Essential oils are one of those things that often get forgotten about when it comes to helping to heal the body, make your home smell divine and using it as the basis for many different body products.
Despite the name essential oils are not in fact really oils, they do not contain the fatty acids that constitute what we would consider an actual oil. Essential oils are pure, natural oils in their original form from concentrated extracts from flowers, plants, trees, shrubs, resins and seeds.
The first thing to consider is choosing an oil that you love the smell of, or are initially attracted to. There’s no use buying an oil that you can’t stand the smell of, and also do your research in regards to the potency and powerfulness of the oil itself.
Often the best bet when using an essential oil that has a high potency is to dilute them with a carrier oil – such as jojoba or almond oil. The safest dilution is 1 per cent pure essential oil, to carrier oil.
But did you know that essential oils actually have amazing healing properties for the mind and also the body?
How essential oils can help
Not only can they help with your mind, they are also very powerful when it comes to helping improve your skin and are also a key element to helping a wound heal.
Obviously the different oils do not all do the same thing, some may calm aggravated skin, or oily skin while others nourish and rejuvenate dry or aging skin.
One of the best advantages about essential oils is the fact they are miniscule in molecular size, which allows them to be absorbed well into the skin, meaning they are perfect ingredients for your body and personal care items because they heal, soften and nourish.
When using an essential oil on the skin never use an undiluted product, the oil needs to be combined with carrier oils, waxes, butters, alcohol or other forms of dilution methods. Because of the high concentration you may find you get an unfortunate reaction on your skin.
The most interesting fact about essential oils is that they are in fact high in antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties.
This means not only can you use them in your products, they are a perfect addition around the home for cleaning preparation and products.
The best oils for cleaning are as follows: Lemon, grapefruit, eucalyptus, peppermint, tea tree, lavender, and rosemary.
The simple smell of an essential oil can in fact influence our brain waves and have a very powerful effect on our emotional state.
If you’re anything like me, being able to relax is a very difficult thing to achieve, daily stresses are constantly there, so sometimes taking time out to just relax and clear your mind can feel virtually impossible. The most beneficial scents for this is: lavender, Roman chamomile, sweet orange, bergamot, clary sage, neroli, sandalwood, and rose.
You can simply just add these to an oil burner or even a humidifier if you have one. They will not only help to relax your mind and body, they will leave your house smelling amazing!
As well as a relaxed mind, a focused mind is very important as well. In times of stress a clear, focused mind is very important for rational thinking. Scents such as: frankincense, peppermint, lemon, patchouli, coriander seed oil, cardamom, basil, grapefruit, black pepper, and rosemary are perfect for this.
If you’re anything like me getting to sleep is difficult at the best of times. Scents such as lavender, Roman chamomile, ylang ylang, sweet orange, vetiver, sandalwood, bergamot, jasmine, mandarin, cedarwood, and clary sage are perfect in an oil burner, humidifier or simply rub a little of the back of your wrist.
The best and most important thing is if you have pets or small children, often burning a candle or incense can be potentially very dangerous. So by having an essential oil diffuser, oil burner or humidifier you can reap the benefits and beautiful smells, without the risk of burns, wax spill or any other accidents.
Some other notes
One thing to caution is obviously the photo-sensitivity of Certain Oils, citrus oils if being used on the skin make it more sensitive to the sun.
These certain oils have particular constituents that can make the skin more sensitive to UV light and can lead to blistering, discoloration of the skin or burning more easily from minor sun exposure.
Though the risk of photo-sensitivity or photo toxicity varies based on the way the oil was distilled, oils generally considered photosensitive are: orange, lime, lemon, grapefruit, and bergamot. So just be careful when using these products in your everyday skin care.
So incorporate the long forgotten essential oil into your everyday life, it’s amazing how a simple smell can completely alter your emotional state and make you feel better. Don’t be afraid to mix it up as well, embrace the different scents and there numerous benefits in your life.