Essential Oils: Why we should all try them and how to make sure your oils are of good quality
While essential oils can (and should) be used for occasional health issues, perhaps their most useful application is for maintaining optimal health on a daily basis.
While there are differences from person to person in usage preference, it is generally accepted that using oils consistently is a key to getting your desired results.
I personally got lots of benefits from using essential oils, from helping me with anxiety to helping me with headaches, joint pain, improving the quality of my skin, of my sleep, making my dishes taste delicious, and even creating amazing household and cosmetic products that are completely natural!
I want to share my passion for essential oil, as I want people to be aware of the fact that there are natural alternatives to the products they use and, in this article, I will give you some tips on how to use essential oils on your daily life and on how to find good quality oils.
But first, what is an essential oil?
Essential oils are concentrated plant extracts that retain the natural smell and flavor, or "essence," of their source. They are obtained through distillation (via steam and/or water) or mechanical methods, such as cold pressing.
As essential oils are so concentrated and potent, It is very important to use them carefully and to be sure about the quality and purity of the product. There are many companies that sell essential oils out there and it is very important to be aware of what we are buying and how to properly use the oils we have.
So here 5 tips for you when buying essential oils:
Look at the label: It should include the Latin name of the plant, information on purity or other ingredients added to it, and the country in which the plant was grown. It should also be indicated how to use them. Always follow the instruction provided by the company
Evaluate the company: Purchase products from a well-known and reputable aromatherapy company that's been around for several years.
Choose dark-colored, glass containers: Pure essential oils are highly concentrated. They can dissolve plastic bottles over time, tainting the oil. Most companies package essential oils in small brown or blue glass bottles to protect quality.
Avoid "fragrance oils": Fragrance or perfume oils are made from essential oils combined with chemicals or entirely from chemicals. They're not suitable for aromatherapy — instead, look for bottles that contain a single essential oil in its purest form (100% essential oil with no other fillers).
Compare prices: Essential oils range in price, depending on how involved harvesting and production are. Within a line, there should be a wide variety of prices — rose absolute or sandalwood oils will be more expensive, while sweet orange oil will be on the less expensive end. If you find a rock-bottom price for an expensive essential oil, it probably isn't pure.
When following these general guidelines and using them in a safe way, essential oils have basically no side effects. However, always contact your medical doctor if you have particular health issues or if you are pregnant and check that you are not sensitive to the compound or allergic to it.
There are more than 100 types of essential oils, and each one of them has specific properties. You will soon discover the ones that work best for you, if you decide to start working with them.
However, here some of my favorites, that I personally use on a daily base:
Frankincense: I could write for hours about the properties of this essential oil, and actually quite some research was done on this one. I mostly use it every morning with some carrier oil on my face and body as it is amazing for the skin. It has been used since the ancient egypt and it does miracles for your skin. Among its other benefits: helps with joint pain, inflammation, and asthma.
Lemon: lemon essential oil has cleansing, purifying, and invigorating properties for an uplifting, positive boost throughout the day. I drink it every morning in a big cup of hot water, as a morning purification ritual. I use it very often when I cook, it simply makes the food taste delicious.
Cloves blend essential oil: I use it on surfaces as a non-toxic cleaner, it makes my house smell delicious and it cleans and sanitizes surfaces.
Peppermint: I used it very often when I was suffering from a headache, just massaging it on my temples, however, I use it to help me with digestion and for a positive boost of energy too, either by drinking it in a hot tea or by applying in on my wrists or diffusing it.
Oregano: it is literally my best friend. Oregano contains compounds called phenols, terpenes, and terpenoids. They have powerful antioxidant properties and it is considered one of the best natural alternatives to fight infections and support the immune system. I normally dilute one drop in a glass of water.
Lavender: lavender may help promote sleep, can help with skin problems, and relieving pain. It should not burn on your skin and if it does stop using it on your skin, as it can cause skin irritation. It is absolutely calming, I use it in a diffuser to promote sleep, I apply it directly on my chest and wrists for a relaxing effect, I made a small spray with water and a couple of drops of lavender for before going to bed (or to spray on my face when I m flying and get scared: yes, I don´t enjoy flying very much).
There are many more I use for myself and in my work, I really recommend you to try and see the benefits yourself. After having tried many companies, I decided to work with Doterra and I highly recommend their products, so I am sure a Doterra Starter Kit would be a great investment for your health, as it was for mine!
Do you have any questions? Please contact me or write a comment!