How Do Essential Oils Work?

Essential oils enter the body in two main ways. Most commonly they enter via the nose and our sense of smell identifies the smells and sends messages to the brain via the olfactory glands. This is where the therapeutic process begins. There are many effects that can be achieved, such as relaxation, refreshment, stimulating memories, or providing a feeling of well-being or relief, which may vary from person to person. 

Getting the smell of oils to the nasal passage can be done by putting a few drops on a tissue, a few drops well stirred into a hot bath, using a water based candle oil burner or an electric diffuser that can fan the smells around a room. After a massage, essential oil or vitamin face serum can be absorbed dermally through the skin. A massage can be as simple as a hand or shoulder massage for elderly patients or those who are very sick. It can also include a full body massage.

How is essential oil massage created?

Essential oils should not be applied directly to the skin, but must be combined with carrier oil. Sweet almond and grapeseed are the most well-known, but other carrier oils such as calendula or peach kernel are also available. They have different properties, such as skin enrichment or tissue repair. Blend essential oils in a carrier oil to massage with a minimum of 3%. This means that you can only mix 3 ml essential oils with 100 ml carrier oil. You can use approximately 20 drops to 1 ml.