The uses for essential oils are nearly as abundant as the number of oils themselves, so when it comes time to decide how you're going to use your essential oils for aromatherapy, it's important to be aware of the wealth of possibilities that are presented to you. Today, we're going to cover all of the different traditional ways that you can perform aromatherapy with essential oils and will try to cover which oils fit into which category.
You might try this with one of our portable diffusers or through steam inhalation, through spray or by simply sniffing a cotton ball with drops of essential oil on it, but the important thing to remember when using this method is that less is more. Don't go overboard with the drops or puffs, because you don't want to overdo it. While it might seem like you won't cause any harm, certain oils that are a little more volatile than others like cinnamon leaf may actually cause irritation in your nose and throat. Stay away from inhaling oils that are inherently spicy or volatile in order to avoid complications.
Much like inhalation, there are some concerns you'll need to keep in mind before topically applying oils to your skin. However, topical application can provide some of the greatest relief with essential oils, especially in relaxing your muscles and soothing your skin. Certain oils, like cinnamon leaf and peppermint, will require a carrier oil for sure, but we would recommend using a carrier oil in all instances in order to avoid irritation.
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