Using Essential Oils Aromatically

Essential oils have been used for centuries in many different ways. One of the keys is with aromatherapy. See how some of these powerful tips can help support your body with the essential oils.

There are three pathways of exposure to the body: 

  • the respiratory system 
  • the skin 
  • the digestive track 

Essential oils can be used in each of these three ways, and each has specific benefits: 

  • Aromatically through the respiratory system and brain/nervous system 
  • topically through the skin 
  • internally through the digestive track (providing they are a pure therapeutic source of essential oils) 

Aromatherapy is the oldest method of application in using essential oils and there are several ways for effective use: 

  1. simply open the bottles and inhale 
  2. drop in the palms of your hands and inhale 
  3. place 3-5 drops in an essential oil diffuser and diffuse (this can provide benefits for 1-8 hours depending on your diffuser) 
  4. place a few drops in a small spritzer bottle with water, shake and spritz when needed 

Mood and Emotions 

The fastest way to change a mood or emotions is through smell. As you inhale essential oils, the tiny molecules reach your limbic system which governs mood, emotions and memory. Here are a few essential oils that provide great support when used aromatically: 

  • Bergamot ignites optimism and confidence, uplifting and encouraging 
  • Black Pepper is excellent for suppressing addictions, physical or mental 
  • Frankincense opens the memory for understanding, provides feelings of love and protection, enhances prayer and meditation, opens spiritual channels 
  • Grapefruit curbs emotional eating 
  • Lavender calms insecurities and fears, releasing tension, promotes restful sleep 
  • Lemon supports mental focus and clarity, reduces stress, elevating 
  • Orange inspires and elevates the mood while reducing stress 
  • Patchouli is grounding, stabilizing, calming fears and nervous tension 
  • Peppermint is invigorating, uplifting, and pain relieving emotionally and physically 
  • Sandalwood is stress reducing, calming to the mind 
  • Vetiver is grounding while emotional liberating, providing focus 
  • Ylang Ylang is powerful for releasing strong emotions, nurturing feelings of love 


Respiratory and Sinus Challenges

Diffusing oils can be very effective for challenges such as asthma, allergies, colds, sinus infections, or coughs 

  • Eucalyptus opens and supports the respiratory channels for empowering your health
  • Melaleuca reduces infection, documented to kill bacteria, viruses, and fungus 
  • White fir is a decongestant, disinfectant, reduces mucous 
  • Peppermint opens sinuses and airways, acts as catalyst in blends 
  • Cypress breaks down mucous, increases circulation 
  • Oil blend with Eucalyptus, Melaleuca, Ravensara, Cardamom, Peppermint and more provides great benefits for respiratory discomfort 


Dispelling Airborne Pathogens

Diffusing essential oils is especially effective for dispelling unwanted airborne pathogens and is especially effective during cold and flu season. Just keep the diffuser going. 

  • Oil blend of cinnamon, clove, rosemary, eucalyptus, orange or such is super effective in dispelling viruses and pathogens, reducing your risk of a virus 
  • Oregano is an excellent lymphatic stimulator, antiviral, loosens phlegm 
  • Lemon or Lime stimulates circulation, effective for respiratory infection and inflammation 

Erleen has such great insight regarding using essential oils in our everyday lives. Using an aerator will help you increase the effectiveness of how much of the oils you will typically be exposed to and absorb. In conjunction with an anti-inflammatory diet and exercise, this will give you additional tools to empower your health on a daily basis. 


Erleen Tilton
Holistic Nutritionist, Certified Aromatherapist - get your FREE e-book here!



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