You don’t need a degree in chemistry or extensive training to effectively use essential oils. As a beginner, with a basic understanding of their benefits, it’s easy to start using essential oils.
What are essential oils?
First of all, essential oils have been used for thousands of years as traditional remedies to enhance health, beauty, and wellbeing.
You’ll find them pleasurable and extremely versatile as remedies in holistic therapy, aliments, cosmetics and fragrances, emotional and physical matters.
Essential oils are highly concentrated essences derived from plants. Each plant contains oils that can contain as many as 100 chemical different compounds.
The essential oil is extracted by distillation and cold press from dried seeds, peels, resin, leaves, roots, rinds bark, or flowers. Certainly, there are other methods for extracting that vary from plant to plant, but distillation and cold press are considered the most effective and gentle that preserve the integrity of the chemical compounds.
What benefits have essential oils?
Our sense of smell is more sensitive and immediate than any of our other senses. Above all, aromas can be very evocative and powerful that can trigger psychological responses and affect our mental state.
In conclusion, these combined effects allows them to work holistically for the mind, body and spirit, in the same time.
Some of the benefits for your mind
- Improves wellbeing and mood: citruses, lavender, myrrh, vetiver, patchouli;
- Promotes relaxation and calmness: vetiver, myrrh, frankincense, roman chamomile, blue tansy, rose;
- Enchances concentration and focus: rosemary, citruses, peppermint, basil, spearmint;
- Balances energy and stress: peppermint, lavender, frankincense, fennel, vetiver, patchouli;
- Stimulates creativity and sensuality: rose, frankincense, neroli, jasmine;
Some of the benefits for your body
- Can relieve pain: frankincense, peppermint, lavender, rosemary, chamomile, marjoram;
- Can reduce inflammation: frankincense, ginger, rosemary, tea tree, turmeric, lemongrass, clove;
- Supports healthy excretory system(detox): frankincense, cypress, citruses, juniper, fennel, rosemary, ginger;
- Boosts immunity: citruses, frankincense, eucalyptus, clove, cinnamon, ginger, rosemary;
- Influence hormones: frankincense, rosemary, geranium, fennel, basil, peppermint, clary sage;
- Heals the skin: tea tree, lavender, frankincense, neroli, rosemary, basil, myrrh, ylang-ylang, rose;
- Supports weight balance: citruses, ginger, cinnamon, peppermint;
- Aids digestion: cardamom, coriander, ginger, fennel, peppermint, anise, and caraway;
- Releases muscle tension: wintergreen, peppermint, lavender, black pepper, ginger, chamomile;
Some of the benefits for your spirit
- Promotes spiritual pursuit: frankincense, myrrh, cinnamon, cedarwood, rose;
- Enhance mindful practices: lavender, ylang-ylang, bergamot, sandalwood, roman chamomile, peppermint;
- Energy and CHI: patchouli, pink pepper, ylang-ylang, vetiver, rose, sandalwood, neroli, melissa, bergamot;
What you need to know when you buy essential oils?
First of all, if you are a quality advocate like me, here’s few things to consider, even as a beginner:
- Natural vs Synthetic;
- Recognized quality;
- Checked sustainability;
- Choosing organic;
- Assessing quality-cost;
Many of the essential oils available to purchase are not 100% pure.
Often, they contain fillers and other elements that dilute and alter their purity and diminishing their therapeutical effects.
Remember, you usually get what you pay for, and essential oils are no different.
In conclusion, the cost of essential oil can vary, but most of the high-quality products will cost.
That is mainly caused by the costs of the equipment, distillation process, storage and shipment, the quality of the ingredients, the amount of the plants used for extraction and most certainly the rarety of the plants.
Why some essential oils can be so expensive?
For instance, Rose oil takes up to 4 tones of roses to create 1 Kg of essential oil.
Sandalwood trees are listed as vulnerable and most importantly endangered as a result of unsustainable consumption. Therefore, the harvesting and export of wild-grown Indian trees are highly restricted so it needs to be at least 27 to 30 years to become profitable.
The melissa plant has one of the lowest yielding oils, taking 22 kg of leaves for 5 ml of essential oil.
How can you use essential oils as a beginner?
As you get started with essential oils keep the following things in mind:
- Determine the uses and benefits of the oil you intend to apply.
- Follow any label and packaging instructions.
- If you have specific concerns, consult with a healthcare professional first.
There are three ways to use essential oils:
- Diffusing in an essential oil diffuser
- Applying a drop to your hands and inhaling
- Wearing as a personal fragrance
- Apply to targeted areas and rub in
- Add to lotions or moisturizers, shampoos, baths, etc
- Add to a glass of water
- Take in a veggie capsule
- Put a drop under your tongue
P.S. Make sure the essential oil is safe for internal use first.
In conclusion, I hope you will choose with your heart. You are important, and you matter. You deserve a healthy life, a healthy mind, and healthy habits.Stephanie Jolie
*These statements has not been approved by FDA.
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