Switch To Essential Oils Today
Recently, essential oils are becoming more and more popular for health and wellness reasons. Rather than using over the counter or prescribed medications, users are taking a more holistic approach and trying essential oils.
Essential oils can make a positive impact on your health and well-being as long as you use them in a safe way. Do you use essential oils? Do you have any favorites?
If not, that is okay. We are here to share a few insights on what they are all about. Make the switch today!
What Are Essential Oils?
Essential oils are basically plant extracts.
They’re made by steaming or pressing various parts of a plant, such as flowers, bark, leaves or fruit, to capture the compounds that produce fragrance.
It can actually take several pounds of a plant to produce a single bottle of essential oil. In addition to creating scent, essential oils perform other functions in plants, too.
What Is Aromatherapy?
Aromatherapy is the practice of using essential oils for therapeutic benefit. Aromatherapy has been used for centuries and is quite wonderful.
When inhaled, the scent molecules in essential oils travel from the olfactory nerves directly to the brain and especially impact the amygdala, the emotional center of the brain.
Essential oils can also be absorbed by the skin. A massage therapist might add a drop or two of wintergreen to oil to help relax tight muscles during a rubdown. A skincare company may add lavender to bath salts to create a soothing soak.
Reasons to Use
- Low appetite
- Dry mouth
Ways to Use
- Aromatherapy accessories: Necklaces, bracelets and keychains made with absorbent materials you apply essential oils to and sniff throughout the day.
- Body oil: A mixture of essential oils with a carrier oil such as olive, jojoba or coconut oil that can be massaged into skin. Because essential oils are concentrated, they can cause irritation. Avoid using them full-strength on skin.
- Aroma stick: Also called an essential oil inhaler, these portable plastic sticks have an absorbent wick that soaks up essential oil. They come with a cover to keep the scent under wraps until you’re ready.
Which Essential Oils Are Best?
Finding the right or the best essential oil for each user can be challenging. There are dozens of essential oils out on today’s market, all with different fragrances and chemical makeups. Therefore, it depends what you are looking for and your personal preference.
Some of the most popular essential oils include:
- Lavender oil: Many people find the lavender scent relaxing. It’s often used to help relieve stress and anxiety and promote good sleep.
- Tea tree oil: Also called melaleuca, this essential oil was used by Australia’s aboriginal people for wound healing. Today, it’s commonly used for acne, athlete’s foot and insect bites.
- Peppermint oil: There’s some evidence peppermint essential oil helps relieve irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) symptoms when taken in an enteric-coated capsule (from a trusted health supplement provider). It may also relieve tension headaches when applied topically.
- Lemon oil: Many people find the citrusy scent of lemon oil a mood booster. It’s also often used in homemade cleaning products.
7 Must-Have Essential Oils
If you are interested in creating a well-established essential oil cabinet, the list below is a great place to start:
- Clary Sage
Shopping Tips and Tricks
- 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.
- 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 the 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.
Watch for Allergic Reaction(s)
Anytime you are using a new product on the skin, it is important to watch for allergic reactions. A very smalll number of people may experience irritation or allergic reactions to certain essential oils.
However, those who have atopic dermatitis or a history of reactions to topical products should proceed with caution and use a small amount. Although you can experience a reaction to any essential oil, some are more likely to be problematic, including:
- Oregano oil
- Cinnamon bark oil
- Jasmine oil
- Lemongrass oil
- Ylang-ylang oil
- Chamomile oil
- Bergamot oil
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