There are three different models of using essential oils therapeutically: the French, German, and English. Together these three models show how powerful and versatile essential oils can be. The best results may be achieved if all three are combined and used with touch therapy, lymphatic massage, spinal touch, Vita Flex, and Raindrop technique.
The French Way
The French model prescribes the ingestion and neat (undiluted) topical application of therapeutic essential oils. A few essential oils are often added to a teaspoon of honey, a piece of bread, or a small amount of vegetable oil.
The German Way
The German way focuses on inhalation of the essential oils. According to research, the effect of aromatic compounds on the sense of smell can exert strong effects on the brain, especially on the hypothalamus and the limbic system. The limbic system is the seat of emotions and the hypothalamus is the hormone command center of the body. Essential oils high in sequiterpenes, such as sandalwood, cedarwood, myrrh, frankincense, vetiver, and melissa can dramatically increase oxygenation and activity in the brain. This may directly improve many systems of the body.
The English Way
The English way focuses on diluting a small amount of essential oils in a vegetable oil and massaging the body for relaxing and relieving stress.
Is it possible to rely on one way only?
I found that the combination of all three models work the best. However, I don't recommend to ingest any oils unless you are using essential oils that are therapeutic grade. Make sure the oils you are using are from a company that says their oils can be used as dietary supplements. It is important that they meet or exceed the AFNOR standard before ingestion as well.
Inhalation works best if the goal is to balance mood and emotions, induce weight loss, and increase growth hormone secretions. Peppermint, lavender, vetiver, sandalwood and white fir oils are effective for inhalation.
Topical application would produce a better result in the case of spinal or muscle injuries. I use essential oils often on my son who is a football player. According to Young, marjoram is excellent for muscles, lemongrass for ligaments, and wintergreen or birch for bones.
Taken a drop of peppermint orally for indigestion may be very effective, but it doesn't mean that peppermint cannot produce the same results when massaged on the stomach. In some cases, all three methods are interchangeable and may produce similar benefits.
The most common methods
The most common methods of essential oils application are probably cold air diffusing and undiluted (neat) topical application. Other ways of applications include adding the essential oils to the reflexology, Vita Flex, and acupressure points. Adding essentials to these disciplines increase the healing response that cannot be achieved with reflexology or acupressure alone.