Massage and inhalation are the most effective methods of introducing these wonderful holistic gifts from nature into the human body.
Through the skin
Skin is the largest organ in the human body. Because the molecular structure of essential oils is so small, the molecules are absorbed through the skin and then the bloodstream. A modern application of this principle is known as "the patch." To quit smoking, or to raise estrogen levels in menopausal women, medication is introduced at a gentle and consistent level into the body through the skin.
Massage is a good way to introduce essential oils to the body. Essential oils take approximately half an hour to be absorbed. A good-quality carrier oil, lotion, cream or salve is used to deliver the essential oils into the body.
The olfactory system (nose and nasal passages) sends a message to the limbic system of the brain. The message is telegraphed to the central nervous system and to the glands, which control how the body functions. Methods of use are: baths, diffusers, humidifiers, hot tubs, steams, or on a handkerchief or pillow. It takes only seconds for the message to be received by the brain.
Ingesting is never recommended by a Certified Aromatherapist unless he or she is a qualified Doctor. Essential oils may react with the other materials in the digestive tract, and are often toxic.