Sunday, 10 December 2017

How To Use Essential Oils

Some time ago I discovered natural essential oils. I saw those small bottles here and there sometimes, I even had one long time ago, but now I know that it definitely wasn’t a natural essential oil. Now when I know what I should buy and how to use it - I use them almost every day.

Essential oils are liquids extracted from plants most often by distillation. They are usually a mix of natural compounds. Their fragrance is very intensive and it affects one of our most sensitive senses - smell. It’s used in perfumes, cosmetics and other products. You can read more about them here.

Make sure that you always buy natural essential oils, there are also “fragrance oils” that look very similar and are very cheap but they’re not natural and may not be healthy to inhale. Essential oils ingredient list should only include names of plants and their parts, like leaves etc. Some people are more sensitive to essential oils so start with small amounts first. See if the oils that you buy are 100% pure. Read comments and opinions about specific brands on the internet, use friend’s recommendation or ask a certified aromatherapist.

If you feel confused with all those brands out there here are great posts of blogger who did a really great job digging into them and finding out which are worth your money:

 The Hippy Homemaker: "Which Essential Oil Companies Should YOU Buy From? My surprising findings on my quest to find the best"

Whole New Mom: "The Great Essential Oils Showdown ~ Which Essential Oils Company is Best? – Part 1"

Now, after all that information what is the reason to use essential oils at all? Here’s the list of health benefits of different kinds of essential oils:

cough, cold, infections of upper airway - eucalyptus, pine, tea tree, peppermint, rosemary, clove, cinnamon

headaches - peppermint, lavender, geranium, clove, juniper berry, eucalyptus

rheumatic pains - rosemary, pine, clove, eukalyptus, cinnamon

cellulitis - cypress, geranium, grapefruit, juniper berry, patchouli

hyperactivity, insomnia, nervousness - lavender, geranium, sandalwood, melissa, lemon, ylang-ylang

sexual disfuctions, frigidness - ylang-ylang, geranium, rosemary

skin conditions, acne, yeast infections - tea tree, lavender, eukalyptus, geranium, juniper berry,

low blood pressure, drowsiness - eucalyptus, peppermint, rosewood

overwork, lack of focus, stress - rosemary, lavender, lemon

immunodeficiency - tea tree, pine, thyme, clove

dandruff, hair loss - lavender, rosemary, geranium

sweating, bad skin smell - bergamot, lemon, cypress

skin ageing, wrinkles - geranium, lavender, melissa, rose tree

insects bites - eucalyptus, tea tree, clove, lavender

anxiety, depression - orange, lemon, lavender, mandarin, melissa, geranium

How to use essential oils:

Essential oil burner - fill the bowl of the burner with water and add few drops of essential oil

Electric diffuser - it’s not only good for aromatherapy but it will also work as a air humidifier

Air freshener in a spray - use an empty spray bottle, add water, a little bit of baking soda and essential oil

Air freshener in a jar - take a small jar, fill in half with baking soda, add essential oil, cover with some fabric and secure with a rubber band or a ribbon

Spider spray - fill a spray bottle with water, add peppermint essential oil and spray it all over your house

Air freshener in a pouch - you can use a sock that doesn’t have a pair or make a pouch from two rectangles sewn together, fill it with tea mixed with essential oil.

Aromatic bath - add some essential oil to a warm bath

Massage - use 3-5 drops of essential oil with 12 drops of some massaging oil

Homemade cleaners - if you make your own cleaning detergent, essential oils are great to make them smell good

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