Essential Oils 101

Essential Oils 101

A while ago I bought my first essential oil. Well, I actually bought multiple, but you get the idea. I recently got into using them. I definitely was a skeptic and I had TONS of questions and did so much research on the topic of oils. I purchased a couple books and found multiple online resources and began to print info and make a little binder and take notes from my new books.

My essential oil stock now definitely exceeds my simple initial investment, but let me explain to you why.

Essential oils have dramatically increased popularity over the years recently but many oils date way back. For example, Frankincense and Myrrh have been traded in the middle east and North Africa in upwards of 5,000 years. (Read here if you’d like to know more)

What exactly is an essential oil?

Have you ever enjoyed the scent of a flower? If so, then you’ve experienced the aromatic qualities of essential oils. These naturally occurring aromatic compounds are found in all parts of plants. They’re found in the seeds, bark, stems, flowers and all other remnants. They can powerful and beautifully fragrant. In addition to smell, essential oils have long been used for beauty treatment and healthcare practices. Essential oils are generally extracted by distillation, often by using steam.

How can you use essential oils?

You can use essential oils aromatically and topically.

Aromatically – Diffusing essential oils is referred to as Aromatherapy. It is in my option one of the best ways to use essential oils.

Topically – Essential oils can be used topically by applying to the skin diluted with a carrier oil. A carrier oil like fractionated coconut oil is best because it easily absorbs into the skin quickly.

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Why should you dilute essential oils?

You should dilute essential oils because you may have skin sensitivity to them. Also, essential oils are volatile, meaning they will evaporate quickly. Why you dilute an essential oil is takes longer to evaporate, resulting in allowing your body to absorb more of the amazing benefits into your system. When you don’t dilute an oil, you encounter the risk of becoming sensitized to them which can result in not being able to use those oils again and possibly suffering adverse reactions.

There are many oils to choose from to use for dilution. For example, Fractionated coconut oil has had the fat rendered out of therefore making it be able to absorb into the skin quickly. This oil is ideal for making roller bottle remedies. But other oils like rosehip oil, carrot seed oil (a good natural SPF) or tamanu oil that are thicker and have their own unique properties. There are many options to choose from which all have their own unique benefits.

How much should you dilute an essential oil?

Essential oil dilution varies from oil to oil. I like to start with a 1% to 2% dilution and move on from there. For example: Peppermint essential oil irritates my skin, so I always at least do 1 drop of peppermint oil to 1 drop of dilution oil of choice.

You’ll also want to take into account who you’re using these essential oils on. For babies and children, and elderly would need to be diluted more extensively than a health 26 year old like myself.

What safety practices or precautions should you take into consideration?

Are you on any types of medication currently, are you allergic to certain thing like trees or flowers. These are all great things to ask yourself before diving into essential oil usage.

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What are my favorite ways to use essential oils?

I love diffusing oils and making cleaning products. One of my favorites to diffuse is Wild Orange and Peppermint, it is a good wake-me-up focus blend that I love smelling while I am working. Also, for cleaning products, not only does my house smell clean and fresh, it also is germ free without the use of harsh chemicals and I know that my pet is safe.

Also, I love making roller bottle remedies (see my article here for examples and uses!). I use a combination for my Calming blend, two oils that I love to mix and rub on my wrist and inhale to relax and help me sleep.

What worries me about essential oils?

My biggest concern is that everyone seems to know all about essential oils. I by no means am a professional and I won’t hesitate to tell you if I don’t know the answer to something. Like I said previously, I always do TONS of research regarding each essential oil and about safety and usage. I want to know that I am being healthy and safe for myself and for the people I share oils with. Promise me, don’t be afraid to try essential oils, but just do your homework.

What 5 essential oils are my favorite?

Lavender, Frankincense, Melaleuca (Tea Tree), Lemon, Peppermint.

What is so exciting about essential oils?

I love that people are wanting to take their health to their own hands, in a holistic way. People are becoming more aware of their health and wellness and are excited to share these little wonders with the world. I love that essential oils promote wellbeing and empowerment while investing in your personal health.

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