Essential Oils, Aromatherapy
WHAT ARE ESSENTIAL OILS GOOD FOR?
“Essential oils help restore a feeling of peace, balance, and happiness, and they promote the stability of hormones and emotions, whether they are used in diffusers, potpourri, candles, relaxing bath blends, massages, cosmetic applications, or for steam inhalation.
Essential oils can cleanse the home through both physical and airborne applications by combatting harmful bacteria when used in cleaning products including sprays, scented candles, or potpourri. A multi-purpose essential oil such as Lemon can tackle countless problem areas around a house such as mold and mildew, dust buildup, sticky or oily spills, and musty air. Used in dilution, it can be a floor, furniture, and countertop polish, a dusting spritz, an air-freshening spray, or a glass and mirror cleaner, acting as an effective non-toxic solution to treat and prevent the recurrence of issues in these areas.
Essential oils can help ease the suffering of those with an inability to fall asleep or to stay asleep by promoting a mental and physical sense of calm and relaxation that leads to drowsiness. Oils such as Lavender or Ylang-Ylang have uplifting, soothing properties to counteract dark moods, can be added to a warm bath for soaking prior to bedtime. A few drops of these or other comforting oils can also be smoothed onto bedding such as pillow covers, in order to allow the scent to be diffused and inhaled throughout the night. Otherwise, they can be diluted with water for a spray bottle and spritzed as an air freshener in the bedroom.
Essential oils are extracts from flowers, herbs or tree parts (like bark, roots, petals etc.) The fragrance of the plant is the “essence” When the essence is extracted from a plant it becomes an essential oil. The specific process of extracting the essence preserves the chemistry of the plant.”
If you are new to using essential oils my advice would be to start learning about one type at a time and also have a good book on essential oils for reference.
Next is to remember how strong essential oils can be and read up on cautions before using. When we put oils on the skin they get into the blood stream quickly.
Not only do we have to be cautious with oils on the skin but in diffusers. For example; I LOVE diffusing eucalyptus for my sinus but I would not do this around small children and would also be careful around pets because any of the oils containing menthols like peppermint and eucalyptus are all too strong for children and pets.
My personal favorites are lavender, frankincense, oregano and eucalyptus. Sometimes I make my own body butter; this is my favorite recipe.
Homemade Whipped Body Lotion Recipe
1/2 cup unrefined shea butter
1/4 cup solid coconut oil (I recommend organic, virgin coconut oil)
Add shea butter, coconut oil, and your liquid oils to a small glass bowl and set over a pan of simmering water (or double boiler). Stir until completely melted. Remove from heat and stir in essential oils. Allow mixture to cool, and become a semi-solid, 20 minutes in fridge will do it. Using an electric mixer fitted with whisk attachment, whip mixture on medium high speed until smooth and creamy, stopping to stir/scrape bowl as needed. Place in jar and use as needed.
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These are some ways I use oils and I would also like to encourage you to explore, experiment and read books to learn new ways for yourself.
Eucalyptus is a favorite! I inhale it straight from the bottle or diffuse it next to my bed when I have a cold or sinus issue. Ticks and mosquitos’s do not like eucalyptus! I mix it with a bit of water in a spray bottle and spritz self with it when I am hiking or gardening.
Frankincense – I find frankincense to have both physical and spiritual uses. I like to use it for healing and uplifting self when I’m feeling down. When doing healing work and Reiki attunements I find frankincense raises the vibration and connection to the creator. I put a few drops on the bottom of my feet when not feeling well.
Geranium – I use geranium essential oil for skin care.
Lavender – Wow! The uses for lavender are endless! It’s the most studied essential oil for aromatherapy with many tests proving the relaxation and skincare benefits.
Lemongrass – Lemongrass is antifungal, antibacterial and is being studied all the time for more and more beneficial properties and it smells great too! My sister puts some on a cotton ball to disinfect and freshen up surfaces in her home!
Patchouli – Besides reminding us of the perfume of our hippy days, patchouli is used is soaps and shampoos and has a calming effect.
Sage – Sage essential oil is another one to have on hand in case of a cold and can relieve coughs.
Clary Sage – Clary sage is know to relieve stress. Studies show it to be calming and relaxing.
Oregano – Oregano oil is powerful! Use sparingly. I save this for stubborn issues like flu symptoms and I put some drops on the bottom of my feet. Pretty soon I smell like pizza cooking and I feel much better! Also great is a diffuser to help with cold and flu. Oregano oil is known to be antiviral, antifungal and antimicrobial.
Peppermint – Also powerful with many uses. Breathing peppermint is known for calming upset stomach. Smells wonderful for people and guess what? Rodents hate peppermint! Pour some it on cotton balls and place them around to keep mice out. Be cautious with diffusing to keep pets and small children safe. It’s sometimes hard on their lungs.
Rosemary - Rosemary Essential Oil is best known for its stimulating, soothing, and pain relieving properties. We also think of Rosemary as protecting our energy. It is used in many skin and hair care products and recipes.
Tea Tree - Tea Tree Essential Oil is a powerful, antiseptic immune system stimulant that is beneficial for eliminating bacteria, viruses, and fungi.