Therapeutic-grade essential oils are powerful, natural, healing substances that work extremely well with the body’s own defenses to solve problems. However, they are not drugs, and they may not always work in seconds, or even minutes. Essential oils will enhance and speed up the benefits of dietary supplements, but it is still a “natural” process. Sometimes it can take hours or even days to see the improvement.
• Diffuse: Diffuse undiluted oils in a cold-air diffuser. Cold air diffusers are not designed to handle vegetable oils because they are thicker and may clog the diffuser mechanism.
• Direct: Put 2-3 drops of oil in the palm of one hand, rub palms together, cup hands over your nose and mouth, and inhale. You may even want to put a dab of oil under your nose. If you touch the skin near your eyes, they may water or sting, but it will dissipate in a few minutes. You may also apply the oils to a cotton ball or tissue and place it in a air vent.
• Steam: Run hot, steaming water into a sink or large bowl. Water should be at least 2 inches deep to retain heat for a few minutes. Add 3-6 drops of oil to the hot water; then drape a towel over your head, covering the hot water so that you enclose your face over the steam. Inhale vapors deeply through the nose as they rise with the steam. Add more hot water to continue vaporizing, if desired.
• Indirect: Rub several drops of oil on your chest, neck, wrists, or under your nose and ears. There are necklaces with different types of vessels hanging on them into which you can pour the oil of your choice to enjoy thoughout the day. There are also various pendants made of either clay or polished stone that you may use.