Anyone else in love with essential oils like I am? My first encounter with essential oils was about seven years ago. I was working in the spa at a local salon. During training, I learned that there were some basic key elements in setting the mood in the spa for the clients. We would make sure there was soft oasis music playing with very dim lighting along with an essential oil diffuser turned on. And as the clients relaxed during their spa service, they would be introduced to essential oils and had the option to have their most favorite scents implemented in the spa service to reap the wonderful benefits.
Week after week working in the spa, the massage therapists would break down what are essential oils, their uses and health benefits. I was so intrigued and overwhelmed at the newfound world of these special aromas. The more they talked about essential oils, the more I wanted to know. I couldn’t believe there were over 100 essential oils, each with its own distinct fragrance. The most popular essential oils are Peppermint, Lavender, Sandalwood, Bergamot, Rose, Chamomile, Ylang Ylang, Tea Tree, Jasmin, and Lemon. These amazing oils can help you physically, mentally, and emotionally.
Essential oils are concentrated, highly potent natural chemical compounds found inside various plants. These natural chemical compounds can be extracted from the plant’s roots, seeds, petals, bark, etc. Each essential oil varies in its natural makeup. As a result, their smells and benefits are very unique.
Ancient civilizations around the world have used these concentrated plant-based oils for aromatherapy, beauty treatments, healthcare, food preparation, and religious ceremonies. The modern-day world uses essential oils for so much more. To name a few, they’re used in household cleaning, boosting immunity, weight management, increasing your energy, to purify the air, and to make you sleepy.
I was glad when I found out that I didn’t have to become an expert in essential oils to begin using them. All you need to know is the fundamentals of how to use them safely. Essential oils can enter the body by way of inhaling, ingesting, or applying to the skin. I encourage you to do your own research prior to using them to avoid any issues. Since essential oils are super duper concentrated, a little bit goes a long way. It’s recommended to dilute them with a carrier oil such as coconut oil, almond oil or olive oil. Some essential oils are so powerful that they’re not even safe to use directly on the skin. Please do a patch test on the inside of your elbow before using a new essential oil. Dilute it with a carrier oil and place the sample size on your skin. If no reaction develops within 24 hours, it’s safe to say that you can use the essential oil. (Warning notice: no irritation from the patch test is not an indication that an allergy won’t develop after further use.)
The versatility of some essential oils are mind-blowing. I love the versatility factor. To ease into the world of essential oils, you don’t have to go out buy a boat load of products. One oil in itself can be used for a variety of tasks or benefits. This keeps you from buying so many at once. Well… if you happen to fall in love with all 100+ essential oils, buy them all. Whatever floats your boat. (LOL)
Over the years, I have consistently used the following essential oils: Lavender, Lemon, Bergamot, Tangerine, Peppermint, Sandalwood, Patchouli, Eucalyptus, Tea Tree, and Ylang Ylang.
Listed below are their wonderful benefits.
LAVENDER – Yes, I did put Lavender first because it’s my absolute favorite scent. It promotes restful sleep, ease anxious feelings, relieves itchiness (eczema), and reduces sunburns. For example, you can combine a few drops with your moisturizer to soothe the skin and random skin irritations.
LEMON – In the citrus family, this essential oil is generally safe for topical use. It improves skin, aids the digestion system, relieves nausea, soothes the throat, boosts oral health and used in cleaning products. While at work, if you become sluggish after lunch, just put a few drops of Lemon in your diffuser to enjoy the energizing aroma.
BERGAMOT – This calming aroma produces a grounding aura. Its ideal to help with feeling sad or down, rejuvenates the skin, and provides soothing comfort to the body. Diffuse Bergamot when stress levels are high.
TANGERINE – This citrus uplifting scent has a refreshing aroma. When ingested, Tangerine oil promotes a healthy immune and respiratory system and supports a healthy metabolism. Shhh….Here’s a little secret: oils within the citrus family can be used in any recipe calling for citrus fruits ingredients.
PEPPERMINT – It can unblock sinuses, help reduce indigestion, provide allergy and migraine relief, relieves muscle and joint pain, and increase energy level. You can use a drop of Peppermint in water for an invigorating mouth rinse.
SANDALWOOD – This oil has a sweet woody aroma. Sandalwood has soothing benefits and it promotes healthy, smooth complexion. To balance emotions, just simply raise the bottle to your nose and inhale.
PATCHOULI – A member of the mint family, Patchouli has an earthy scent. It has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. This essential oil can be used topically for reducing blemishes, skin imperfections, and wrinkles. Very popular in the perfume industry, it can be found in air fresheners and laundry detergent.
EUCALYPTUS – Known for its cleansing and purifying properties, this exhilarating scent promotes clear airways, reduce tension and may be applied to skin for revitalizing benefits. Eucalyptus can be used for cleansing surfaces and found in mouth rinses to refresh your breath.
TEA TREE – This soothing essential oil has antibacterial and antifungal properties. Tea Tree promotes skin healing, serves as a bug repellant, and purifies the air. If you want to unwind in the evening, give yourself a scalp massage using a few drops of this soothing oil.
YLANG YLANG – Having a calming effect, Ylang Ylang can produce a grounding environment. Its widely used in aromatherapy and perfumes. Because of its nourishing and protective properties, Ylang Ylang is quite often used in skin and hair products. Place a few drops on your wrists for a sweet floral scent.
If you ever held a bottle of essential oil under your nose, you know just how powerful it can be. When inhaling the scent, the molecules within the essential oils travel directly to the brain which send messages to other parts of the body. It’s sensational. And for those of you who don’t have a clue, it’s definitely worth a shot in exploring what are essential oils. You just might get hooked!