Essential oils have recently become more mainstream in our society, but they have actually been used for thousands of years for their cosmetic, medicinal, emotional, and spiritual properties. Is it just me, or does ancient medicine always seem to have it all figured out?! Our Top 4 uses of Essential Oils will help you get started.
The reason that essential oils wield so much power links back to their extraction. Through either steam distillation or cold pressing, pure essential oils are pulled from their botanical source (a mint leaf, for example). The resulting essential oil is far, far more potent than the plant itself. I know it sounds unbelievable, but you would need to drink 25 cups of peppermint tea to reap the benefits of 1 drop of peppermint essential oil. I enjoy a good cup of tea and all, but sounds like the essential oil wins that contest!
As I mentioned in A Beginner’s Guide to Essential Oils, essential oils have an endless number of uses from which we can benefit each day. It can be hard to keep track of everything, especially if you’re just getting started with your essential oil journey, so the cheat sheet below is here to help.
Overall, it’s safe to say that there is an essential oil out there for whatever purpose you can think of! Aromatic and topical applications.
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How can essential oils improve your life? And how exactly do you use them, anyway? All of your answers are here in this blog!
1. Elevate Mood
Scent has a powerful hold on our emotions, like that whiff of perfume that reminds you of your first school dance or the blueberry pie that transports you back to your grandmother’s kitchen. When you inhale an essential oil by diffusing it, the odor molecules affect the brain through the receptors that control things like heart rate, blood pressure, memory, stress levels, and hormone balance. So, for example, smelling Lavender will help balance the receptors that control relaxation. Similarly, essential oils can be absorbed through the skin for the same benefits. Just be sure to blend the oils with a bit of carrier oil first, then massage into your wrist, back of neck, temples, or other strategic places for absorption.
2. Support Physical Wellbeing
There’s definitely no quick way to explain all of the ways in which essential oils can benefit your health, but that’s a good thing! From athlete’s foot, dry scalp, and circulation problems to burns, congestion, and allergies, there is an essential oil for just about everything. Diffuse them and/or use them topically for best results.
3. Purify the home
If you’ve never taken a second to check what toxins are lurking in your household cleaners, go ahead and take a peek. Essential oils contain powerful antibacterial and antimicrobial properties that disinfect the house without leaving nasty chemicals behind. You can also use them in the laundry, to remove stains, and much more! Blended with other power houses like vinegar, baking soda, and castile soap, you’ll experience clean on a whole new level.
4. Body and Skin Care
On top of working miracles for our health and our mind, essential oils are also the ultimate body and beauty tool that keeps on giving. Acne? Oily or dry skin? Age spots? There’s an app essential oil for that.
Just be sure to always, always, always use a carrier oil as a base when applying oils directly to your skin. Or get creative and use one of our many Body Care Recipes with essential oils to pamper yourself silly. (Go ahead, we’ll watch the kids).