I have been curious and confused about essential oils for year !! You too … GOOD !! I get overwhelmed by the range of oils. What do I use and when do I use it again ?? Will I just buy a whole heap and never do anything with them ?? These are just some of the thoughts I had when I was introduced to Essential Oils and to be fair still some thoughts I have today.
My goal was to demystify Essential Oils and find out for myself more about them. What I have found are the few pure oils / blends I know I will actually use and now I know how to use them !! No doubt there will be more to come in the future but for now this is where I am.
Lets start at the beginning. What are Essential Oils and Why are they of any use ??
Essential oils according to Wikipedia are –
An essential oil is a concentrated hydrophobic liquid containing volatile aroma compounds from plants. Essential oils are also known as volatile oils, ethereal oils, aetherolea, or simply as the oil of the plant from which they were extracted, such as oil of clove. An oil is “essential” in the sense that it contains the “essence of” the plant’s fragrance—the characteristic fragrance of the plant from which it is derived. Essential oils are generally extracted by steam distillation or cold pressing techniques. Essential oils come from seed, peel, stem, root, and flower.
How Essential Oils effect us –
Resource – Your Body Needs
Essential oils can affect psychological and physiological changes. The potential of these precious aromas are amazing. The ability to smell provides pleasurable sensations, evokes memories of the past, and provides us with protective mechanisms for the body. Think of the many ways our sense of smell affects our lives.
1. Our Body Chemistry
When essential oils are absorbed through the skin, they are working directly through our body chemistry affecting systems of the body. Each plant extract has chemical properties that are distinctive such as anti-inflammatory or cell rejuvenation. Tiny molecules of essential oils are easily absorbed by the membranes of the lungs and through skin pores and hair follicles. The chemical constituents/properties of the oils are carried in the bloodstream to all areas of the body. Essential oils bring on gentle physiological change.
2. The Nervous System
Essential oils can have a healing effect both mentally and emotionally. The psychological benefits are usually obtained when essential oils are inhaled. Our sense of smell is governed by the olfactory organ at the top of our nose. Tiny cilia and receptor cells have direct access to the brain. The aroma sends an immediate signal to the limbic system of the brain. The limbic system is the center of memory and emotion. The oils can exert a powerful effect on mind, mood, and emotions.
HOW on earth do you “Take” an Essential Oil.
Ok this one I know ….. you can use a difusser to disperse the aroma from the essential oils into the air. Amazing in the home or office or gym or creche. Anywhere really.
Apply topically – most Essential Oils will note on the bottle how much but usually just one to two drop ( or in my case with Lavender in the evening I pop 2 drops under each sole ! ). Behind the Ears or on the sole of your feet are great quick and easy however there are pressure points and ideal locations for some oils which to be honest is all a little to complicated for me right now.
Digest – Check first the it is “food grade” Essential oils – I know many people who add them to food and drinks and love it. Personally I don’t but hey each to there own on that one.
Following me ?? Soooooo now we know what an Essential Oil is and WHY it has an effect on us but there are so many pure oils and blends !! Here are 3 that I have chosen to start with and why :
In general I LOVE lemon. The bright, tangy taste and smell I enjoy. Funnily this is exactly the same with the Lemon Essential Oil – It is also very fresh, rejuvenating and cheerful. I personally love popping a couple of drops behind on my wrists for a pick me up. Would be amazing to have on the desk at work I think. You can diffuse this beauty, totally uplifting – BONUS it is an amazing odor neutralizer. ( also brilliant for cleaning , I spray near the boys toilet ! ) .
YES I put it on my feet every single night – sounds weird I know but the feet have the largest pores therefore the most absorbent. Lavender is just so relaxing and great to use to unwind ( I need this at the end of the day 😉 ). Can be diffused or even pop a few drops in your bath. Add to a spray bottle with water and spritz on linen and pillow cases. Divine!
Did you know? Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) essential oils have a rich history of usage dating back to over 2000 years and have been a favorite of the Egyptians, Greeks and English Royalty during the Victorian era, for its relaxing effect.
A new one for me. This is not a single note but a blend … take a listen to the essential oils used and you could practically smell it right away – Orange, Lavendar, Rosemary and Ginger.
The Harmony Blend features a beautiful balance of energizing and relaxing scents to help tap into your inner harmony and inspire an overall sense of well-being.
This one is actually my new perfume. I simply apply a couple of drops behind my ears. Not only getting the energizing & relaxing benefits but a beautiful fragrance that will last the day. Win win .
You could also use it in a diffuser of course but I am absolutely going to try popping a few drops in a bowl of warm water – steam my face and breathe in the aromatic benefits.
So there it is my demystifying of Essential oils – Well a start anyway . Cass xx