direct link to the limbic system (which is part of the brain that supports a variety of functions, including smell, emotions, behavior, and memory).
There are essential oils which can be uplifting and invigorating or calming and relaxing. A standard aromatic method incorporates the use of a diffuser. These popular items use a mix of water and essential oil, which is released into the air, much like a humidifier.
I also want to remind you that there are numerous ways to enjoy the aromatic benefits of oils without a diffuser. Some ideas include:
Did you know that essential oils are easily absorbed by the skin and offer a localized benefit where applied? Absorption can be increased through light massage, which increases blood flow and helps with distribution throughout the body.
Add essential oils to a carrier oil such as jojoba oil, almond oil, olive oil, coconut oil, or aloe vera gel to dilute potency before rubbing into the skin. (Try diluting one drop of essential oil with three drops of coconut oil to start.)
For topical treatments, it’s best to use small doses throughout the day rather than a single, large dose. Topical applications can be reapplied every 4-6 hours as needed but are dependent on age, size, and overall health status. (Reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns!)
Topical applications are great for the neck, forehead and temples, chest and abdomen, arms, legs, and the bottom of feet, but can generally be used anywhere that is not overly sensitive (like under the eyes, inner ears, and broken or damaged skin).
Additional topical applications can be used by adding a few drops to:
Some essential oils have a rich culinary history and can also be used as dietary supplements to support a variety of health conditions. In fact, you may already be ingesting essential oil compounds without even knowing it! Have you ever drank peppermint tea, added cinnamon to your oatmeal, or fresh basil to pasta? These contain aromatic essential oil compounds!
As you may have guessed, essential oils can offer potent health benefits when ingested, as essential oils are transported throughout the body via the bloodstream. Essential oils are lipid soluble compounds (meaning they dissolve in fat, rather than water-soluble molecules which dissolve in water). As a fat-soluble compound, essential oils are readily transported to all organs of the body, including the brain.
Effective oral application methods include:
As always, read labels for appropriate use before ingestion or message me if you have concerns!
Health Benefits of Essential Oils
Essential oils are associated with so many benefits that many swear using essential oils for preventing and reversing health conditions. Some include:
I hope you found this information useful. I'm here to help if you have any questions or concerns email me at: Toni@DrToniCamacho.com
Dr. Toni is a Best-selling author, Holistic Health Practitioner (HHP) & Registered Herbalist in San Diego, California. She holds a PhD in psychology, and a Clinical Herbalist Certificate, an HHP certificate and is a Certified Trainer in the Success Principles. In private practice as a HHP she has been influenced by a variety of clinical modalities and orientations, and by the diverse life experiences of her clients. Toni’s approach to healing is holistic & transpersonal. In her work, she integrates the principles of Eastern and Western nutrition, herbololgy, energy medicine, Buddhist mindfulness and personal counseling to assist others in working through their physical or emotional blocks to attain optimal health.