You might have heard about using essential oils for various ailments and mental health disorders, but aren’t quite sure what they are or HOW to use them. This guide will help!
Where Essential Oils Come From
Knowing the basics of essential oils can help you understand more about how they are able to help you and encourage you to use them more often as a natural remedy. Essential oils are oils that are extracted from parts of flowers, plants, and trees. The oils come from the 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. The way they are extracted is usually by steaming the plant to separate the oil from water, which is a type of distillation process. They are highly concentrated and too strong for direct contact on your skin.
How They Are Used
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 they are diluted properly, which is 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.
With essential oils, you have the option of using just one for its main benefit, such as lavender to relieve stress, chamomile for insomnia, or Frankincense for allergy symptoms. You can also make blends to have a different scent and help with more ailments at one time.
Variation in Health Benefits
Essential oils are used as a natural or holistic remedy for various ailments. There is a long list of things they can help with. While they are not meant to replace medical treatment, they can help complement and help with everything from migraines to skin conditions. Here is a short list of the many ways essential oils can help you:
- Headaches and migraines
- Joint aches and pains
- Chronic pain
- Menstrual irregularities
- Cups, scrapes and burns
- Signs of aging and wrinkles
- Anxiety, stress, and depression
More Tips for Using Essential Oils
Before you start using essential oils, there are just a few important things you need to be aware of. The following tips will make sure you are using the essential oils safely and effectively, especially when it comes to choosing the right types of oils, and making sure you dilute them properly.
Use Only Pure Essential Oils
For starters, make sure you are using actual, pure essential oils. Don’t use something that says it is ‘made with essential oils’ as that is going to also have other ingredients. Also avoid fragrance oils. These are not the same thing, and are only meant for the fragrance, similar to perfume. Real, pure essential oils aren’t just fragrant, but provide health benefits as well.
There are many places you can find essential oils, from drug stores to holistic shops and online. Look at the label and ingredients to make sure you are choosing the right type of essential oil.
Learn How to Dilute Your Oils
If you want to use essential oils for aromatherapy, you will most likely be putting them in your bath or directly on your skin. This is very important – you need to dilute them! Pure essential oils are too strong and too harsh for most people’s skin. They can cause a severe allergic reaction and even burn.
To dilute the oils, use a carrier oil. This creates a good balance so that the oil is just as effective as a topical agent, but it won’t cause a bad reaction. There are many carrier oils, like jojoba oil, coconut oil, olive oil, and grapeseed oil.
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Be Careful With Complex Blends
It is a great idea to blend your oils when using them in a diffuser, but you want to practice caution with complex blends. Not only can the smell be a bit much, but too many oils used at once on your skin might cause different reactions. When combining oils, use those in the same category, and start slow.