- Topically – Essential oils can be applied directly on your skin, either neat (without diluting) or diluted in a carrier oil.
- Internally – Certain high quality essential oils are safe for internal use.
- Aromatically – Diffusing essential oils in the air is a great way to get the benefits of essential oils
However, if you’re not sure about the quality of your oils or their bottles don’t say anything about internal use, contact the company and ask what they recommend.
If your oils are safe for consumption, you can try taking them:
- In a capsule – Empty capsules are available online or in your local health food store. Capsules are great for taking essential oils (that are safe for internal use) that will normally burn your mouth if you take them undiluted or in water.
- Under the tongue – Some essential oils, like digestive essential oil blends, can be taken under the tongue. Start with one drop, see how you feel in a few minutes and do another drop if you feel you need it. You should experience relief pretty quickly.
- In water – Some essential oils, like lemon, wild orange or peppermint, are great in water. The typical dilution is one drop per 4 oz. water.
- Dilute – dilute the essential oils in a carrier oil or in the bath.
- Apply to the bottoms of their feet – Most oils, I apply to the bottoms of their feet. The oils still enter the bloodstream quickly, but the tough skin on the bottoms of their feet isn’t as prone to irritation like other areas of the body may be.
- Take extra caution during the first trimester – The first three months, even the first three weeks, are a precious time of rapid development for your baby. Even herbs, foods and essential oils considered safe for pregnancy should be used with caution during this time.
- Dilute – Rather than applying oil directly to your body, dilute it first in a carrier oil. You can then apply it to the problem area. Or, you can also apply oils to the bottoms of your feet.
- Use aromatherapy – Diffusing oils aromatically is a safe way to use essential oils during pregnancy. Most concern is over the topical and internal use of essential oils.
According to Everything Essential, you should avoid the following oils:
- Cinnamon bark
- Clary Sage
- White Fir
- Clary Sage
- Roman Chamomile
- Wild Orange
- Ylang Ylang
*Peppermint can decrease milk supply. It can be used sparingly.
- Do a skin test before using essential oils topically.
- In case of skin irritation, stop using the oil. If you’re using it neat, try diluting it before using it again.
- Keep them out of your eyes.
- Use only high quality oils that you know are pure.
- If in doubt, dilute.
- Listen to your body. If you don’t feel right after using an essential oil, stop using it, or if you feel like you need to use a certain one, try it. Your body is a great guide.
- Diffuser – This is a special apparatus that allows you to diffuse essential oils in the air for aromatherapy.
- Carrier oil – Good carrier oil, like coconut oil, is essential for diluting your oils.