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you might have heard of these things called essential oils
...and you might have even heard of the benefits they can bring you!
But...if you're like me just a year ago you're probably wondering where in the hell to start!
Because it can be a little bit overwhelming to see all the essential oil options out there...like what is therapeutic grade, how important is organic, and which of the hundreds of essential oils should I actually invest in.
Chakras. Essential Oils. This was like a foreign language to me just a few years ago...but since I began seriously developing my spiritual practice...i.e. healing my energy and power centers, I've dove head first into the world of aromatherapy.
I mean like logically I pretty much thought that essential oils just smelled good. But they can do a lot more than that...like my favorite essential oil blend "perspective" it can make you cry just by opening it up for the first time and smelling it.
Because aromatherapy can actually change the chemicals in our brains, they can teach us to release pain, actually release seratonin, or at least just a smile.
So that's why I'm here today...to help you learn about essential oils.
Well I'm hoping to help you get some clarity today with a very basic explanation of the few things you'll need to keep in mind when you're purchasing essential oils, some of their uses, and which essential oils would be good for a beginner.
Don't worry tho we're gonna take this one step at a time!! <3
1. What exactly are essential oils, and what are they used for?
Essential oils are created with a process of steam distillation (generally), a process that takes a plant or substance and runs hot, hot steam through it, separating the plant from the "essence" of the plant.
Essential oils are used in aromatherapy, when you put essential oils in boiling or steaming water, or in a diffuser. They are also used topically on the skin, in cleaning products, and in rare cases ingested into the body.
There are also a lot of creative ways you can use essential oils.
My absolute favorite is putting a couple of drops of my favorite essential oil in the vacuum cleaner filter, so after I vacuum the living room, it also smells of lavender!
Please note that essential oils should not be ingested orally without speaking directly to your healthcare provider first.
2. the Different Ways You Can Use Essential Oils
On a day to day basis I use essential oils all over the house, on my body, and in the bath.
I'll go over just a few here!
Skin, or topically
for acne essential oils that fight bacteria and fungi such as lavender, peppermint, and tea tree oil. Thought be ware as lavender and tea tree oil aren't good for cystic acne.
sometimes I put a little bit of peppermint on my top lip in the car, as I tend to get nauseated on long car rides
roll ons, like this chakra blend set (picture below), can be used topically on the skin! Only thing is avoid sensitive areas like the eyes, lips, and genitals.
Diluted in Water
Be careful here...I don't mean to drink essential oils! That's generally a bad idea, unless you have a doctor backing your decision.
I put essential oils in the bath with me, my favorites are lavender, and this blend called tranquility, a unique blend that helps me to relax after a long day.
In the mop water I use citrus oils like grapefruit, blood orange, lemon, or lime (all of which can be found in the summer scents collection (pictured below).
In the humidifier. Living in dry, dry Madrid, Spain means that my humidifier is constantly going. It helps me sleep brings moisture to my skin, and I feel also like I can breathe easier! I put a couple of drops of a mint essential oil like spearmint (found in the the summer scents collection), and any other smell good oils like grapefruit, lemon, lavender, or rosemary.
In sprays, I use this spra7y, with the following recipe:
Dr. Bronner's soap - 1/4 cup
Cheap vodka - 2 cups -OR- White Vinegar - 2 cups
Water - 1 cup
Any essential oils you'd like to add! Here are some disinfecting essential oils: tea tree oil, lemon, lavender, eucalyptus, rosemary, cinnamon, and peppermint.
In the mop bucket, as I mentioned before! Any smell you want around the house...personally I like lemon and rosemary right now! (it's not just for the chicken ;))
In the vacuum. Put a couple drops of your favorite essential oil in the air filter for the vacuum, and voila you've got a wonderful smelling house with almost no extra work!
Diffusing Essential Oils
This can be done a couple of different ways!
With a diffuser, pictured below, I LOVE diffusers, for me it's the best, easiest, and strongest-smelling way to get essential oil smells into the house. If you don't have a diffuser, or don't want to buy one right now, there are some other ways you can get the smells into the house.
With a humidifier, remember that humidifier that you only pull out when you or your kids get sick! Well pull it out again! Put a couple of drops of essential oils in, and mmmmmmmm it's gonna smell good in about 5 minutes!
With diffuser sticks, you can purchase these (picture below) in most home goods stores! What I can't guarantee is the quality of the oils inside! But that's easily fixed...you can buy a carrier oil like this one, and drop your favorite essential oils in there when it's time to refill. It's a more subtle smell but does the trick...and lasts a really long time too! Also use skewers...not chopsticks...yeah I tried it...it didn't work.
On the stove, boiling water is a easy way to get the smells into the kitchen! They don't carry much to other rooms, but in case you want an autumn type smell try a couple of drops of cinnamon in the water and let it fill the kitchen! It's like baking but not actually baking!!
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3. What Essential oils to get for a beginner
Lavender - probably the most beginner oil there is! I highly recommend having it, because it's a common scent you'll already be used to...it has amazing antimicrobial, antifungal, antibacterial, & antiviral properties. It's has an amazing calming effect (to use in the bath or at night before bed) and so much more!
Lavender oil is said to increase estrogen. Therefore it's good with regulating periods, but not great with cystic acne.
Lavender oil is one of my favorites to use in the bedroom because it is sexually stimulating for men, yet calming for women.
Tea Tree Oil - another amazing oil to get for beginners. It has antifungal, antimicrobial, antibaterial, and antiviral properties. It has a strong smell, which makes it great for cleaning (you really get the sense that it's done the job).
Tea tree oil can also be used to keep lice of of your children's scalps.
Tea tree oil is also a great bug repellent. I use it against the occasional ant infestation.
Tea tree oil is great to use on acne prone skin. But not for cystic acne as it can also raise estrogen levels.
Frankincense - Frankincense is an amazingly powerful oil. It also has antibacterial and antifungal properties. But it is also an incredibly powerful spiritual oil.
Frankincense can be used during prayer, meditation, or spells to increase your connection to spirit.
Frankincense can also be used during yoga to heighten your spiritual connection.
Peppermint - Love this oil! It's got so many awesome uses. It is antibacterial, antiviral, and antiseptic. It has an amazing smell and so many wonderful uses.
Peppermint oil can be used to get rid of headaches (use small doses), and nausea (if car rides, or babies in your belly are causing nausea).
Peppermint oil is also a natural pest deterent. We use it against mosquitos and ants.
Lemon - Lemon oil is great to use around the house for cleaning & diffusing. Lemon not only smells great but it also has antimicrobial, antiseptic, antiviral, and antifungal properties.
Use drops of lemon essential oils in your vacuum for extra smell effect and it's my favorite smell to use in the kitchen or the bathroom.