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Essential Oil 101


Used for centuries as an alternative medicine essential oils (aromatherapy) are created from extracting the aromatic concentrated essences, via distillation, expression, solvent extraction, maceration, or enfleurage from flower petals, bark, leaves, seeds, roots, and fruits to bring balance and harmony, as well as promote the health of your body, mind, and spirit.


When selecting essential oils, it is important to look for pure and natural products. Oils that contain synthetic chemicals and dyes could potentially have the opposite effect that you are trying to achieve.





Some of the properties an essential oil may have include:

  • Anti-inflammatory

  • Antiseptic

  • Antiviral

  • Anti-septic

  • Anti-spasmodic

  • Digestive

  • Anti-oxidant

  • Antibacterial

  • Anti-fungal

  • Antimicrobial

  • Immune Stimulating

  • Anti-infectious

  • Analgesic


Benefits of using essential oils include:

  • Balance hormones & treat menstrual irregularities

  • Boost immunity & fight infections

  • Support digestions

  • Improve low mood

  • Used to treat fungus, bacterial, viruses and mould

  • Boost energy levels

  • Reduce inflammation

  • Promote skin & hair/scalp healing

  • Improve brain function

  • Reduce emotional stress & anxiety

  • Alleviate aches and pains

  • Reduced toxicity

  • Relieve headaches & migraines

  • Promote restful sleep



How to use essential oils:

  • Baths (full body, foot, and sitz)

  • Massage

  • Diluted applied directly to the skin

  • Compress

  • Diffusion

  • Cleaning

  • Steam Inhalation

  • Skincare & haircare


Some essential oils you may want to begin with include:

Lavender

Frankincense

Orange

Lemon

Peppermint

Roman Chamomile

Tea Tree

Eucalyptus

Rosemary

Geranium

Lemongrass

Bergamont

Cedarwood




Below are the 2 companies that I trust when it comes to essential oils due to their testing, purity and values.


YOUNG LIVING


VIBRANT BLUE




EXTRA INFO:

  • Essential oils are extremely potent so it is important to dilute them in an oil (such as coconut, jojoba, olive), cream or water before applying to the skin. You can try a patch test on the inside of the wrist and wait 24 hours to see how the oil affects your skin

  • Citrus oils are UV-sensitive – avoid sun exposure on the skin that you have applied citrus for at least 24 hours

  • Keep your oils well sealed and out of direct sunlight. Essential oils need to be stored in a cool dark place to maintain freshness and effectiveness. If you live in a warmer climate, keep them in the refrigerator

  • Always read the label. The words “fragrance” and “perfume” usually indicate scents that don’t come from nature. And these are more likely to be synthetic fragrances than essential oils

  • Keep away from eyes and mucous membranes

  • Always wash hands after use

  • For children and women who are pregnant, consult an aromatherapist and/or their health care provider before using essential oils

  • Dilute before applying – many oils can be harmful to skin if not diluted first with a carrier oil. There are some exceptions – lavender, tea tree oil – but as a general rule, always dilute before applying.

  • Store as medicine – Don’t leave essential oils within reach of pets and children as they can be dangerous and deadly just like medicine.

  • Do your research – Don’t use essential oils without reading about them and learning first. When you discover new oils, find out how to use them before trying.

  • Keep away from flames – Don’t put essential oils near flames as they can explode and are very flammable.