Essential oils can be used in a multitude of ways, one of which is inhalation. Through inhaling essential oils, the molecules will interact with the olfactory organs, respiratory system, and brain – specifically the limbic system which is colloquially referred to as the emotional brain. This causes the essential oils to have physiological and psychological effects.
Sometimes I inhale essential oils through the use of a nebulizer, which creates a mist, or through the steam from a big bowl of hot water with a towel over my head. Most commonly, and the method I’m going to talk about today, I implement what I call “Buddha’s breath” for essential oils.
Buddha’s Breath for Essential Oils
1. Roll or drop a small amount of essential oil onto the palm of one hand.
2. Rub hands together.
3. Place hands over nose and mouth.
4. Inhale through nose as slowly as possible for a full breath.
5. Hold breath for 10 seconds.
6. Exhale slowly through the mouth.
Breathing slowly, holding your breath, and exhaling slowly are important for your body to be able to absorb the essential oils. If you breath too quickly, they will just get sucked into the back wall of your nasal cavity, and exhaling too quickly will shoot most of it back out of your body again.
I use this method daily for the essential oils I use to treat my allergies, but it also works wonders for other maladies. Lavender essential oil can be used for headaches and insomnia, eucalyptus essential oil is effective in clearing sinuses, and more.
Do you use essential oils? What method do you implement? What’s your favourite essential oil?