What You Need To Know About Essential Oils
Essential oils are just that… essential! They are oils that are compounds created from plants. Typically these oils are used for aroma therapy and holistic health purposes.
I use my essential oils for just about anything because there are so many ways to enjoy them.
For example, you can diffuse them for inhalation or dilute them and use them topically.
While there are well over a hundred different oils, each individual oil has a unique set of benefits and uses. The oils can be used for anything from aiding digestion to alleviating allergies and even as all natural cleaners.
A basic essential oils starter kit comes with these oils: frankincense, orange, lemongrass, peppermint, eucalyptus, tea tree, rosemary and lavender.
That may seem like a handful of things to remember and, as far as their names go, it doesn’t really indicate what each one is for.
Frankincense: Diffusing this oil can help your overall wellness by giving the sense of peace and satisfaction. Additionally, you can dilute the oil with jojoba oil or coconut oil and apply to the bottom of your feet to relax and balance your mood.
Orange: Orange can hone in to just about any nervous issue you may have. I like to diffuse this oil when I feel any form of anger or depression. It is a major mood lifter and can also be great to enhance your already good mood.
Lemongrass: As I mentioned before, some of these oils aid in digestion and this is one of them. While the oils aren’t made for direct consumption, a drop of lemon essential oil in your recipe could help your health. As far as diffusing, this oil is another very uplifting and cleansing oil.
Peppermint: Peppermint oil is a big go-to of mine. I primarily diffuse it to combat nausea, but the other benefits include boosting hair growth and cooling itches.
Eucalyptus: This is another favorite oil. I use this oil a little differently than all the others. Whenever I get sick it is almost always a respiratory infection so I put a few drops in my shower (where I know the water won’t hit much) and let the hot steam do its magic. And if it is applied topically it can relieve tension.
Tea Tree: This oil has strong antibacterial qualities and when diluted in a carrier oil and applied directly to the skin it can fight acne and reduce the size of pores.
Rosemary: Rosemary is another oil that is known for hair growth. But if you diffuse the oil it can stimulate the mind to help you focus and be more alert. Additionally, it can be applied to the stomach to ease pain or gas.
Lavender: One of the most calming oils is lavender. This oil is majorly connected to the “third eye” chakra and it promotes sleep and meditation. If applied directly it can relieve the pain of bee stings or bug bites.
The Best Part
My favorite thing of essential oils is that even with a starter kit like that you have endless combinations of what you can do. The eight oils can be used alone or with multiple other oils to create different recipes.
It always blows my mind that I can combine a few different oils and make my apartment smell like Christmas or a rainy day. Or if I want to have a spa day, it isn’t completely out of reach because I have so many different relaxing ingredients.
You can pamper every part of your body with essential oils!
The other thing I absolutely adore is that most diffusers change color. So what ever mood you’re feeling, or want to feel, can be targeted with aromatherapy and light therapy.
While essential oils have more benefits than not, there is still potential of allergic reaction, headaches or asthma. Also, the benefits may be worth while but not all essential oils smell pleasant.
Also published on Medium.