Essential oils can be added to a warm bath, inhaled through essential oil diffusers, or applied directly to the skin. When applied topically, essential oils are absorbed into the skin. This mode of application may help soothe irritated skin or relieve itching from bug bites. Before applying to skin, however, perform a patch test to ensure you are not allergic to that particular oil or fragrance. When inhaled, essential oils trigger the limbic system, which is responsible for our emotions, behaviors, and long-term memories. Inhaling essential oils may help relieve headaches and encourage relaxation. Regardless of the application, scent is a powerful tool in changing our mood for the better, and essential oils are an optimal way to improve overall wellness. Essential oils designed for bathing, diffusing, or massage are not edible and should not be consumed.
Many people will find essential oils are a positive addition to their daily routine, but the use of essential oils alone should not replace regular doctor’s visits. The consistent use of essential oils, combined with other self-care practices, can be a wonderful stress-relieving practice and may help maintain or improve overall health.