I’ve known about essential oils since I was a teenager, but I had never really dove into checking out all they could offer me until I started making my own beauty products back in 2008. For those that aren’t familiar with essential oils, Emma of Essential Oil Haven gives us a great description of what they are, and where they come from below:
“Essential oils are the highly concentrated version of the natural oils in plants.
Getting essential oils from plants is done with a process called distillation, most commonly distillation by steam or water, where many parts of the plants are being used, including the plant roots, leaves, stems, flowers, or bark. After distillation, the outcome is a highly concentrated portion of essential oil, which will have the characteristic fragrance and properties of the plant from which it was extracted, and contain the true essence of the plant it came from. This includes the smell, but also the plant’s healing properties and other plant characteristics.”
Essentials oils are said to be man’s first medicine. Below I have listed 10 different oils, but there are so many more, and, as you will see, the uses are vast! I encourage you to learn more about how these gems can benefit your life when time permits, but until then check out my finds below:
Chamomile is a pain reliever, reduce spasms, and is good for headaches when applied in a compress to the head.
Clary sage is an anti-inflammatory, antidepressant, and helps induce sleep for those having trouble.
Eucalyptus is an anti-septic, antiviral, decongestant (when rubbed on chest), expectorant, and reduces fever and aches.
Frankincense as an anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, sedative, and useful for bronchitis.
Grapefruit reduces appetite, water retention, detoxifies the skin, and helps with weight reduction.
Lavender is calming, fights bacterial and fungal infections, and is good for acne, burns and eczema.
Lemon is an excellent germ killer and is good for varicose veins and reducing swelling.
Peppermint is useful for headaches, fatigue, congestion, fever, muscle soreness, and sinus problems.
Rosemary is one the best of the oils for pain, infection, spasms, dandruff, cellulite, and headaches.
Tea tree oil is antiviral, anti-infective, and anti-septic. It works excellent for athletes foot, dandruff, bronchitis, and ringworm.
Important things to note about essential oils:
Essential oils are always applied externally, they are never to be swallowed. Taking them internally may be fatal.
Essential oils are applied to the skin, usually through a carrier oil. The best carrier oils include coconut oil, olive oil, almond oil, grape seed oil, or jojoba oil.
Some essential oils, like tea tree oil, are very, very strong, and you must take extreme precaution putting it on your face, or any other part of your skin that is sensitive without a carrier oil. I have seen so many people tell you that it’s ‘fine’ to put it on your face without a carrier oil on their blog, but please, please be aware that you can BURN YOUR FACE. Just one drop of this stuff is incredibly strong.
Essential oils are used as an aroma to help with certain physical and mental conditions (headaches, anxiety, etc).
To find out more about essential oils, how they can benefit your life, how to make your own, etc, please feel free to check out any of the relevant links below: