Essential oils are extracted from plants by a distillation process. This creates a concentrated oil that contains the fragrance and all of the key components of the plant. These oils have been used for thousands of years for their health, beauty and healing properties. Essential oils can be used in a number of ways for numerous purposes.
Most commonly, essential oils are applied to the skin. The skin is somewhat permeable, which allows substances to be absorbed into the bloodstream. Some parts of the body are more porous than others. Common points of application are under the arms, head (specifically the temples), palms and soles of feet. They can be applied alone or with almond, coconut, olive or another type of oil.
Essential oils can be inhaled by diffusing them in an essential oil diffuser, a scent pod, humidifier, in a boiling pot of water, or simply by smelling the bottle of oil. When inhaled, droplets of the oil are absorbed by the lungs. The effectiveness of each of these delivery methods varies.
The safety and efficacy of this method is highly debated. Some argue that they should never be ingested while others ingest them all the time. It is important to do your research and err on the side of caution when deciding on which method of usage is best for you.
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