Basics of Essential Oils
What are Essential Oils?
Essential oils been used for medicinal and healing purposes for thousands of years; however many people are just rediscovering the amazing health benefits. Essential oils are extracted from leaves, flowers, bark, roots, herbs, stems, brushes, shrubs and trees.
How do I know what Essential Oils to Buy?
There are a lot of companies selling essential oils ranging from a 3-30 dollars for the same size bottle of oil. Make sure that the company you buy from uses pure oils, a lot of times the cheaper ones are not pure. We use Spark Natural Oils. Spark uses pure oil and is cheaper than DoTERRA (who we used to use).
How do I use Essential Oils?
There are numerous ways you can use essential oils. Here are few of the most popular.
- Directly on the Skin. There are differing opinions regarding putting essential oils directly on the skin but we have been directly applying oils to our skin for years. We commonly will put a drop or two at the bottom of our feet or on our chest. You may want to first try putting a few drops on a small patch of skin and wait 24 hours to see if you have a reaction.
- In the bath. Many people use essential oils in when they take a bath. Add 8-10 drops to the water and then relax. Some popular essential oils to bathe in are lavender, Roman chamomile, and jasmine. Eucalyptus is also great for its soothing effects on the muscles and joints.
- Inhale. This is a great way to see the positive effects of essential oils because you really get a chance to see how positively oils can affect your mood. As you inhale the different essential oils can help balance your body, mind and spirit. Add 5-10 drops of oil to a bowl of steaming water (not boiling) and put a towel over your head. Inhale the vapors from the steam. Some people also put a drops of your favorite oil on your pillow before you go to bed which helps with deep sleep.
- Humidifier. Add 5-10 drops to a room humidifier two times a day.
- Compress. Compression is a fantastic way to apply essential oils to the body for relaxation, headaches, menstrual cramps, and sore muscles. Add 5-10 drops of peppermint or another essential oil to a small bowl of hot water. Dip the towel or washcloth, wring out the water and compress the towel on affected area.
- Massage. Massages with essential oils are great because they aid in the therapeutic aspects of massage. Research the properties in various essential oils to create a mix that will be most effective for you.
- Diffuse. Many people love diffusing essential oils, heating or burning them can make the essential oil less effective. Diffusing disperses the oils in the air and you have a natural air purifier to fill your home. Diffusers also eliminate the need for harmful synthetic air fresheners.
- Spray it on. Create spay bottles with your favorite essential oils and spray my linens, carpet and clothes. Some people clean their houses with essential oil mixtures. They kill mold, bacteria, dust mites and unpleasant odors.
- Dryer sheets. Add a few of your favorite essential oils to a rag and put it in the dryer with your clothes or sheets.
What are the Most Popular Essential Oils?
There are so many essential oils to choose from each with different benefits. Here are 5 of our favorites.
Peppermint-Has been very effective as a digestive stimulant and also can be used to treat respiratory ailments such as headaches. Also can be used to disinfect.
Lavender-Has been known to help with many issues. Good for use on acne; sunburns, insect bites and can also act as a insect repellent.
Bergamot-May help reduce the common fever and help in digestive aid. When used aromatically bergamot oil can also help build confidence, uplift spirits, relieve anxiety and depression.
Clary Sage-May help to uplift mood and improve vision and protect eyes from age related degeneration.
Eucalyptus- Has been used in everything from cough and throat medicines to sore muscle ointments. Also has been known to have a calming effect and has been known to help breathing and to open air passages.