Have you decided to take the leap and find out what this essential oils craze is all about? If so, you’ve probably already discovered there is an enormous amount of information available online. So much so, that you’ve probably started to feel a bit overwhelmed.
Don’t let that stop you!
Essential oils are fantastic natural products that you will definitely want to try. So, instead of missing out on all the great benefits, start here to learn the very basics that will get you started.
The Science of Essential Oils
If you don’t care much about the “science-y stuff,” then go on and skip ahead. But just in case, you’d like to know a little bit about why essential oils work, here’s the scoop.
Typically, essential oil molecules are absorbed into the skin. So, if an oil such as lavender, for example, is applied to an abrasion, its anti-inflammatory and soothing properties go to work to soothe the irritation. The molecules are also transported to the bloodstream where they are distributed throughout the body with all of their healing properties.
Aromatherapy works a little differently. When essential oil molecules are released into the air, as when they are diffused, they enter our bodies through our olfactory (smell) systems. From there, they are transported directly to the limbic systems in our brains. The limbic systems are known as our emotional centers. In case you’ve ever wondered why a scent of a particular perfume can cause an old memory to resurface, this is why.
Choosing Essential Oils
Obviously, this is where you start. You need to know which oils to buy, right?
First things first – make sure that you are selecting essential oils that are 100% pure therapeutic grade. Next, choose a few common oils that have multiple uses, such as:
Known for its antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and soothing properties.
Frankincense Essential Oil
Which aids in cell regeneration, grounds emotions and centers thoughts.
Peppermint Essential Oil
With its antibacterial, anti-viral and anti-inflammatory properties. Also known to perk up the senses and deter pests.
Tea Tree Essential Oil
Known for its antibacterial, anti-fungal and antiseptic properties.
Orange Essential Oil
For its anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and antidepressant properties.
Lemon Essential Oil
Because of its natural lightening, antibacterial, and anti-depressant properties.
All of these skin oils are effective in reducing skin pigmentation.
The best way to start is by purchasing a starter kit that contains some of these essential oils. Most companies offer a starter kit with some basic oils and a diffuser, which is absolutely essential.
If you have some specific needs you are purchasing oils for, do your research. Simply doing a Google search on “essential oils for depression,” for example will pull up a tonne of great information on the subject. Just be smart about your research. If you find a recipe for a blend of depression, be sure to read up on the specific properties of the oils it recommends so that you are not wasting money using oils for the wrong benefits.
Some Things You Need to Know
There are just a few basics you need to know before you get started.
- Keep essential oils at an even temperature. Some oils, such as citrus, are fine to refrigerate, but extreme temperatures will erode their properties, so room temperature is best.
- Store oils in dark glass containers. Glass keep plastics from leaching in. Dark glass to keep direct light from breaking them down.
- Some oils, such as peppermint, can be toxic to children in large quantities. Be sure to read warnings included with your oils.
Using Essential Oils
Now for the fun part!
It’s time to put all this knowledge to good use!
Any of these oils are great alone, but when you blend them, you can really maximize the benefits by combining the properties you need most. It’s fun to experiment, but if you’re not sure where to start, here are a few blends that can be put to good use:
- Kitchen and Bathroom Cleaner – add 8 drops tea tree and 8 drops lemon to a glass spray bottle. Fill with distilled water. This concoction not only smells great, but it also demolishes mold and mildew, and kills germs!
- Anti-Anxiety Blend – add 5 drops each of frankincense and lavender to your diffuser for a calming effect.
- Bedtime Blend – diffuse 10 drops lavender and 2 drops frankincense at bedtime for an instant cure for insomnia.
- Joint Pain Reliever– Essential oils like olive oil are bliss in ailments like arthritis.
- Bite and Sting Relief – add a couple of drops of lavender to a drop or two of a carrier oil such as coconut or grapeseed, and apply the concoction to stings or bites to soothe and speed healing.
- Fighting allergies– Most essential oils like fish oil, tee tree oils have antibiotic properties. These and more oils are helpful in getting through allergy seasons.
That’s a Wrap!
Hopefully, this will get you started on your “oily” journey. Don’t be afraid to experiment and create your own blends to replace some of the toxic products in your home!