The Essentials of Essential Oils

 
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The Essentials of Essential Oils

The use of essential oils has been around for ages- but the familiarity with their abundance of uses is just beginning to become well-known. Over the course of the last few years, there has been a rise in the sale of essential oils and their products. With big brand names like dōTERRA and Young Living creating quite the buzz in the health and wellness community, essential oils are becoming more and more accessible to everyone. But with all these new products coming out, it is easy to get distracted from the basics. So here is a list of some of the most essential essential oils to add to your everyday routine!

**As with all essential oils, and ingredients in general, be sure to try a small amount on your skin, diluted at about six drops in one tablespoon of carrier oil, and watch for a reaction before use**

LEMON OIL

Probably one of the most common types of oils is lemon oil. It is used in everyday products products like soap, household cleaners, and even sparkling water. With lemon oil being a powerful antibacterial, astringent, and antiseptic agent, the scent of lemon has become a staple in the feeling of cleanliness. When used in an oil diffuser, lemon oil can eliminate most unpleasant smells and even has been known to be a mood booster for some people. Lemon oil’s high concentration of D-limonene has shown to have skin-repairing and anti-inflammatory properties, making it a wonderful skincare product when diluted.

LAVENDER

As another extremely common essential oil, lavender is a powerhouse of sorts when it comes to all things healing! Thanks to the large portions of camphor, eucalyptol, linalyl acetate, and linalool, lavender oil can be used for any number of topical and mindful recooperation. Lavender is sedative, antispasmodic, anti-anxiety, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antioxidant, antibacterial, anesthetic,  immune-boosting, and antiviral. But it’s most common use is an anxiety alleviator! If you are feeling a little overwhelmed or stressed, put this oil in a diffuser or even dab it on various parts of your skin (i.e. the wrists, the neck, the bottoms of your feet, etc.) to help calm those nerves. Pair the scents of lavender oil with your favorite chamomile tea, and you will be ready to relax and clear your mind!

EUCALYPTUS

Warning: this oil is not for the weak of noses! We all know the very familiar smell of Vicks VapoRub, but do we know why it is used as a cold remedy? With its strong aroma and cleansing powers, Eucalyptus can not only cleanse the air- it also has the ability to fight fungus and bacteria. It is also an anti-inflammatory. This essential oil works best in a diffuser as an optimal immune system booster!

PEPPERMINT

Peppermint is made of mostly menthol and menthone, and works as a stimulant, antispasmodic, antiviral, antimicrobial, antifungal, and antioxidant. It is also extremely effective in the treatment of headaches. This oil is best utilized in a diffuser or on the skin (diluted of course!). If used on the skin, peppermint oil has been known to ease pain in muscles and has been found to be an invigorating ingredient to any lip treatment. It’ll leave you open and fresh feeling all day!

XoXo G




 
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