Essential Oil Uses

A Whole World of Uses

Essential oils have been a daily part of our living for years. They are fun, easy and have hundreds of health enhancing uses. And, they smell great.

With hundreds of different essential oils, each with a unique set of benefits, essential oils can be used in more unique ways to support health and wellness than virtually any other kind of natural health product. And because of the volatile nature of essential oils, they can be used with a wide range of different application methods.

Most essential oils share similar chemical compositions and many of the same constituents. However, there are many subtle and often quite significant differences in how these constituents combine together from oil to oil. The unique benefits and characteristics of each essential oil results from how the constituents are naturally combined together by nature inside the plant.

Common Benefits of Essential Oils

Below are some of the most common benefits of essential oils:

  • Regenerating
  • Oxygenating
  • Frequency enhancement. The bioelectric frequency of essential oils can be several times greater than the frequency of herbs, food and even the body. Essential oils can be used to raise the frequency of the body.
  • Well known antimicrobial properties against bacteria, viruses, fungi, yeast, mold and many parasites.
  • Anticancerous
  • Antitumoral
  • Detoxifying
  • Purifying. Air diffusion of essential oils can help remove metallic particles and toxins from the air, increase atmospheric oxygen, increase negative ions, control airborne bacterial and control odors from mold, cigarettes and animals.

Modes of Action

Here are the primary healing pathways in which essential oils are most commonly used:

  • Supporting the body to address physical symptoms in the body
  • Supporting emotional health
  • Frequency enhancement
  • Aiding in spiritual development

Common Essential Oil Uses and Methods of Application

Essential oils are highly versatile in how they can be used and applied. Different modes of application can bring out different benefits in the same essential oil. Below are the main methods of application and use for essential oils:

  • Topical application of diluted essential oil to the skin at the point of needed support
  • Bathing
  • Application to the soles of the feet, after proper dilution
  • Inhaling (directly from bottle)
  • Air diffusing (using a cold air diffuser)
  • Natural bug repellents
  • Massage and body rubs
  • Compresses
  • Spritzer
  • Additive to personal care products
  • Household cleaning and sanitizing agents
  • Food preparation and flavoring

Essential Oil Uses and Safety

While many essential oils have been used for thousands of years, there are a few tips to remember. Essential oils should be diluted properly for safe skin application, from 0.5% to 10%, depending on the oil and type of use. Essential oils should only be used internally under the care of a knowledgeable medical professional (more about this topic below). Essential oils can be flammable (some more than others) and are not safe for small children to handle unattended. Some oils should not be used if you are pregnant. Be sure to always read the precaution labels on the bottles.

Internal Use of Essential Oils

Essential oils have been safely used as remedies for thousands of years. Many modern doctors in France prescribe essential oils for internal use to support the body to address health challenges. Despite the long history of essential oil safety, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recognize pharmaceutical drugs and medical devices as the only legitimate treatment for diseases in the United States.

Inside the United States, any substance claiming to treat or cure a disease must be approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a drug. Natural remedies, including all essential oils, no matter how effective they may be, are not considered by the FDA to be approved drug products in the United States. The FDA therefore sees the internal use of essential oils as tantamount to using an unapproved drug product.

Because essential oils are so potent, extra care and support is needed when taking them internally, or ingesting them, in amounts more than a few drops per day. The vast majority of essential oil side effects occur due to internal uses. And there are very effective and much safer and easier to use alternatives for internal infection support. Therefore, Michelle recommends only using essential oils internally under the care of a knowledgeable medical professional. While you may tolerate using essential oils internally, the best way to avoid most common side effects is to avoid internal uses. If you do choose to use essential oils internally, be sure to follow important safety guidelines, be under a professional’s care, and use only for short periods of time and in small amounts.

The FDA does consider certain essential oils to be “Generally Regarded As Safe” (GRAS) for food and cooking uses. GRAS means the FDA considers these oils safe for ingesting for non-drug purposes. However, GRAS oils have not been approved by the FDA as a drug or to treat, cure or mitigate any disease. The “not for internal use” labeling is therefore commonly seen on essential oil products. Additionally, most oils, even many therapeutic oils, are adulterated with synthetic chemicals, solvents and/or pesticides and most definitely should not be used for internal use. Ingesting a few drops of a high quality GRAS essential oil from a trusted manufacturer should be safe for most people.

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