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An Overview of all things Essential Oils will give you a basic idea of what essential oils are all about and ways to use them. Read on to find out what essential oils are and ways to use them, along with storage tips. Plus, ways to use essential oils with your carrier oils and tips for using your diffuser.
What is an essential oil?
Knowing the basics of essential oils can help you understand how they can help you and encourage you to use them more often as a natural remedy. Essential oils are extracted from parts of flowers, plants, and trees. The oils come from flower petals, bark, leaves, seeds, roots, and fruits. Even a single drop of oil from these parts of a plant or tree can have drastic positive impacts on mental and physical ailments. They are extracted by steaming the plant to separate the oil from water, a distillation process. As a result, they are highly concentrated and too intense for direct contact with your skin.
An Overview of all things Essential Oils: Ways to Use Essential Oils
You have a few different options for using your essential oils. A common way is through aromatherapy, where you get the benefits from having the scent in the air, such as with a diffuser or by placing it in your bathtub. You can ingest oils if appropriately diluted, often done when you make rose water or have it in your tea. Then you can use it topically on your skin when you want to get rid of acne, treat a bug or insect bite, or get a natural glow on your skin.
Use Them in the Bath:
The first way you can use essential oils is in the bathtub. You get the benefit of them both with aromatherapy by inhaling the scents and having them come into contact with your skin. You can use them without fancy equipment, diffusers, or carrier oils to dilute them. With the bath, you need a few drops of whatever essential oils you want to use, whether it is just one or several of them. For example, lavender and chamomile are great for the bath when you want to relax and de-stress, plus they help you sleep better.
With aromatherapy, the essential oils are inhaled and will help you heal in various ways. Some blends can work on different ailments at one time. For example, aromatherapy helps with inflammation, pain relief, arthritis, pregnancy pains, migraines, stress and anxiety, insomnia, and depression. An excellent way to use them for aromatherapy is by using a diffuser. You drop the oils into the diffuser, putting the scent into the room. Want to know more about Aromatherapy; why not check out this great article: The History of Aromatherapy?
Apply Them to Your Skin:
You can also apply the essential oils directly to your skin. When you use this method, it is often to help with a physical ailment, such as rubbing oil on your joints that are swollen and tender from arthritis or treating a bug or insect bite. When you put them on your skin, you must mix the oil with a carrier oil—helping to dilute the oil and prevent skin irritation from the pure essential oils. Whether treating a burn or scrape or applying them to your skin for better moisture and glowing skin, you must remember to dilute them.
Make Body Products:
Don’t forget about using essential oils for body or beauty products. The oils will further help clear your skin, offer more hydration, or even help heal wounds and slow the signs of aging. First, decide on what you want the body product for, then look up what each oil can help with; this could give you a better idea of which blends to use for that skin or beauty issue.
An Overview of all things Essential Oils: Tips For Storing Essential Oils
When you start collecting essential oils for beauty, skincare, or natural health, you will need to find a good place to put them. When you have just one or two, it is easy to put them on the counter or in a medicine cabinet, but you should know the proper way to store them so they can last as long as possible.
Keep the Oils in Their Original Bottles:
The bottles that your essential oils come in are not just there for decoration or convenience; these bottles are made specifically for holding essential oils. These oils need to be placed in glass since it helps reduce UV light which can cause damage to the essential oils. You will most likely get your fats in these dark bottles, so keep them there. If you make blends, pour the finished blend into another dark-colored glass bottle. You can usually get them at just about any store that sells essential oils or DIY products, from crafts stores to big box stores. Also, try health food stores or look online.
Place the Bottles in a Cool, Dry Place:
Once you have them in the right bottle, ensure they are never left out in the sun. If your kitchen or bathroom has a window and the sun can get in, you need to put the bottles inside a cupboard where it is dark, calm, and dry. Please don’t put them near the edge of the shelves in whatever closet you store them in so you don’t accidentally knock them down when opening up the cupboard or medicine cabinet door. They can be a danger for children to ingest, so try to choose a cabinet up high or one that is locked where nobody can get to them.
Store Your Carrier Oils in the Fridge:
For your carrier oils, they are similar to other oils that you have for cooking. They must be kept at room temperature, preferably in a cabinet, and not left out on the counter. It helps to prevent them from spoiling. However, if it gets hot inside your home, the pantry or cupboard is not enough to protect them. In this case, it is better to start them in the refrigerator. If you open a carrier oil bottle that smells sour, it hasn’t gone well and needs to be replaced.
An Overview of all things Essential Oils: How to Use Carrier Oils
When you look up different essential oils to help with headaches and body pain, you probably see that if you use the oils to be applied directly on your skin, you need to mix them with a carrier oil. But what is that exactly? Here is information on carrier oils and why they are important to add to essential oils.
What are some examples of carrier oils?
Not all oils can be used as carrier oils, but many of them are great to use. Some commonly used include coconut oil, olive oil, grape seed oil, hazelnut oil, hemp seed oil, and sunflower oil. Typically any oils from nuts or seeds are going to be acceptable. You should not use other oil or grease in your kitchens, such as vegetable oil, shortening, butter, or margarine. You also do not want to use any mineral oil for application on the skin with essential oils. Need some great carrier oils? I’ve got you covered; check out Jade Bloom Carrier Oil Section.
Why do carrier oils help with dilution?
In many cases, essential oils are diluted with water, such as if you add them to a diffuser and get steam from the oil and water into the air, or you add them to your tea or a bathtub for aromatherapy. However, water doesn’t work well when they go on your skin. Essential oils evaporate into your skin very quickly, going deep into the layers of skin where it irritates. The same problems exist with plain water. However, oil sits on your skin for longer, so you can rub it onto the top surface of your skin with essential oils, and it protects your delicate skin while also neutralizing the scent.
Tips For Using the Diffuser
- Make sure you read the instructions on each diffuser you use.
- Make sure you know how to clean them, so you can use them for a long time and safely.
- Double-check the amounts you are using for your blends since some oils are more robust than others and will overpower others.
- If you are using more than one type of oil, only put about five drops of each one.
Essential Oils are a great addition to your new holistic lifestyle. Use these guidelines to help you get started on the road to better health.