Medical and supplemental aromatherapy is one of five main uses of aromatherapy. Understanding each use will ensure your body receives the maximum benefits. Medical aromatherapy is used to treat clinically diagnosed medical issues. It is based on the practices of Rene-Maurice Gattefosse, who is known as the founder of modern aromatherapy. He was a French chemist who would massage patients with essential oils during surgery. It has become a well-known and popular way of utilizing essential oils today.

Unless they are being used as a food additive, where the amount of essential oil contained within the entire meal is so minute, it is always advised that you consult your primary healthcare provider before making any dietary changes that involve essential oils. 

As a general rule, if you decide to use essential oils as an oral dietary supplement, do not exceed the recommended daily dose indicated on the label, and use only for short durations of time. 

It is important to take breaks when using essential oil as a dietary supplement. Do not use an essential oil orally as a dietary supplement for more than 3-5 days consecutively without a break of at least 3-4 weeks. (This does not apply if you are using essential oil as a flavor enhancer in your recipes.) 

When using essential oils as a food additive, the essential oil will be diluted in the rest of the meal, such as a sauce, soup, smoothie, tea, coffee, etc. The dilution of the essential oil within the meal is much easier for the body to use regularly. It also adds robust and delicious flavors. 

Ways to use essential oils as a dietary supplement: 

  • Herbal Tea: Essential oils can be taken as an herbal infusion, either with a tea bag or loose herbs. Simply add 1-2 drops of the essential oil of choice to steeped tea. 
  • Water, Juice, or Milk: Essential oils can be mixed into one tablespoon of water, juice, or milk for easier ingestion. Do not exceed one drop of essential oil. 
  • Honey or Sugar: The essential oil can be added to a half teaspoon of honey or raw sugar. Do not exceed one drop of essential oil. 
  • Cider Vinegar: The essential oil can be mixed into two tablespoons of honey blended with one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and one tablespoon of water. Do not exceed one drop of essential oil. 
  • Vegetable Capsules: Essential oils can be placed into vegetable capsules with any safe carrier oil. Vegetable capsules are particularly useful if a combination of oils is used. Do not exceed three drops of essential oil. 

You can learn more about aromatherapy classifications HERE and Olfactory and Psycho Aromatherapy HERE.