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Over the last few months I’ve done quite a few posts on different essential oils, but never really talked much about the basics involved. So lets focus on the what’s, why’s, and how’s! Below you’ll find information on the basics of essential oils to help you feel much more comfortable using them.
Basics of Essential Oils
What are essential oils:
Basically, essential oils are the oils extracted from different plants, fruits, seeds, roots, flowers, etc. They’re highly concentrated and are regarded as having many medical and cosmetic qualities.
You can buy essential oils in singular bottles, in oil blends, and it kits containing multiple oils. When purchasing, just make sure you buy from a reputable retailer and are getting PURE, therapeutic grade essential oils – NOT ones diluted or those meant for aromatherapy. I particularly like oils from doTERRA and have heard good things about Young Living.
Why use essential oils:
If you’re interested in alternative ways to relieve common ailments and illnesses – then essential oils are for you! Not only do they hold medicinal properties, they can also help your state of mind, clean your house without chemicals, and aid in your beauty regimen. Very multipurpose.
Are essential oils safe?
Short answer – YES! Long answer – depends. Most essential oils are considered safe. There are some that are not recommended for pregnant women, children, and pets, and those that can be toxic if ingested. Many can cause skin irritation if not diluted properly with a carrier oil before application. And there are also those that are photo-toxic, meaning you’ll get a sunburn if you’re outside after use. But don’t worry – all precautions are clearly labeled and you shouldn’t use any essential oils without reading a little bit into it.
How to use essential oils:
There are many different ways to use essential oils depending on your intended purpose, but the most basic explanation is:
Inhalation – You can just breathe them in. Some directly from the bottle, on a hot compress, from a steamy bath, in a diffuser, etc. Bonus – each essential oil has it’s own distinct aroma.
Topical – Applying essential oil to the skin gives it direct access to your bloodstream where it can have it’s desired medicinal effect. You can make cosmetic products from essential oils, as well. Read your essential oil bottles carefully, as most need to be diluted with a carrier oil – like grape-seed oil, almond oil, and apricot kernel oil.
Ingestion – There are several essential oils that are safe to ingest. You can simply mix a drop or two in to a glass of water or herbal tea.
What to Buy:
There are so many essential oils that it can seem overwhelming. It’s best to start out with a few of the most popular ones and then branch out from there. If you’re having trouble deciding – lemon, lavender, and peppermint all have multiple uses.
It’s great to keep a few small, dark, glass jars on hand for mixing blends and recipes. Glass stirring rods, funnels, spray bottles all also come in handy once you start experimenting. And a diffuser is a must as it’s really the easiest way to enjoy essential oils. And don’t forget your carrier oil!
A book about essential oils is also beneficial. I use Essential Oils for Beginners by Althea Press (that I was sent free to review) when I want to look up a specific oil or if I have a specific purpose I want to address. It’s broken up into two segments. The first is a very detailed description of essential oils, their history, etc. I found it quite dry to read, but it was thorough and informative. It’s definitely not a book you need to sit down and read cover to cover, but when you need specific information (uses, precautions, etc.) on a particular oil, then you just go to that page. The second section contains all the remedies and recipes – by far my favorite. If you’ve ever struggled with figuring out what to do with your oils, than you’ll definitely want to get this book. So many different ailments are covered, recipes to enhance well-being, cosmetic uses, and uses for your home, too. It’s just so much easier to have all this stuff in one place instead of searching all over the internet for it! You can currently purchase Essential Oils for Beginners through Amazon for $8.99 – a steal for all the information it includes! Want to win a copy? Scroll down to find out how!
How do you store essential oils:
Once you’ve got a little collection going, you’ll want to find a safe spot for them. I store mine in a pretty box, but you’ll find a variety of storage solutions to purchase. However you choose to store them, they’re best kept away from direct light and heat. And children, of course. Treat them the same as you would medication in your home.
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Information contained in this post is not intended as medical advice. Please seek the advice of your medical doctor if you have questions or concerns about using essential oils.