The ABC’s of Using Essential Oils

The ABC’s of Using Essential Oils

Naturally present in plants, including fruits that we eat, they’re in certain cosmetics, soaps, and perfumes.  They’re often in food and beverage flavorings as well as household cleaning products. They can be found in your incense candles and bath beads too.  Despite their ubiquity, many people who would like to integrate essential oils into their health and wellness plans simply don’t know where to start. We recommend beginning with the basics – the ABC’s of Essentials Oils.

What Are Essential Oils?

Simply put, essential oils are highly concentrated liquids extracted from plants.  These liquids contain hundreds of naturally occurring molecular compounds that capture the plant’s scent, or “essence.”  

*For a broader definition, or guidance in selecting which essential oils are right for you, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

How Should I Store Them?

Keep your essential oils in their original packaging and store them in a cool dark place that is safely out of reach of children and pets.  Replacing the cover immediately after use will help to preserve your Forest Remedies™ essential oils’ optimal quality., i

How Do I Use Them?  

Essential oils can be dispensed in a variety of ways; they can be inhaled, used in diffusers and humidifiers, and—once diluted with a carrier oil—applied to the skin.  To fit each individual’s lifestyle, Forest Remedies™ offers a wide range of affordable oils that can be dispensed as sprays, droppers, and diffusers.

Inhalation Methods

If a busy lifestyle means you must prioritize ease and convenience, then simply open a bottle and safely inhale.  Alternatively, you could add a few drops to a handkerchief and breathe in, making sure to avoid direct skin contact . A few drops of lavender oil on your pillow might be just what you need for a good night’s sleep, just remember to avoid having the undiluted oil make direct contact with your skin.  For a more intense delivery, fill a bowl with hot water, drape a towel over both your head and bowl, gently close your eyes and inhale the steam. Diffusers make a great choice if you work at home. These are electronic devices that disperse essential oils ambiently into the air, so you can inhale as you perform your tasks.

Topical Applications

Essential oils are great for soaking in the tub, just dilute in carrier oil and add to your bathwater.  Adding them to your cosmetics and massage oils are great options as well. You can also apply them to individual joints, temples, and pulse points.  With all topical applications, be certain to dilute them in a carrier oil first.

What Safety Precautions Should I Follow?s

Regardless of your format, it is important that you always read and follow individual product directions.  Here are some general guidelines to help get you started:

  • Always dilute according to individual product directions.  If you intend to use essential oils topically or in a bath, be sure to read individual products’ instructions to see if you should avoid sun exposure.
  • Never administer to infants, children, or animals.  Not to be used by anyone who is pregnant or breastfeeding.
  • Don’t apply to irritated or broken skin, and keep away from eyes and inner ears.  Discontinue use if irritation or allergic reaction occurs after use.
  • As with any health and wellness product, consult with your health-care provider before use.