What are essential oils
Essential oil are concentrated oils from plants that are used for healing the mind, body and spirit.
Each oil has individual healing properties and no oil has a negative side effect if they are used correctly. For example, some essential oils are not to be used in early pregnancy or along side certain medication.
There are 5 different ways essential oils can be extracted from plants, the most common way being fractional distillation. However the way the oil is extracted greatly depends on the plant is it being extracted from. The oil and compounds captured from the plants are what give the oil the scent, flavour and healing properties.
It is interesting to learn that aromatherapy and essential oils have been used as far back as the Egyptians in the 3rd century!
How to use essential oils
Essential oils are most commonly used in Aromatherapy treatment. They can be mixed with carrier oils and used in aromatherapy massages, which are very beneficial for the mind, body and spirit. Your Aromatherapist will use oils and blends that are catered to you and your needs.
Along with this essential oils can be used at home.
A list of examples of how you are used essential oils are:
•Diffuse them in your home
•Burn aroma scented sticks
•Essential oil drops in your bath
•Essential oil drops on your bedding or clothes
•Inhale essential oils and blends
•Clean with them and remove odours
•Dilute citrus oils like lemon or orange with oil and use on salad dressings
•Dilute with carrier oils or creams and use on skin
My top essential oils everyone needs to own
I could make a long list of essential oils to use and own however these are my top starter oils for anyone interested in essential oils.
Lavender oil is my favourite essential oil to use and it is a fantastic oil with multiple uses and wonderful healing properties. I love to put some drops of lavender oil in my bath to help my mind and body relax, over bedding to improve sleep quality and on my wrists to inhale to destress.
Lavender oils properties offer a soothing feeling to the skin and has been shown over centuries to offer the experience of relaxation.
Lavender oil can be used for:
Great for anxiety and stress
Helping to improve sleep
Easing muscle tension
Treating greasy skin
Tea Tree Oil
Tea Tree oil is a commonly used oil which you will often see in skin and hair treatments as it is a very cleansing.
Tea Tree oil can be used for:
Detoxify the body
Treating fungal nails
Good for hair and scalp
Keeping skin healthy
Can be put on bites
Cleanse and clear skin
Eucalyptus oil is brilliant for colds and has anti bacterial properties. The properties in Eucalyptus oil can help cleanse and purify, making it a great oil to use with cleaning along with your over all well being
Eucalyptus can be used for:
Good anti inflammatory
Great for skin redness or acne
Promote feeling of clarity
Cleanse and purify
Frankincense oil comes from the resin of mature Frankincense trees. This resin is produced by the trees to heal and protect itself which makes this essential oil an incredible oil for healing. It has a beautiful earthy aroma and is a sedative.
Frankincense oil can be used for:
Powerful astringent-helps protect skin cells
Anti inflammatory used for arthritis and joint inflammation
Reduce inflammation in your gut
Relieves asthma symptoms and reduces attacks
Has been shown in studies to stop tumours from spreading and help kill cancer cells- more studies are needed to be able to certify that it helps kill cancer.
Wonderful oil for mature skin
Stimulates blood flow
Orange oil has a beautiful uplifting smell and a wonderful pick me up, filling you with contentment and joy. The molecular composition in this essential oil has been found to purify and cleanse odours, germs and negative feelings.
Orange oil can be used:
It can be added to food
Used in cleaning-natural disinfectant
Mood booster-natural anti depressant
To help improve digestion
Promotes radiant skin
Increase the ability to absorb vitamin c
Natural anti dandruff treatment
Ylang Ylang Oil
Ylang Ylang oil is effective at relaxing the nervous system and has an antibacterial effect. This oil has a wide range of uses for your well being which is why is has made it into list.
Ylang Ylang oil can be used:
To kill bacteria
Lower high blood pressure
Reduce signs of ageing
In treatments for combination skin
Reduce stress levels
Treatment for coughs and colds
Natural insect repellent
Promote wound healing
Peppermint oil is known as an uplifting oil and is said to give people a feeling of being energised and awakened. It is also a great oil to use for your respiratory system.
Peppermint oil can be used:
Boosts energy levels
Treatment for colds
Clear and calm the mind
Good for menopause hot flushes
Helps relieve headaches, nausea, muscle pain
Help treat IBS
Soothes aches and pains
Clear your respiration
Please ensure before you start using any essential oils that they are safe to use with any medication you are on or taking and as stated previously, some essential oils are not to be used in early pregnancy. It is always best to speak to your doctor or a certified aromatherapist before starting treatment.
As I am now a certified aromatherapist if you have any questions please feel free to comment below!
Sending love and light,