What are Essential Oils?
Essential oils have enhanced lives for thousands of years, offering a variety of benefits from cosmetic and dietary purposes to spiritual and religious use. Introducing millions to emotional, physical, and spiritual wellness that can be truly life-changing.
What are Essential Oils?
Essential oils are becoming extremely popular worldwide, but what exactly are they? In short, essential oils are concentrated, liquid plant extracts used for aromatic and wellness purposes. They are called “essential” because they contain the essence of a plant. Essential oils come from a variety of plant sources, including flowers, grasses, fruits, roots, trees, and leaves.
How To Use Essential Oils
You can access the power of essential oils many ways, but the most common practices include aromatic diffusion, topical application, and dietary consumption. These methods bring the pure essence of health-promoting botanical’s to your home, family, and life.
- Buy from trusted companies that provide directions for use on the label.
- Carrier Oils can be used to dilute your essential oils with 5-10 drops at sensitive areas.
- Do not use oils with petroleum products that can be mineral oils, petroleum jelly, baby oil, vegetable shortening butter, or margarine.
- Before using oil on your skin, do a patch test in a small area on your arm. Wait a few hours to see if there are any effects that should appear within 5-10 minutes. If you feel cool, hot or have a rash, use a carrier oil to alleviate this condition the next time you use this oil.
- When you have any discomfort on your skin, discontinue using the oil.
- If you get essential oils in your eye, see your eye doctor immediately. Never use water to flush the eyes and skin sensitivities.
- Do not use essential oils at the ears, eyes, around lips and nose or the genital areas.
- If you are a newbie to essential oils, start out slowly with a few drops and increase the amount over time.
- If you are pregnant or nursing, check with your health care provider, pharmacist or aromatherapist before using the oils.
- When used on babies or children, oils should be diluted with carrier oils. Rub child’s feet and be sure to purchase oils made specifically for children to be safe.
- Some citrus oils have components that can react to ultraviolet rays (UV) from the sun. Be sure to read the label where UV rays are indicated and stay out of the sun.
- If you take prescription medicines, be sure to check with aromatherapist, pharmacists, or health care provider for contraindications. Some drugs can interact with the oils.
Your body and mind will receive benefits from essential oils made from the roots, stems, leaves, flowers, and bark. Lavender, for instance is soothing and calming for relaxation. Peppermint can provide relief from stomachaches and indigestion. Oils are used for many conditions such as the hair, skin, congestion, and to remove foul odors from your environment. Oils can heal sores and cuts, and some have anti-fungal and antiseptic properties. The mist will improve dry skin, and dry nasal and sinus passages. Aromatherapy is beneficial for heady fragrances around you at the same time treating for lowering blood pressure, inflammation, and other conditions.
How and Where to Store
Purchase oils in a dark amber bottle with the lid on tight. Store the oils in a cools dry place
out of the sunlight and away from heat. Some oils can be stored in the refrigerator so check the labels. You can also invest in a storage wooden box or a case that can hold up to 30 bottles from Rocky Mountain Oils.
What You Can Use Essential Oils For
- Weight loss
- Skin condition benefits
- Anxiety, Stress and Tension
- Headaches and Migraines
- Sleep and Insomnia
Any many more
As you can see, there are many different brands and uses for Essential oils. They can be beneficial for so many different things but make sure to purchase from a trusted company and follow the guidelines on how and where to use them.
Please comment below if you use Essential oils and which ones you use. I would love to hear from you.