pulling, you can also use essential oils on its own or combine it with some toothpaste to boost your oral health. Just add a drop of orange, clove, or even peppermint on your toothbrush and use a toothpaste that is fluoride-free and you’re teeth and gums will thank you. You can also make your own remineralizing toothpaste by simply combining baking soda, Himalayan pink sea salt, essential oils, and unrefined coconut oil.
These are just a few suggestions on how you can use essential oils on a daily basis. There are more ways to use them but the ones above are a good place to start. Once you get the hang of it, you’ll find that it is easier to incorporate essential oils to your day.