Maybe you’re here because you just got a new diffuser or you’re thinking about buying one.
Well, I’m here to help! Essential oils are all popular nowadays and I wouldn’t be surprised if you have a diffuser or know somebody who does. While you may have already heard that essential oils are good for you, do you really know which scents go with which needs and how to use them on yourself? Lucky for you, I’ve gathered some information about essential oils and some frequently asked questions about this resurrected lifestyle trend.
Let’s start with the basics. What are essential oils really?
Did you know that essential oils have been used for thousands of years (dating back to ancient Egypt) for many different purposes? This includes religious ceremonies and holistic healing methods. Each of these highly concentrated oils is derived from a different part of the plant they come from. To cite some examples, oange oil comes from the rind, and rose oil comes from the petals, and ginger oil from its root.
The color and consistency of essential oils can also be vastly different for each oil and batch. Some are thinner than others, like traditional oils, and others can be much more viscous. Also, there’s an array of colors from clear to amber, to red, and there are also greens and blues.
What is the main purpose of essential oils?
Essential oils serve many purposes, and you can choose the type of oil depending on your need. Essential oils, in essence (no pun intended) are not just what you see being used with diffusers. You can find them in skincare and makeup products, household cleaners, and, aromatherapy. It is believed that these oils have a great impact on a person’s and overall well-being because of its calming effects when inhaled.
However, be careful not to inhale it straight out of the bottle! Only a few drops of essential oil will go a long way because of their concentration – they’re about 50-80 times more powerful than dried herbs. So use essential oils carefully and with responsibility. They should always be diluted with water, or mixed with carrier oils or butters if you were to use them directly on your skin.
I recommend these if you want to mix with carrier oils:
- Coconut Oil: has nourising, smoothing, antimicrobial, and anti-aging properties
- Hemp Seed Oil: rich in Omega fatty acids and proteins and nutrients, commonly used in hair care products because of its strengthening, moisturizing, and hair growth properties
- Shea Butter: a powerful moisturizer with vitamins and essential fatty acids, provides all the nutrients necessary to improve collagen production gives you natural UV protection (SPF 6)
- Organic Saponified Olive Oil: a natural cleanser and for sensitive skin; also called as castile soap
What are essential oils commonly used for?
- Skin inflammation. Because oils are derived from herbs and plants that are known for a natural anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antiviral, and antiseptic properties, essential oils are a no-brainer for skincare prevention and solution. Tea tree and peppermint are the two common types of essential oils used for skincare.
- Bad moods. Essential oils popularly known for its calming properties, putting you out of your miserable, grumpy, mood or dip. Try using essential oils in your diffuser instead of drinking another cup of coffee, and you might just be surprised at the boost.
- Skin deprivation. This is another common use of essential oils because diffusers rarely don’t come with their own line of oils. Lavender is widely known to decrease anxiety and increase sleep quality. If you don’t have a diffuser at home, a cheaper and easier solution is to dilute some lavender oil with filtered water in a spray bottle to make a nighttime spritz.
Thing to keep in mind when purchasing essential oils:
Just like anything and everything else in the world of advertising, not all claims might be true. When buying your essential oils with labels like pure, therapeutic, or organic, keep in mind that some companies can get away with a little padding or false advertising, making their claims not a hundred percent true. Some companies add fillers and additives to their products in order to cut costs, and at the expense of the consumers, too. To avoid being victim to these scams, try purchasing directly from the company and not a third party online store. Also, do due diligence, do your research on the products and read reviews, and make sure the oils don’t have any toxic ingredients.
Do you have experience with essential oils? Please share below!
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