Essential oils have become a part of conversations between family and friends. However, even then, it is a very misunderstood subject. When people mention essential oils, they believe it’s just an aroma that is captivating. Although true, there are more benefits to an essential oil.
An essential oil is a concentrated liquid that contains a plant’s chemical properties. It is called “essential” because it contains the ‘essence of’ the plant’s fragrance and aroma. These compounds are extracted by crushing and distilling the plant and then combining them with a carrier oil to preserve for use. A carrier oil is used to dilute essential oils and absolutes (absolutes are used in perfumes and other fragranced products) before they are applied to the skin.
Examples of carrier oils are: almond, jojoba, coconut, avocado, etc.
NOTE: Not all essential oils are diluted. Essential oils should be labeled if you could use them neat or if they need dilution. The essential oils I use are either labeled or information is provided by the company itself on how to correctly use them.
As defined by the National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy, Aromatherapy is the art of utilizing extracted aroma from plants to balance, harmonize and promote the health of mind, body, and spirit.
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Just like antibiotics and other prescribed or non-prescribed medications, you can have (or develop) a reaction to an essential oil. So it is advisable to know your body and be prepared just in case. FYI – if you develop a rash/allergic reaction, discontinue use and visit a doctor. *You can also try applying a carrier oil if minor, and/or apply Lavender essential oil. If you feel a burning sensation, you either used too much or applied an oil that was not labeled to apply neat.
NOTE: Diluting an essential oil does not take away from its benefits.
Citrus oils contain photosensitive compounds, so it’s important to avoid the sunlight, sunlamps, and other sources of UV light. *Different times for different kinds.
Essential oils are very potent, so a little goes a long way. If no ‘recipe’ (also called a “blend”) is known, use 1-2 drops. Essential oils can be used topically, internally and aromatically. REMEMBER, not all essential oils are to be used internally. When in doubt, do your own research and/or ask someone who has experience.
For personal benefits, you can use essential oils to help with any ailments you may have. *In no way is this claiming they cure anything or everything. You can, however, use them to boost your moods; studies show certain aromas help stabilize your mood.
Benefits shared in personal use can be carried over into a professional setting. Trust me, it’s better than smelling a strong perfume or cologne. Most of which are just full of chemicals, like alcohol.
Essential oils help stabilize the atmosphere in your home and can do the same in a work setting. They are currently even used by teachers in their classrooms. If you’re new to essential oils or even have experience with them, REMEMBER that you don’t need to know everything. Essential oils are a gift from the earth, enjoy it… don’t let it be a contest of who knows best.
These five (5) essential oils are a great start to your essential oil path:
Also known as olibanum, is a common type of essential oil used in aromatherapy that can offer a variety of health benefits, including helping relieve chronic stress and anxiety, reducing pain and inflammation, boosting immunity and even potentially helping to fight cancer.
1) help ease sinus congestion and head colds
2) help regulate excessive mucus when mixed with Eucalyptus essential oil
3) help promote calmness, deep breathing, and relaxation
4) help with sleep when mixed with Rose and Ylang Ylang essential oil
5) help in child labor by soothing anxiety when diffused
6) can be mixed with other essential oils for more benefits.
NOTE: Frankincense essential oil can be applied neat, diffused and/or inhaled, and used internally.
Also known as Lavandula angustifolia, is one of the most commonly used essential oils today. The Egyptians used it for mummification and as a perfume. The Romans also used it for bathing, cooking and for scenting the air.
1) be calming and relaxing especially in cases of insomnia, anxiety, depression, and stress
2) help with acne, skin disorders, digestion, pain and preventing or treating infections
3) reduce the progress of Candida albicans
4) bug repellant.
NOTE: Lavender essential oil can be applied neat, diffused and/or inhaled, and used internally.
Also known as citrus lemon, is a great essential oil used in homemade cleaning products. This essential oil has been used to fight food poisoning, malaria, and typhoid epidemics. Lemon is best known for its ability to cleanse toxins from any body part, rejuvenate energy, purify skin, bug repellant and stimulate lymph drainage.
1) help in treating acne and some skin disorders
2) help with mental fatigue, exhaustion, dizziness, anxiety, nervousness
3) help increase concentration and alertness
4) help boost your immune system since it is high in Vitamin C
5) help treat asthma…inhaling it clears the passages and sinuses
6) help regulate sleep…especially problems with insomnia
7) help with stomach problems including indigestion
8) help hair grow strong, healthy and shiny even help with dandruff
9) help in weight loss by reducing feelings of overeating
10) help in reducing fever.
NOTE: Lemon essential oil can be applied neat, diffused and/or inhaled, and used internally. *Stay away from direct sunlight for at least 12 hours.
Also known as menthe piperita, is one of the most versatile essential oils in the world, along with Lavender. Peppermint essential oil gives a cooling sensation and has a calming effect on the body, which relieves sore muscles when used topically.
1) help soothe digestive issues
2) help with nausea due to its anti-nausea benefits
3) relieve headaches
4) improve mental focus
5) clear respiratory tract
6) boost energy
NOTE: Peppermint essential oil can be applied neat, diffused and/or inhaled, and used internally. *Dilute for children 1:1 (1 drop carrier oil for every 1 drop essential oil).
Also known as Melaleuca or Melaleuca alternifolia, is one of the most used essential oils for personal products, such as hair care. It’s been documented to kill many strains of bacteria, viruses, and fungi. This essential oil has been used for centuries by the aborigines to heal cuts, wounds and skin infections.
Tea Tree may:
1) help with acne issues
2) help kill mold when diffused
3) help repel bugs to include lice
4) help with food odor
5) help relieve congestion and respiratory tract infections
6) replace household cleaning products.
NOTE: Tea Tree essential oil can be applied neat, diffused and/or inhaled, and used internally.
There are more to essential oils, but it isn’t too bad learning about something when it benefits you in the long run. If you want to take anything away from this, know that these five (5) essential oils should be in your possession right now. If you don’t have them, visit the link here and click on ‘Get Essential Oils’.
I never thought essential oils would be one of the things that would cross my path, but I am glad I was led to them. I have learned so much, and can only be thankful for these essentials provided by nature itself.
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