Don't do this. Do that. Put it here. No, not there! Don't ingest that, it might kill you. Be sure you always ingest them, it is the fastest way to use them. Add a carrier oil. A what?! We've all heard the advice. Some of it great, solid advice. Some of it more hype and hearsay than advice. It is hard to know who to listen to when learning about essential oil usage. Why the differences? Well, a ton of it has to do with schools of thought. Essential oils have been around for thousands of years. They are even finding them in the tombs discovered in Egypt. In Europe, essential oils have a long history stemming back centuries, with documentation of medicinal and food use, as well as topical and aromatic use. In the United States, it is much different. Our country is barely a couple hundred years old. While natives to North America did, in fact, use plants and herbs in daily life, we did not adapt to these practices readily. Instead, we hit the Industrial Age and looked to the future. Factories, not farms, were the future of tomorrow. Why search for a plant in the woods or farm endlessly when we can develop a chemically derived synthetic accomplishing many of the same uses with far less effort -- and don't forget the added bonus of money. If you create it and patent it...they will pay, and pay big. Do you know plants are not able to be patented? They exist in nature, and so far, our laws do not allow for plants to be patented. So, that being the case...there is no money for big companies in essential oils and plants. At least not compared to the billions made in other industries with competing "patented products." This being the case, most people are ignorant about essential oils. They didn't grow up having them in the home so they have no clue how to use them. Understandable. It would be like handing someone from the city a live chicken and asking them to make fried chicken for dinner. Probably won't get the best dinner from them.
In Germany, historically, essential oil usage has been aromatic. By inhalation, molecules bypass most of the processing that it would normally take place for them to get into your body’s system if taken orally or applied to the skin. "The molecules are sent to the the olfactory system and from there to the piriform cortex (highest form of brain tissue we have). It only takes two synapsis time for the molecules to be processed and to start having an effect on our system. The response time is almost instantaneous... and also goes directly into the blood stream through the alveoli of the lungs." – Chemistry of Essential Oils Made Simple- by Dr. David Stewart
In Britain, historical use centered around topical usage. The school of thought here is when you apply them topically, they enter through the bloodstream quickly, evading the destruction of essential oils by stomach acid, and eliminating any possible gastric issues possibly caused by essential oils. They also believe you will inhale them as you wear them, so truly, diffusion is not necessary.
In France, they focus on total therapy usage of essential oils. Focus is more on the “ therapy” than just the “aroma” in the use of essential oils. They use both methods from Germany and Britain, but also use oils neat (undiluted) and take them internally through mouth and through suppositories. The history of why they feel this way goes back to a man named Rene-Maurice Gattefosse, a doctor and chemist. After a particularly bad accident in his lab in 1910, he discovered the benefits of lavender. Later, doctors in France followed Gattefosse’s example and used essential oils for soldiers during WWI and WWII. As Gary Young studied in France, grows our plants like the French do -- with beyond organic standards, and knows the history, research, and compounds existing in our essential oils, he recommends the French method of essential oils usage. Only with our oils. It would be impossible for us to recommend this usage with other companies. We have no idea what is on their farms, in their distilleries, or in their bottles. It would be grossly negligent and possibly dangerous for us to speak of using other companies in these ways.